Commercial driving is one of those classic American jobs. The main cause of this was the rise of the American Highway over locomotives for shipping. The size of this country necessitates outsourcing, and convoy driving became an industry all of its own as national business sunk its heels in. There’s a stigma now around truck drivers, that they’re uneducated, where in actuality it takes a remarkable about of skill to drive such large vehicles. Plus they need the stamina to make trips that can often be at least several days long.
These drivers need to be able to properly plan routes and stops to minimize loss by resting too much or taking too long to complete their delivery.
This is why proper training is vital. Someone unreliable should never be in the driver’s seat of an 18-wheeler. It’s a skill like any to build up these abilities, from reaction time and awareness to scheduling. CDL driver improvement classes are the main resource to help prospective drivers learn the ins and outs of the field. It’s here that they familiarize with these skills in a controlled space, working with already certified, and usually very experienced, members of the force.