Truck Driving Schools in New York
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We show you how to choose the best truck driving schools in New York with our comprehensive list of state-mapped truck driving schools in New York. On this page you will also find a list of truck driving schools in New York that have been rated and reviewed by the students themselves using a 5 star rating system. Feel free to bookmark this page for future reference by pressing Ctrl-D on your keyboard.
New York Truck Driving Schools Information
Total Number of Schools: 71
Average Number of Students: 18
Average Acceptance Rate: 61%
Average School Tuition Cost: $16,247
Average School Loan Amount: $6,469
Average Scholarship Award: $5,189
New York Heavy Truck Driver Jobs Information
Number of Truckers Employed: 51,260
Average Yearly Salary: $45,120
Average Monthly Pay: $3,760
Average Weekly Pay: $868
Average Hourly Wage: $21.69
National Average Salary: $38,700
New York heavy truck driver jobs information was current as of May 2013 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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1. AAAA Driving School of Staten Island 2. Academy Drivers Auto School 3. Academy Driving School 4. Aim High School of Defensive Driving, Inc. 5. All Star Tractor Trailer Training 6. Al Sorano’s Professional Driving School 7. Americana Commercial Driving School 8. Atlantic Coast Driver Training 9. Batavia’s Driving Academy 10. Bishop’s Tractor Trailer School 11. Brooklyn Workforce Innovations 12. Brown’s Auto Driving School 13. Buffalo CDL Training Institute 14. Buffalo CDL Training Institute 15. Buffalo Tractor Trailer Institute 16. Bus & Car Driver Training School 17. Central Square Driving Academy 18. Champlain Valley Educational Services 19. Chautauqua Tractor Trailer Institute 20. College of Staten Island 21. Colwell’s Auto Driving School 22. Commercial Driver Training, Inc.† 23. Commercial Driver Training, Inc. 24. D.C.M.O. BOCES 25. D.C.M.O. BOCES 26. Dutchess School of Driving 27. Elegant Driving School, Inc. 28. Ena’s Driving School, Inc. 29. Ena’s driving School, Inc. 30. Ferrari Driving School, Inc. 31. Ferrari Driving School, Inc. 32. Ferrari Driving School, Inc. 33. Ferrari Driving School, Inc. 34. Genesee Valley BOCES 35. Genesee Valley Educational Partnership 36. Greater Southern Tier BOCES 37. Heritage Auto School 38. Hostos Community College 39. L & Barnes Driving School 40. L & M Commercial Driving School, Inc. 41. LaGuardia Community College 42. Lehman College 43. Let’s Go Driving School, Inc. 44. Mac CDL Training & Recruiting, Inc. 45. Mohawk Valley Community College 46. National Tractor Trailer School† 47. National Tractor Trailer School† 48. National Vocational School, Inc. 49. Northside Driving School 50. NYC CDL Auto Club 51. Professional Driver Institute, Inc. 52. Putnam Professional School of Driving 53. Queens Auto School 54. Queens Auto School 55. Red Hook Commercial Driving School, Inc. 56. Roadway Driving School, Inc. 57. Safe Starter Driving School, Inc. 58. Sage Truck Driving School 59. Sage Truck Driving School 60. Secure Driving School of Brooklyn 61. Sharkey’s Auto Driving School, Inc. 62. St. Nicks Alliance Workforce 63. Sunny Truck Driving School 64. Suny Orange College 65. Teamsters Local 317 Truck Driving School 66. The CDL School 67. The CDL School 68. Totally Cool Driving School 69. Training For Safety Driving School 70. Truckar Driving School 71. Victors CDL Training
