Learning to drive an 18-wheeler isn't easy. If you’re heading into truck driving school thinking it’s going to be a walk in the park, you’re in for a wake up call. But just like with anything, you CAN learn - you just have to put in the effort and practice. Practice, practice, practice. And then practice some more! The key is being able to say you know more each day than you did the day before. By building upon your knowledge and skills, you can learn to drive a big rig without any previous experience.
Truck Driving School Program
Driver Solutions' truck driving school program takes a systematic approach by training inexperienced CDL students over the course of right around a 3 week period. It's all about building on your knowledge by training you in three separate areas: classroom, range, and street. This allows you to expand upon what you've already learned in the previous areas of training. Ever heard that, "you gotta learn to crawl before you walk" cliche? Yeah. That applies to truck driving school, too. You can't get better at driving if you don't perfect turning and shifting first.
During the classroom portion of school, you'll learn general knowledge and truck driving basics to prepare you to take the written CDL permit test. When you advance to the range portion of your training, you'll use what you learned in the classroom and apply it to basic training maneuvers like backing and parking. Finally, you'll put the skills you’ve gained on the range to use when you move on to the street portion of training, where you actually get to drive a big rig. This is the moment you've been waiting for!
Building On Your Existing Knowledge
Remember, you have to start somewhere. We can promise you, no one became a great truck driver without trying. Go into truck driving school with an open mind, and listen to what the instructors tell you to do. If they don't think you're ready to move on to range or street training, they'll let you know. It's important not to get upset by this, but rather see it as a learning opportunity. Remember, safety is the MOST important thing in this industry, and letting you advance if they don't think you're adequately prepared would be dangerous. You need to be open to what the instructors tell you. Absorb everything they say and apply it to your training in order to achieve your goal. Remember, they all have plenty of experience and most were OTR truck drivers for several years prior to becoming instructors. So, you can bet that they will teach you well and make you the best truck driver you can be. Don't get discouraged if you don't grasp something immediately. No one expects you to do everything perfectly from the beginning and our instructors have been trained to help you relax so you can learn. It will take practice, and as long as you're making progress, you're learning. Even the most experienced of drivers learn something new every day. Like they say, if you ever get to the point where you think you know everything there is to know about trucking, you're in the wrong field.
Like Bill, you'll build on your knowledge every day. Bill knew very little about truck driving when he got to school, and now look at him! He's earned his CDL and is now training OTR with USA Truck! Keep practicing, and the success will come. Nothing good in life comes easy, and learning to drive a truck is no exception.
If you're interested in beginning an exciting new truck driving career, fill our our no obligation online application! From there you can schedule a time to speak with a Driver Agent about your options.