Calming Nerves at Trucking School — Tips for Week 2


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First time behind the wheelSo you’ve passed the CDL permit test and the first week of CDL training. Now comes the stressful part — getting in a semi truck for the very first time. Understandably, this can be a very nerve-wracking experience. After all, you’re responsible for controlling 53′ and up to 80,000 pounds of machine.

We asked past students what their tips for the second week of CDL training were. Keep reading to find out how to calm those nerves and how to make the most out of your second week at truck driving school.

Just Relax

“Relax, breathe, and study, but most importantly, just relax. It’s not that big of a deal.” –Matt Miller

“Keep calm and don’t over think it and breathe. Take the time to make sure you’re ready.” –Ridge Adkins

“Take a deep breath and remember where you are and that you are starting a great career.” –Jackie Morrison

A key component in passing the second week of trucking school (and first time driving a semi truck) is keeping your composure. Relax — the instructors will help you through the stressful first-time drive. Do your best to stay calm, trust your road/range teachers, and relax.

Listen to Your Instructors

“Listen to your instructors, pay attention to what you’re doing, stay calm, and have fun.” –Jacob Leverett

“Just listen to the instructors and drive the truck. Everything will happen when you take in and listen to what you are being told.” –Craig Shelton

The instructors at truck driving school know a thing or two about driving an 80,000-pound vehicle. Though it can be scary to get behind the wheel of such a large vehicle at first, students at C1 Truck Driver Training are in good hands. Rest assured that the instructors know all the ins and outs about operating a semi truck. Under their guidance, students can learn to drive a 53′ vehicle in just a couple weeks.

General Tips

“Don’t let aggressive drivers get to you. I listen to my iPod and enjoy the ride. Week 2 I was nervous the first time driving a truck but instructors were laid back and fun!” –Susann Merritt

“You will be nervous every day from this day forward. Things change every second. Learn your mirrors and remember a good pre-trip will reduce some stress knowing that everything is safe. If it’s not get it fixed. Remember, be safe and keep the rubber on the road.” –Wesley Cooke

“Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get it right away. Don’t judge your progress by the progress someone else is making. Listen to the instructor even when you’re not behind the wheel, and have fun.” –Gerald Johnson

Driving a truck for the very first time is stressful — I think anyone would agree with that statement. But with these tips and the help of the instructors at C1 Truck Driver Training, it doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking! Instructors have many years of combined tractor-trailer experience and teach and create successful truck drivers every day.