A Typical Day at Truck Driver School

Ever wonder what a typical day at truck driver school is like? At Millis Training Institute there is no typical day. Each of the 15 days in the program offers unique CDL Training to prepare you for a career as a professional truck driver. Here we offer a brief overview of three days to three weeks in the MTI training program.

Day 1

Anytime you start something new, you can expect the first day to involve paperwork and orientation. Truck driver school is no different. Getting acquainted with the truck driving profession means learning the rules and how to complete the forms to show you are following the rules.

You will learn the requirements of the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), as well as the hours of service and why restrictions were implemented. You will be entering a regulated industry and Day 1 serves as an introduction to those regulations. Expect some homework and quizzes. You have hit the ground running.

Day 5

The first week is coming to a close and you have already shifted into high gear. You have eight hours behind the wheel—four hours on the range and another four hours on the road. You will practice coupling and uncoupling after watching a demonstration. You will also watch demonstrations and practice backing and turning. The roadwork will be bobtail (uncoupled).

Day 14

It’s the day before truck driver school graduation, and by now you have learned to handle hazardous conditions like rain, high winds, and mountains as well as night driving. But this is no time to slow down, so you will spend eight hours on the road practicing what you have learned. You will practice:

  • Shifting
  • Turning
  • Backing
  • Coupling/uncoupling
  • Rural and interstate driving
  • City driving
  •  Mountain driving (where it can be done)


In just three short weeks after you started you are ready to graduate and start your new career. Sure, you still have things to learn and you still can improve your skills—that will never end. But you have learned all you can at truck driver school. You are ready to get rolling in your new career.

Millis Transfer wants you to have a long, successful and healthy career. Now that you know what to expect, you can find it all at the Millis Training Institute, where military veterans and others looking for a fresh start can begin an exceptional career in the trucking industry. To learn more about attending truck driver school at Millis Training Institute, visit the Millis Transfer website or call 800-937-0880.

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