3827 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10312
*Se Habla Espanol
67-05 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale, NY 11385
278 Wyckoff Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237
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1139 Couty Route 35
Potsdam, NY 13676
25 Industrial Park Road
Albany, NY 12206
1059 E. Gun Hill Road
Bronx, NY 10469
New York, NY 10033
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1008 Little Britain Road
New Windsor, NY 12553
4736 E. Saile Drive
Batavia, NY 14020-1033
158 Cordell Road
Schenectady, NY 12303
151 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
11 Sherwood Heights
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
416 Kenmore Avenue
Kenmore, NY 14223
1807 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14207
3999 Lake Shore Road
Blasdell, NY 14219
1190B Commerce Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462-5506
U.S. Route 11
Hastings, NY 13076
Plattsburgh Satellite Campus
518 Rugar Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
2615 N. Maple Avenue
Ashville, NY 14710
2800 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10314
1001 E. Gun Hill Road
Bronx, NY 10469
West Babylon Campus
600 Patton Avenue
West Babylon, NY 11704
300 Wynkoop Road
Hurley, NY 12443
6678 County Road 32
Norwich, NY 13815
270 BOCES Drive
Sidney Center, NY 13839-3105
653 Route 82
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
948 E. Prospect Avenue
Bronx, NY 10459
189-17 Jamaica Avenue
Hollis, NY 11423
107-21 Jamaica Avenue
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
3232 Steinway Street
Astoria, NY 11103
3528 19th Avenue
Long Island City, NY
190 Cypress Avenue
Bronx, NY 10454
2444 Linden Blvd
Brooklyn, NY 11208
8250 State Street Road
Batavia, NY 14020
Mount Morris Campus
27 Lackawanna Avenue,
Mount Morris, NY 14510
9579 Vocational Drive
Painted Post, NY 14870
21 Anderson Street
New Rochelle, NY 10801
560 Exterior Street
Bronx, NY 10451
327 W. 36 Street
Manhattan, NY 10018
*Se Habla Espanol
90 E. Main Street
Washingtonville, NY 10992
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, NY 10468-1589
171 E. 122nd Street
New York, NY 10035
2221 Niagra Falls Blvd
Niagra Falls, NY 14304
Academic Bldg. 201
1101 Floyd Avenue
Rome NY 13440
4650 Buckley Road
Liverpool, NY 13088
175 Katherine Street
Buffalo, NY 14210
5922 20th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11204
68-35A Fresh Pond Road
Ridgewood NY 11385
1501 Gravesend Neck Road
Brooklyn, NY 11229
456 Sanford Road North
Churchville, NY 14428
967 Route 22
Brewster, NY 10509
40-10 National Street
Corona, NY 11368
Astoria NY. 11106
151 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
1213 Castle Hill Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
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134 Norman Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
*Mówimy po polsku
1701 North Street
Endicott, NY 13760
*Approved for GI Bill Benefits
1101 Floyd Avenue
Rome, NY 13440
*Approved for GI Bill Benefits
1504 Sheepsheed Bay Road
Brooklyn, NY 11219
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231 Norman Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Brooklyn, NY 11206
