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Truck Driving Schools: What They Won’t Tell You


I have lost count on how many “new” drivers have contacted me explaining that they have completed a truck driving course and now have their CDL, but they cannot get hired. The reason is always the same . . . they do not have enough experience. Many of these drivers are not understanding the reasoning behind this before they pay the thousands of dollars for a truck driving school.

The truck driving schools will always tell you that you will have no problem getting hired after you achieve your CDL. This in fact, is true to a certain point, but what they don’t tell you is the key factor you need to know BEFORE you enter into a truck driving school.

Laws concerning the commercial driver have gotten very strict in the last several years, especially after 911. New drivers are always telling me that the company wants at least six months to a year of experience before they can hire them. So now, they have spent thousands of dollars for a CDL, but have no driving experience, so they cannot get hired. It really is not the company that won’t hire them, but the problem lies with their insurance company.

The trucking company’s insurance carrier is actually the one that requires the six months to a year of experience. So how can the truck driving schools claim that you will have no problem getting hired? The answer lies with the mega trucking companies. These giant companies offer their own “truck driving schools” that will land you your CDL, and then you will be required to work for them and them alone, usually riding with a “trainer” for 6-8 weeks before being allowed to “go it alone.” In addition, during all this time, you will be at the low end of the pay scale. Also, many of these massive trucking companies are their OWN insurance company! Therefore, they can “bend” the rules so to speak.

If the truck driving school tells you that you will have no problem getting hired, asked them about the six months to a year of experience that the insurance companies require and see what they say. Most all of these “schools” have contracts with certain trucking companies that will hire you after you complete your CDL course. But you can only work for them, therefore you are stuck with that company only. If you believe you can go to a truck driving school and immediately go anywhere and start working locally, chances are you will be wrong. Your only choices will be to go with the giant trucking companies working over the road, until you can build up the experience required by the insurance companies. There are hundreds of these trucking companies that will hire “new grads” and get them “pushed” through on “their” insurance. The only problem is that over the road may not have been in your plans.

Also, keep in mind that while you are at the mercy of these giant companies, you will be at the low end of the pay scale . . . usually around $300 per week. Thereafter, the raises will be slow coming. This is how trucking companies can get their freight moved cheap . . . by constantly hiring “new grads” and weeding out the drivers that are now at the top end of the pay scale.

If your plans are to work locally as a professional driver and you have no experience, chances are you will have to attend a truck driving school and be forced to work for one of the larger trucking companies as an over the road driver. These schools provided by the trucking companies can run as high as $4000 or more. There is a much cheaper way to go than using these trucking company’s so-called “schools.”

Only after you accumulate six months to a year of driving experience meeting the criteria of the insurance companies, will you be able to go anywhere and get a job . . . including a local one.

About the Author:

Aubrey Allen Smith is a 29-year veteran of trucking and an expert in the field of transportation. He is the author of the Truth About Trucking and has helped hundreds of new drivers discover the scams concerning the trucking industry.

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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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6 Responses to Truck Driving Schools: What They Won’t Tell You. - Post a Comment

  1. Bob Kapinos

    Anybody out there have anything to say about Monson Truching?…I have heard they offer training and a year obligation? Is it true about a point system?….Is a point system pretty much par for trucking companies? Thanks for your input! Bob K.

  2. Mary A Herrera

    I don’t believe they can’t get hired as soon as they finish driving school plus they have CDL..maybe they don’t give more effort on applying…school gives tips and its up to them to make their way of educating people. They must apply what they have learn have the heart to find techniques just to hear from the company you applied…its in the hand of the applicant to let employers nod to you, saying you’re hired…show and tell them what you have learn and have it the confidence to say those things..keep up…need help?

  3. Allen Smith

    Good lesson here for CDL graduates to learn … when it comes to trucking, especially OTR, when anything goes wrong, it’s the drivers fault. Now it seems, if a recent CDL graduate doesn’t get hired after completing CDL truck driver training … it’s their fault!

    Same BS I’ve listened to for 34 years … “Blame the “driver.”

    The CDL schools need to quit advertising JOB PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE all over the place, then Mary. This is one of the BIGGEST lures that pulls students in, believing they will receive help in landing a job.

    It’s more than false advertising by CDL truck driving schools … it’s a flat out LIE! Allen

  4. Allen Smith

    You don’t “believe?” Believe it …

  5. […] seems the blame game has now stretched from the CDL truck driving schools to the recent CDL graduate.  As most truck driving schools advertise, “Job Placement […]

  6. Nikki Singletary

    Allen, my school will assist a student with a good driving record and no criminal background with jobs. Many carriers hire recent grads.
    You will see on our web site “Job Placement Assistance” because that is all the state of TN will let us say. We are an accredited school and have an excellent record of placement and pass rate. You can see the state audit on my web site. TN has required all schools to post the annual out come for the past three years.
    I do not disagree with you about some schools, AKA “CDL Mills” but there are good schools that care about their students, help with employment, and offer to fax applications to companies that hire graduate trainees. I will not name them at this time.
    Please don’t “lump” all schools togather. There are some really good schools and most are accredited. My schools is the only privately owned schools in TN and NC.
    I just found your site and I have enjoyed reading it.

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