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Utah is famed for its vast natural beauty; it is practically littered with some of the more famous desert parks such as Arches, Canyonlands, and Zion. Commercial truck drivers are able to travel across the state to enjoy its natural scenery as well as carry cargo into metropolises such as Salt Lake City or medium-sized cities such as Provo. To begin your journey as a commercial trucker and have freedom of the road while you enjoy the many sights Utah has to offer and to prepare for getting your commercial driver license, you’ll first need to pass a written knowledge test. To get ready for your written knowledge test you need to download the 2017 Utah Commercial Driver License Handbook.
Take notes as you read the handbook in its entirety. Your written exam will be general knowledge, but you’ll also most likely want to add endorsements for better job prospects. The two additional tests most common for Utah are for air brakes and combination vehicles, though you can also test for tanker, Hazmat, multi-trailer, passenger transport, or for school bus driver endorsements. It’s important to stay on task while you’re reading. There are hundreds of possible questions you could be asked, but they will all come directly from the handbook so if you stay focused, you can be prepared to answer any question with confidence. Once you’ve fully read the handbook, take a look at your notes; if you see any areas that are still unclear or fuzzy in your memory, go back and reread those parts. You’ll need an 80% to pass your test, but all the information you’re learning will help make you a better and safer driver.
If you’re feeling ready to take the written exam, it’s helpful to read the handbook and your notes one more time to keep it at the front of your mind before you sit for your test. Good luck, and stay calm, as if you’ve read the materials and studied them, you’re sure to be on your way to being a commercial truck driver.