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41-26 College Point Blvd
Flushing, NY 11355
One Washington Center
Newburgh, NY 12550
566 Spencer Street
Syracuse, NY 13204
Menands, NY 12204
695 Rhinelander Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
139-39 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11435
51-11 43rd Avenue
Woodside, NY 11377
648 Prospect Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
17 Manor Road
Medford, NY 11763
1. AAAA Driving School of Staten Island
2. Academy Drivers Auto School
3. Academy Driving School
4. Aim High School of Defensive Driving, Inc.
5. All Star Tractor Trailer Training
6. Al Sorano’s Professional Driving School
7. Americana Commercial Driving School
8. Atlantic Coast Driver Training
9. Batavia’s Driving Academy
10. Bishop’s Tractor Trailer School
11. Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
12. Brown’s Auto Driving School
13. Buffalo CDL Training Institute
14. Buffalo CDL Training Institute
15. Buffalo Tractor Trailer Institute
16. Bus & Car Driver Training School
17. Central Square Driving Academy
18. Champlain Valley Educational Services
19. Chautauqua Tractor Trailer Institute
20. College of Staten Island
21. Colwell’s Auto Driving School
22. Commercial Driver Training, Inc.†
23. Commercial Driver Training, Inc.
24. D.C.M.O. BOCES
25. D.C.M.O. BOCES
26. Dutchess School of Driving
27. Elegant Driving School, Inc.
28. Ena’s Driving School, Inc.
29. Ena’s driving School, Inc.
30. Ferrari Driving School, Inc.
31. Ferrari Driving School, Inc.
32. Ferrari Driving School, Inc.
33. Ferrari Driving School, Inc.
34. Genesee Valley BOCES
35. Genesee Valley Educational Partnership
36. Greater Southern Tier BOCES
37. Heritage Auto School
38. Hostos Community College
39. L & Barnes Driving School
40. L & M Commercial Driving School, Inc.
41. LaGuardia Community College
42. Lehman College
43. Let’s Go Driving School, Inc.
44. Mac CDL Training & Recruiting, Inc.
45. Mohawk Valley Community College
46. National Tractor Trailer School†
47. National Tractor Trailer School†
48. National Vocational School, Inc.
49. Northside Driving School
50. NYC CDL Auto Club
51. Professional Driver Institute, Inc.
52. Putnam Professional School of Driving
53. Queens Auto School
54. Queens Auto School
55. Red Hook Commercial Driving School, Inc.
56. Roadway Driving School, Inc.
57. Safe Starter Driving School, Inc.
58. Sage Truck Driving School
59. Sage Truck Driving School
60. Secure Driving School of Brooklyn
61. Sharkey’s Auto Driving School, Inc.
62. St. Nicks Alliance Workforce
63. Sunny Truck Driving School
64. Suny Orange College
65. Teamsters Local 317 Truck Driving School
66. The CDL School
67. The CDL School
68. Totally Cool Driving School
69. Training For Safety Driving School
70. Truckar Driving School
71. Victors CDL Training
† Truck driving school offers truck driver training programs that are certified to meet the standards of the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI).
** Truck driving school is accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Here is the state-mapped list of truck driving schools in New York. The list of truck driving schools in New York above matches the markers on the map below.
Map of Truck Driving Schools in New York
|1. AAAA Driving School of Staten Island||3827 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10312|
|2. Academy Drivers Auto School||67-05 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale, NY 11385|
|3. Academy Driving School||278 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237|
|4. Aim High School of Defensive Driving, Inc.||1139 Couty Route 35, Potsdam, NY 13676|
|5. All Star Tractor Trailer Training||25 Industrial Park Road, Albany, NY 12206|
|6. Al Sorano's Professional Driving School||1059 E. Gun Hill Road, Bronx, NY 10469|
|7. Americana Commercial Driving School||4225 Broadway, New York, NY 10033|
|8. Atlantic Coast Driver Training||1008 Little Britain Road, New Windsor, NY 12553|
|9. Batavia's Driving Academy||4736 E. Saile Drive, Batavia, NY 14020-1033|
|10. Bishop's Tractor Trailer School||158 Cordell Road, Schenectady, NY 12303|
|11. Brooklyn Workforce Innovations||Red Hook on the Road Office, 151 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217|
|12. Browns Auto Driving School||11 Sherwood Heights, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590|
|13. Buffalo CDL Training Institute||416 Kenmore Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14223|
|14. Buffalo CDL Training Institute||1807 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14207|
|15. Buffalo Tractor Trailer Institute||3999 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell, NY 14219|
|16. Bus & Car Driver Training School||1190B Commerce Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462-5506|
|17. Central Square Driving Academy||U.S. Route 11, Hastings, NY 13076|
|18. Champlain Valley Educational Services||Plattsburgh Satellite Campus, 518 Rugar Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901|
|19. Chautauqua Tractor Trailer Institute||2615 N. Maple Avenue, Ashville, NY 14710|
|20. College of Staten Island||2800 Victory Blvd, North Administration Building (2A), Suite 201, Staten Island, NY 10314|
|21. Colwell's Auto Driving School||1001 E. Gun Hill Road, Bronx, NY 10469|
|22. Commercial Driver Training, Inc.||600 Patton Avenue, West Babylon, NY 11704|
|23. Commercial Driver Training, Inc.||300 Wynkoop Road, Suite 1, Hurley, NY 12443|
|24. Delaware-Chenago-Madison-Otsego BOCES||Chenago Campus, 6678 County Road 32, Norwich, NY 13815|
|25. Delaware-Chenago-Madison-Otsego BOCES||Harrold Campus, 270 BOCES Drive, Sidney Center, NY 13839-3105|
|26. Dutchess School of Driving||653 Route 82, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533|
