Applying for truck driving school is not only the first step toward a big career change, it's also the first step toward a big lifestyle change. And like all big decisions in life, it's a good idea to do some research.
Driver Solutions recently had a Facebook conversation discussing just that - researching truck driving schools.
Here's what he had to say:
Chaz makes a great point here - the trucking industry is plagued with "horrible stories" and complaints. Like many things in life, people are always quick to complain but rarely take the time to praise when they receive a service or product better than expected.
Unfortunately, this causes many truck driving schools (Driver Solutions and others) to have to deal with people finding search results on Google such as "Driver Solutions Scam" or "Driver Solutions Complaints." The fact is - these are few and far between. Last year alone, Driver Solutions was able to help over 2,400 students successfully start a trucking career.
So, what can we do to make sure those people new to the trucking industry get an accurate picture? The answer is just what Chaz suggests in this post. We MUST share the good stories as well.
There are so many great drivers out there that help keep us running day-to-day, it's a shame to see their hard work go unrecognized as they're hidden behind these "horror stories." And behind most of these talented drivers is a great trucking school that helped them get their start in the industry.
It's for these reasons that Driver Solutions has spent a lot of time reaching out to these individuals so they can share their stories as well - because they deserve it. Please take a moment to check out some of the resources listed below if you are researching truck driving schools
#1 Resources To Check Out
Driver Solutions followed 2 students through truck driver training. Each week, we posted a video up with their progress and how they were feeling at each point. This is a MUST see series and you can check it out using these links:
- Week 1 - Getting Started - 3 Weeks. 2 Guys. 1 Goal.
- Week 2 - Driving a Semi Tractor Trailer for the First Time
- Week 3 - Preparing for the CDL Skills Test
- Week 3 - Taking the CDL Skills Test
#2 Resource To Check Out
Driver Solutions often talks to past Driver Solutions grads who are currently working truck driving jobs. Below are links to just some of the MANY stories we've heard:
- Life After Truck Driving School: First Truck Driving Job
- Let’s Talk Miles, Pay and Hometime with USA Truck Driver John Keaton
- Life On The Road As A New Trucker with PAM Transport
If you've done your research and you'd like to find out your trucking school options, go ahead and complete our online driver application. By doing so, you won't be committed to anything and you'll be able to schedule a time to speak with a driver agent about your particular situation. Just click the Apply Now button in this post to get started.