Being a CDL driver opens up a world of opportunity to you. You can travel around the country and see many things that most people only dream of seeing. When you first get your CDL, you may not realize that you can lose it, even when you are not driving a big rig. There are certain things that you can do when operating your own personal vehicle that could cause you to lose your CDL. The following guide highlights potential mistakes you could make that could cause you to lose your CDL.
Getting one or two speeding tickets while operating your personal vehicle will more than likely not cause you to lose your CDL. Repeated speeding tickets or reckless driving tickets could cause you to lose your CDL though. The restrictions as to how many tickets you can get before your CDL is revoked vary by jurisdiction.
Driving While Intoxicated
Driving while intoxicated can cause you to lose your CDL immediately. If you operate your personal vehicle while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is hard to believe that you would not do the same while you are operating a big rig. Most jurisdictions give little to no leeway when it comes to operating a vehicle while under the influence.
Fleeing from an Accident
If you are involved in an accident and flee the scene, there is a good chance you will lose your CDL. Accidents happen from time to time and taking responsibility for an accident is important. You cannot operate a big rig if you will flee an accident in your personal vehicle because there is a good chance that you could get into an accident in the truck and leave the scene of that accident too. The accidents caused by big rigs are often far more devastating than those caused in personal vehicles, which is why it is important that only reliable drivers operate big rigs.
If you drive cautiously at all times and operate your personal vehicle with the same respect that you operate your big rig, you should have no problems when it comes to getting citations or losing your CDL. The government only wants safe, reliable drivers to operate big rigs because they are so large and cause a lot of damage if they are operated improperly. Behaving responsibly while you are behind the wheel of any vehicle is important and something that everyone with a CDL should strive to do. Talk to a specialist like Montu Staffing Solutions for more information.Share
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