|27. Elegant Driving School, Inc.||948 E. Prospect Avenue, Bronx, NY 10459|
|28. Ena's Driving School, Inc.||189-17 Jamaica Avenue, Hollis, NY 11423|
|29. Ena's driving School, Inc.||107-21 Jamaica Avenue, Richmond Hill, NY 11418|
|30. Ferrari Driving School, Inc.||3232 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103|
|31. Ferrari Driving School, Inc.||3528 19th Avenue, Long Island City, NY|
|32. Ferrari Driving School, Inc.||190 Cypress Avenue, Bronx, NY 10454|
|33. Ferrari Driving School, Inc.||2444 Linden Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11208|
|34. Genesee Valley BOCES||Batavia Career and Technical Education Center, 8250 State Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020|
|35. Genesee Valley Educational Partnership||Mount Morris Campus, 27 Lackawanna Avenue, Mount Morris, NY 14510|
|36. Greater Southern Tier BOCES||Cooper Campus, 9579 Vocational Drive, Painted Post, NY 14870|
|37. Heritage Auto School||21 Anderson Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801-6406|
|38. Hostos community College||Continuing Education & Workforce Development, 560 Exterior Street, Bronx, NY 10451|
|39. L & Barnes Driving School||327 W. 36 Street, Suite 12, Manhattan, NY 10018|
|40. L & M Commercial Driving School, Inc.||90 E. Main Street, Suite 201, Washingtonville, NY 10992|
|41. LaGuardia Community College||31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101|
|42. Lehman College||250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx, NY 10468-1589|
|43. Let's Go Driving School, Inc.||171 E. 122nd Street, New York, NY 10035|
|44. Mac CDL Training & Recruiting, Inc.||2221 Niagra Falls Blvd, Suite 3, Niagra Falls, NY 14304|
|45. Mohawk Valley Community College||Rome Campus, Academic Bldg. 201, 1101 Floyd Avenue, Rome NY 13440|
|46. National Tractor Trailer School, Inc.||4650 Buckley Road, Liverpool, NY 13088|
|47. National Tractor Trailer School, Inc.||175 Katherine Street, Buffalo, NY 14210|
|48. National Vocational School, Inc.||5922 20th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11204|
|49. Northside Driving School||68-35A Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood NY 11385|
|50. NYC CDL Auto Club||1501 Gravesend Neck Road, Suite 3, Brooklyn, NY 11229|
|51. Professional Driver Institute, Inc.||456 Sanford Road North, Churchville, NY 14428|
|52. Putnam Professional School of Driving||967 Route 22, Brewster, NY 10509|
|53. Queens Trucking Auto School||40-10 National Street, Corona, NY 11368 Phone: 718-446-5457|
|54. Queens Trucking Auto School||31-10 Broadway, Astoria NY. 11106|
|55. Red Hook Commercial Driving School, Inc.||151 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217|
|56. Roadway Driving School, Inc.||1213 Castle Hill Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462|
|57. Safe Starter Driving School, Inc.||134 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222|
|58. Sage Truck Driving School||1701 North Street, Bldg. 32-1, Endicott, NY 13760|
|59. Sage Truck Driving School||Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Floyd Avenue, Academic Bldg. Room 201, Rome, NY 13440-4699|
|60. Secure Driving School of Brooklyn||1504 Sheepsheed Bay Road, Brooklyn, NY 11219|
|61. Sharkey's Auto Driving School, Inc.||231 Norman Avenue, Suite 104, Brooklyn, NY 11222|
|62. St. Nicks Alliance Workforce||790 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11206|
|63. Sunny Truck Driving School||41-26 College Point Blvd, 2nd Floor, Flushing, NY 11355|
|64. Suny Orange College||Newburgh Campus, One Washington Center, Newburgh, NY 12550|
|65. Teamsters Local 317 Truck Driving School||566 Spencer Street, Syracuse, NY 13204|
|66. The CDL School||381 Broadway, Menands, NY 12204|
|67. The CDL School||NYC Office, 695 Rhinelander Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462|
|68. Totally Cool Driving School||139-39 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11435|
|69. Training For Safety Driving School||51-11 43rd Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377|
|70. Truckar Driving School||648 Prospect Avenue, Bronx, NY 10455|
|71. Victors CDL Training||17 Manor Road, Medford, NY 11763|
How to Choose the Best Truck Driving Schools in New York
Most truck driving schools in New York train their students by following the same basic curriculum. In the classroom, students are taught what they need to know to pass the written knowledge test when they go to obtain their New York commercial drivers license. This includes coursework in:
- The driving laws and safety regulations as they pertain to truck driving in the state of New York.
- The different mechanical and safety parts of a semi.
- The various driving techniques needed to competently operate a tractor trailer.
In the training yard, students observe and practice operating a tractor trailer using the techniques they were taught in the classroom, so that they will be prepared to pass the pre-trip inspection and the driving test when they go to obtain their New York commercial drivers license.
That’s basically it. There may be minor differences in how the coursework is handled from school to school but, the end objective is always the same; train students to become safe, knowledgeable, and highly qualified commercial truck drivers who are ready to obtain their New York CDL and begin their truck driving career.
With that being said, there are a few things you will need to take into careful consideration when choosing a truck driving school in New York. The decision you make could lead you on the path to a great learning experience or a dead end disaster. Although they teach the same thing, not all truck driving schools in New York are the same.
