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Benefits of A Truck Driving Simulator

Oct 31, 2019


Truck Driving Simulator Benefits


Georgia Driving Academy stands out as one of the best and most sought-after truck driving schools not only in Conyers, Columbus, and the surrounding areas but also in the United States. Established more than twenty years ago, our goal is to ensure that our students come out as the safest and highly skilled truck drivers in the country. We use a highly advanced truck driving simulator called TransMaster from Advanced Training Systems (ATS). This simulator has numerous benefits for students, including:

  • Increased Safety: These simulators prepare our truck driving students to handle unpredictable tasks and learn their mistakes without coursing injuries or material damage. With a clear understanding that motor vehicle accidents are significantly common among young novice drivers, we offer them a simulated real-world environment where they can turn sharply, brake instantly, maneuver obstacles or drive fast without the risk of crashing.
  • Replay Capabilities: This feature allows learners to freeze, reset or replay instructions, feedback or scenarios. This is achievable through touchscreen displays, tactile feedback or visual overlays. It is particularly useful to junior drivers who still don’t understand how to handle complex situations and need to improve their driving skills.
  • Customizable: Through these simulator programs, our instructors are able to create specific combinations of weather, road and traffic conditions they would like to coincide with their driving lessons. The conditions can be simplified or complicated depending on the learners’ skill level.

The simulator features HD displays and military-grade electronics as part of its state-of-the-art technology. It incorporates many important aspects of any heavy truck model, including the following:

TransMaster Simulator features:

  • Patented shifting unit
  • Passive-resistance and force-feedback steering
  • Patented learning process with unique classroom-based content and training software
  • Plug-and-play operation
  • Q-motion technology
  • Superb training in vehicle handling, shifting patterns, and backing maneuvers
  • Individualized, self-paced, expert-guided patented Digital Coach learning system
  • Patented true-to-life transmission module

Our students hands-on truck driving knowledge from practice on our simulator and trucks out on the yard is just one reason why GDA stands out from other Georgia truck driving schools. We’re proud of our schools and the education we provide our truck driving students.  Contact our career advisors today for more information on how to earn your Class A CDL  or call us at 1-800-711-4301 (Conyers) or 1-706-507-4429 (Columbus) to talk to an admissions representative.

GDA Grad Up For Transition Trucking Award

Oct 1, 2019


Congrats to our Georgia Driving Academy Grad, Steve Harris, for being named a Top 4 Finalist in the Transition Trucking: Award for Excellence.

Steve Harris was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. After he graduated from high school, he attended the Army Mountain Warfare School. Upon completion in 2002, Steve joined the United States Marine Corps, where he was deployed to Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, during which time he received the Combat Action Ribbon. After his deployments, Steve worked as a corrections officer for one year in Georgia but wanted more freedom in his job. He found trucking and attended Georgia Driving Academy where he received his CDL. Upon graduation, he went to work at Stevens Transport and hasn’t looked back since.

Please help achieve his goal of becoming a Stevens Transport Owner Operator by voting daily to help him win the grand prize, a fully-loaded 2020 Kenworth T680!

Click here to vote for Steve and make sure to share!



You Can Afford CDL Training with Tuition Assistance

Sep 23, 2019


Driving schools should never hold you back when you are trying to move forward. We understand that in many cases, the cost of CDL training is what is standing between you and an amazing career. This is why at Georgia Driving Academy, we offer affordable CDL training with different tuition assistance program options to meet your needs.

Payment Options

Out of Pocket

Because our CDL training is so affordable, many people choose to pay for their training outright. If this is the best option for you, we accept most major credit cards, personal checks, and cash.


For those who are looking to pay overtime, GDA also arranges third party financing for students who qualify. Give us a call at 1 (800) 711-4301 for more information and to see if you qualify!

Tuition Reimbursement

We have a working relationship with different carriers like Stevens Transport who will pay you back for your CDL training if you agree to work for them. This gives you the opportunity to start work, start making money, AND get paid back for your CDL training at GDA.

