Many states require that you have proof of in-state residency and a driver’s license issued by that state in order to train and test for your CDL license there.
For example, Illinois state law does not currently allow CDL holders to transfer their license into the state without having to re-take complete written and driving skills tests (for which you need access to a truck). In contrast, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will allow students from other states to complete their CDL training and licensing here if certain requirements are met (check with one of our Student Services representatives for complete details).
Truck Driver Institute operates 12 CDL training facilities in 8 states. Three of those locations are in the state of Indiana — South Bend, Indianapolis and Sellersburg (just across the river from Lousiville, KY). So, we can train drivers … Read More »
Wondering which CDL school is right for you? Yes, we thought so….
1. Truck Driver Institute has provided well-trained drivers to the industry since 1973.
How long a school has been in business speaks volumes about its character. Unfortunately, too many CDL training schools have maybe only two trucks and a trailer for an office — and they come and go all the time:
Those schools generally don’t have a track record with their State Licensing Agency.
Frequently, they don’t have a history of graduation rates for you to look at.
Often, they have no relationships with the major trucking companies.
They may offer deeply discounted tuition, but (as the old saying goes), you get exactly what you pay for.
Equipment can be sub-par, behind the wheel instruction time is minimal – and most importantly,
They can’t really help you very much with job placement assistance.
Sadly, those schools are most … Read More »
We get a chance to train a few trucking couples from time to time — husband and wife or committed partners who want to train together to get their CDL licenses and then work together as team drivers. This week, we received this notice for a nationwide casting call looking for real truck driving couples who will be featured in an upcoming television series. Complete details are below. If you are interested, or know someone, please pass the word.
Post by Truck Driver Institute.
Did you know that a driver is four times more likely to get into an accident when talking on the phone? Or 23 times more likely to have an accident when texting?
Truck drivers might not know those exact statistics, but probably know the basic truth instinctively. It’s not that professional driving teaches you how to combine activities with driving, but that it teaches you how easy it is for things to go wrong on the road.
Anyone, pro or amateur, who doubts that inherent danger would do well to view this short, newly posted video about distracted driving. It simplifies the concept of “inattention blindness,” the “periods when we go blind to our environment.”
The results of one study found that “hands-free communications technology is just as distracting as hands-on” because of inattention blindness. Yet another study showed that seven out of 10 … Read More »
Most individual long haul drivers average from 100,000 miles to 110,000 miles a year, with an average daily run of about 500 miles a day. Regional and city drivers average about 48,000 miles behind the wheel annually. You do not need to buy or lease your own truck for most driver jobs. The vehicle is provided for you and usually maintained by the trucking company.
U.S. professional truck drivers are both men and women, vary in age, race and educational background, and live all over the United States. There are different types of truck drivers, including:
Over the Road / Long-Haul Drivers operate heavy trucks and drive for long periods of time, either interstate (between states) or intrastate (within one state). Some long-haul drivers travel a few hundred miles and return the same day; others are away from home overnight, or for … Read More »
Sharing her talents with us, Catherine Millsaps, one of our graduates sent us these shots from the road. What is your favorite scenic road to travel?
About three years ago, Truck Driver Institute purchased an 18-acre, full-blown truck stop near Indianapolis. TDI proceeded to remove five 15,000-gallon fuel tanks, fuel pumps, a large cafeteria and a general store area. On September 2011, this old truck stop found new life as the fully remodeled Indianapolis Training Center for Truck Driver Institute.
The TDI Indianapolis Training Center now has two spacious classrooms, general office areas, a conference room and a large outdoor area for training. The space is paved and fenced so the instructors and students can perform parking and backing exercises. All of this is located at Interstate 65 just south of downtown Indianapolis.
The area sees heavy truck traffic from nearby Luvs and Flying J truck stops. Truck drivers access these truck stops 24/7 for fuel and other amenities. Located in a high visibility area like this is … Read More »
Congratulations to Robin Turner! He is a graduate of Truck Driver Institute in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and he is currently completing his training program with TMC.
Robin was referred to TDI by his cousin, Russell Turner, and his brother-in-law, Timothy Roberts, is about to begin training with Truck Driver Institute.
Best of luck and stay safe on the highways!
The Truck Driver Institute training facility in South Bend, Indiana will be participating in the WorkOne Transportation Job Fair at the Ivy Tech Community Center on Friday, November 15th. Full details are below. Please drop by and see us.
Driver’s – This Is For You!!!
TRANSPORTATION JOB FAIR
10 to 12 Employers From
The Transportation Industry
November 15th, 2013
Tech Community Center
22531 County Road 18. Goshen, IN 46528
11:00AM to 12:00 Noon for Veterans Only
(Must show militaryID for early admittance)
* 12:00 Noon to 4:00PM All Drivers Welcome *
Please … Read More »
Are you asking how do I become a working truck driver?
A serious shortage exists in some segments of the trucking industry. It’s not a shortage of freight or equipment; it’s a shortage of men and women qualified to drive trucks.
Currently, there is a truck driver shortage of approximately 20,000 drivers per year. This number is expected to increase to 111,000 drivers per year by 2014. The shortage is not due to a lack of interest, just basic economics – the demand for professional truck drivers is growing faster than the number of new drivers entering the field. The industry is desperate for new drivers. If you received your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) today, it’s almost certain there would be a job available to you tomorrow.
To help solve the growing shortage of drivers, the American Trucking Associations has developed a web … Read More »