News & Updates

A Happy New Year from Georgia Driving Academy!

Dec 31, 2018

 

 

A very Happy New Year to everyone from the entire staff and instructing group at Georgia Driving Academy. What a year we have had in 2018. With so many students graduating from all of our training facilities, we have had quite a busy year. We’ve seen veterans, wives, married couples, best friends, and more come through our doors and end up with a new Commercial Driver’s License. Every one of you has a special place in our hearts and we are so excited for you and this new chapter ahead.

Start the New Year off Right!

As for 2019, we are so excited to see what the future holds for all of us at Georgia Driving Academy. We know it will be a wonderful year and we hope you will be apart of it. There is no better time than now to get started with your CDL training. Truck drivers are in HIGH demand. By earning your commercial driver’s license in just 3-weeks, you can be off to a new and more rewarding career. Trucking companies throughout the country are looking for local, regional, and over-the-road truckers. What’s holding you back?

At Georgia Driving Academy we have three training locations in Georgia; Conyers and Columbus. GDA offers several Tuition Assistance options to students to help pay for their training. We know money is tight after the holidays, but we can work together to find the best solution! After your training, our Job Placement staff will help you find a job that fits your lifestyle best? Need to be home nightly? We’ll look at local positions. Ready to make the big bucks? Over-the-road is your best choice! We’re ready to help you make 2019 the year you begin a new career in trucking. Contact us today to get started!

What is the Outlook of the Trucking Industry in 2019?

Dec 20, 2018

 

 

As we approach 2019 it’s time to start considering what the New Year will mean for the trucking industry. The good news is that the future of trucking looks quite positive as we look toward 2019. Things are believed to continue on the up-and-up throughout the year, even moving into 2020!

Consumer Demand Continues Rising

Consumer demand looks to continue to increase modestly throughout the year. It is estimated that demand for 2019 will rise about 3-4%. As trucks are responsible for transporting about 70% of all consumer goods, this means that there will be plenty of job opportunities for everyone looking to get into the industry. As long as consumer demand continues to grow, the industry will be relatively healthy and job growth will remain largely positive.

Truck Drivers are Needed

There are currently ~52,000 vacancies in the trucking industry all across the country. That means that there is a very good chance that there are job vacancies near the area where you live. Trucking is a great industry to get into and the consistent availability of jobs provides job security for those who choose to enter the field.

Automatic Trucks Are Not Coming Any Time Soon

Many truck drivers are concerned about automatic trucks taking their jobs away. While they are working on making automated trucks, the good news is that the developments of such vehicles are in their infancy stages. These trucks are many years away from being mainstream on the roads. Challenging moves like backing in and out of tight spaces and pulling onto busy highways or interstates will still require human intervention and assistance for decades to come. This means there has to be a trained driver in the truck at all times and that driver’s jobs are very secure.

Truck Driving Proves to Be a Great Career Path

There is a variety of reason that the trucking industry makes a great, long-term career for you to go into. The average OTR trucking job will start out paying an average of about $45,000+ annually, in addition, providing paid vacation time, full healthcare benefits, and retirement plans to each driver. Many large, national carriers even have programs that assist drivers with being reimbursed for the costs of getting their CDL (usually requiring you to sign a 1-year contract) which will come to you in the form of monthly payments (usually $100 to $400) in addition to your normal monthly salary.

Begin Your New Career in the New Year

As jobs in the trucking industry are in demand going into 2019, there has never been a better time to start a new career in the trucking industry. To begin CDL training in the New Year, contact Georgia Driving Academy. We can help you get enrolled in your classes and on your way to a new career as soon as possible!

Career Advancement Opportunities Found in Trucking Field

Dec 18, 2018

 

 

One of the biggest things that someone wants to know when getting into a new career is, “What advancement opportunities exist in this field?”. In short, people want to know where their careers can go and how they can there as quickly as possible. The good news in the trucking industry is that there are a variety of different opportunities for advancement once you “get your feet wet.” This means that you get to work in more desirable positions and do something that you feel is more “up your alley” once you gain some experience.

Starting: Beginning As An OTR Trucker

Most drivers will begin their careers as an Over-the-Road trucker (OTR) which means long-distance driving. This means that you are driving across the country and are often on the road and away from home for up to for several weeks at a time. On the flip side, when you do get time off it means you have several days or more at home and that can all be uninterrupted time with your family. Many people may not like the idea of being on the road and away from their family for long periods of time. However, once drivers get a few years to experience you can usually choose whether you wish to continue in the OTR field or see if you want to something more local or regional instead.

Moving Closer to Home: Regional Trucking

Once a driver has a couple of years of experience in the industry, many companies will be willing to look at hiring that driver for more local work. This means that for many drivers they can consider regional work that allows them to work in a specific area of the country such as the Southwest, Northeast, etc. Many of these drivers don’t have to go more than a few hundred miles from home while they are driving. This also typically means working a Monday-Friday and being home with your family on the weekends, which is a perk many drivers come to love about working more regional jobs.

