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ATA Marks Annual Celebration of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week For 2014

Posted on September 16th, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off

American Trucking Associations is taking this week, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, to honor the 3.2 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely, every day.

“I just wanted to take a moment to say ‘Thank you to the 3.2 million professionals, men and women, who safely move products for this country and provide for the quality of life that Americans have come to appreciate,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said in a video message kicking off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

2014 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Celebrated this year the week of September 14-20, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week will feature celebrations hosted by motor carriers, shippers and other trucking-related industries, as well as with events hosted by ATA, its state affiliates and America’s Road Team Captains.

These groups routinely celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week with driver award … Read More »



Truck Driver Shortage, Other Woes May Spur Price Hikes

Posted on August 18th, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off

According to a recent story written by Zlati Meyer for the Detroit Free Press and published in USAtoday.com, America has a truck driver shortage. Factor in ripple effects from an extraordinarily harsh winter. Add in new federal trucking regulations, more items needing to be transported and higher fuel costs. They all combine to explain why some companies are having a tough time getting their deliveries on time and at a reasonable price.

Industries as diverse as beer distributors and auto parts manufacturers are facing a truck driver shortage. And that could mean increased prices for consumers.

With the U.S. economy turning around, the truck driver shortage could get worse, experts said. As people are spending more on consumer goods. There are more raw goods and merchandise to transport. And individuals who might otherwise drive trucks are opting for jobs in the … Read More »



Help Wanted: Jobs in Trucking Go Unfilled

Posted on July 22nd, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off

According to a recent story in the Wall Street Journal about jobs in trucking, what is happening in long-distance trucking today is also happening in other industries — many jobs in trucking that pay well and don’t require expensive degrees are going unfilled.

Businesses with openings are struggling to hire house cleaners, registered nurses, engineers, software developers, as well as truck drivers. Employers say suitable candidates aren’t coming forward in sufficient numbers. Individuals who do apply often lack the right skills and experience.
The economic downturn prodded some laid-off workers to re-train for new careers. Others turn to the off-the-books economy. Those with obsolete skills are sometimes marooned into long-term unemployment.
Retirements are draining the pool of long-haul truck drivers, whose average age is about 50.

The problem is especially acute in the trucking industry, where the worker shortage reflects not only a skills … Read More »



Trucking Moves America Forward: Connecting Our Country [VIDEO]

Posted on July 15th, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off

courtesy of Trucking Moves America Forward

Trucking is essential to the American economy. Nearly 70 percent of all goods in America are moved by trucks.

Trucking is exclusively responsible for shipping goods and materials to 80% of communities in America, moving 9.2 Billion tons of freight annually. It is responsible for 7 million jobs; the skilled professionals working each day to improve your lives. Every day more individuals, companies and organizations are joining, Trucking Moves America Forward. Now it’s your turn, join the movement, and help us help America.

Do you want an important job you can do with pride?

Today, Truck Driver Institute has 12 CDL Training locations throughout the U.S. You will train on late-model trucks and trailers. This ensures that we’ve got a facility close to you with quality, modern equipment available to train you.

We know a big part … Read More »


Trucking jobs continue to show growth.

Posted on July 3rd, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off

The for-hire trucking industry added 3,300 jobs in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the monthly employment report released July 3 by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

April and May’s employment numbers for the industry have also been upwardly revised, with the BLS reporting 500 additional trucking jobs gained in April than previously reported and 800 more in May.

For-hire trucking now has 1.4009 million payroll jobs, according to BLS, up 26,000 jobs from June 2014 (1.8 percent) and up 180,000 jobs (14.7 percent) from March 2010, the low point in the most recent recession. However, trucking employment remains 48,400 jobs (3.3 percent) below January 2007′s peak.

