If you’re an aspiring truck driver, then you’ve probably considered signing up with a Truck Driving School. However, with so many schools out there, how does one choose which one is right for him? Should a student enroll in trainings offered by publicly- funded schools? Or should he just go to a private school? How do you know which school is the best for you anyway? Well, first and foremost, a prospective driver must first know what he wants in a truck driving school, and what he needs. Then from there, one could narrow down his options, and choose the school most suitable to his needs.
One of the first considerations of an aspiring truck driver is money. Oftentimes, the student doesn’t want to pay the tuition fee outright, as such can be quite painful on the bank account, especially if the trainee won’t be assured of a job after passing his license exams. So an option that one such trainee could take is to enroll in company- owned or company sponsored schools. Usually these outfits offer their courses for free, or with marked down rates. The downside of this though, is that it’s harder to get into these training programs. Not to mention that the programs will be more strict and rigorous than those of other types of schools. And that you are bound by contract to serve their sponsor company for a certain amount of time. The good news is, with this type of school, you’re almost assured that you’ll be getting a job as soon as you pass your exams.
If, however, you’re the type who wants to have the freedom to choose which trucking company you want to enter into, then you better enroll yourself in a reputable private training body, or in a publicly funded institution, such as vocational or technical schools, community colleges, or state colleges. Both should have several motor carriers that hire new drivers from their list of graduates. You’ll know that you’re in a good school if they have more than enough companies in their list, and if several companies send their representatives to make their pitch for the company. The main disadvantage here is that though there are several companies all vying for your school’s trainee application, you’re still never sure that you will get hired.
Now, some prospective drivers just really want good, sound truck driving training. This commonly takes longer than most schools are willing to offer, but some find that reasonable enough; that, if you want quality education, you must take the time and effort for it. If you’re this type, then I suggest that you go to schools that offer longer truck driving courses. That way, you’ll have more time on the driving range, more time to practice your turns, and your coupling, and all the other things that commercial drivers need to know about before hitting the road.
Enrolling in community colleges that offer Truck Driving Schools and the like is also the way to go if you want to ensure that you get quality education for lower rates. And since community schools are government sponsored, they usually have good facilities and equipment, topped by superb and seasoned instructors. And being established, more or less they will have a good working relationship with their carriers. However, most training courses offered by community colleges or vocational schools take a little longer than the usual one month training. Some can even go for as long as 6 months. Knowing all these options, any prospective driver can now weigh each type of school’s pro and cons, before finally deciding on which one to enroll in.