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GDA Grads Win Awards at Stevens Transport

Dec 30, 2019


Stevens Transport Truck

Congratulations are in order for GDA graduates, James Myrick and Jose Salinas! Both James and Jose were named as Steven’s Company Drivers of the month. We’re so proud of them and wish them the best with their careers at Stevens!

James Myrick
Runner-Up Company Driver

James joined Stevens in September of 2019 and graduated from Georgia Driving Academy. James enjoyed the training he received from Georgia Driving Academy and Stevens and was thankful for the assistance that the instructors provided. When we asked James what he attributes to his success, he said: “My two two-year-old sons are my biggest motivators. I’m in a profession that I love to provide for them, and know that they are cheering me on back home.” James also passed along some sound advice for our new drivers: “Pay attention at all times and always take it slow. Also, apply everything that you learn during school and training during your travels, and continually ask questions.” Outside of work, James enjoys playing video games and spending time with his family.

Jose Salinas
1st Place Grad Driver

Jose joined Stevens in June of 2019 and graduated from Georgia Driving Academy in Columbus, GA. Jose enjoyed the training he received at both Georgia Driving Academy and Stevens and was even able to pass along some of his driving knowledge to his classmates and instructors. When we asked Jose what he attributes to his success, he said: “My family has been a great support system while I have been on the road. Everyone at Stevens, especially my Driver Manager, has also been nothing but amazing, and I am thankful for them every day!” Jose also passed along some sound advice to our new drivers: “This industry will reward you greatly! Explore your opportunities and make sure to ask every question that you can!” Outside of work, Jose enjoys shopping and playing video games.

If you’re looking to get your CDL through GDA and have it paid for by Stevens, then get in touch with us for more information! We’d love to help you get your trucking careers up and running! Apply now by visiting this website.

What’s the 2020 Trucking Outlook?

Nov 26, 2019


With the year 2020 fast approaching, questions are being raised about the future of the trucking industry. From the look of things stand, the future is definitely bright. Here are some of the positive trucking trends that are continuing to be witnessed.

1. Rising Consumer Demands

According to research, 2020’s consumer demands will rise up to about 6-7%. The demand for more goods to be moved and delivered means the demand for more trucks to be on the road. This will lead to the creation of more job opportunities and boost national economic growth.

2. Great Career Path For Truck Drivers

Currently, there is more than 51,000 truck driving vacancies in different parts of the country. This is a clear indication that if you have a professional CDL training, you stand a high chance of getting a truck driving job within your locality and start enjoying your financial freedom.

Truck drivers get an annual salary of about $40,000 to $45,000. On top of that, most trucking companies will provide their drivers with retirement plans, healthcare benefits and fully paid vacation time. Some well-known national carriers even go to the extent of reimbursing their loyal drivers for the costs they incurred in getting their certified driver’s license (CDL) in small amounts as they continue to work together.

3. Not Yet Time For Automatic Trucks

While it is believed that a number of truck manufacturing companies are planning to develop automated trucks, this is still far from being achieved. Human intervention and assistance will still be required for trucks to make challenging moves like pulling onto busy interstate highways and getting in and out of tight spots for several years to come. This simply means that no truck driver is going to lose his/her job any time soon.

Start Your Truck Driving Career Now

At Georgia Driving Academy, we’d like you to begin your CDL training now and prepare you for the many job opportunities in the trucking industry as we wait to welcome 2020 in style. Contact our career advisors today for more information.

6 Important Winter Driving Tips For Truck Drivers

Nov 13, 2019


Winter Road with 6 Winter Truck Driving Tips Graphic

Winter driving poses a number of unique hazards for many truck drivers. Increased snow and ice, slipperier roads, and shorter days can all combine to make your drive more difficult than before. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can use to create a safer journey.

1. Slow down.

When you’re on a deadline, it’s tempting to rush. Unfortunately, that can quickly increase your risk of an accident. Instead, slow down and take your time instead of rushing to your destination.

2. Leave a buffer between you and other vehicles.

Make sure you have plenty of room to maneuver. Chances are, you know exactly how long it will take you to stop your rig. Make sure you don’t bunch so tightly with other trucks that you cannot get out of the way if someone else slips on those icy roads.

3. Carry an extra set of wipers.

As you put miles on your truck, you’re also putting miles–and damage–on your wipers. A clean windshield can make all the difference as winter wears on, so keep a fresh set in the truck so that you can always change them out if needed.

4. Turn on your headlights.

A little light can go a long way toward brightening things up and making it easier to see in icy weather conditions.

5. Maneuver with care.

On icy roads, you may find that it’s better to go around a potential obstacle than it is to try to come to a sudden stop. Since you’re allowing adequate following room, you have more space to maneuver if needed.

6. Watch conditions carefully.

Listen to what other truck drivers have to say about the road ahead. Keep an eye on tire spray, which will give you a good idea of what other drivers are kicking up–and therefore what you’ll have to deal with as you drive down the road.

Driving in the winter can be very rewarding, but it does have its hazards. With these key tips, you can reduce the odds that you will suffer an accident due to the winter weather. For more information on trucks or if you are interested in truck-driving lessons, check out Georgia Driving Academy.

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!

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