The first thing you need to know about getting into trucking is the age requirement. To drive a class 1 vehicle in Canada you need to be 18 years of age and 21 years old if you would like to drive south of the border into the US. You will also have to hold a valid class 5F and have to have a commercial medical done from a doctor so that Manitoba Public Insurance have it on file.

When is a good time of year to learn how to drive truck? It has always been my opinion the best time to train anyone for truck driving is in the dead of winter. I know that sounds kind of scary but let’s face it, you will run into a lot more difficult challenges in the winter compared to summer driving. You will get hands on training as you train on snow covered road and icy intersections. Driving truck you need to be prepared for all seasons. Working through your first winter will be so much easier with a professional trainer with you.

I get asked this question a lot. What kind of wage can I get once I have my class 1 license?

Great... you graduated from your 244 hour training program. Don’t get to excited quit yet. You still have a ways to go. You will need to do more training with the company that hired you on. This hands on company training can be anywhere from two weeks to 13 weeks of further training before that company feels comfortable sending you out on your solo trip. During this additional training that companies will be spending or better terms investing approximately $10,000 to $15,000 on your training. So chances are that you will not be earning top driving wages. I’ve always told people that has asked me that question to go after the experience first and then the money will follow. Every companies is different when it comes to wages. Your yearly earnings can be anywhere from $40,000 to $70,000 a year or more. This is all going to depend on what you are hauling, where you are hauling and what type of equipment you are working with. You can make your truck driving license whatever you want it to be. You can be a company driver, owner operator or eventually a fleet operator.

There is nothing like sitting behind the wheel of a big rig. The size and the feel of all that horse power. The feel of freedom driving that open road. New scenery and challenges with every day is different. You will have the option of driving local, reginal, winter roads or hitting the highway on long haul.

Driving long haul and running North America you will see so much out there. I remember by the time I was 30 I’ve seen more country then most people I knew. You get the chance to meet great people from all over. Trucking has always been a truly fascinating job.

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