December 29

3 Helpful Tips For Protecting Your CDL

We all know keeping your CDL active is how you make the most money. With that said, here are three helpful tips for protecting your CDL.  

  • Practice Safe Driving 

Safe driving is the best way for drivers to protect their CDL. So, how do truck drivers practice safe driving? Safe driving includes defensive driving and never driving while under the influence. It also means following all the rules and regulations put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Although you cannot control how other drivers on the road operate their vehicles, you can control how you run your truck. Defensive driving means being prepared and alert to everything surrounding you on the road. 

  • Avoid Violations 

Drivers should be aware of all moving and non-moving violations; being aware is the best way to avoid violations. Here is a list of a few things that cause you to get points on your driving record.  

  1. Speeding 
  2. Following too close 
  3. Overweight 
  4. Traffic violation 
  5. Reckless driving 
  6. Driving without proper endorsements 
  7. Logbook errors 
  • Don’t Depend On A Circle Check 

A circle check is a common practice among truck drivers. You can run a lot of basic checks during a circle check. Still, suppose your equipment experiences a fault beyond something you could quickly identify. In that case, you should take the truck to be looked at so you’re not held responsible.