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Spotlight: Murfreesboro Tennessee CDL Training Center

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

Murfreesboro Tennessee is located right in the heart of America’s trucking country. Interstate 40 runs 2,559 miles east and west — nearly coast-to-coast and right through the neighboring city of Nashville. Likewise, I-24 and I-65 also cross right through the heart of Music City, USA.

Did you know 50% of the U.S. population lives within 600 miles of this area? … and that 24 states are located within that 600-mile radius? … or that Tennessee shares a common border with eight of those states? These location advantages translate into one-day and two-day truck delivery times to more than 75 percent of all U.S. markets. Major commercial carriers operate all over the country out of this major crossroads area.

There is a lot of trucking activity centered right here in middle Tennessee, and that’s the same reason why Truck Driver Institute chose to … Read More »

Veterans Find Good Jobs Waiting in Trucking Industry

Posted on November 10th, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off

You don’t have to be a veteran to be a good truck driver, but returning service men and women might want to consider choosing the Truck Driver Institute’s CDL training program, like Derek Paul did after he left the U.S. Army. Our  students are given real world experience behind the wheel of a truck and assisted in finding a good paying job after graduation.

Sean Lenhan, a veteran’s employment program manager with the Department of Commerce, is worried that returning service men and women are not adequately being considered for available jobs, even though they possess many highly desirable skills.

“(Veterans) are one of the most undervalued and under-appreciated commodities that can be hired,” Lenhan said in a Driver Jobs article. “One of the things I believe that is different is that as a veteran, on active duty, you may have had a … Read More »

Buddy is Beating the Odds with Stevens Transport

Posted on October 1st, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off

Truck Driver Institute works with the nation’s top carriers to ensure that students who graduate from TDI with a Class A CDL License are able to find jobs as quickly as possible. Truck Driver Institute and Stevens Transport have worked together to offer a valuable tuition reimbursement program for our truck driving school graduates.

Buddy Price completed his 2nd 1-year Alliance lease & he’s doing it again!

Buddy is on the yard this week picking up his lease completion bonus check of $3441.06 added to his re-sign bonus of $5220.00, giving him a GRAND TOTAL BONUS OF $8661.06! Buddy, has been employed at Stevens since 2012. He attended Truck Driver Institute in Forsyth, GA. After a short vacation Buddy is signing his 3rd Alliance lease.

We’d like to congratulate him for running a very successful business.
Stevens Transport Offers Excellent Tuition Reimbursement … Read More »

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 »

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 »

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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The Taylors are Team Drivers and Both Trained at TDI.

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