From Law Enforcement to Long Haul Trucker - Brian’s Story

Driver Solutions student, Brian Futrell, recently shared with us via Facebook that Fox 8 Carolina was running a story on a truck driving school that we work with in Asheboro, NC. In this newscast, Fox reporter Charles Ewing talked with Brian and discusses the increasing amount of individuals pursuing truck driving jobs.

For some, trucking was a lifelong dream, but most begin truck driving jobs because the industry is consistent and there is a continuing employment opportunity in it. In addition to seeing the country, Driver Solutions student Brian Futrell got into trucking because he wanted to make more money to provide a better life for his wife and children. 

Students begin their learning at a training school then normally receive additional, hands-on training when they arrive at the carrier company they will be going to work for. In two to three months, a student can advance from a total novice to an experienced, well-trained truck driver.  This allows people, like Brian, to learn the basic skills needed to quickly start a new job i

We caught up with Brian to ask him some more questions about his journey into trucking.  Let's find out what he had to say...

Q: Why did you decide to get into truck driving?

A: I've been in law enforcement and probation and this (trucking) is something I've wanted to do for awhile.  I want to provide a better life for my wife and kids.  Now that my kids are older my wife and I decided this is the time to do it.  I also wanted to travel and see country.

Q: How did you find Driver Solutions?

I did my research and was searching on line for ways to pay for truck driving school.  I put in an application on the website, then talked with David from Driver Solutions.  He kept me informed and helped me with everything I needed to get started.  The whole process was quick, painless and easy.

Q: Did you have any previous experience?

This was a fresh new thing for me.  I had been in trucks before but had never driven one prior to school.

Q: What's it like not having any experience to get to where you're at today?

It was scary at first.  The truck felt like it was 10 stories high and learning to change gears took some time.  The instructors, Charlie and John, were really patient and helpful with it.  They made sure I knew what I was doing and helped me move through it.

Q: What are you looking forward to the most when you get done?

The biggest thing I am looking forward to is the freedom.  I am looking forward to being out on the road and meeting new people.  And of course the money aspect.  I want to provide a better living for my family.


Q: What are some tips you have for new drivers?

Check everything out and ask a lot of questions.  Be sure this (becoming a truck driver) is what you want to do.  I would send anyone I know to Driver Solutions.  It's a great way to pay for school it and they really help you get started.  Also - stay calm out there and be patient.  If you make a mistake don't dwell on it and move on.


Update: we're happy to report that Brian has completed truck driving school and received this CDL!  Check out the latest FB post below.







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