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Changing Jobs within the Trucking Industry

Jan 16, 2019

 

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The trucking industry is full of different types of companies with different driver needs. The industry is experiencing a lot of growth at the moment with a lot of exciting new opportunities. But as with any business or industry, every job is not the best fit for every person. Don’t give up on the career path if you aren’t enjoying your current employer. Here are some suggestions on just what to do if you are not completely satisfied with your job in the trucking industry.

Hang in There for a Year

This isn’t always the easiest thing to hear, but staying with your first employer in the trucking industry for at least a year is very important. During this year, you will be getting a lot of good training and building a certain level of experience that you’ll definitely want as you move on to greener pastures. Spending a full year with your first employer also sends a good message to other potential employers that you are committed.

Look at Your Needs and Wants

Be honest with yourself about what you want and need. Maybe you have young children and want or need to be home more than an OTR job can provide. You may also have some health limitations that make it difficult to be on the road for that period of time. These are things you have to consider at length and then try to determine what you need to accomplish these wants and needs. Fortunately, there are a great number of different driving jobs for people with a CDL. Finding the right one for you is just a matter of looking.

Work with Your Training Institution

Job Placement is a huge part of Georgia Driving Academy and it is a service that you should come to expect from a reputable training program. If you don’t have the right fit as an employer, don’t hesitate to reach out to your training institution and discuss job placement. Contact us to let us help you find the best fit for your wants and needs in the trucking industry.

Obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in Georgia

Jan 12, 2019

 

 

Truck drivers in America in high demand at this time as there are ~60,000 positions open throughout the US with many more set to become available in the coming years. These job openings mean job security for those getting into the trucking industry in the decades to come. As consumer demand grows, so will the number of trucking jobs that are open set to increase in the coming years.

The high demand for truck drivers makes it a great time to get into the truck driving industry! Once you obtain your CDL, your job limits are truly endless.

So, the real question is: How do I obtain my CDL in Georgia?

If you are interested in getting your CDL and live in Georgia, the following explains how you proceed to get your CDL license and get out on the road as a truck driver in one of the most in-demand fields of today:

Begin by Taking the Learner’s Permit Course:

Taking the Learner’s Permit test is a highly-encouraged before obtaining your CDL in Georgia. This is not required before you begin your training at Georgia Driving Academy but can help you get a head-start. If you do not already obtain a permit, GDA will help you during your first week to acquire one.

To register to take this part of the exam, you will need to go to your local Department of Driver Services Center where you will need to bring the following documents with you:

  • Your medical certification
  • Driver’s License
  • $10 Permit Fee
  • $35 CDL Application Fee
  • Proof of identity, address, social security number, and citizenship/lawful residential status

If you do not have these documents you will have to get them before you can proceed.

What will I do While at the Department Services Center?

While at the Department of Driver Services Center the service staff will help you complete the next steps in order to get your CDL. While there, you can expect to engage in the following:

  • Submit the necessary forms to have your driving record reviewed
  • Pass the written exam for the license you wish to apply for
  • Fill out the CDL application
  • Undergo a vision exam

If you fulfill these requirements you will earn your CDL Learner’s Permit which is good for 6 months (180 days) from the day that it is issued. Once you have completed these steps, you will now be able to begin the driving portion of your training at GDA.

What do I need to take my CDL Test?

Finally, when the time comes that you’ve completed your training at GDA, you will go to take the CDL road test. You must wait a minimum of 14 days (2 weeks) from the time you receive your CDL Learner’s Permit till you can take the test. This 2-week time period will be part of your training time at Georgia Driving Academy.

To take your road test you will have to go back to the  Department of Driver Services Center (same place where you got your CDL Learner’s Permit). When you go to take your road test, you will need to be sure that you have the following documents with you:

  • Your current driver’s license
  • Your permit (the temporary CDL one)
  • $32 CDL Fee
  • $50 Driving Test Fee

Assuming that you pass your test on the first try, you will receive your actual CDL license which will have to be renewed every 5 years.

 

In just a few short weeks, you could be on your way to earning your Commercial Driver’s License and on the road to a new career. Georgia Driving Academy is ready to help you earn your CDL. Contact us today to get started.

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.*