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Truck Driver Training: Separating Fact from Fiction

Mar 14, 2017

 

Pictured are trucks driving along the road with the GDA logo

Many people consider truck driver training as a career path, but allow common misconceptions to discourage them. That’s understandable because trucking jobs aren’t available without training and certification. It’s a skilled labor force and you can’t just walk into human resources and walk out with a job and a set of keys. But if you’re considering earning a CDL license at the Georgia Driving Academy, here are five common misconceptions that may be good to know.

Need My Own Truck

Actually, the trucking industry is a mixed bag of independent contractors who own and operate their own rigs and companies who hire drivers on an hourly basis. In many ways, the industry is like general construction where some people are hired for a specific job and others earn a weekly salary working for a company.

Companies Make You Work Crazy Hours

The era of long-haul drivers staying up all night, drinking coffee and taking no-doze are a thing of the past. Federal safety standards for commercial motor vehicles limit a driver to a maximum 11-hour work day. That’s less than a shift and a half. For long-hauls, a driver can only operate a vehicle for 70 hours in an 8-day span.

No Home Life

Over-the-Road drivers tend to slide into designated routes that put you on the road for weeks at a time. However, the growing retail distribution segment of the industry continues to increase shorter runs. Less travel tends to increase time spent at home.

Not A Job For Young People

Age is a valid observation about truck drivers. The average age of a driver runs over 50 years old. While there are many younger drivers, the 50-somethings are nearing retirement. Those positions will need to be filled, which makes truck driver training a good career move.

Hard to Get a Job

The misconception that you need to know someone or it’s hard to break into the industry are false. There has been a growing shortage of truck drivers for more than a decade. In 2015, the industry was down about 48,000 drivers, an increase of 10,000 from the previous year. Breaking into the field has never been easier!

Georgia Driving Academy can put you on the fast track to a new truck driving career! Give us a call or fill out or form to request free information!

Conyers CDL Training Students Graduate from Georgia Driving Academy

Mar 13, 2017

 

We’ve got a new group of featured CDL Training graduates! Congratulations and good luck out on the road!

GDA Grad Joshua Jackson

GDA Grad Joshua Jackson

Conyers Honor Graduate and Army Veteran Joshua Jackson just completed our 3 week CDL training program! He has always loved to drive so he decided to take his skills to the next level.He chose GDA because of the great instructors and the knowledge and experience they provide. He enjoyed getting a chance to get out and drive during road week. Joshua looks forward to driving from US Xpress in their team max program! Way to go Joshua!

GDA Grad Abdul Reynolds

GDA Grad Abdul Reynolds

Abdul Reynolds had a keen interest in traveling and hopes to establish his own trucking business in the near future, so he chose to attend GDA because of its excellent reviews. He enjoyed learning how to properly back a trailer truck and learning from our dedicated instructors! Congratulations, on completing the Georgia Driving Academy Class A CDL training, Abdul! We’re so proud of you!

GDA Grad Lee Martin

GDA Grad Lee Martin

Lee Martin was looking for an opportunity to better himself when he heard about GDA and it’s great CDL training program. After enrolling in the 3 week program, he found he loved road week! Lee has just graduated from GDA Conyers and has a few offers lined up for after graduation and is working to find the best fit for him and his family!!


Want to build a new truck driving career? Get in touch with Georgia Driving Academy to find out how you can get started!

Atlanta CDL Training Students Complete Course!

Feb 28, 2017

 

We’ve got a new group of featured CDL Training graduates! Congratulations and good luck out on the road!

GDA Grad Kent Shipman

GDA Grad Kent Shipman

Kent Shipman was ready for a better career opportunity when a former GDA Atlanta CDL training student recommended the school. His favorite part of training was learning to drive. Kent looks forward to driving for ROEHL! Congratulations Kent!

GDA Grad Seajay Richard

GDA Grad Seajay Richard

Seajay Richards came to Georgia Driving Academy after a friend recommended the school. His favorite part of the program was hitting the pavement during yard and road week! Seajay has signed on to work for Werner!! Congrats from all of us here at GDA!

GDA Grad Ricardo Jordan

GDA Grad Ricardo Jordan

Ricardo Jordan was seeking a better future and decided to pursue a career in trucking. After finding several great references and reviews for GDA’s Atlanta CDL training, he chose to enroll. His favorite part of training was learning how to drive on the road. Ricardo is looking forward to driving for Arko Veal!! Way to go, Ricardo!

GDA Grad Willie Dixon Jr.

GDA Grad Willie Dixon Jr.

