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Truck Driving Careers: Choose the Right Truck Driver Training School or Trucking Company


I would like to stress to those interested in choosing Trucking as a career, to make sure they do their homework before choosing a  Truck Driver Training Facility or Trucking Company for Employment. Trucking Schools are a big business out there, and trust me, there are thousands of eager people just waiting for you to join them. The choice you make will determine the quality of education you receive and the amount of money you spend to obtain it.

On a similar note, careful choice must be made when signing on for a trucking job. The hope of financial freedom can easily be crushed if you sign on with a trucking company that readily abuses their drivers. They do this by keeping them out for weeks on end and compensating them with a small paycheck.

Trucking is Being Chosen as an Exciting Career, but you must be able to research and make the Right Choices. Don’t be Held Hostage by making the wrong choice.

As we enter the year 2008, the job market is looking less optimistic. More people than ever before are investigating a career withing the Trucking Industry as the solution for financial success. Their goal is not just having a job, but a career that will allow financial freedom as well as the freedom of Over The Road Truck Driving. Their goals for achieving this dream are two fold: Find a  Truck Driver Training Facility ( to obtain their CDL) and then a Trucking Company to hire them. Simple, right?

Unfortunately, whenever there are anxious and enthusiastic people looking for an opportunity, there are those who will be equally anxious, waiting to take advantage of them. Their company ads and promises are as luring as expensive fish baits, and as successful as the most expert fisherman. Their motive is financial gain, plain and simple. They charge thousands and deliver very little, except maybe an empty check book or a large loan payment.

The most vulnerable are the Students desiring to obtain the required CDL license through quality truck driver training. This is the first step that anyone considering a truck driving career must achieve. As a result of this necessary requirement, there are many businesses out there targeting this audience, trying to obtain their business by promising a quality education in truck driving. Some are reputable institutions, but many are just businesses, posing as quality schools, offering a poor education, costing thousands of dollars. Many of these  CDL Training Schools promise “quick training” in as little as 2 weeks. Since many potential drivers are eager to get their training and start earning a living, this kind of training is quite appealing.

The next targeted audience for abuse is the “newbie” CDL driver. Many Companies are willing to take on these new drivers, promising them the world, but only delivering hours of driving, time away from home, and VERY little pay.

Veteran drivers are very much aware of the scams and tricks out there. Many however, are not as aware of the Truck Driving School Scams, as they achieved their CDL many years ago before the “driving school mills” were as popular.

These veterans, are however, familiar with the trucking companies that take advantage of drivers, and stay away from them like the plague.

Many of them have paid their dues, enduring years of heartache and empty promises, going from one company to the next, until they found the “right” company. Others were fortunate enough to land a good company from the beginning and have spent their entire career with them.

We  strive to encourage everyone to research all their options carefully before making any decisions.  As many of you already know, Allen’s well researched book, “The Truth About Trucking” has much of the valued information you will need, including information he has obtained through his own trucking experiences.

Don’t get carried away with all your eagerness and enthusiasm. Take time and do your research. Only when you know about the scams will you be able to avoid them and be successful choosing the best truck driver training and trucking company to work for.

Allen is a 30 year veteran and expert within the trucking industry. He has written dozens of articles , helping students and new drivers to be successful by avoiding the scams of many truck driving schools and trucking companies. He is the original author of the well known book, “The Truth about Trucking” and the primary writer on his blog,  Ask The

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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19 Responses to Truck Driving Careers: Choose the Right Truck Driver Training School or Trucking Company. - Post a Comment

  1. Larry Stafford

    Hello Allen & Donna, myself and Joanne my wife would like to say a big thanks again for the mention of or trucker’s advice video on YOUTUBE. I know the audio is alittle off but the good advice is all audible and clear. I am a career 20 year truck driver and found the info in your book and bonus materials to be very helpful. The authority information was a big help for us because we are starting out totally Indepedent soon after being leased on to a carrier for 3 yrs. Thanks again. Larry&Joanne.

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  3. Dan

    What are the top 10 best trucking companies to work for? Dan

  4. Timothy Whitsett

    Have you ever heard of Roadmaster Drivers School. If so ,what is your opinion about them. Comments please.

