Top Resources for those looking to earn the Class A CDL

by | Jun 2, 2021 | News

The Alabama CDL driving test can be challenging without the right preparation. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available to help you study and pass the test with flying colors. 

Here are a few of the best tools to get you ready to make the best score to get you on your way. 

CDL of AL Four Week Course 

Obviously, attending the four week course that we offer here at CDL of AL is the best way to pass the CDL test. By attending a reputable CDL school, you’ll learn everything you need to pass the written exam, plus get the crucial hands-on training you need to pass the skills test. 

Our training course includes many different types of training like theory, vehicle inspection, backing maneuvers, and more. The class offers onsite skills testing that will help you feel comfortable when you get to testing day, which is often done on site. Talk about a home field advantage. Our four week course offers many benefits, including a high success and employment rate. 

CLD Manual 

The CDL manual is a free PDF that can be found anywhere online and gives you study tools. If you’re not attending a training course, you’ll want to read this manual front to back. Even if you are, you can begin studying for your CDL exam even before your course begins. 

Unfortunately, it’s over 150 pages so it is recommended that you take notes while you read your manual. This is a very long book that most people would get bored reading so the notes are to keep you on track as you go. Before you take the exam, you should go through this book a few times to be as prepared as you can be. The manual has everything you need to know to pass the test – it is just not as exciting as some of the courses and other practice tests.

Trucking Terminology

The trucking business basically has its own language, but you can learn it with a bit of studying. DAT Freight and Analytics offers a great glossary of the words that you need to know and understand to thrive in this business. With well over 65 words, this is a great tool to help you start learning terms you will hear everyday. This is a great resource to be studying that you will surely use for the rest of your career. 

Pre-Trip Inspection Checklist  

The pre-trip inspection checklist covers the internal and the external checklist proving the vehicle is safe for the road. You could be asked a number of different questions on this part of the test so this is an area you need to be sure to study. You will have to point out and explain what the different parts of the truck are and why you are checking these parts. This can be very tricky if you are not comfortable with a truck. Be sure to study this checklist and you will be prepared for the exam. 

Practice Test 

The free Alabama CDL practice test is available to anyone who might be interested in taking the exam. This is a great resource to use that will be similar to the real exam so you can get comfortable with some of the questions. This practice test offers tests in nine different areas from general knowledge to air brakes. As you are studying, you should be taking these practice tests to make sure you are able to apply what you are studying. 

There are plenty of great resources out there to help you pass your CDL exam with flying colors. Be sure to take the time to prepare for your exam so you can pass it the first time. 

No matter if you choose a class, study the book, or take the practice test, as long as you study, you can pass the CDL exam. Be sure to check out CDL of AL online or give us a call at 251-989-0740 if you have any questions.