Question from Jack on the Driver Solutions Facebook page:
I'm thinking about going to school at the beginning of the year and I had a few questions. Where is the school? How long is it? How soon after completion will you get hired and paid? Is lodging and transport provided? Is food provided? How long is the contract? How much upfront money is needed? What's the longest time I would be away from home (on the road)? Will I be driving with someone? About how much do they start you at? Will I get paid during training and/or classes? Sorry for so many questions. Just need to know so I will know how much money I need and everything. Thanx in advance.
Response from Driver Solutions:
Hey Jack – Thanks for your questions. In all reality, the answers to most of these questions depend upon so many factors that are unknown about you right now. The best thing for you to do to get a 1 to 1 answer is to complete our online application a few weeks before you are ready to get going. This is a secure application that will not commit you to anything, but will allow you to schedule a time to speak with a representative.
However, we still want to answer all of your questions right now in as straightforward a way as possible. Just understand that without knowing more about your background and current situation, it’s impossible to give absolute answers on many of these subjects. We hope this helps!
Truck Driving School Location
Q: Where is the school?
A: The location of the school depends upon where you will be coming from, class schedule at that time, etc. We work with several schools throughout the U.S. and will work to find the best one in your area.
CDL Training Length of Time
Q: How long is CDL training?
A: The length of school will depend upon how you're able to advance through all the training materials/exercises. Different people learn at a different pace. That being said, our CDL training program is designed to be successfully completed in right around 3 weeks and most people are able to do so.
Starting The Truck Driving Job & Getting Paid
Q: How soon after completion will you get hired and paid?
A: As far as getting hired and paid, this depends upon the company we qualify you to work for, but typically it would be after you go out on the road with a trainer.
Lodging & Transportation At Truck Driving School
Q: Is lodging and transport provided?
A: Lodging is covered; transportation to and from truck driving school school is not provided at most of our locations. Most commonly, people catch rides with other students. We've never had an issue with a student not being able to find a ride to and from school. Don’t worry, plenty of other students will be there too and you’ll make friends quickly.
Q: Is food provided?
A: Food is up to you. It is not provided, though breakfast may be available at some of the student lodging facilities.
Truck Driving Job Contract
Q: How long is the contract?
A: The length of the contract depends again upon which carrier we're able to qualify you to work for and how much money (if any) you put down toward tuition. Under our company-sponsored CDL training program, with no upfront tuition money out of pocket, the agreement would be for a period of 1 year.
Cost of Truck Driving School
Q: How much upfront money is needed?
A: The amount of upfront money depends upon how much you want to put down toward tuition (if any), how/what you plan to eat while at training and licensing fees. In general, if you eat out every day during truck driving school, it's going to be more expensive than buying some food to prepare in your room. The licensing fees are slightly different from state to state, so you would need to check that too.
Length of Time Out On The Road
Q: What's the longest time I would be away from home (on the road)?
A: It’s really tough to answer the question about the longest amount of time you will be away from home (on the road) as this depends upon so many factors such as the company you go to work for, the load you are hauling, the route you are currently on, the weather, traffic conditions, etc.
Starting out, the best advice we can give is to be prepared to be out 2-3 weeks at a time on average. Additionally, the rule of thumb is that for every one week you’re out on the road you will be home for one day. So if you’re out 2-3 weeks at a time, you could anticipate being home 2-3 days before going back out.
Team or Solo Truck Driving Jobs
Q: Will I be driving with someone?
A: Whether or not you will be working a team truck driving job or solo truck driver job depends upon your preference and again which company we’re able to qualify you to work for as part of our company-sponsored CDL training program. Either way, there will be a period of time where you are out on the road with a trainer so it’s important that you’re open to/able to drive with someone.
Understanding Truck Driver Pay
Q: About how much do they start you at?
A: Your truck driver pay will depend upon the company you’re going to work for and if you’re driving solo or team. Here is a great resource for understanding truck driver pay and the differences between how much solo and team drivers make.
Pay During CDL Training
Q: Will I get paid during training and/or classes?
A: You will not get paid during truck driving school, though depending upon which company we’re able to qualify you to work for as part of our company-sponsored CDL training program, you may receive a $200 while in training. That being said, you will receive paid on-the-job training during the OTR (over-the-road) training portion after you complete CDL school and go to work for the trucking company.
4 Driver Solutions Program Benefits
Now that we’ve addressed your questions, let’s wrap things up by quickly reviewing some of the benefits to the Driver Solutions company sponsored CDL training program:
- No money $ down to get started
- No credit check
- Pre-qualified for truck driving job opportunity BEFORE training
- Attend a top truck driving school, get a CDL and get to work in around 1 month
When you combine all of these things with the potential to earn up to $50,000 in the first year behind the wheel, you can see why over 25,000 people have chosen Driver Solutions to help them become a professional truck driver.