CDL Training In Winter – Pros and Cons

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Starting CDL training in winter can be good and bad thing at the same time. It’s really a tossup! If you ask me about it, I personally will say do it! But hay, I am a winter person so I will definitely consider CDL training in winter, plus I love everything that winter brings with it, including the challenges!!!

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Researching online for months and months on CDL training in winter, I came up to lots of different opinions.

Some people say CDL training in winter it’s the worst mistake ever, while others say that it was the best choice ever! But heck, we are all different people! Right?

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After all there are pros and cons in everything in life, right? Should you use bleach? Should you go fishing in the rain? Get married or stay single? Drive Peterbilt or Freightliner?

We make choices everyday; some are more obvious and have a greater impact on our life than others. Choosing Coke over Pepsi is a choice and it will affect your enjoyment of your lunch but really won’t have a lasting impact!

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However, making a career choice does have a lifelong lasting impact. So when choosing what you are going to do when you grow up is very important. (Of course some of us still haven’t figured that out yet)!

So when you are making this choice of becoming a new truck driver or with other words rookie truck driver, , you got to weigh the pros and cons. Getting your CDL is a major step in the journey of life, pun intended.

So, of course you will need to weigh out when is the best time for you get the training. Are you a winter person? If yes, then you won’t have problems completing CDL training in winter.

Furthermore, do you have to finish up something first? Or, you need to scrape the pennies together to cover the cost? All of this will need to be weighed.

I can’t possible answer this for you. What I can do is offer you a little guidance that may or may not help you when it comes to making this choice of whether or not you should attend CDL training in winter.

Getting your CDL is a goal that is realistic and obtainable; you just got to know what you’re getting into. And choose a time that’s best for you!

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Source: www.toledoblade.com

So, here in the text below I will speak about the CDL training in winter- pros and cons. I am sure not everyone will agree with me, and that is fine!

After all I will just try to give you my point of view, and bring to you the results that I’ve got by researching different comments on net. As always, you can drop me a line, or put a word or two in the comment box bellow!

CDL Basics

Now before I jump into the meat of the topic I want to cover a few of the basics. First off, what is a CDL? It is a Commercial Driver License (CDL); it is what legally allows you operate large class 8 trucks and commercial vehicles on the endless roads.

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Of course there are steps and requirements to obtain a CDL license, and become holder. Some of this you might already know, some you might not. Or perhaps you have a friend, a child, a loafer that just needs to get out of the house.

Getting a CDL is multi-step process. The overall industry and regulatory agencies that oversee it all have volumes of rules and regulations. Some will see this as pro while others will view it as a con. Whatever the case might be here are the basics.

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In order to be able to apply for your CDL, Federal guidelines dictate:

  • That you are at least 21 years of age (to drive across state lines).
  • You are over 21 to transport hazardous materials.
  • Have a clean criminal record (no disqualifying criminal convictions).

(Certain criminal felonies may disqualify you from CDL eligibility).

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Additionally, you need to take a written and road/driving test. Present your driving record for the previous ten years. Take and pass the medical physical . Of course you will need to pay all the associated fees. And as applicable, you will need to test for any additional endorsements you want or need.

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For a more in depth look into all of this check out the Department of Transportation (DOT) especially visit The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). For additional information you will want to check with your individual state and the various states you will be operating in.

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Like I said getting your CDL can be viewed as either a pro or a con. But let’s get on with some of the other issues that might be considered a pro or a con.

CDL Training in Winter Pros

One of the first things that come to light is the class size and/or availability of class dates. Contrary to popular belief, you can’t just walk up and say, “Teach me to drive”. It just doesn’t work that way.

You need to register and most of the legitimate schools will conduct a quick background and review your driving record.

Something many people might consider a plus is the temperature. It won’t be hot, humid, or infested with things like mosquitoes. Of course if you train in South Texas it will be warmer that the Dakotas. But either way they won’t be as hot as July and August can get.

But, there will be less people attempting to get their CDL in winter! People don’t like the cold and they tend to wait until the weather is better.

Also, there are several major holidays and school breaks throughout the winter. That is when most people would rather be with their family.

This of course will offer the possibility of smaller class size which will offer greater attention to you as the new student.

They say a good class should be around 4 students to one instructor, but the more they have, the less they can pay attention to you on an individual level.

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