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Getting your CDL in Georgia may be a smart move, as Atlanta ranks as the best city for truck drivers, with the highest percentage of available jobs, highest salaries, and most affordable rents. It’s also in the top ten states with the most road miles, so you’ll have plenty of ground to cover whether you choose to be an intrastate or interstate driver. Once you’ve decided to become a commercial driver in Georgia, your first step toward accomplishing your goal is to sit down and start studying the 2017 Georgia Commercial Drivers Manual.
In the manual, you’ll find all the information you need to pass the exam. As it’s a lot of information, be prepared to make a study plan, break it up into sections that you can easily tackle one at a time, and take notes as you go, so you don’t forget anything. Once you’ve finished reading the manual, go back and review any sections with which you’ve struggled. In addition to general information about how to drive and transport cargo safely, you’ll also find the information you need for license endorsement exams on these topics: air brakes, combination vehicles, doubles/triples, and more. It’s normal to find your mind wandering; you can counteract it by taking a quick break. Since the Georgia Commercial Drivers Manual has over 80 pages of information, there’s a lot of information to digest, and it’s perfectly natural to start to lose focus occasionally, which is why study breaks are a good idea. You’ll need an 80% or higher to pass the CDL written test, but once you feel confident in your knowledge of the information in the handbook, a passing score should be no problem.
Before you head to the DMV, take the time to review the manual and your notes again to make sure you’re comfortable with everything you need to know. Reviewing will also help you feel less nervous about the test, and remind you that you’re familiar with the material and have spent plenty of time studying. Once you’ve mastered the Georgia Commercial Drivers Manual, the road will soon be yours!