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A woman standing in front of 4 large trucks is holding up her CDL license. July 20, 2021 - BY EagleLogistics LLC

Ugh. We know. For many of us, the word school ignites terrifying flashbacks. There was Ol’ Mrs. Badbreath, Mrs. Manhater, Mr. Rulefollower, Mr. Favoritism, and one can never forget the gym/health/geography teacher and coach, Mr. Powertrip. It was so bad, inclement weather was a good thing. At least prisoners get recess past the sixth grade. At any rate, truck driving school is not like that (no guarantees about bad breath). It’s tailored to be exactly what you need. No fluff, just enough. (Oh, man. That’s slick. We coined it here.)

But is truck driving school enough? Is it necessary? Is it worth it? YES. Let’s discuss. Like a lot of education, you often have to “Learn to Earn” (My goodness, we are on a roll!) You can’t be a doctor without doctor school, you can’t be a nurse without nursing school, and you can’t be a high school teacher without sarcasm school. Being a trucker is a touch different in that you don’t have to have a degree from an institution in order to drive, but you do have to pass a test which requires learning in some fashion. This formal driving and CDL training is perfect. 

Truck driving school is worth it because it’s an efficient way to learn everything you need to know for the test but much more as well. It’s an immersive learning program. And you would be learning from experts - not that your Uncle Greg isn’t a professional driver, he’s just not a professional driver/teacher. They have the curriculum honed, the equipment readied, and the knowledge waiting. In around 3 to 4 weeks, depending on the program, you can know the essentials of the Rules, the Road, the Truck, the Test, the Tips, and the Life. All for around $300, plus travel expenses, lodging, and food. 

In the Classroom

What You’ll Learn:

  • Logging Time and Planning
  • Pre-Trip Inspection/Procedures
  • Truck Controls and Safety
  • Cargo and Combination Hauling
  • Equipment Scenarios
  • Road Scenarios
    • Speed Control
    • Lane and Space Management
    • Difficult Weather Conditions
    • Hazard Situations
    • Skid Avoidance and Recovering
    • Communicating with Others
    • Procedures for Accidents, Incidents, Emergencies
    • Traffic Rules
    • Braking Systems

In the Field

What You’ll Learn:

  • Inspecting and Preparing the Truck and Trailers
  • Maneuvering the Truck and Trailers
  • Backing Straightline and Scenario Preparedness
  • Drop and Hook Technique and Procedures
  • Driving, Best Practice
  • Real World Driving
  • Passing
  • Parking
  • Others

The objectives and activities will vary, or course, but any reputable training program should have some combination of these elements. Another benefit you’re paying for is job placement assistance. It’s really nice to have someone who has your back. Remember that it’s in their best interest as well for you to have a great job, and some institutions take it very seriously. Many even offer help months or years after graduation.

So, to answer the question, “Is truck driving school worth it?” the answer in our opinion is yes. In some cases it’s even required. While we have you here...perhaps this is a good time to tell you about ourselves. Eagle Logistics LLC is a company made up of great people that love trucking and care for each other. We offer guaranteed family home time, for example, as well as newish rigs, a dedicated diesel repair shop, competitive pay, and other perks. If you are thinking about being a trucker, we’d love to talk to you! No, really! We want to talk to you! Stay safe out there!

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