Of all the factors you need to consider when choosing a truck driving school in New York, the tuition cost will invariably be near the top of the list. Let’s face it, the final decision you make will determine the quality of training you receive and the amount of money you pay to receive that training. Although price is not necessarily the most important factor when choosing a truck driving school, it is still very important. In the real world, you get what you pay for. The same holds true when it comes to education and vocational training. Now, don’t get me wrong. There may be a few truck driving schools in New York that charge an outrageous amount of money for mediocre training. Remember, a truck driving school is a business, and like any other business, it is in business to make a profit so that it can stay open. Like any other business, there are good ones and there are bad ones. On average, CDL training in New York should cost somewhere between $2,500 and $4,500. There is usually a $500 difference in pricing between competing truck driving schools in the same general location. If the difference in price between schools in the same location is more or less than $500, you may want to do some research and find out why one school charges much more than the others. Here are some questions you may want to find the answers to when doing your research:
- Is their equipment more modern than the other truck driving schools in New York?
- Do they only train students in simulators or in tractor trailers?
- How much “behind the wheel” time do they give their students?
- Do they have more instructors on their payroll?
- Do they have larger class sizes and, therefore, more wear and tear on their trucks, and higher fuel expenses?
- Do they have more trucks for the students to train on than the other truck driving schools in New York?
- Do they go above and beyond the state minimum “required hours of training”?
- Are they accredited by the Professional Truck Driver Institute?
- Are they accredited by the Better Business Bureau?
- Do they award student scholarships or participate in state and federal grant programs?
- Do they have a more successful job placement program than the other truck driving schools in New York ?
If the answer to these questions invariably comes up as “no”, then that school is most likely charging students more money for no other reason than to make a higher profit.
Almost all truck driving schools in New York offer financial aid. Student financial aid can help lower the cost of attending school. Many truck driving schools in New York actively participate in state and federal grant programs and even give out scholarships for academic excellence. Student loans are also available for those who qualify. Fill out the Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) and check with the financial aid office of the school to see if there are any available student grants, scholarships, or loans you may qualify for if you decide to attend.
When deciding between truck driving schools in New York, be wary of any school that promises to get you trained and on the road in two weeks or less. Not only is this unrealistic, it is also unsafe. Commercial driver training should take anywhere from three weeks to three months to complete. There are two main factors that will determine the length of a school’s CDL training program. They are:
- Full-time vs. Part-time training.
- State mandated regulations.
Full-time training programs will usually be much shorter since the students will be going to class and training five days a week. Part-time classes will usually be longer since the students will only be training on nights and weekends. Another factor that will determine the length of a school’s CDL training program is the minimum amount of hours a student is required to train both in the classroom and in the yard. Some states require students to acquire a minimum of 160 hours of CDL training while other states do not. If a truck driving school promises to train you and get you ready to take your CDL tests in a week… RUN!… in the other direction! These type of schools are called “CDL mills” and they are only out to take your money and get you out the door as fast as possible so they can exploit a new batch of unsuspecting students. Trust me, learning how to safely and competently operate a tractor trailer takes longer than seven days. Passing the CDL tests and obtaining your commercial drivers license doesn’t make you a well-trained truck driver anymore than getting a hunting license makes you a great hunter.
Location, location, location. In a perfect world, the best truck driving school would be the school that is closest to where you live. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and so, you may have to travel some distance to get the best CDL training in New York. Think of it as job preparation. If you can’t even handle the daily commute to truck driving school then, maybe you’re pursuing the wrong profession. If the best truck driving school is hours away or in another state, then obviously you’ll have to take living expenses into account. Some truck driving schools provide room and board for an added expense and may put you up in a hotel until your training is complete. One more thing to consider. If you do decide to attend a truck driving school outside the state of New York, be sure to read up on the rules and regulations for transferring your out of state CDL to the state of New York. You may have to simply fill out a few forms or you may have to retake the written test, the driving test, or both. Also, make sure that the amount of hours you will receive during your out-of-state CDL training will meet the minimum required hours for obtaining your CDL in the state of New York.
Behind the Wheel Time
Probably one of the single most important factors to consider when deciding between truck driving schools in New York is how much “behind the wheel” drive time they give their students. Not simulator time or passenger seat observation time but, shifting, steering, braking, backing up, and parking time. Remember, most truck driving school students have never even been inside a semi. Driving a tractor trailer competently and confidently takes practice, practice, and more practice. The amount of drive time a school gives their students directly impacts the price of tuition because of the expenses involved. It will also impact how well you can drive a tractor trailer when you graduate.
