Being a desert state with a thriving tourist location like Las Vegas, Nevada brings in an enormous amount of goods and food items, and commercial truckers primarily move those imports. With demand so high, it’s no gamble to bet that becoming a commercial truck driver is a solid career move. The number of trucking jobs will also continue to increase through 2022 across the country, with Nevada having an even larger projected demand. To join in this continuously expanding field, you’ll need to get your commercial driver license, but first, you’ll need to pass a CDL written general knowledge test. In order to get started, your first step should be to download and start studying the 2018 Nevada Commercial Driver License Manual.
Sit down with the manual, a pen, and some paper, and go through the entire handbook, taking notes as you go along. There are hundreds of multiple-choice questions that may be used for your written exam, but they all come directly from the manual, so if you study hard you can know all the answers. Stay on task; don’t let your mind wander off, but take shorts breaks if you start to lose focus and then come back and continue your studies. After you’ve finished reading, look at your notes, if you notice sections that are still hazy or giving you trouble go back and reread those parts of the manual. Everything you’re learning will be important to keep you, your cargo, and others you’re sharing the road with safe, in addition to helping you pass your test. In addition to the general knowledge test, it may be a good idea to add endorsements to your license that can expand the scope of jobs you’re able to take. Endorsements like driving a tanker, air brakes, multi-trailer, combination vehicle, Hazmat, passenger transport and school bus driver, will all add to your marketability and all require additional testing.
If you’re feeling confident with your studies and ready to take the test, it’s a safe bet to prepare by reading over the manual and your notes one more time to keep it fresh for the exam. Then head on over to your local DMV to be on your way to a new career to support yourself and the economy of Nevada.