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It’s easy to see why Arkansas state slogan is “The Natural State, ” and with its strong economy of farming and manufacturing, commercial truck drivers are a vital part of what keeps the state running. Becoming a commercial truck driver in Arkansas is also a smart business move because Arkansas is one of the top ten places to join the commercial truck driving industry based on the availability of jobs and salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To start your career and get your CDL, you’ll need to study and pass a written knowledge test based on the FREE 2023 AR Commercial Driver’s Handbook that you can download from our site.

How to Prepare

The AR CDL Handbook will cover a lot of information vital to becoming a successful trucker and keeping you, your cargo, and others you share the road with safe, so it’s time to study hard. Sit down with paper and a pen, read the handbook, and take lots of notes! Your handbook covers general knowledge as well as the specialized information you’ll need to retain to receive endorsements on your CDL: multi-trailer, tanker, HazMat, passenger transports, bus driver and air brakes. Stay focused and return to sections that may have been confusing or hard to remember. It’s okay to take small breaks if you start to feel overwhelmed, but it is important to pay attention and make sure you’re absorbing all the information. There are hundreds of possible questions that may be on your CDL test but remember: they’ll all come directly from the handbook so you will have read all the answers and none are designed to trick you.

Final Steps

Once you feel confident with your knowledge, it’s helpful to read through the handbook and your notes one more time before you head to the Office of Driver Services to take your written exam. Take a deep breath, and get prepared to change your life, as you are on your way to being a great commercial driver for Arkansas.

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