Even Closer to Home: Local Trucking

If a driver has a decent amount of experience under their belt and is looking to take the term “day job” literally, many companies will consider hiring more experienced drivers to drive in just their local town or city. This means that these jobs usually run a daylight shift (6:00 am to 3:00 pm or 7:00 – 4:00 am are common hours) that allow the driver to be home in the evenings and on the weekends. Some of these jobs might even offer holidays off depending on the line of work in which you are hired. This is ideal for many drivers who have more experience and have small children or a family obligation that keeps them close to home.

Final Step: Consider Management

Many companies also consider hiring veteran drivers who have experience in a variety of different types of trucking jobs to move into management positions within the company. Whether this is work as a dispatcher, on-site supervisor, or a desk job, you can get up into the management levels of trucking and get paid even more than you did to drive trucks. Some of these top-level jobs can pay well into the 6 figures ($100,000+ range).

But First…Take the Step

If you want a career full of opportunity, then the trucking industry is for you! There are many opportunities for job advancements and promotions throughout your trucking career. Trucking is an in-demand field with thousands of openings available throughout the U.S. right now. Take your first step towards this new career by getting your CDL. Give the Georgia Driving Academy a call at 1-800-711-4301 to learn more!

 

*This blog post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated according to industry standards.*

Tips for Preparing Your Truck for the Winter

Nov 29, 2018

 

 

The harshness of winter months comes icy roads and harsh conditions for your truck. Whether it’s your tires, the surface of your truck or what to store in case of emergency, there are a variety of elements to keep in mind. Thankfully, we know just how to prepare your truck for winter and give you peace of mind even in the harshest conditions. Here are some important tips on preparing your truck for winter.

Inside of Your Truck

When it comes to safety and emergency-prevention, it’s important to pack items that will come in handy if the need arises. For example, let’s say that you get stuck on the side of the road—you want to be prepared for that. Let’s discuss some of the items that you should store during the winter months:

  • A first-aid kit
  • A radio
  • Snacks that do not require refrigeration and will provide energy, such as nuts, seeds, dried fruit and jerky
  • Water
  • A fully-charged cell phone if an emergency call needs to be made
  • Additional clothes to keep you warm, such as gloves, extra socks, footwear, scarves, blankets, and layers
  • A flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Road flares

Tires and Your Truck

With winter, you will also face difficult road conditions, such as ice, snow, fog, and hail. This can be especially harsh on your tires and the overall condition of your truck.

  • Cold weather can cause your tires to wear more quickly. It’s important to make sure, ahead of time, that you have tires that can withstand winter weather conditions. Have both your tire pressure and tread depth looked at or examine them yourself. With a gauge, you can check the status of your tire pressure and fill your tires if need be.
  • As for tread, try putting a penny inside of your tire’s tread. Make sure that Lincoln’s head is in the direction of the tire. If you find that you can see the entirety of Lincoln’s head, then it’s time to purchase new tires.
  • For the exterior of your truck, it’s also important that you lube any locks, the hood, and your door hinges. Also, apply a layer of wax to the paint.
  • Use a winter blend fuel for your truck, as diesel can be unreliable in cold weather conditions.

The Windshield of Your Truck

The status of your windshield will be vital in conditions such as fog, hail and heavy snowfall.

  • Make sure that the interior and exterior of your windshield is properly cleaned.
  • Have wiper blades specific for winter conditions put into your truck.
  • Use a quality antifreeze and wiper fluid.

Inspections for Your Truck

Have your truck inspected prior to winter for additional safety and personalized recommendations.

  • You hoses, coolant, belts, and radiator should be examined during a winter inspection.
  • This is also an excellent time to purchase any of the additional parts that you may need during winter, such as new tires, coolant and wiper blades specific for winter.

Overall, braving winter in your truck is all about preparation, safety, and winter-specific truck parts. For more information on trucks or if you are interested in truck-driving lessons, check out Georgia Driving Academy. We specialize in Class A and Class B CDL training and provide job placement assistance to students and graduates in good standing.

What Georgia Driving Academy is Thankful for this Year

Nov 21, 2018

 

GDA is Wishing You a Very Happy Thanksgiving!

Thankful for You

This year, Georgia Driving Academy has much to be thankful for. From our staff to our awesome instructors, we have had such an incredible year working with so many bright and intelligent men and women. To our current students and graduates, what a year we have had with you! We are so grateful to you for picking GDA for your CDL training. Each one of you has such a special place in our hearts. You are the reason we get up and go to work each morning. We appreciate your confidence in us as a school and trusting us to be a part of reaching your career goals.

We are excited to continue working with our new students and the students to come and helping them achieve their trucking goals! All of us at GDA would love to help you get started with your CDL training and make 2019 the year you begin a new career. If you are interested in earning your CDL with Georgia Driving Academy, contact us today.

Again, from the entire Georgia Driving Academy family, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!