Oklahoma Trucking Jobs
Oklahoma is an important producer of natural gas, food products, and aircraft. Transportation equipment, food processing, and electronics are also major products. The oil industry, while still important in Oklahoma, is no longer as dominant as it once was. Still, an extensive trucking industry exists in the state to transport the goods and commodities produced there around the state and to the rest of the nation. Apply now for open positions in Oklahoma! Use our listings to the right and below this information to do it today!
All kinds of truck driving jobs can be found in Oklahoma, from the shortest, local routes, to Over The Road (OTR) cross-county jobs, and everything in between. If you are thinking about a career in truck driving, Oklahoma has a lot to offer you. If you wish to stay close to home, local jobs may be what you’re looking for. These allow you to get home most every day, and often, to have regular, dedicated routes. Regional jobs have you driving a bit further, to nearby states, but still allow you to stay within the same basic area of the country. Should you wish to drive for adventure, OTR jobs can offer you just that. You get to be out on the road for several weeks at a time, before heading home for some R&R. They take you to distant places on the map where nothing is the way it is back home – and that is the fun of it!
Requirements for Driving in Oklahoma
To get a CDL, you must pass knowledge and skills tests. The best way to prepare is a truck driving training class or program. These can be found throughout the state. You will also need a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. You must have reached your 18th birthday to be eligible, or your 21st if you wish to drive between states, or carry passengers. You will have to prove your identity, your legal status in the United States, and that you are a resident of Oklahoma. You will need a valid social security number. A vision test is also a prerequisite. Once you have met these standards, you will be given a permit that allows you to learn to drive the class of vehicle for which you are applying: Class A, Class B, or Class C. You will need to log actual miles driving the appropriate class of vehicle with someone accompanying you who is a CDL holder in the same class of vehicle. You will need to know how to inspect your vehicle as well as drive it. Once you feel you have achieved these skills, you may sign up to take the skills test. At that time, you will be tested on general skills as well as skills for any endorsements you are seeking. If you pass, you will be issued your CDL.
Building Your Trucking Career
The Oklahoma Trucking Association was established to represent the interests of the diverse members of the trucking community (www.oktrucking.org). It has multiple missions, which are to represent the interests of the trucking industry with regard to legislation both within the state and nationally, to promote truck and highway safety and education, to enhance the industry’s image, productivity, efficiency and competitiveness, and to work towards a healthy business environment. Recently, the ISD in Marietta took possession of a new, energy efficient school bus producing substantially fewer emissions and getting particularly high fuel economy. It is the first such school bus in the state.
Benefits of a Career in Trucking
It is possible to earn a good living as a truck driver in Oklahoma, with the average yearly salary coming in at $36,500. Higher salaries are possible depending upon the company and the type of driving. In addition to salary, companies offer good benefits packages to attract and retain high-quality drivers. Benefits typically include medical, dental, and vision, 401k retirement plans, paid vacation that increases with years of service to the company, and other perks like paid military and bereavement leave, and disability and life insurance policies paid for by the company. These perks can add as much as 30% to the value of your salary package.
Important Laws and Regulations
In order to drive a truck in Oklahoma, you need a CDL. This means you need to pass a written and driving test and provide a medical certificate when you apply for your license.
Maintaining a clean driving record is important. You will receive points on your license when you violate traffic laws. This means you have to be conscious about the laws and be sure that you adhere to the right speeds, signal when changing lanes and do everything else that you are supposed to.
You will also need to follow DOT laws. These are federal regulations that require you to submit reports on a monthly basis to the Department of Transportation. You cannot drive more than 11 hours and you cannot drive more than 70 hours in 8 days.
Drivers may travel the rural interstate highways at speeds of 75 miles per hour. Other types of highways require that people slow down to 65 miles per hour. Driving over the speed limit will require payment of a $10 to $200 fine as well as a possible jail sentence that can be as short as five days or as long as 30. This offense can also be cause for license suspension.
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