CDL Training + Job Placement = Better Paycheck

Getting the right kind of CDL training is certainly an important first step towards a successful career as a professional truck driver. But the best training in the world … Read More »



About Us: our TDI story in about 2 minutes…

Posted on July 2nd, by Ted Hogan in 40th Anniversary, Trucking News. Comments Off

You probably landed on this page because you’re interested in CDL training and want to know a little bit more about our company, Truck Driver Institute. Well okay, we promise to keep it short …

America’s Best Professional Truck Driver Training for Over 40 Years

2013 was an exciting year at Truck Driver Institute and sister company Commercial Driver Institute because we celebrated our 40th anniversary.  We pride ourselves on the fact that we have been putting America to work since 1973.  We are now one of the nation’s leaders in Commercial Driver’s License training.    Like any successful business, the founder started with a good idea needed by his industry, and he built a solid foundation with good business practices and knowledge of the trucking industry.  

Like most small business, we have many stories to share with our readers about how we … Read More »



Distracted Driving: A Distracted Mind = Driving Blind [Video]

Posted on June 13th, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off

No doubt you’ve heard this before. We are told about the dangers of distracted driving all the time:

Did you know that a driver is four times (4x) more likely to get into an accident when talking on the phone?
Or 23 times (23x) more likely to have an accident when texting?

Truck drivers might not know those exact statistics, but probably know the basic truth instinctively — distracted driving is just not safe. 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.

But did you know a recent study showed “hands-free communications technology is just as distracting as hands-on” because of inattention blindness? Yet another study showed that seven out of 10 people believe using hands-free devices is “somewhat” or “much” safer … Read More »



Albina tells us, “The teachers were amazing in every way.”

Posted on June 5th, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News, What Do Our Students Say About Us?. Comments Off

Truck Driver Institute is a wonderful school!!! The teachers were patient, nice and helpful. They helped me any way they could and answered all my questions.

They constantly gave me motivation which helped me on my tests. The office workers helped me with all my paperwork quickly and without delay.

I am happy to have gone to this school. I feel like it will greatly help me make great steps in my new career. Thank you! Thank you!

~ Albina Jenkins graduated from Truck Driver Institute on May 31, 2014

Find Out More About Truck Driver Institute’s CDL Training Programs!

We know a big part of our job is to make sure you have the training and confidence to become a commercial truck driver. And, a very big part of our job is to help you find a carrier where you can put … Read More »



Are you telling me I should go back to school … are you crazy?

Posted on June 4th, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off

Hey! Would I be talking to you about CDL school if we didn’t have diesel trucks for you to drive right outside our classroom door?

Maybe you struggled in high school and you may not have good memories of your academic experience. We understand that happens. Maybe you’ve been out of school for some time now. Our CDL school is different in so many ways.

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Truck Driver Institute is structured to help you succeed and designed to put you to work quickly. We offer you a 3-week concentrated, hands-on program where you learn by doing. Our class sizes are kept small enough so you can ask questions — small enough to give you practice time behind the wheel.

Yes, you will spend your first few days in a classroom learning what you need … Read More »



Want to Feel Like a Genius? Think About CDL School.

Posted on June 4th, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off

After 6 years of the headlines constantly reminding us how badly the economy is doing, most people have gotten tired of the constant drone of bad economic news — I know I have. How about some good news for a change? Trucking is booming right now because freight is moving across America.

Freight traffic is growing and there is no unemployment in the trucking industry.

Truck driving is not rocket science — but it does require training and certification. If you want to earn a better paycheck, CDL school just might be the smartest move you can make.
With the shortage of CDL drivers in the industry, many people are turning to truck driving schools to take advantage of the large number of open CDL jobs and discovering there are many great benefits to being a CDL driver.

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When people are polled about … Read More »






Listen to our students

See what our CDL Training students and graduates say about their experience at Truck Driver Institute in their own words.

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Matt says, “Thank you TDI for making all this possible!”

I was in a tough financial time, and looked back at my experience in the Army driving various trucks stateside and abroad. I decided...

Chrystel told us, “I was very happy I chose this school over the rest.”
“I went to work the Monday following graduation and have seen others struggle in areas where I excelled — all because of TDI training.”
Michael says, “You’re learning when you don’t even know you’re learning.”

Michael Da Prile graduated from Truck Driver Institute in Murfreesboro, August 2014 (Editor’s Note: aw, shucks … Michael has some very, very kind words to...