Truck Driver Training for Your Class A CDL
Since 1995, Georgia Driving Academy has been training new CDL drivers in Georgia and nearby states. We believe that proper education is the key factor for success as a professional truck driver. At GDA, students train to become safety-conscious drivers in the trucking industry. During their Class A CDL Training, students will be able to utilize a balance of classroom instruction, or online training, and hands-on and behind-the-wheel training. Students will be prepared to pass both the DMV written CDL exam and skills test.
Class A CDL training prepares students to land an entry-level job operating a Class A commercial motor vehicle. Class A vehicles are defined as any combination of vehicles with GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicles being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
GDA now offers a 160 hour Class A CDL program taught on automatic vehicles. The trucking industry has been transitioning to automatic trucks due to safety, reliability and fuel economy. Over 90% of all new trucks being manufactured today are automatics. GDA’s program was approved by the Georgia DDS in late 2019. GDA continues to offer the 180 hour Class A CDL utilizing standard road vehicles as well.
Our classroom instruction utilizes the “Clicker” instructional system with digital interactive equipment. During classroom training, you will learn safety around trucks, laws and CDL basics, speed and stopping, pre-trip inspections, air brake systems, shifting, backing, couple/uncouple trailer, planning, fuel, and electric systems, loading, dispatching, general knowledge, air brakes, combination vehicles, logbooks, and Georgia CDL permit test.
Online CDL Training
At Georgia Driving Academy, we now offer the complete Class A CDL classroom instruction online and allows you to save a week of on-campus training. Students can set their own schedules and once completed, schedule the 110 or 120-hours of practice behind the wheel and observation training at one of our two campuses.
During this portion of the training, you will learn the details behind pre-trip inspections, rpm and speed control, shifting (180 hr program), turns, couple-uncouple, sliding 5th wheel and tandem, straight-line backing, sight and blind parallel backing, and alley dock backing.
Road Training and Testing
The last and most exciting portion of your Class A CDL training will be performed on public roads near the training facility. You will learn how to perform turns, cornering, merging, shifting (180 hr program), interstate driving, local and city driving, rural driving, all of which will prepare you for your Georgia CDL Road Test.