CDL Tips for Truck Drivers in Minnesota

Bay & Bay Transportation wants you to be prepared for your commercial driver's license permit exam.

Minnesota CDL

A CDL, or commercial driver’s license, is required to operate a commercial motor vehicle. These vehicles are those that carry more than 16 passengers, transport hazardous materials, or have a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 26,000 pounds. CDLs are required for truck drivers in Minnesota and drivers employed by Bay & Bay Transportation. Before you take your CDL exam, or even after, there are a few things you need to know to maintain your license.

What not to do:

If you already have your CDL and receive a moving violation when you are younger than 20 years of age, you must retake all exams related to obtaining a CDL. There are also more severe instances of violations that can cause you to lose your CDL.

  • Driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of over .04
  • Driving while under the influence
  • Refusing to take a blood or breath test while operating a vehicle
  • Not stopping for an accident you were involved with
  • Using a commercial motor vehicle to commit a felony
  • Lying on the application for a CDL

Committing any of the above mentioned actions will earn you a one-year disqualification, but if you are convicted, it is upped to three years.

How to Prep for the CDL Exam:
The first step is to gain your commercial driver’s instruction permit (CDIP), which will allow you to legally practice driving a truck and trailer. To obtain the CDIP you will need to pass a written exam, similar to that associated with a traditional driver’s license. This test will most likely involve multiple choice questions that relate only to commercial driving questions and issues. You can prepare by studying the CDL manual of your state and taking a few practice tests.

In addition to knowing the nuances of truck driving in theory, you will also be expected to put them into practice. This includes inspecting the vehicle, successfully performing typical maneuvers, and knowing how to react to different scenarios.

There are certain things during the driving portion of the CDL exam that will automatically fail you. They are:

  • Running a red light
  • Getting into an accident
  • Forgetting to check your peripherals
  • Jumping a curb
  • Other major moving violations

Fear of failure shouldn't stop you from practicing or pursuing your CDL though. Through practice and studying, you’ll be just fine when it’s time to take your CDL exam. After you’ve acquired 6 months of OTR solo driving, come back and check out the truck driving jobs offered by Bay & Bay Transportation.