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The Golden State of California is one of the largest and most prosperous states, so it’s no surprise California’s trucking industry is growing. With commercial truck drivers across the United States continuing to be in demand, opportunities in California are increasing as well. However, to join in this industry on the rise and get your commercial driver’s license, you’ll need to first get your permit by passing a knowledge test based on the CA CDL Handbook. It won’t be easy, but with study and a little prep work, you can make it happen.
Start by downloading our FREE 2018 California Commercial Driver’s License Handbook. Next, grab a pen and paper, read the entire handbook, and take notes! The CA CDL handbook covers a lot of information, and you’ll want to make sure you’re safe on the road and are secure with your cargo to pass your test. The handbook will not only address general knowledge but also what you’ll need to know to get endorsements on your license, making more jobs open to you. You’ll even find information about your basic control skills and road tests, to help you better prepare for them, so make sure you cover every section of the book you need. Keep your eye on the prize and be sure to return to areas that may have seemed confusing or hard to remember for another read. While it may seem overwhelming that there are over 300 possible questions that may be on your CDL test, just remember that they all come from this handbook and if you’ve been studying, you already know all the answers.
Once you’re feeling confident in your knowledge, it’s a good idea to reread the CA CDL Handbook one more time, and then you’re off to the DMV! All the questions on your CDL test will come directly from your reading and will be multiple-choice, so stay calm and remembered what you’ve been studying. You’re on your way to a new vocation as a commercial truck driver for California.