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Your CDL Orientation – What to Expect

Prepare for Orientation at a New Trucking Company

You have finished your CDL training and you’re excited to get on the road, but there is one more step before you can get behind the wheel. Most trucking companies will start with a CDL orientation. Each trucking company will have its own training specific to their company. However, there are many topics that are generally covered by every company. Knowing what to expect from your orientation can help you be prepared and learn the most information possible.

Questions to Ask Before CDL Orientation

  • How long will orientation last?
  • How soon after orientation will I be getting into a truck?
  • What supplies do I need to bring for my training?
  • What documentation do I need to bring?
  • Is there food and lodging provided during orientation?

What Information To Expect During Orientation

  • An overview of the trucking company you are working for.
  • The rules, regulations, and procedures of the company you are working for.
  • Presentations/lectures from leaders within the company.
  • Company safety procedures.
  • Communication requirements from the company.
  • You will likely receive an informational packet from the company.
  • You will learn the expectations the company has for you while you’re on the road.

What You May Need to Do

  • You will fill out HR paperwork and payroll information.
  • A physical exam.
  • A drug test.

Activities During Your CDL Orientation

  • There may be time to meet other new hires to the company.
  • You may be broken up into groups.
  • A walkthrough of the facilities is normal.
  • Additional training and testing

The Driving Test

Generally, during your first week, a driving test is required to test your skills. Typically, someone will ride along with you to test your abilities and skills. Once you have completed all of the necessary steps of the orientation, you will be on your way to a successful career as a trucker.

If you haven’t yet started your CDL training Napier Truck Driver Training can help. Contact us for more information on what you need to do to become a top-rated truck driver.

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