CDL training can be daunting if you don’t know what to expect. Aside from change, living on a trainer’s truck is a new experience that can also be terrifying. Not to mention all the thoughts and questions already running through your mind. However, with open communication and knowing what to expect can also help alleviate that stress.
Firstly, keep in mind that your trainer was also a student at one point too. Despite how good or bad a trainer is to you, know that it takes time to perfect any craft. Besides, every trainer remembers how frustrating it was learning how to back up that truck. If you stay determined, apply lessons, and remember that you aren’t the worst to ever do it, CDL training will go just fine.
Furthermore, it is important that during CDL training you become the captain of your own ship. This means, after each practice session, you should follow up with questions, discussions, and observations, especially if you are unsure of something. Additionally, if you need more practice, do it yourself. Whenever downtime is given, take the opportunity, with permission from your trainer to get in some more practice time.
Moreover, feedback is the key to improvement. Ask your trainer for insight into how you are doing. And, ask repeatedly! Apart from this, it is also a good idea to observe your trainer’s routine as much as possible and ask for pointers in certain areas.
Above all, your CDL training will be a success if you understand that you won’t know everything once training is complete. You will have a solid team of drivers to help guide you along the way. Just keep your eye on the goal and remember…you are not perfect!