For someone interested in becoming a truck driver, it’s a good idea to have an understanding of the environment. For those living in Ontario, there’s a lot to consider before making this type of career move, and it’s much more than just getting a license. Trucking can be a very rewarding career for many, but there’s plenty of work involved in the initial training, skills development, obtaining the license, and then getting the job itself. For those inclined, it’s a great career move.
To drive a truck in the Province of Ontario, a driver must have at the very least a G-Class license. For those with B, C or D licenses, upgrades can be available from the Ministry of Transportation.
Regardless of training and experience, a “clean” driving record is an absolute necessity when becoming a truck driver. Even with a truck driver license, securing a job will be problematic.
To be a licensed commercial truck driver, the mandatory age is 18. As it is, insurance companies prefer over 25. Under 25 means much higher insurance rates, and of course, far less experience.
For prospective truck drivers, a medical test is required from the Ministry of Transportation. It’s not covered by OHIP. For those with medical problems, additional testing may be required.
Needless to say, having a criminal record will reduce career opportunities in trucking. However, there are always possibilities for revival, especially if one is prepared to start at the bottom.
The key to success for a new truck driver is the training. And nothing beats a comprehensive and rigorous training program – a good school, with a good curriculum, and with good instructors.
A written test is required in the Province of Ontario – usually through a Drive Test location. This written test covers topics like traffic rules and regulations, as well as speed limits and road signs.
A road test (the actual truck driving test) is mandatory for all. This includes “pre-trip” inspection; backing-up maneuvers; coupling and decoupling; and, of course, in-depth on-the-road driving.
New truck drivers should be prepared to start at the bottom. Like any job, a new driver needs to prove their skills, and establish a reputation that leads to further advancement, and higher pay.
A new truck driver (especially a commercial driver) does not need to own a truck. In most cases, company trucks are used, and insurance coverage, as well as maintenance, is handled internally.
Beyond the basics of becoming a truck driver, good training cannot be underestimated. Nothing can compare with the formal training available from an accredited driver-training facility. Being taught by professional instructors makes for a comprehensive learning environment. And having in-class instruction is essential for learning driving theory. As well, on-road training is crucial for developing “real-life” skills. It all adds up to a truck driver that is both proficient and qualified.
Today, the commercial trucking market is waiting for new drivers. And with good training, a new driver has better chances and more options for securing the right job, with the right pay.