Enrollment in truck driving schools increases due to shortage of truckers
DUNCAN, SC (WSPA) – With the departure of truckers from the industry and the expansion of the economy, this has created a shortage of drivers across the country.
Businesses are reporting a profitable holiday season, in part due to extended sales and increased online shopping. All of this increases the demand for truck drivers even further, but before they see them on the road, they have to take classes to navigate cones and pass the time in the classroom.
Recent reports have shown that the trucking industry may need over a million drivers over the next 10 years. It creates opportunities for people like Latasha Pearson. She has just passed her professional driving test to receive her CDL license.
“I passed; I got my CDL today. I was lucky to find this school. I went to another school and I wasn’t so lucky there, but when I got there it’s like family here, they taught me everything I needed to know about truck driving.
Nick Vyas, executive director of the Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management at the University of Southern California, told The Associated Press that there was an estimated 80,000 driver shortage in the United States last month. Finding a reputable truck driving school is essential for success.
“One of the signs I would recommend is to check out reviews from the school, maybe from the companies that work with the school, call them up and see what their experience was like with their former students.” The owner of the SC Works Commercial Driving Academy, Vitaliy Avramenko, said.
Industry officials have said driving schools should teach the basics. Students should learn about all aspects of the truck, its engine, moving parts, and how to maneuver on open roads. After passing and receiving a commercial driver’s license, the company should continue this training and put the new driver in touch with a mentor.
Ji’quan Stover is about to take his truck driving test and said that even though he walked through the door with an idea of what to expect, he still has to work hard.
“I actually come from a family of truckers, so I kind of had a scoop inside. But as they always tell me, this first week of school is going to be a bit difficult. But you just have to stick to it and when I came here that first week it was really tough. They threw you over there, they taught us, they got their hands on it, everything. Once it stuck and the wheels started to spin, I was good to go.
Much of the country’s $ 23 trillion economy depends on 18-wheeled vehicles. Some companies that are looking for truckers even offer tuition reimbursement for new drivers. The salary has increased over the years, with more benefits.
“I have some of the instructors that work here that are kinda old fashioned, they started from 22 cents a mile. Right now, trucking companies start at 55 cents a mile, ”Avramenko said.
“If it hadn’t been for a truck driver, you couldn’t get supplies, nothing at all, they are needed and there is a shortage of them. You need the training, just make sure you get the right training. Come to the appropriate school to be safe. Pearson said.
The White House announced the trucking action plan in December with the goal of attracting new drivers and retaining existing drivers by ramping up CDL testing, creating apprenticeship programs and recruiting veterans.
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