Ask Arthur: What’s the First Day of CDL Training Like at C1 Springfield?


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After getting the go-ahead to attend CDL training at C1, incoming students wonder what to expect on the first day. Most students haven’t been in school for years, or even decades, so it can be a little intimidating to return to the school setting for three weeks.

Today, I’m going to talk a little bit about the first day of CDL training, including what is covered in school that first day, how to make the most of it, and what to expect.

It’s normal to feel excited and even nervous on your first day of training. You felt nervous on the first day of high school, right? Well, truck driving school is no different just because you’re grown! It’s very normal for students to feel nervous and excited the first day, especially if they’ve never driven before, but the staff here at C1 Truck Driver Training Springfield does an excellent job of settling you in.

You’ll meet a lot of new people on the first day of CDL training, so it’s important to listen to direction and be open to meeting new people. And hey, you might even meet your future co-driver/teammate at school! The instructors and staff at CDL training will tell you exactly what they expect and what you’ll be doing for the three weeks you’re at school, so make sure you pay attention and follow their direction.

You know how the first day of class in the good old days was usually composed of going over the class rules, expectations, syllabus, etc? The first day of CDL training is the same concept. Most of that first day is spent doing greetings, completing paperwork, and getting students acquainted with the program.

Following the first day of truck driver training, students can expect to hit the classroom, range, and road, and learn/refine their skills in each area before eventually testing out and earning their Class A CDL.

To get the most out of your first day at CDL training, it’s imperative that you get a good night of sleep and eat a good breakfast. Arrive at school with an open mind, and be prepared to hit the books and learn everything that’s thrown at you!

What suggestions do you have for new students beginning their first day of CDL training?