You probably haven’t even started truck driving school yet, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to learn as much as you can about your new career and the industry you’ll be working in. On the contrary, the more you learn now the better off you’ll be after graduation and the sooner you can get settled into your new career. Although you’ll learn more about the most important regulations while in truck driving school, here’s your introduction to some regulations you’ll need to know as a new truck driver.
Hours of Service
Of all the regulations, the one that will have the most noticeable and immediate impact on you as you begin your new driving career is the Hours of Service regulation. Class A CDL drivers who operate vehicles weighing 10,001 pounds or more (gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating) may only drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. The 14-hour maximum on-duty time gives drivers the opportunity to take care of non-driving duties such as loading and unloading cargo, fueling, etc.
Full Load Weighing
As a driver, it’s your responsibility to know the exact weight of your vehicle and trailer at all times, especially after picking up a load. If you are found to be overweight, even if on just one axle, you can receive a hefty fine. That’s why it’s important that you make your way to the nearest scale you can find after picking up a load, usually at a truck stop, and make sure you are within the Department of Transportation’s weight limit.
If you want to be a safe and competent truck driver, come to the school that’s been preparing drivers for decades—Phoenix Truck Driving Institute. Our truck driving school is licensed by the ADOT Motor Vehicle Division. Call us at (877) 205-5372 to learn more about our CDL training programs or the financial assistance available to those who qualify. You can also contact us online if you have any questions about our school.