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Truck Driving Schools and Trucking Companies: Post Your Comments about Them Here

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Many of you have been writing me and voicing your opinions about specific trucking companies and trucking schools. Here is the place to write about them!

Every time you have a legitimate comment, you could be helping  fellow truckers  (or future truckers)  avoid a bad experience.

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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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  1. Allen Smith

    Hi Bill: For a PTDI certified course, this school is highly recommended:
    Tennessee Technology Center At Nashville
    100 White Bridge Road
    Truck Driving – 7204 Cockrill Bend Rd.
    Nashville TN 37209
    (615) 741-1241
    Certified Course: Truck Driving
    Certification Dates: 9/7/06 – 8/30/11

    Good Luck, Allen

  2. David Porter

    I just graduated from Katlaw Truck Driving school in Austell GA. and I have to say it was a TOTALLY positive expereance! All the instructors were very knowledgeable and professional. I passed my cdl test on the first try with no problem. It consisted of one week of class and two weeks of driving. I got plenty of driving time, as there were only three students per truck. The equipment was in great condition. My instructor was William Johnson, and I don’t think there could be a better one anywhere. The office staff was great and they are continuing to help me with job placement. I did a LOT of research before selecting a school and I am so glad I selected Katlaw. I would reccomend this school to everyone, and I will be posting this on multiple websites. Just a great place to learn. If anyone has questions feel free to contact me at dporter86@hotmail.com.

    Thanks to William and everyone at Katlaw.
    David Porter

  3. Champ

    I am in The Arizona Area and I am looking for a company that will not take advantage of me financially.I have seen that you can gross up to 1,000 dollars a week if with the right company.Can anyone tell me of a company that is in the state of Arizona or at least near by that offers this and possibly will help with you going to driving school?Also what company has the best trucks that will take a newbie driver fresh out of school.I really need help, I lost my house recently due to a mortgage scam that was ran on me and I am trying to start over.Any help would be great appreciated.

  4. Cheryl

    My husband is looking at getting his class A CDL since he has been out of work (construction) for almost 3 months now. He can probably get his tuition paid through the WIA (workforce investment act). I suggested that he attend Tri-County Technical College who offers this class for 4 weeks at a cost of $2,755.00. He has also found TDI not too far from us in Richburg, SC, but I’m not sure of the total cost with them. They told him the only out of pocket cost would be $250.00 and the WIA program would also pay their tuition. They told him they could help him get a job with a local company due to his clean background and motor vehicle record. Because of this he wants to go with TDI. Would the technical school help with job placement after he completed the course? I am also concerned after reading several comments about trucking jobs being few due to the economy. Are there trucking jobs available???
    Thanks for your help in sorting this out.

  5. Allen Smith

    Champ: Companies in AZ? Nothing comes to mind right now…..maybe someone out there knows of one? However, I would recommend checking out of NV with:
    WATKINS SHEPARD TRUCKING, INC.
    6435 South Valley View Blvd.
    Suite G
    Las Vegas, NV 89118
    800-409-9138

    Not sure if they are still accepting students, many companies have stopped doing so, but it is worth a check …….INFO:
    Offers School Training with Guaranteed Job – New
    Drivers and/or Graduates Start at $43,300 per year – Experienced drivers up to $72,400

    Here’s their Link for students:
    http://www.wksh.com/school.aspx

    GOOD LUCK, Allen

  6. Allen Smith

    Hi Cheryl: Most schools will “offer” job assistance ….. NO school can guarantee a job …. Vo-tech training is the best route to go, in my opinion ….. and, yes, there are still jobs available out there, especially for new drivers with excellent MVR records, etc…..Good Luck

  7. Allen Smith

    Thanks for the post, DAVID …. always glad to hear about good schools doing the right thing…..

  8. Jimmy Dee

    Allen
    I may qualify for free training, as I just started my final UI claim. I checked out one of the local schools and it smelled like a diploma mill. I won’t mention the name, because I don’t know for sure. If I find out it is I’ll post it on your blog here. The other local school does not seem all that professional. The third option is through Cumberland County College and has some sort of partnership with Bradway Trucking in Vineland, NJ. Ever heard of them? Think it’s a family owned fleet serving the Northeast hauling refrigerated goods. I would rather get up early and drive 40 minutes to a quality school than attend a rush job minutes from home. Any scuttlebutt on Bradley or the School? You’re a good man…keep up the good work!

