Enrolling In The Melt Program And Maintaining Your CDL License

Becoming a CDL holder is a very difficult task, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get a CDL license.

Acquiring a CDL is not an easy thing as you need to enroll yourself in a certified truck driving school. Even after getting your CDL, you will still need to enroll yourself in refresher programs to maintain it.

Also Read: Top 3 Benefits Of Attending A Professional Truck Driving School

Once you become a CDL holder the last thing you will want is to lose your license. Just like everyone else you won’t want all your hard work, time and money to go to waste.

After you get your CDL it becomes your responsibility to keep it updated and renew it whenever required.

With every passing day, CDL requirements change so you need to keep up with all the updates in order to keep your CDL license.

There are many tips and tricks that can help you maintain your CDL. In this blog post, we will outline some of the tips that will help you maintain your position on the road.

MELT Program

Before we move on to the tips that you should keep in mind to maintain your CDL license, let’s take a look at what you need to do to get a CDL license.

The first thing you should do is enrol in a MELT program which is a Mandatory Entry-Level Training class for Class 1 and Class 2 commercial drivers. The program consists of a government-mandated number of in-class, in-yard, and in-vehicle training hours obtained from approved driving schools.

Driver training schools approved by ICBC will deliver BC’s Class 1 MELT courses, and those drivers seeking a Class 1 (tractor-trailer) or Class 2 (bus) license are required to complete Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) to apply for their license.

Big Rig Driving School has also been approved as a training school for the MELT program. You can check out our name listed on the approved list of schools for giving MELT training here . We offer training from qualified drivers who give a complete rundown of big rigs and everything related to it.

To learn more about our MELT training program, read this blog

Tips To Maintain Your CDL

CDL requirements vary depending on the state you live in but there are some common reasons that can suspend or disqualify your license.

If you don’t take care of such situations then their outcomes can be very stressful and frustrating and can even lead to the suspension of your CDL license.

Here are the 3 most common tips that will help you keep your CDL valid.

Renew Your CDL

It is very important that you renew your CDL periodically. If you don’t renew your CDL license then you will have to go through the whole training process and exams again to get a new CDL.

Renewal is far more convenient than having to take an exam again, so make sure that you stay ahead of the renewal process requirement.

Driving on an expired CDL license will result in penalties, fines and extra fees and can even prevent you from getting a valid license again for a certain period of time.

There are some steps that you will have to follow in order to renew your CDL but it is far better to follow these steps then have to face restrictions and fines.

In Canada, after every 5 years, you will have to renew your license. So you must keep yourself well updated with all the latest news and information regarding CDL renewal.

Try To Avoid Major Driving Convictions

If you want to keep your CDL license then you must abide by all the traffic rules and regulations.

Breaking traffic rules and getting into major driving convictions will only increase the chances of your license suspension.

If you are a truck driver then even a speeding ticket can become a huge issue. Most states allow some points before your commercial license is suspended but there are some provinces that are very strict and will suspend your CDL license due to a minor traffic violation.

There are some convictions such as driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs that can result in a permanent ban and you can lose your driving privileges.

Serious traffic rule violations will suspend your CDL and will also prevent you from getting a new one.

Here are some of the major traffic violations you should avoid if you want to maintain your CDL:

  • Texting and driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving

If you don’t want to lose your license then make sure that you avoid violating the aforementioned traffic convictions.

Practice Safe Driving Habits

Another important trick that will help you maintain your CDL license is to practice safe driving habits.

A common mistake that most commercial drivers make is that after getting their CDL license they stop practising safe driving habits which leads to increased traffic violations and ultimately suspension.

So make sure that you implement safe driving habits such as paying renewal fees on time, avoiding driving convictions, staying focused while driving and getting plenty of rest before getting on the road.

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