For the average, self-taught CDL holder, landing a job without the support of Truck Driving Schools is difficult enough as it is. With no school and no experience to back you up, most of these prospective commercial drivers’ resumes have been repeatedly pushed farther and farther to the back of the applicants’ folders. That’s why a lot of aspiring commercial drivers out there are opting to enroll themselves in driving schools- even if it means additional costs, at least there’s the knowledge that you have better chances of getting hired now that you have sufficient training to back up your license. However, it is simply too easy to fall for campy adds that promise naive wannabe drivers short training durations, low tuition fees and a sure job after graduation (which is just too good to be true, or even legit). It is best to avoid such scams altogether, and find a school that will give you an honest to goodness training. But how? Driving School Rotterdam
To avoid fly-by-night truck driving schools, ask around the commercial drivers’ circle. Which schools did they come from? Which schools produce good drivers? Usually, schools with good reputations with drivers often have a good reputation with the driver’s employers, which would of course be the trucking companies. A respectable school will have good relationships with several carriers, too, so that its students will have more options when the time comes to apply for driving jobs. Good schools are often only too proud to show you their license exam passing rate, and their employment rate as well. You could also inquire with some trucking companies as to which schools they pick their new drivers from, to have a better idea.
To be sure about your prospective truck driving schools, you could also pay a visit to the school’s campus. Was the area really made to accommodate the truck driving school, or does it look like they just rented the place? Do they have their own driving range? Is it a real driving range, far away enough from pedestrians and other vehicles? Does the location look like it was chosen well? Fly- by- night schools are exactly what their name connotes: they’ll be gone in no time at all. So these schools will have near to zero passing rates, and no job placement assistance at all. It’s best to choose an established looking school, one that looks like it has been there for quite some time, and will continue to exist in the years to come.
If you want to be assured of a job after finishing your course, try to enter into a company- owned or sponsored truck driving school. As opposed to private schools or community colleges that provide the same course, managing to get into a company- owned school is much harder, since you have to take preliminary qualifying exams even before the actual schooling. The good thing about such outfits is that they’re usually free or discounted. Some have schemes that will only require you to pay for your tuition only during your time of service to the company, while others even refund you after a certain amount of time. What’s important here is that you choose well which company you want to get bound to, as this will affect your immediate future in this career.
With the backing from a suitable Truck Driving School, all you need is a clean criminal history record, and a medical certificate to prove that you’re healthy enough to drive a truck, and you’re good to go. Just remember, though, that a good school can only take you so far; it is your deeds that are going to be doing the talking from there on. Be a responsible and skilled driver, one who takes good care of all his company’s assets, and I assure you that no company would ever willingly let you go. Till then, good luck, and happy (driving school) hunting.