The Steps of Preparing for Your CDL Permit Exam

Depending on which truck driving school you attend, you may be required to obtain a commercial drivers instruction permit before you practice behind the wheel of an actual rig. If you meet the eligibility requirements necessary to obtain your commercial driver’s license, you can take the written Arizona CDL permit exam. Here are some pointers to help you prepare.

Get a Physical

Before you can obtain a CDL permit, you must first get a physical and have a Medical Examiner Certificate or ADOT card. This examination may be performed by a licensed doctor, physician assistant, advanced practice nurse, or chiropractor. If you had previously obtained a Medical Examiner Certificate or ADOT card for any other reason, it is only valid for two years.

Study the CDL Manual

Studying the Arizona CDL manual is the best way to prepare for the permit exam. The test questions are culled from topics covered in the manual, and cover such areas as vehicle inspection, speed control, how to anticipate and respond to hazards, night driving, driving emergencies, braking, skid control, and proper accident procedures.

Take a Practice Permit Test

After you study the manual and feel comfortable with the material, you’ll want to take at least one practice test before you take the actual CDL permit exam. Permit practice tests will give you an idea of what to expect on the real test and will allow you to test your knowledge and identify the areas that you need to strengthen before taking the actual permit exam.

If you’re interested in obtaining your CDL and becoming a truck driver, HDS Truck Driving Institute can help. As Tucson’s premier truck driving school, HDS prepares students to have long and successful careers as professional drivers. To learn more about our CDL training programs or admission requirements, contact us online or call us toll-free at (877) 205-2141.

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