  9. Jimmy Dee

    Sorry…the name of that trucking outfit is Bradway, not Bradlee.
    Ooops…Jimmy Dee

  10. Allen Smith

    Thanks for the kind words, Most of your tech schools and Community Colleges offer good training. Ask questions, don’t be shy.
    Keep in touch and let us know how the school turns out

  11. Pat

    My husband and I would like to start a class action against Truck Driver Institute (TDI) and its financial arm Standard Financial Services (SFS). He attended the “training” in Sellersburg IN and found what we now know are common problems — blue sky promises, lackadaisical instructors, equiptment barely roadworthy, and topped off with an outrageous “student loan” at usurious interest. We want to follow the example of the Michigan case against Nu-Way. So what we need is TDI graduates or non-graduates, who are getting the same scam job we are. Please put out the word. Sue them before they sue you! All these CDL mills give trucking schools a bad name and endanger everyone on the road with undertrained drivers.

  12. Donna

    My husband is looking into a career change into trucking. He has his learners CDL already with tanker/hazmat endorsements. We are just at a loss as to what school to go with. I have read and researched until my eyes are crossed. We live in Virginia, so a school in VA, NC, TN or WV would be great but we are willing to go else where for a good school. Any recommendations would be so appreciated.

  13. Allen Smith

    Pat: I’m glad to see the “fighting back” spirit from others. Our goal has always been to “Raise the Standards of the Trucking Industry.” I was in contact with those in Michigan when they asked my advise on where to start when looking at taking that school to court. They are doing just that. People CAN change things in this industry, if they will get involved. Good Luck….Allen

  14. Allen Smith

    Donna: We offer a truck driving school guide with the schools we recommend …. you can get it here:

    http://www.truthabouttrucking.com/documents/TruckDrivingSchoolGuide.pdf

  15. Good Driver

    DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A LIST OR A TRUCKING COMPANY who would hire a good driver who has an excellent MVR, six years of OTR but job hopped a little which is not uncommon in the industry? Please email at ineednow@live.com, thx

  16. Buddy

    After being unemployed for several months and with no prospects of enployment, I have recently applied for the WIA grant and plan on attending an accredited training school in my area. I have a spotless MVR report, however my concern is my credit score, as it has turned to terrible since being unemployed and I am actually preparing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filing in the the state of Illinois. I know that I was turned down for jobs withing the last 3 months due to this. Please does anyone have any information on how the trucking industry looks at an individuals credit score when applying for employment.

  17. Andre Walls

    Hello
    My name is Andre Walls and I am seeking employment. I have 2 1/2 years of over the road experience and ticket free and no accidents.
    Let me tell you my story. I had worked all week with no rest trying to make some extra money for my lady and my children so I was taking every run I could take so I could get back on track with my family. I came through my home town and I had a run northern part of arkansas. I was dog tired but I had to make the run. I was headed up the road when I got a call from my brother in law stating that his car had broke down and he was trying to get home because his child was at the point of death (which the day he got home, the baby died before day the next morning) I picked him up and let him made the run with me and when he got up in northern part of arkansas i got turned in stating that I had an unauthorized passenger on the truck(which I did) I was asked to write a statement which I did and I told the truth about it. I still got terminated and it has made it very difficult for me to find a job and I am at the point of losing everything, I know that there should be a company out there that is willing to hire me. I dont feel like i should be punished the rest of my life for this one mistake. I have learned my lesson and i promise it wont happen again, all i need is for someone to give me a chance so i can take care of my family, god knows i need a job.
    If anybody out there know of anything hit me, i am will to relocate or whatever it takes for me to survive.

    • Allen Smith

      Andre,

      Your story is not alone my friend. We’ll try to get the word out about your situation. In the meantime keep thinking positively and sending in your applications.

  18. patrick

    hello i was just checking the web site out and i am wonting to go to the prime training and im willing to go and i thank im going to do so i have been geting stuff ready for school to be a machanic but im droping that couse the economy sucks now and the class is to dam exp 36.000.00 to go to UTI TO BE AUTO MACHANIC SO IM GOING TO GO DRIVE TRUCK ITS BEEN MY DREAM SO IM GOING TO GIVE IT A TRY SO I WILL LET PEOPLE KNOW THE OUT COME IN A FEW MONTHS

  19. shannon morris

    try tmc they pay great i know people that work there . i would but i hate flat beding

  20. shannon morris

    roehl is a good company

  21. shannon morris

    dont take no sh#*!!