  5. Dan

    We have a Roadmaster Trucking School nearby and I was wondering the same thing about them. Are they worth their weight?

  6. Michael Hill

    I would avoid SWIFT, at all cost they are turning out to be the Worst of the Worst, they put me out of work after 6 months with them after almost a 10 yr driving safe. if you disagree with them in anyway, your DAC is going to be messed up after they terminate you and you wont know it til you get your DAC report

  7. Truck School

    Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Trucking Schools are a big business out there, and trust me, there are thousands of eager people just waiting for you to join them. The choice you make will determine the quality of education you receive and the amount of money you spend to obtain it.

  8. kevin mills

    What is the most affordable route to obtaining a cdl license & the required training in order to starting a career in trucking? There is a Road master in my city, can you recommend 1or 2 others?

  9. Allen Smith

    Vo-Tech and Community colleges

  10. Steve

    I can only speak from my own experience. Living 1/2 hour out of Lincoln, NE, I went to South East Community College in Lincoln, NE. Their 10 week Professional Truck Driver Training Course is PTDI certified which goes along way to getting hired with a reputable company. I’ve read and heard of the “horror” stories about the exorbitant cost associated with some driving schools and how some companies will pay for your schooling if you drive for them your 1st year in which they are making money hand over fist off of you. The cost for the 10 week course two years ago was under $1000. There was 3 different sessions, 2 during the day and one in the evening. I attended the one in the evening which allowed me to earn an income during the day. Protect your self and check around. Crete Carrier, Schaffer and Hunt hire out of SCC Lincoln. I recommend this school, and this may be uncommon these days, but I don’t like seeing anyone getting ripped off in their pursuit of a career which requires so much skill and that can be so rewarding.

    • Allen Smith

      Thank you! This is why we recommend Community colleges and Vo-Tech schools

  11. Bernie

    Roadmaster, C-1 Driver Solutions are the worst schools out there. Run as fast as you can away from these criminals. They are nothing but shady liars who will ruin your career before it starts.

  12. Reggie

    I recently spoke with a Roadmaster Rep and the last thing I heard him say was ‘ tuition is $6,400.wha wha wha wha wha.

  13. Reggie

    The recruiter I spoke with from Roadmaster did come across sounding like a bad car salesman.

  14. Tonia

    Today, I have been reading a lot on this website. It has information that is very helpful to a person new to trucking. I am in the middle of choosing a company for training.
    USA, FFE, and Central Refrigerated. Out of the three compnaies, which would be a better training company? Their student rates are just about the same.

  15. Allen Smith

    In my opinion : Central Refrigerated


  16. Janet

    Hi Allen, my husband and I have been considering a career in truck driving , we have been talking with Central Refrigeration in Utah. Is this a good , legitament company to learn from?

  17. chris

    I live in southern California and I’m looking for cdl schools, went to Schneider National’s web site and list of schools they showed where Roadmaster and United trucking school, Having a hard time finding other schools and went to look for schools and they show non in SoCal, I have enough for the school but I don’t want to train in a different state. I have a wife and 2 kids. Any advise

  18. Michael DeVilbiss

    I was one that rushed in eager to get my CDL – I attended Roadmaster in Tulsa – oh what a mistake! Cost – if not financed $7000 – Financed $9600.

    This is a for profit school only. Only interest is getting bodies in and out of the program. I can say that the first time I was sent to DPS to test, I had only driven appox 7 hours in total, and had never been instructed on how to do an alley docl or p[arallel park – both of which we parts of thetest.

    In the 3 times I tested, 25 others tested with me – and out of the 25, only 2 passed! That is a 97% fail rate.

    I am now attended Central Tech in Drumright, OK. It is a State operated school, that is PADI Certfied, has there own 4 mile course, followed by trucks that carry only 2 students – we will go on 3 long trips which will be over 500 miles in solo trucks. The cost of the school $4000 which includes housing. If you don’t have the money, they have companies that will pay for you tpo attend. this is the top school in Oklhoma and also one of only 55 schools provided EXCELLENT by PADI.

    Look hard before you go to a school. stay a way from roadmasters. turning to Depsrtment of education to bring there rights to operate as a school

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