You wouldn't buy a car without at least looking into it a bit, be it hearing about it from a friend or doing your own research. Be sure to research the schools you are looking at before just choosing one.
Choosing a truck driving school is an important decision, and a difficult one. There are many factors to consider. Below, we've explained things you should check out before choosing a school. Google and Facebook reviews tend to answer many of these questions.
- What is the quality of training?
- What do their prior students say about them?
- What are their instructors like? Do they have a solid background training professional drivers?
- Does the school offer job placement with reputable companies upon graduation?
- What is their student to instructor ratio?
- What kind of accommodations does the school offer? Is there lodging available? What does it cost?
- Do other reputable companies use them? Local driving companies, colleges, etc.
Price shouldn't be a primary consideration when choosing a truck driving school, but definitely should be considered. Most schools should be around the same price range, but if there is a $1,000.00 difference in price, you should find out why. You can find a list of our prices here.
People want to become professional drivers to see a lot of the United States, all while making a living. Why let the location of the driving school be the deciding factor for choosing a school? If you want a quality school, you may have to travel farther to find it. Clement students have traveled as far as 1,100 miles to attend our classes! A school that is closer to you may not always be the best option. Do a quick Google search and read school reviews to find out what other students thought of their training. Remember, most states will allow your CDL to be transferred back to your home state. There are, however, two states that will not allow this: Maryland and Illinois.
Class Size and Student to Instructor Ratio
If an instructor is training too many students at one time, students won't receive the quality of training they deserve. You could be making the same mistakes over and over with nobody to tell you what you're doing wrong and how to correct it. Remember, this is a 40-ton, 400 horsepower truck we're talking about. Behind the wheel, actual driving time is essential to becoming a professional, quality driver. That's something you will not obtain if your group has too many students in it. You can, however, learn a lot from simply watching others make mistakes when learning maneuvers. Our student to instructor ratio is generally around 1 instructor for every 4 students. This allows you more time behind the wheel, actually learning how to drive!
If you have any questions, please reach out to us. We're happy to assist you with any questions you may have.