  22. Brando

    Hello all im in los angeles,Ca im looking for a good cdl driving school or a good company training program can anyone give me some input on what companies to contact or school’s to attend.

  23. Jaime Jimenez

    how much would having a criminal background affect my ability in getting my class a and finding work.

    • Allen Smith

      It could effect it greatly, even preventing one from ever getting a CDL license. Depends on many factors, such as what type of offenses, how long ago they were, etc. Talking directly with the company, if they are upfront with you, they should tell you right off, yes or no.

  24. Brando

    hey all how its goin just wanted some input on good trucking company’s near los angeles california or schools.I spoke with a recruiter from cr england but I’ve been hearing really bad things about that company.Can anyone give me a few good companys to contact for training in los angeles california.I would really appreciate any input.

  25. mariano

    need some advice ,I recently obtained my CDL from an un-known school, after that ived been driving cross-country with a friend for about a month but would like to get into a big company, the few ived contacted wanto charge me $1500 to train me
    Do all companies work that way?
    mariatortiya@aol.com

  26. Allen Smith

    Your school should provide job placement assistance, and should be working together with various trucking companies that accept students from the school. Being an “unknown” school …. this is your problem. If the school you chose have no company contacts to work with, this obviously is going to be a big problem for you. Companies most often only hire CDL grads from schools that they know and, more importantly, know that they turn out well-trained student drivers. Since the trucking companies may not know any of the background of this unknown school, then yes … they will more than likely want to “train” you all over again so they can train you the way they want new grads to be trained … and yes … they will require some kind of pay for their time and effort. Good Luck

  27. curtis

    my schooling was simply drive the semi truck around the city for a total of 20 hours at $80 an hour. then take the road test given by a 3rd party tester.

  28. Chris Schmidt

    I am a NEW Trucker. I went to School at PDI in Rochester NY. I had a very good experience with them and would recommend them for anyone that is interested in this career. The Instructors had many years experience in all forms of Trucking. The Equipment is well used, but maintained well.

    You get what you put into the training. I had a great Crew in the Cab while in training. The ratio of student to Instructor is 3 to 1 while driving. This worked very well. You got to see and experience more this way.

    As to finding a Job…That can be tough. As a 53 year old, recently downsized from a huge company locally, I did not want to go OTR at this point in my life. I started looking at every truck that went past me on the Road, B trucks, A Trucks, anything. If they had a phone number, I called seeing what they may have available.

    I found a local firm that does Tanker work and they were interested in me. The wanted me to have my CDL-A and my Tank and Hazmat endorsements. After I got my CDL-A and applied for my Hazmat, they called me in for an Interview and Road Test. I passed both and started the next week. I have been told that I was very fortunate to get on with this company. Family owned, and Safety minded with very very good equipment. I am into my second week of training and I am loving it. I hope my enthusiasm holds through the Cold Winter Months coming up.

    There ARE Jobs out there. You just have to be pro-active and look for them.

  29. Gary Lott

    I am about to leave on Sunday for school with CR England but in the past two days I am hearing it’s not a good company to go with could someone, anyone help me asap I don’t mean the guy that has a problem with one trained I need someone to let me know about the company I am a serious greenhorn don’t let me step off into deep water I can’t swim in. I got kids involved

  30. Allen Smith

    You can read a ton of comments from drivers about this company here: http://www.thetruckersreport.com/truckingindustryforum/cr-england/

  31. Mick

    I was wondering what was thought of “older” students. I am in my forties and looking for a new career but wanted to check out what folks heard, seen, or thought as part of the research I have been doing.

  32. mike holland

    Beware of the truck driving school Shippers Choice. I finished the courses and passed the driving test all to find out that I couldn’t drive a truck because of a past ticket I have on my record. Do you think they told me this before I enrolled? No, they promised me a job but when I told them about my problem, they did nothing.

