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When choosing a good truck driving school you should look out for good reviews and testimonials. The first step is to check with your state department of motor vehicles organizatoin or your public safety department to find out what it will take to get your truck driving license or your commercial driving license in your area.
Next, you should look for a program that is certified. Not all schools will choose to have their courses and programs certified, so be aware of that. Make sure that your school will meet the minimum standards at least for certification, even if they aren’t certified.
Then, you’ll want to explore your truck diving course syllabus and see what kind of course material it will cover. Will it cover the basics of truck driving and teach you how to drive your truck? Have a chat with teachers, past students and administrators to get a good feel for how the school functions and the quality of courses it provides.
You’ll also want to find out if your state department of education will certify your school’s programs. Find out for sure at your local state department of education. Also, having a postgraduation job placement program is a bonus. It may not be necessary in the truck driving business, but it is a big bonus when you’re on the look out for a job after graduating. There are many opportunities that are available to you once you get your truck driving license. Make sure that you pass all the physical exams, keep a clean driving record and most of all, be dependable.
Being a dependable truck driver is one of the biggest assets you’ll have in your industry.
Also, be aware of license and diploma mills. These offer very short courses and don’t cover all of the basics. They only cover materials that are expected on a test or quiz. You may get your commercial license with them, but you won’t know how to operate a commercial truck. This may end being a big problem if you’re wanting to actually make money at it. You’re likely to lose out later when you compete for the best paying jobs in your industry with other qualified and experienced graduates from certified and quality schools.
Keep in mind, that when it comes to truck driving, it’s not how long you’re behind the wheel, but that you’re taught correctly while you’re behind the wheel. Price should be no criteria when it comes to your training. Lower priced schools thrive on word of mouth and recommendations.
You should look for schools that will offer you one on one training for truck driving. Some truck driving schools will place 5 to 8 students in a truck at one time. Most of the students that are able to get the better training, do so by getting private driving lessons with only one student per truck. If you are not getting this kind of instruction, you’re basically paying to watch other’s drive.
If you have any more questions about truck driving and how to get certified, contact ATS and we’ll get you started right away in a new career.