Ratio of Instructors to Students
First of all, when you attend a truck driving school, you are paying for an education. You can’t get an education unless you are given instruction, and you can’t get instruction without an instructor. Paying hundreds or thousands of dollars to a school to be “self-taught” would be just plain dumb. But, in essence, that’s what you are doing if the truck driving school you attend has too many students and too few instructors. Almost all truck driving schools in New York are set up the same way. There is a building where students are given classroom instruction and there is a training yard where students are given driving instruction. In order to keep costs down and profits up, some schools will have four or five students sitting in the cab with the instructor instead of one-on-one instruction. They may also have multiple students training behind the wheel of two or three semis at the same time while the instructors walk from truck to truck, educating the students on the right way and wrong way to maneuver the vehicle. While being behind the wheel and getting some drive time is a good thing, not having one-on-one instruction the entire time can be very detrimental to your ability to learn how to maneuver a tractor trailer correctly. In order to learn a skill, you must practice it over and over again until it becomes “second nature”. The problem is, if you are practicing something the wrong way, you will eventually be ingrained with bad habits, and it is a well known fact that it is harder to get rid of bad habits than it is to pick them up in the first place.
The instructors are the cornerstone of any truck driving school. Without instructors, all you have is a building with a bunch of books, and a parking lot full of tractor trailers. It is the instructors that will ultimately make you or break you. A good truck driving school will have good instructors, and good instructors will be knowledgeable, experienced, nurturing, and enthusiastic about what they’re teaching.
If you are paying thousands of dollars for an education, you want to learn from the best, and the best instructors become the best at what they are teaching through years of experience. Would you want to be taught by someone who just graduated from truck driving school a year ago? Of course not. You want to be trained by someone who knows what it’s like to have to maneuver a 53 foot rig through a crowded city, or what it’s like to carry a five ton load over hilly terrain, or what it takes to beat the clock and deliver a time sensitive load on time. You want instructors who will not only lecture but will also listen. Instructors who will listen to your questions and to your concerns. Instructors who will take the time to help you catch up with the rest of the class if you happen to learn at a slower pace. Instructors who are there because they want to be, not because they have to be. They should be up-to-date with all the industry trends and regulations.
Before you shell out thousands of dollars to a truck driving school, set up an appointment to tour the school and meet the instructors. Before you arrive at the school, write down any questions you would like to ask the instructors about the program and about their experience in the field of truck driving. Talk to some of the students and ask them if they’re pleased with the instructors, the program, and the equipment. You may want to schedule a tour towards the end of the school’s semester so the students can give you a good review of their training experience.
Some truck driving schools in New York may be accredited by the Professional Truck Driver Institute or PTDI. The Professional Truck Driver Institute
is a non-profit organization that advocates truck-driver training standards, driver professionalism, and safety. They introduced a uniform skill performance, curriculum, and certification standard in 1989 in order to raise the bar on the truck driver training process. Although it isn’t necessary to be accredited by the PTDI in order to be a reputable truck driving school, only reputable truck driving schools are accredited by the PTDI, as it is an expensive and stringent process to become PTDI accredited.
Since truck driving schools in New York are businesses and therefore, should be held accountable for their business practices and ethics, you may want to check to see what kind of rating or reviews a school has received by the Better Business Bureau. Do they have an “A” rating or an “F” rating? Do they have any unresolved complaints that have been brought forth by the students of the school? Is the school accredited by the Better Business Bureau? Truck Driving Schools in New York that are BBB accredited must commit to a high standard of honesty and fairness in order to receive an “A” rating. BBB accreditation isn’t necessary to make a truck driving school a great school but, it does show that the school takes its business practices very seriously and holds itself accountable to a higher standard.
Let’s face it, the main reason for going to truck driving school is to get a good paying job when you graduate. How successful a school is in getting their graduates good paying jobs with reputable trucking companies is one of the main factors to consider when choosing a truck driving school. If a school’s job placement program has a low success rate, then you may want to consider going to a trucking school with a higher job placement rate. There are many reputable trucking companies in New York that will hire graduates with little to no truck driving experience if they graduated from a reputable truck driving school.
You want your truck driving school experience to be educational, beneficial, and fun. Choose the right school and it will be. Choose the wrong one, and your truck driving career could stall before it even starts.
What are you hoping to experience at truck driving school in New York? Have you graduated from a New York truck driving school? What was your experience like? Please let us know in the comments section below.
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