If you’re ready to become a truck driver, there’s a lot of information to gather and prepare for. As exciting as obtaining your truck driving license may be, that is not the only goal to achieve. From specific driving skills to understanding provincial regulations, it’s imperative to understand all the requirements truck driving entails to enjoy, be safe and thrive in this rewarding industry.
If you’re ready to pursue your career as a truck driver, read on for the requirements and information you need to know to get started.
1. Your License
In Manitoba and Ontario, the rules of acquiring your Class 1 license are the same. In Manitoba, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a supervised driver in the truck during your training. This is mandated by the Ministry of Transportation and if you already have a G1 or G2 class license, you can apply to upgrade to become a fully licensed commercial truck driver. Those with a B, C or D class license can apply for their G class at any point.
2. Clean Driving Record
If there are certain violations on your driving record, it will likely be quite difficult to get a job as a truck driver. You may be able to have your license reinstated in some situations; however, especially in the case of DUI, trucking companies may be hesitant to hire you.
3. Pass A Medical Test
Trucking companies need to trust their drivers, and that goes beyond just being a responsible driver, but you need to be healthy and safe as well. There can be stressful situations that may occur on the road that you have to prepare for, along with extensive hours of driving. This can take quite the toll on you both physically and mentally.
4. No Criminal Record
As a truck driver, especially a commercial driver, you have to interact with merchandise, co-workers and employers. It’s important for a trucking company that their drivers are trustworthy and responsible. With a criminal record, it can be rather difficult, although not always impossible, to pursue the career you desire.