Before you can start a career as a truck driver in Rhode Island, you must have a Commercial Driver’s License or CDL. You must meet several state and federal requirements before you can obtain a CDL, such as reaching the minimum age requirement. You must be at least 18 years old to drive in Rhode Island, and 21 years or older to drive to other states. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average commercial truck driver in the state of Rhode Island makes about $43,120 in a year. Despite the size of the state, it is one of the highest salary ranges for all states. It allows those who wish to enter the industry to have a higher starting salary.
All applicants, both new and returning, must get and submit a medical certificate issued by a DOT certified physician. After you get all the paperwork done and submit your application, your next step is to take the written exam. Applicants can prepare for the General Knowledge Test by reading the Rhode Island CDL Manual, which can be downloaded from the internet or acquired from the local DMV office. Adding endorsements to a Class A CDL will allow the holder to perform extra duties. You can add other endorsements by taking the following exams:
• School Bus
• Tank Vehicles
Applicants who are able to pass the written exams will be given a license permit. This permit will only be valid for a few months. During that time, CDL applicants should practice driving the vehicles that they will be operating while under the supervision of a licensed driver. When you feel that you are ready for the road test, visit your local DMV office and schedule a test date. You must schedule your road test while your permit is still valid. The road test will be divided into a pre-trip inspection, basic driving skills, and on-road testing. All applicants must pass all three parts to get their CDL.
Truck Driving Schools in RI Listed By City
Teamster Local 251 Drivers Training School
121 Brightridge Avenue,
East Providence, RI 02914
Phone: (401) 434-0454
International CDL LLC
2227 Plainfield Pike
Johnston, RI 02914
New England Tractor Trailer Training School
600 Moshassuck Valley Industrial Highway
Pawtucket, RI 02860
(800) 964-7771 or (401) 725-1220
The New England Tractor Trailer Training School has served the greater Providence, RI area for more than 30 years. Their facilities include modern classrooms and dedicated driving range for students to practice maneuvering techniques. NETTTS’s driving courses are a mixture of both classroom lessons and behind the wheel training. In addition, students will also be taught important safety procedures, as well as technical and operational aspects of the vehicles that they will be driving. All of these are guaranteed to help students obtain their CDL.
Nationwide Diesel Technologies
125 Washington Highway,
Smithfield, RI 02917
The Nationwide Diesel Technologies Performance Based Driver Training is a 7-day-a-week training facility. It provides students with flexible training schedules, which can be structured to their busy schedules. Students have the choice to either take all or part of their training during weekdays, weeknights, or weekends.
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