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How To Choose A Truck Driving School

Top 7 Tips When Choosing A Truck Driving School

After making the choice to become a truck driver, your next big decision is where to go to truck driving school. After all, this one decision will directly affect your success within the field for years to come so it should be one you consider thoroughly. The following are seven tips to keep in mind when choosing a truck driving school:

1. Do Your Research

Before you apply to a truck driving school, do your research. Ask a lot of questions. If you know of anyone who is a professional truck driver who has had success in the career field, ask them their opinion. What kind of schools do they feel are best for driver training? In addition, look through the training instructions and the curriculum each school you are considering offers. While each state has its own CDL rules, get a head start on what is coming as part of your schooling and training by reading the Arizona Commercial Drivers License CDL Manual. This will give you an idea of what is to come.

2. Decide Between Private Truck Driving Schools and Paid Training Programs

There are two main types of truck driving schools, those being private truck driving schools or paid training programs. Paid training programs, like Knight Transportation, pay you during your extended training. Private truck driving schools mean you pay up-front to learn the skill and they don’t necessarily place their students in built-in jobs. This can be good or bad for you as a student, depending on your long-term goals. Paid training programs are usually cheaper because they come with on-the-job placement opportunity. In essence, you agree to learn with them, train with them, and then drive for them, at least for some time before moving to another company or on with your career. The private school option allows you to have the freedom to work wherever you want for whatever company you want, but it is usually the more costly option, and there is no guarantee of a job upon graduation.

3. Ask if There is a Comprehensive Training Program

One important characteristic of any good driving school is a generous classroom with regard to teacher/instructor numbers. You also need on-the-road training that will help you achieve success in your career as a driver. This is of course in addition to helping you pass and obtain your CDL. It’s also a good idea to have trainer-assisted driving lessons, meaning trainers or instructors ride with you for so long during a specific training period. This gives you both classroom knowledge and on-the-job instruction that is comprehensive in nature.

4. Inquire About Job Placement History

Your ultimate goal when going to driving school is of course to become a truck driver. Your training, time spent in a classroom and the money paid towards tuition wasn’t just for fun. Your goal is to find a job, and quickly, once you complete school. Therefore, make sure anywhere you go has a high record of placing drivers on the road either with their own company through on-the-job training or after graduation.

5. Find a School With Highly Skilled, Experienced Instructors

A school is really only as good as its instructors. The best instructors will have years if not decades of on-the-road experience to offer you as a student. Being able to teach you from their actual experience, not a book is extremely valuable.

Not only will an experienced former driver as an instructor get you ready for what you will face in the cab of a truck and help you pass your CDL, but they will also help you as you learn how to interact with customers and anyone you might come across at rest areas or interact with during shipment pickups, which are other elements of the job that can be overlooked during training but are still important.

6. Consider the Cost of Tuition

You might be wondering, “How much does CDL truck driving school cost?” The cost of truck driving school is a factor you need to consider, whether you want to or not. Admittedly, the money aspect is likely one you would rather not think about, but it’s a necessary part of schooling. Keep in mind, you are paying for your future and investing in your career. Therefore, don’t automatically go with the school offering the cheapest tuition for that purpose alone.

The reverse is true because the cost of a particular driving school is leaps and bounds higher than others doesn’t necessarily mean they are better. To determine the true worth of any educational option, and the cost of tuition, find out about job placement. Inquire about the long-term success most drivers enjoy after they graduate from that school.

Be sure to ask about scholarships or loans that will help you meet the financial obligations necessary to get the training you need. Avoid free programs. If you see “free driving school” beware. A good driving program must employ instructors and have the equipment, which means there is a cost involved.

7. Prepare Yourself

If truck driving schools were easy and required no commitment or dedication, everyone would do it! Therefore, it’s a good idea to prepare yourself for the task and even warn your friends and family of the commitment level you will be forced to put towards having success in this field.

You might reach a point where classwork or driver training feels overwhelming during the process. This is normal. Take heart, you can do it. All it takes is a commitment toward success and a willingness to keep up the hard work necessary to see your dreams realized. Don’t give up. You will one day soon find yourself seated behind a big rig, owning the roadway, and enjoying a rewarding trucking career.

Additional Tips For Choosing a Truck Driving School

Be willing to train and learn. Even though you might have been driving a regular vehicle for years, don’t be surprised if learning to properly navigate a big rig is like learning to drive all over again.
Speak up in class. Ask questions. There is no stupid question except that one you don’t ask. Other students likely are wondering the same thing.
Start today. Don’t put driving school off even one more day because that puts your career as a driver even further away.

Contact Knight Transportation for more information.

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  1. Fernando Monteiro on March 28, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Knights the best trucking company to work for for, they got it all for ya. Training, schooling, pay and more. Don’t quit till it happens to ya do it today.

  2. Florence Welch on May 2, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    It sure is interesting to know that in choosing a truck driving school, you need to look for experienced and highly skilled professors who have enough experience in driving different types of trucks. I’m planning on taking some truck driving lessons in order to help my dad drive a school truck. He’s been having some eyesight problems lately which hinders him from driving school kids safely to school. That is why I am planning on helping and replacing him in his job. I’ll be sure to look for competent instructors in order to learn fast.

  3. Ellen Hughes on May 18, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    You got me when you said that you need to consider the cost of a driving school since it will affect your decision. My husband bought me a new car because he wants me to learn to go to places without him. I want to enroll myself in a driving school. We’re both minimum wage earners, so I will definitely inquire about tuition fees.

  4. Gareth Batty on May 24, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    A driving school should have skilled and knowledgeable employees.I like how you said that about it.Here allows for extra practice?Thanks for sharing.

  5. Connor Erickson on June 6, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    I see these Knight Trucks everywhere and out of all the trucks I’ve seen, all of them have been some pretty dang good drivers. When you take these guys’ courses you’ll see why. It’s a great school and they do a heck of a good job. Would highly recommend to everyone looking to get a CDL

  6. Oliver Ray on July 15, 2019 at 11:56 am

    I am glad that you mentioned job placement. Any truck driver should be able to get a job with someone once he graduates, or did he just pay for schooling for no reason? I’ll have to tell my brother who is thinking about doing truck school to ask about jobs in the area that could wait for him to be done with school or even pay for his schooling if he is lucky.

  7. Stephen Joe on October 1, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks for the heads up and advice on the tips when choosing a truck driving school.

  8. Drake Welsh on October 2, 2019 at 10:41 am

    I thought it was helpful when you suggested to choose a driving school that has experienced instructors. I want to find a school to get my license, so I could start driving for work, and it would be important that I could find one that will be great for me. When I look for a driving school, I will be sure to look for one that has experienced instructors.

  9. Levi Armstrong on April 27, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    My brother-in-law wants to get a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to land a job with higher pay. I like that you mentioned that in picking a truck driving school, you should ask if most of their alumni get hired immediately after graduation. I’ll relay this tip to my brother-in-law when I see him this weekend. After he finishes driving school, I’ll help him look for a reputable company that offers CDL testing so he can apply to drive commercial trucks.

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