  33. GUY MICU

    Hi I would frist off like to say I think it’s great that you are so involved with trucking and the industry.My school story is that they did’nt talk about Canadian border crossing.I live in the Detroit Mi area, and its right on the border of Windsor Canada.After I graduated I went to work for Werner. I did 280 hours of training with Werner and then I got my own route I took zone 8 which was a Canada route. I crossed the border 5 or 6 times no problem and then the day after Thanksgiving I was ready to saddle up and cross the border when I arrived at customs there was a ball busting customs guard and she said because In 2006 (2 years before I became a truck driver)I was charged with disordley conduct for fighting was not giving entrance to Canada from what I have reserched it 5 years from the date of your release for misdermeaner to even apply for a permit to be in their country. I have treated 99%of the people I know with professonal courtesy in my life,and people are paying up 7000 dollars for half assed education so schools and the companys keep getting turn overs.Greed is what is wrong with this country today.

  34. steve stromack

    Dear Allen and Donna Smith: I don’t have a CDL horror to share with you. I
    > will share my recent experience with you. On 09/19/2009 I graduated from
    > Great Lake Truck Driving School in Columbia Station Ohio. I took a 160
    > hour tractor trailer upgrade-which for me was a refresher coarse. I had a
    > very positive experience-the recuiters and instructors were fantastic and
    > very professtional. Everything was above the board and up front. I hope
    > this helps. Respectfully Yours: Stephen G. Stromack

  35. BB

    Ha Ha Ha. They have a good school, and it reasonabley cheap and good student to instructor ratio. Here is what they did to me after I graduated and got my CDL. I pick up my first trainer in Dayton, Ohio about 186 miles south of my house. I was on the road for 11 days, Which I didnt mind, thats what its all about Driving and delivering loads. But when it came time for me to go home for a few days. They dropped me off 23 miles from my house with no way home, and my car was still in Dayton, Ohio 186 miles away. I talked with the dispatcher about that, and he told me I would figure it out.! Yea I figured it out alright. Needless to say I didnt continue on with Roehl. But some of the others in my class didnt have any problems? So I think they all have their days. Looking back I still think I did the right thing. It might save the next person from being treated like I was.?? who know what lukes in the evil minds of the dispatchers.!

  36. William Smith

    Has anyone heard of MTC Truck Driver Training in Hazelwood, MO.? I enrolled in that school in 2007 hoping to obtain my CDL and land a job in the truck driving industry. I did get my CDL, but for some reason I cant get any over-the road jobs. I was supposed to go to Swift but Swift turned me down cause my blood preasure was a little high at the time so they sent me home jobless twice. Its been about 2 years since Ive graduated and Ive only had 2 trucking jobs (which were local jobs that didnt last for no more than a 3-4 months). I want to do over the road but I dont know were to start at. Every OTR company Ive applied for turned me down because I just dont have no OTR or not enough tractor trailer experience or they didnt respond to my application. What can I do? Im from Nebraska and I did try Werner but they turned me down. Now Im stuck between a rock and a hard place. I really dont know whats going on. Can anyone offer any good suggestions on which companies to contact get some kind of OTR experience. I appreciate it. Thanks!!!

  37. laszlo biro

    recently, i sent you an email about my desire to begin a new career in the trucking industry. i ran into some obstacles in relatiion to mistakes i made when i was young and dumb. i decided that i know who i am, and that since idid not qualify for any of the schools i applied to for training that i would study and take the written tests from a course i paid $95.00 for through advanced tech courses located in grawn michigan, also @ http://www.cdl-course.com. i studied the material in the general knowledge training manual, and out of 200 questions in the practise written test, i missed 8 questions, 4 of those questions i guessed, because the material was not found in the study material. well, i went to the dmv oct. 8 @approx. 2:30 in the afternoon feeling confident that i would easily pass the exam since i scored so well on the the test included in the course i purchased. on a hunch i asked if the state offered a cdl traing manual, and they did for $1.00 ,so i purchased the manual, and you could not believe how horrified i was to discover i would not have been able to pass the exam based on the study material that i purchsed from advanced tech courses. i wound up sitting there for the next 2.5 hours extracting the info from the state produced traing manual. thankfully, i was able to pass the general knowldge test with a 96% score, i missed 2 of the 50 questions, and i still believe that those 2 questions both had more than one correct answer offered. o well, i passed, so i will just be quiet now. anyway i thought i might let you know about what i believe to be yet another scam, i REALLY didn’t have the money to waste on that course, i don’t even know yet how i will make my mortgage payment in 22 more days, that really did hurt, but they already have my money, what can i do ?

