Truck Driving Refresher Courses in Portland
Brush Up on Your Skills!
According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), there are about
25,000 truck driving jobs that need to be filled in this country. Though
trucking jobs may have been scarce a few years ago, they sure are in good
supply now. Now that the economy is picking up again, you have a much
better chance of rejoining the trucking industry. However, a few things
may have changed since you were last behind the wheel—including
your own driving abilities. For help getting used to driving a big truck
again, consider taking a truck driving refresher course from Elite Truck
School of Portland.
Getting Back in the Driver's Seat
If you don't use your driving skills for a while, you tend to get a
little rusty. As you know, driving a big rig is quite a bit different
than driving a typical passenger vehicle. The brakes are harder to get
used to, your mirrors are all different, and backing up poses a significant
challenge. It's a good idea to take a refresher course even if you're
only a tiny bit unsure of your ability to drive a tractor trailer. As
a general rule, you should take a refresher course if you don't land
a job within two months of graduating from trucking school. You might
also consider shaking off the rust if you once had a job but haven't
driven in more than 12 months.
Reasons to Consider a Refresher Course
The decision of whether or not to take a refresher course is ultimately
up to you. However, there are a few distinct advantages of heading back
to CDL trucking school.
Become a More Valuable Candidate: As any hiring manager will tell you, a long period of unemployment could
raise suspicion. Taking a refresher course from a Portland driving school
will show trucking companies that you're serious about getting back
into the saddle.
Improve Your Driving Skills: Taking a refresher course isn't just good for relearning everything
you forgot—you might also learn a few new things. This is a great
way to gain an edge over other potential candidates.
Avoid Legal Trouble: Forgetting important trucking regulations could get you in significant
trouble with the law. Taking a quick refresher course can help ensure
Truck Driving Refresher Courses FAQs
As a trucker, maintaining and improving your driving skills are an essential
part of your career. Staying sharp behind the wheel not only improves
your safety while on the job, it can also improve your driving efficiency
and help you stay calm and comfortable in the driver’s seat for
a lower-stress experience. Elite Truck School is pleased to offer CDL
refresher training in addition to our CDL training programs and truck
driver training school in Portland.
Why Do I Need a Refresher Course?
There are many reasons truckers enroll in CDL refresher training courses.
If you haven’t been behind the wheel of a truck in several months
and are now looking for a trucking job, potential employers may require
you to take a refresher course for insurance and safety purposes. Even
truckers that have not been off the road for long—or have never
left the business at all—can benefit from a refresher course for
many reasons. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations
for truckers are constantly changing; staying up to date on these regulations
will ensure you are always in compliance to avoid fines or even termination
of your employment or loss of your license.
What Will I Learn During a Refresher Course?
CDL refresher training encompasses many subjects. Just as when you first
entered truck driving school, there will be classroom and hands-on portions
of your refresher training. Classroom work includes reviewing the rules
of the road and all current federal and state requirements for truck drivers.
Hands-on training includes CDL pre- and post-trip truck inspection and
driving skills practice to reacquaint you with the process and feel of
handling a tractor trailer while under the supervision of an experienced
and licensed CDL instructor.
Can a Truck Driver Refresher Course Help Me Get a Job?
CDL refresher training is a great springboard to landing a job in the trucking
industry. Especially if you lack past experience or have no recent experience,
completing a current truck driver refresher course will take the place
of this experience when you are looking for trucking jobs. A CDL refresher
course is also a valuable opportunity to network with other drivers and
potential employers; furthermore, you can take advantage of your truck
driving school’s job placement services to help you find exactly
the job you want much faster and easier than searching on your own.
Elite Truck School is proud to provide CDL refresher courses to truck drivers
in the Portland area. If you have any questions about any of our programs,
don't hesitate to call (503) 615-8465.