CDL truck driving schools are not all the same. Finding the best truck driving school for you requires a little more work than just searching the internet for the one nearest you. If you are serious about a truck driving career, here are some things to consider when selecting a school.
Price is not the primary consideration. Most schools are priced about the same – generally within a few hundred dollars. If they are accredited by the Department of Transportation, you will be eligible to receive grants and loans, so don’t let the money scare you. If you find a school priced a lot higher or a lot lower than the rest, find out why the difference.
Location should also not be the most serious consideration when choosing a CDL truck driving schools. If you are going to drive across the country for a living, driving a few extra miles to a better school for the chance to land a better job should be a no-brainer. Even if you have to travel out of state for three or four weeks for a company-run school, it might be worth it to make sure you get started with a carrier you want to work for.
So if price and location aren’t important, what is? You should compare CDL truck driving schools by how much time you actually spend behind the wheel. Real driving time is what you need to become skilled. Time spent in simulators or observing others driving doesn’t count. Find out how much time you will be in control of the rig and use it as a starting point to choose the best truck driving school for you.
You should also compare the quality of the instruction and the quality of the instructors. If you are part of a class of ten and the instructor goes from yard to yard to check on the driving of two-person teams, you are not receiving quality instruction. Your instructors – each of them – should have driving experience, be knowledgeable about the industry, and be able to teach. We all know people who are really good at something, but can’t explain how to do it to someone else. Don’t be in that person’s class.
Finally, you should only consider CDL truck driving schools which provide some sort of job placement service. After all, you want to get the training so you can get a job. If the school delivers the type of training carriers demand, they should have plenty of employers seeking their graduates.
Better yet, consider CDL truck driving schools run by carriers themselves. Millis Transfer runs four schools throughout the eastern United States and would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Give us a call.