  38. LARRY REDFORD

    I CAN TELL YOU THE BEST SCHOOL FOR FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO ENTER THE INDUSTRY IS ” THE SWIFT DRIVING ACADEMY”
    AT LEWIDTON IDAHO. THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THIS SCHOOL ARE OF THE HIGHEST INTREGRETY AND CALIPER OF PEOPLE I’VE MET IN MY 59 YEARS ON THE PLANET. NO MATTER WHAT YOUR OPINION OD SWIFT TRANSPORTATION, I CAN ASURE YOU THAT
    TRAINING AT THIS LOCATION WI8LL BE THE BEST EXPERIANCE
    YOU CAN EXPECT ANYWHERE.
    I WOULD LIKE TO GO BACK OVER TO LEWISTON ONLY TO SPEND SOME TIME AND SEE THE INSTRUCTORS AGAIN.
    I ATTENDED ONE WEEK THEN GOT THE SWINE FLUE.
    THEY TOOK ME BACK 3.5 WEEKS LATER AND I STARTED OVER.
    GOT BETTER GRADES SECOND TIME AROUND.
    AT THE END OF WEEK TWO THEY OFFERED ME TWO EXTRA WEEKS FREE SO I COULD GET MY SHIFTING DOWN RIGHT.
    THE INSTRUCTORS THERE ARE CREDINTIALED EXPERTS WITH VARIED BACK GROUNDS IN THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY,AS WELL AS
    DOT AND LAWENFORCMENT . YOU CAN EXPECT SPEAKERS FROM
    THE COMMUNITY. DOT AND SAFETY DEPARTMENTS WHILE YOUR THERE. THE ACCOMODATIONS ARE GREAT. THERE IS A SHUTTLE
    TO AND FROM THE MOTEL, AND DON’T THINK THE BIG FANCY
    MOTEL YOU ARRIVE TO IS THE BEST. THE BEST AND MOST FUN IS THE MOTEL YOU’LL TRANSFER TO YOUR SECOND WEEK. THEY NICKNAMED IT THE ” ROUCH MOTEL” BUT BELIEVE ME THER ARE NO ROUCHES, IT IS JUST THE OLD STYLE DRIVE UP MOTEL WITH
    MOM AND POP SERVICE.
    IF YOU WANT SOME REAL GOOD ADVICE WHILE YOUR GOING THROUGH THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION IS TO
    JUST KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND DO THE WORK.
    WEEK ONE IS THE WEEDING OUT PERIOD. IF THE LIED ABOUT ANYTHING ON YOUR APP, OR JUST DIDN’T TELL THE WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND THEY SCHOOL WILL FIND IT.
    YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PRETTY CLEAN RECORD TO CONTINUE PAST THE FIRST WEEK WITH SWIFT. AFTER THE FIRST WEEK YOU ARE COMMITTED TO THE FINANCIAL COMMITMENT.
    ASURE THER ARE CHEAPER SCHOOLS AND IF YOU PAY THE SWIFT SCHOOL UP FRONT AT THE START THERE IS A LOWER FEE, BUT KEEP IN MIND THAT THE MOTEL IS HALF THE 4000 YOU COMMITT TO. IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN HOUSING THAN SURE YOUR GOING TO PAY LESS. IN MY CASE NON OF MY RELATIVES IN THE LEWISTON AREA KNEWW WHO I WAS. HA! really.
    My great grandfather is barried in Lewiston and i found my great great grandmothers grave up the road in PALOUSE WA.

    ANYWAY! THE FOLKS AT THE LEWISTON TRUCK DRIVING ACADEMY
    ARE DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS. LIKE ALL THINGS. YOU GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT.
    THESE PEOPLE GIVE YOU EVERY OPPOTUNITY TO SUCCEEED.

    RESPECTFULLY
    LARRY REDFORD
    FIRED FROM SWIFT LAST MONTH.

  39. Tom Reitano

    I went to school in the NYC Metro area. Linden New Jersey a school called Smith and Solomon. I went through a Vocational Rehabilitation program, I was working full time driving auto parts but was homeless do to the cost of living and the death of a family member. I have three DUI’s in my back ground and told the DVR counselor of this before I started and she said to talk to the people at the school about it, which I did. I was told that they had seen people with far worse records then I get jobs.

    They said Just be honest about your record, it was a long time ago. 92, 84, and 83. no other violations. I had my doubts but trusted the school and Vocational Rehabitation . Buy the time I was done, I had a diploma and a transcript that said I learned Log skills, map reading drove Freightliners , Kenworth, Peterbilts, Volvo, Macks and Blue Bird.

