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The requirements to be a truck driver

Because tractor-trailers are some of the largest vehicles on Illinois roads, it is important for truckers to meet the federal and state guidelines. If a truck driver does not have the proper qualifications, he or she may be unable to operate the truck safely and might get into a collision with other vehicles on the road. 

If people want to drive a commercial vehicle, they generally have to get a commercial driver's license. TruckerCountry.com says people usually have to meet several requirements before they receive this license. If people want to drive a commercial vehicle in Illinois, they typically have to be over 18 years old. If they want to drive across state lines, though, people usually have to be at least 21. Once a truck driver has this license, he or she can drive vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds.

People have to meet other guidelines besides the age requirement. According to TruckerCountry.com, people have to take exams to receive their commercial license. These exams usually test a person's general knowledge about trucking and the requirements of driving different vehicles. Additionally, people typically have to pass a driving test. Someone usually has to demonstrate that he or she can control a large truck and inspect the vehicle before each trip.

Additionally, truck drivers generally need to meet medical guidelines. People may not be able to get a commercial license if they have certain medical conditions. A trucker might also have to meet physical standards because the job can sometimes involve heavy lifting. Additionally, a trucker typically has to have an active driver's license. If someone has an active license revocation or suspension, he or she generally cannot drive a commercial vehicle. All of these guidelines are important because truck drivers may put their own lives, as well as the lives of other drivers, in danger if they are not capable of operating the vehicle. 

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