Willie Dixon Jr. was looking for a different career, and after seeing GDA’s great reviews, he decided to enroll. He enjoyed spending a lot of time learning maneuvers in the trucks. Willie looks forward to beginning his new career in the trucking industry! Congratulaitons, Willie!!

GDA Grad Eddie Lawrence

GDA Grad Eddie Lawrence

Eddie Lawrence, a US Air Force veteran, was looking for a change of career and decided to pursue a career in trucking! He said he chose the Atlanta CDL training school after it came highly recommended. Throughout training, he found he had a fascination with commanding a 53 ft. trailer! Awesome work, Eddie!

GDA Grad Joshua Jackson

GDA Grad Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson, a US Army vet, has always loved to drive, so he decided to take his skills to the next level! He chose GDA because of the great instructors and the knowledge and experience that it has! His favorite part about training was getting out and driving during road week! Joshua is going to work for US Xpress and team max program! Great work, Joshua!

Conyers Graduates Harris, Thang and Williams Complete Training!

Feb 16, 2017

 

We’ve got a new group of featured CDL Training graduates! Congratulations and good luck out on the road!

GDA Grad Tyshen Harris

GDA Grad Tyshen Harris

Tyshen Harris was looking for a new career with better opportunities when he came across Georgia Driving Academy’s truck driving school. After doing some research, he said that GDAs top rankings sold him on enrolling in the 3 week training program. He enjoyed learning to drive on the yard and looks forward to starting his new career!

GDA Grad David Thang

GDA Grad David Thang

David Thang was on the search for a better career when family and friends referred him to GDA. He enjoyed every aspect of training at GDA. Congratulation on completing our truck driver training program! We’re so proud of you!

GDA Grad Shaun Williams

GDA Grad Shaun Williams

When looking for a new career, Shaun Williams was drawn to the earning potential and chance to travel that the trucking industry provides. After a friend recommending Georgia Driving Academy, he decided to enroll. He enjoyed learning the different maneuvers in the truck and looks forward to hitting the road! Shaun has accepted a driving position with Prime Inc! Congratulations, Shaun! Stay safe on the road!!

Georgia Driving Academy works with you to begin an exciting new career in trucking! To get started, fill out the form on the right to request free info!

Winter Creates Safety Challenges For Truck Drivers

Feb 15, 2017

 

Pictured is a truck driving through the snowHandling winter conditions can be a major safety challenge for any professional truck driver. Slippery roads, low visibility and the unpredictability of other vehicles mean that a truck driver will need to apply skill, knowledge and good judgement to safely navigate treacherous roads. But before getting behind the wheel, you’ll need to prepare the tractor trailer.

Safety First

There’s nothing more important to a professional truck driver than safety. Before heading out on the highway, consider checking some of these items.

  • Wiper Blades: Ice can cake up on your windshield and ruin even a new pair of blades. Carry a spare set.
  • Kitty Litter: If you’re forced to pull off during a snow storm, the warmth of your tires could melt the snow they rest on. That liquid will likely freeze later. Carry a bag of environmentally-friendly kitty litter to help gain tire traction.
  • Check Lights: Snow accumulation can block your lights from other drivers’ visibility. Keep them clear.
  • Fuel Treatment: Freezing temperatures can negatively affect diesel fuel. Consider using an anti-gel in extreme cold weather.
  • Supplies: In the event of a breakdown, carry extra blankets, gloves, food and water. Adopt the Boy Scouts’ motto — “be prepared.”

Slippery Conditions

Snow storms and freezing rain can create hazardous road conditions. As a truck driver, you’ll need to anticipate problems and take every precaution while driving on slippery roads. Consider these strategies.

  • Slow Down: Icy roads mean less tire traction. Regardless of the legal limit, the faster your drive, the longer it will take to stop. Speed also makes lane changes more dangerous.
  • Buffer: Although many drivers tend to bunch together, the last thing a tractor trailer operator wants is to be close to other vehicles. Keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles based on road conditions.
  • Trouble Areas: Take notice of areas that can pose unique dangers. Exit ramps can have unexpectedly sharp curves and cause skidding. Bridges are among the first areas to freeze. If a road looks wet when the temperature is below freezing, it’s most likely black ice. Intersections can be problematic because drivers from other directions may skid through red lights.
  • Slippery Inclines: When climbing a slippery hill, gradually increase power so you don’t spin the wheels. Don’t follow in another truck’s tracks. They may have created packed snow.
  • Slippery Declines: Go straight and as slow as possible. Excessive speed can only create a potential hazard.

Above all else, exercise good judgment when driving in icy conditions.

Want to learn more about what it takes to become a professional truck driver? Give us a call or fill out the form to request free info!