Truck Driver Training is big business so there are many options available for drivers to receive truck driver training. They include community colleges, truck driving schools and company paid training programs. The length of the training programs range from a few weeks to a few months depending on the institution. The cost also varies from institution to institution. Truck driver training programs also familiarize students with the various types of truck driver career choices and employment opportunities available. It is important that you choose your truck driving school carefully and based on what is important to you. Many students have contingent truck driver job offers available before they finish their training based on them obtaining their Commercial Drivers License.
View of the cab of a semi truck
Company-Paid CDL Training Programs provide another option. This is a program by which you agree in advance to work for a specific company and that company agrees to cover the upfront cost for your training. Many drivers like this program because they don’t have to pay in advance for their training and also because they already have a prospective job.
Truck Driving Schools specialize in truck driver training. Many of these training programs can be completed within three to four weeks. Most of these schools have job placement services which help to match you with companies best suited to meet your driving needs. Many drivers have been very pleased with these schools.
Many community colleges offer truck driver training. The training is often excellent and drivers have good success in getting jobs immediately. Oftentimes, this is the least expensive training program. Many community colleges don’t have job placement programs, but some allow representatives of various trucking companies to come to the school to recruit drivers.
Take the time to thoroughly research different training programs to see which would best meet your needs. Whichever program you choose, they should prepare you to get your CDL and the knowledge you need in order to succeed.
You will need to do some research to determine the training facility best suited to meet your needs. Referrals and recommendations of graduates of various schools are one of the best ways to find a good school. If you are limited to searching on your own, some questions to ask are as follows:
1. Does the school have accreditation by the U.S. Dept. of Education?
2. Is training offered on different types of vehicles, straight trucks, buses, tractor/trailers, etc?
3. Does the school have well maintained recent model tractors & trailers including weighted trailers?
4. What is the cost of the program?
5. How much time is classroom time versus actual driving time?
6. Are the classrooms clean and equipped with visual aids?
7. What is the student to teacher ratio?
8. What are the qualifications of the teacher?
9. How much individualized training do students receive?
10. Is both daytime and nighttime driving training offer?
11. Does the school have a practice driving range?
12. What is the length of the program?
13. Does the school have financing options?
Once you have received satisfactory answers to your questions, you can make an informed decision.There are pros and cons to any program. Choose the one that best meets your needs.
Many trucking companies also provide additional on the job training. This may include assigning trainers to new drivers. This means that a new driver will be paired with an experienced driver commonly referred to as a trainer. The trainer is able to observe the drivers skills and point out any shortcomings the driver has. Since the trainer is able to quickly access and immediately correct any mistakes the driver makes, the driver’s skills begin to improve. The trainer can also observe how well the driver follows the rules of the road as well as adherence to speed limits and other regulations and make appropriate corrections as needed.
Trainers can teach about life on the road and share many important tips. Examples include information as to how to select good truck stops and the reasons as to why one truck stop is more desirable than another. Trainers can point out which truck stops have the best food, showers and other amenities. Trainers can identify hotels which are friendly towards truckers and have sufficient space to park large trucks, tractor/trailers, etc.
Many drivers believe the training they received from their trainers to be invaluable. Of course, this is only if they had a good trainer. Unfortunately, drivers who get paired with lousy, ineffective trainers will probably not have a good experience.