CDL Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect as a professional truck driver?
Your career as a professional truck driver is full of great opportunities and great benefits. Professional truck drivers are in high demand. As a result, major trucking companies are hiring nationwide. To attract new drivers, they provide with great pay plans, medical benefits and tuition reimbursement among other benefits.
What are the requirements for me to get my CDL?
- Be at least 18 years old (21 to drive from state-to-state)
- Possess a valid driver's license in your state of residence
- Pass a DOT physical and drug test
How long is the CDL training?
In an effort to accommodate students achieve their CDL goals, Smith & Solomon is proud to offer flexible schedules with classes during the day, evening and weekends. In just a few short weeks you will be able to obtain your CDL license.
Am I ready to be a Truck Driver?
You are ready to become a truck driver! All you need to do is to visit any of our campuses. Here at Smith & Solomon Commercial Driver Training we teach you all the skills and techniques you need to become a professional truck driver. Once you start your course you will be taught by industry professionals both in the classroom and behind-the-wheel. In just a few short weeks, you will be ready to take your CDL road test!
How much money can I earn in my first year as professional Truck Driver?
In your first year as a professional truck driver your earnings can vary based on the type of driving you do. From Solo driver to Team driver you have multiple options, but in general your yearly income can be from $40,000 to $100,000 depending what type of driving you do.
Are there any pet friendly companies?
Yes, there are many pet friendly companies. As a truck driver, many companies try to accommodate your needs as much as possible. Therefore, you can bring your pet friend with you to work. Keep in mind, based on different trucking company’s restrictions may vary. Please check with your future employer for more detail information.
What are the opportunities available for military veterans?
There are endless opportunities. As a veteran, the trucking industry highly values your service. There are several government programs to help veterans get their CDL and find driving jobs. The GI Bill helps veterans pay their educational expenses, including your education for truck driving school.
Graduated Feb. 2014, from the Lakewood, NJ campus. Went to Schneider, drove for a year and became a Training Engineer, did that for 3 months, then became an Instructor. Now, a year and 6 months later, I am the Southeast Regional Training Advisor, relocated to Charlotte, N.C.- Shawn Targett