Tuition Assistance for Veterans

GDA has assistance programs in place for active duty, reservist, and veteran service members. Grants are available to help recruit, train, and place veterans and their spouses in high demand jobs in the trucking industry.

Some of these programs include:

  • Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)
  • Chapter 35 – Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
  • Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)

Interested in GDA’s tuition assistance programs? Contact us and we will be happy to help you find the best program for you.

It’s Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Sep 8, 2019


National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

If it weren’t for truck drivers, there would be a lot of empty shelves, and online merchandise orders could not reach our homes. Not to mention, fuel getting delivered to stations to fill our gas tanks, supplies being delivered to build our homes, and so much more.

You don’t have to wait until this one designated week to show your appreciation, but we hope you take the time to look at all the trucks traveling our roads. There are a lot of men and women deserving our appreciation for the service they provide to us all.

A Way to Show APPRECIATION Along the Roads and Highways!

Whenever we’re driving along the roads and highways, we all see how the trucking industry is moving America. It’s so important that everyone keeps safety in mind as we travel the busy roads and highways. Share the roads, and be respectful of America’s truck drivers.

Don’t cut them off, and please merge onto the highways with safety in mind. If you see there’s a semi-truck that’s going to hinder your merge onto the highway, let them get by first. They are traveling up to 70 miles per hour, and it’s hard for them to slow down fast enough for cars that jump in front of them, especially if you cannot get your car up to speed. See a blinker on, give them the room to move over.

These hard-working men and women want to reach their final destination and return home. Returning home for long-haul drivers may include weeks of travel. Please be courteous and drive with compassion.

Taking Time to Do Something Special to Say THANKS in September!

Looking for ideas for Truck Driver Appreciation Week? Here are some great ideas, found on HNI. If nothing else, a nod or a smile with a quick thank-you goes a long way!

If you have a truck driver in your life, a meaningful and useful gift may be something you’re looking to give. PERFECT IMPRINTS  has a list of gift ideas they’ve gathered to make someone’s day, if not her or his year.

Georgia Driving Academy Sends a SHOUT OUT to America’s Truck Drivers!

We appreciate America’s truck drivers, and it is the importance of their work that keeps the GDA staff instructing and training some of America’s best truck drivers. If you’re ready to be part of moving America, we’re excited to talk with you.

Women Truck Drivers Are More Important Than Ever

Aug 27, 2019


Georgia Women Truck Driver

More and more companies are seeking women these days to serve as drivers in their fleets. Why women? The reasons may surprise you. The old adages about female drivers are proving to be completely false. Women have what it takes to handle a truck and they are loyal to their companies.

Women Excel at Safety and Reliability

Contrary to the opinions of former times, women can learn to drive big rigs and do so with care, precision and job dedication. Statistics point to the fact that hiring women as truckers can be good for business.

A study by Omnitracs noted that women truckers:

  • Had fewer accidents
  • Ran more miles
  • Stayed in their jobs longer

Since catastrophic accidents and high driver turnover are major issues for carriers, hiring more women makes sense. Women have proven themselves less aggressive in traffic, and more likely to remain with the same company for a number of years.

Trucking Companies Are Actively Recruiting Women Truck Drivers

Truckers are in high demand. There’s a national shortage of truck drivers and women can really help fill that void! Many companies today are recognizing the skills and positive attitudes of many female truck drivers and are actively recruiting them.

Businesses like Walmart Transportation and J.B. Hunt are sponsors of WIT (Women in Trucking), a non-profit organization with the mission to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles facing them in this field formerly dominated by men.

What Does a Career as a Truck Driver Offer for Women?

There are plenty of opportunities for finding a driving gig that suits individual needs. With the growing demand for truckers, job seekers can choose from a variety of options with varying pay and benefits packages. Want to see the country, an Over-The-Road (OTR) job is a great way to do so. Need to be home each night? Those jobs are out there too.  The average salary is nearly $50,000.00 per year and the shortage of drivers assures job security and good money.

Interested in becoming a truck driver? Want to learn more? Contact us at Georgia Driving Academy to discuss CDL training. We offer Class A and Class B CDL training in Columbus and Conyers, Georgia.