Keeping Your CDL Valid: 3 Pro-Trucker Tips

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Written by Mike Skliar

Losing CDL means losing the job for every trucker. You can lose it by violating road rules, poorly maintaining your truck, or even because of the company you are working for. 

Protecting your CDL is vital if you still want to be able to use trucking for income. Our take is to give you precious tips on how to defend your license.

Do Not Get Fined

Many truck maintenance violations can kill your CDL. It not always your truck. It can be a company-owned vehicle. It is you who decides whether or not you will operate a rig with a defect. 

Besides broken equipment, you can get in trouble for speeding, parking and traffic tickets, logbook errors, exceeded weight, height, and length of the truck.

Make a decision to take a risk wisely, because it can directly affect your future in trucking.

Get Rid of the Tickets

One or two tickets won’t get your CDL canceled, but you shouldn’t devalue your license and yourself. However, ignoring violation points is not something you should do. It is better to pay the fees and not to get extra points on the license.

We are not going to tell you how points stack. As a driver, you already know that. The more violation points you have, the higher the risk of losing your CDL.

Keep in mind that if you want to go further and work with carriers or clients who pay better, you must have a perfect reputation and clean history.

Annual Inspection and Maintenance are Important

Most drivers rely on a circle check and think that this is okay. However, it is not. You can spot some basic problems, but to be sure that your vehicle is operable and won’t get down, you should call the mechanics. 

It is better to spend some time and money to get a professional check rather than be on downtime and lose much more. Operate a damaged truck is a straight way to lose CDL, as well.

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If your CDL is valid and you want to use it by hauling loads as an owner-operator, then we have a lot of jobs for you. Work with reliable companies and get up to 95% from each load you carry! Contact us if you are interested.

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Author Mike Skliar

As the truck driver recruiting agency's CEO, I deeply understand the unique challenges and demands truck drivers face.

Drawing from my extensive work experience, I bring knowledge in truck driver recruitment, logistics, and transportation management. I possess a comprehensive understanding of industry regulations, safety standards, and best practices, ensuring that the agency adheres to the highest standards of professionalism and compliance.

Now, looking back and remembering my path from the very beginning, it seems to me that this story is a lifetime. During all these years of development and growth of our agency, I took part in no less interesting projects in which my experience, knowledge and vision were needed. And I was also able to gain new skills, contacts and experience by participating in the development of these projects from various fields, such as cargo transportation, trucking companies, e-commerce, parcel delivery and much more! But the best is yet to come!

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