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Virginia is one of the oldest states in the nation, and much of it has remained divided into rural communities. Because the state’s people are so widespread, 86% of the communities in the state depend on trucking as their sole provider of food and goods. The commercial trucking industry is staying strong throughout the US, and if you’d like to join in the industry, you’ll need to get your commercial driver license. To start, you’ll need to pass a written knowledge test based on the 2017 Virginia Commercial Driver’s Manual. The knowledge tests have hundreds of possible questions based on the manual, so it’s important to take some time and study carefully before heading to the DMV.
To study for your test, you’ll need to download the manual and read it from cover to cover, taking notes as you go along. The questions on your test will be multiple-choice and pulled directly from the handbook, so if you keep yourself focused you can confidently know all the answers. You’ll most likely also want to take written tests to add endorsements to your license, such as tanker, multi-trailer, combination vehicle, air brakes, Hazmat, passenger transport, or school bus driving, which will open the door for more job opportunities. There is a lot of information provided in the manual, so if your mind starts to drift or your attention starts to fail, take a short break or walk and then come back with renewed enthusiasm. After you’ve thoroughly read the handbook, look at your notes and if you find areas that are still unclear or are hazy in your memory, go back, and reread those sections. You’ll need to answer 80% of questions correctly to pass your test, but all the information you’re learning will make you a safe driver on the road and benefit you, your cargo, and the other vehicles on the road as well.
Before you take your test, it’s useful to read the manual and your notes one more time to have it at the front of your mind, then head on over to your local DMV. Remember what you’ve been studying, stay calm, and you’ll be on your way to having a commercial driver’s license in no time at all!