    I had no training in Log or map, school said the company that hired me would do that. I had no idea how to unhook a trailer. All I knew how to do was drive a 10 speed Freightliner and a 8 speed Volvo. That is all. I could pass the test at DMV.

    I looked for a job for a year. After some disappointments I got mad and Curious. So for a test I omitted various numbers of DUI on my record. I said I had one or two on the app. I got calls, on the screening process I was asked questions again, I was honest and told the truth. This is where I got shot down. So then I knew, I knew why I was not getting hired. I called insurance companies to find out if I could insure myself. Oh..one lady said, your one of the honest ones!! Yeah, I am.

    Back at Smith and Solomon and the New Jersey Vocational Rehabilitation offices I got the run around, the catch 22 , the pointing of fingers, I got no place except homeless , hungry and broke.

    In anycase, I am seeking training in some other field, I have had three back surgeries and can not do certain things anymore and must learn to work with my brain instead of my brawn which was why I was driving a auto parts truck. Rules and Regs are tighting up out there these days, I don’t blame DOT for this, I do blame DVR and especially the truck driving school Smith and Solomon for there disingenuous accusations and empty promises, and the lies told a new student like me. I lost a lot in this but so did the tax payer! I know I am not alone in going this route concerning funding. Like so many other industries in the United States, the company is making money, the greedy people at the top are getting rich, and the workers are being asked to give more and more , and receive less and less each and every year. I loved driving, but I hate the industry.

  40. Rob Harrell

    I’ve read all the horror stories out there from all of you and have experienced them first hand even as i was learning from Allen’s books about the industry’s pros and cons. but without Allens and fellow drivers help we all would be taken by these schools and companies, that’s why we’re all here . To help each other out, God knows the industry sure isn’t. Tonight I would like to add one of the tips I caught along the way that helped me ( in reference to criminal records) was to clean that record up . Hey guys and ladies . If you have stayed clean at least the last 7 years you can get that record expunged or sealed. i’m currently working on mine and it will work. it might take 8 to 12 weeks but what is that compared to your life being employed and being able to state and fill out an application and legally have a clean background check. Everything comes with a cost though, and the cost of this is nothing compared to a piece of mind and a job! $300.00 that’s all,. Per State.You can pay $50.00 down and payments as your expungement processes. After the process is completed this company will also call all the commercial background check company(USIS included DAC) and tell them that your record has been expunged or sealed and by law they haft to shred that information on you. I’ve heard that some old felonies (if you’ve stayed clean)can also be washed away. That would be depended on the State it happened in. you can go to clearmyrecords.com (800)870-1617 Good luck to all of you and hope this will help. Your friend on the road, ROB

  41. Dread

    Ok……I’m currently at a school ran by an ol Polish woman called Progressive Trucking School Inc…. Ive been there 4 about 3 weeks now and I have learned a lot. I got my permit in 1 week, 100 on AB,100 on Combo, and 96 on GK…. Now, thats cool and all but all I did was sit on there computers and do these test over and over again until I basically remembered the test by heart. I think thts a good way to past the test but, a horrible way of teaching… Now I get 2 the range 4 the first time and there are some state examiners there 2 test the students tht were there before me and Just when I thought it was time to start driving! They put all of the schools trucks out of service…… Now we gotta wait 4 shit to get fixed! only good thing is I can practice my pre-trip more!

  42. robert denton

    Well I guess I don’t have a horror story, I just passed my road test Saturday the 17 of October. I was going to school on the weekends and I have to say that it was great. I looked forward to the classes and my instructor. I was the only student in the class after the other two quit so it was all driving and yard for me. As for me living in Michigan, I would recommend class(a)training center in Romeo, MI. They treated me great and my instructor was very professional about his job too.

  43. D

    I live near South Bend, IN and I’m considering the truck driving industry. TDI in South Bend seems to be the most logical school for me to attend to get my Class A. Does anyone know anything about this school? I’m starting to question what the recruiter is saying and this only because there’s a lot of contradiction in what he’s saying. Any feedback would be helpful.

  44. robert

    this company hired me fresh out of truck driving school from 04/07 i had no incident in my employee file until 02/09 after that i recieved a write or incident every month until they fired me on 10/09.i never had a ticket or accident ,some driver there have turned over load ,rear in collisions,etc…. i wonder do trucking companies get money for hiring student.

  45. Allen Smith

    The CDL student driver “Roll Over Scam” – (My new phrase) – has been alive and well for many, many years. In light of there being thousands of trucking companies in the U.S., there are a “handful” of trucking companies that abuse student and new drivers all for the sake of the dollar. Simply put, these “training” companies are told by the Government that if they hire a certain number of new drivers from a particular “group” such as “women” or a minority section, they will receive a Government check for doing so. Stipulation is that each new driver has to stay with the company for a certain amount of time … if not, then the trucking company will not receive the check. Therefore, once the allotted time has passed, the company will find a way to get rid of that driver, so they can keep bringing in new ones in order to keep the Government checks rolling in. That’s it in a nutshell.

    Starting out in OTR trucking is the hardest obstacle for the newcomer. It’s the ability to survive that first year of driving, which many of these trainer companies do their best to see to it that you fail. There are many excellent trucking companies that treat their drivers with respect and act highly honorable and professional. It’s the handful of companies out there who continue in abusing drivers that creates such injustices for the entire industry, and who will ruin a newcomers chances of a career, all for the sake of money.

  46. travellinpat

    Run, don’t walk! Your gut feeling about your recruiter is probably justified.

    My husband had a horrendous experience with TDI in Sellersburg about a year ago (entry above). After reseraching, I find that TDI/CDI has over $11 million worth of property, including condos in Florida…

    I recommend you look into Vincennes University program. It’s PTDI certified, and probably costs less than TDI. And you’ll get real training, not a three-week quickie with broken-down heaps instead of roadworthy trucks. If it ain’t PTDI, don’t buy!

  47. Sam Deal

    I am wanting to learn to drive the big rigs, but to be honest, the blogs are making me really nervous about entering this profession. Additionally, I am already retirement age (67). I am wondering if anyone knows anything about the CDL program at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, WA. It is PTDI certified, and the program is 22 weeks long. Anyone who has attended Bates, please let me know your opinions. Thank you!!!

  48. Christie

    Just a lil plug for a trucking school that is well worth the money that I put out, TDDS Technical in Lake Milton OH, (Youngstown area) I attended that school for six weeks. The first two weeks are spent learning pre-trip, the brake systems, log books, DOT laws and I’m certain that I have forgotten some of the other things that we learned in the first two weeks! In order to get to the next 4 weeks, you HAD to pass the classroom portion with a MINIMUM of an 80%! The school did allow you to re-take the classroom portion if you didn’t pass.

    The next for weeks were spent in the trucks on the road and on the backing course, all of which had to be logged and turned in to the “safety dept” of the school for daily log audits!! There was no standing around on the course when you were suppose to be practicing, the instructors were riding side boards, walking along side the truck and actually…..are you ready for this?? INSTRUCTING!!! If there is anyone in the OH area looking for a school, this one just might be worth looking in to! I believe they take students from PA, WV and possibly IN? I can’t remember for certain!

    They also have an amazing truck and diesel tech program there as well. Something like a 12 week long program!!

    Just some food for thought!!

  49. Dave M

    I just graduated from Natl Truck Driving in Green Cove Spgs Fl. The training was fine and I got alot out of it.The school said before I started they would be assisting students to finding a job.I must have sent 50 applications via email and called 50 companies and spoke to recruiters and they all say you need 6-12 months experience and they do not HIRE students out of school. My question is where do you get the EXPERIENCE you need to drive a fricking tractor trailer. I am starting to get discouraged about looking for a truck driving job.
    I think the school should get there advertising straighten out and not promise students they can get them a job after graduation cause that is simply not true.

  50. Jim

    Stop aplying to companies you are not qualified for. Apply to companies that hire students. If you are not willing to go OTR, you have very little chance of getting employed.
    Let’s face it, no school can get you a job. You need to put the maximum effort into your career move.
    Yes, schools often tell you what you want to hear in order to get you enrolled. But no one can tell me after spending 2 or 3 weeks at a school, you did not know the challanges of getting employed in the trucking business.
    Also, Florida is a tough state to hire from. Most OTR companies do not have enough trafic going into Florida. So, getting drivers home as often as needed is difficult. Companies will just say Florida is not a state we hire from.
    If the local type work is all your interested in, I can’t say I blame you. But, if you resign yourself to a OTR company, by May you will have the experience needed to get the job.

    Good Luck

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