About Us

The History of Our Truck Driving School

United States Truck Driving School, Inc. (USTDS) was founded in 1958 by John Mauro, a former Indy 500 racecar driver. Mauro started the truck driving school in response to the rising demand for professional truck drivers.

photograph of US Truck School founder Johnny Mauro
Johnny Mauro at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1948

During the past 5 decades, USTDS has grown from a single-track operation to one of the largest commercial driver training companies in the nation.

During those years, USTDS successfully maneuvered through major industry changes, including the deregulation of the trucking industry, increased environmental constraints, heightened Federal and State safety rules, industry-altering technology, and constant changes in financing parameters of vocational schools.

United States Tractor Trailer

Since 1978, USTDS has been a privately owned family business incorporated in the state of Colorado. A corporate management team of business professionals, combined with location-specific School Directors with years of trucking and educational experience, support USTDS’s daily operations.

Today, USTDS operates two separate driver training centers in Colorado, utilizes a fleet of 40 modern tractor-trailer rigs, and employs approximately 40 full-time employees.


United States Truck Driving school has been training Denver area residents since 1959. The Denver campus is situated on a 17-acre site in the city of Wheat Ridge, just 10 minutes west of downtown Denver.

The site encompasses complete training facilities for students, including classroom space, two separate driving ranges, and training yards, State Certified testing pad, a loading dock maneuvering structure, and designated truck parking with power access.

The Denver campus also serves as our Corporate Headquarters, where our corporate team has worked since 1959.

Colorado Springs

USTDS’s second campus has served the southern part of the state since 1981. The Colorado Springs property contains a 9.7-acre primary site and an 80-acre secondary site. This “midway” location is just 20 minutes south of downtown Colorado Springs, and 20 minutes north of the city of Pueblo.

This campus provides complete training facilities for students, including ample driving range space for course maneuvering, alley dock training, parallel-parking, and backing. The property also houses classrooms, laboratory space, maintenance, and mechanics shop, as well as indoor parking and storage.

While the population surrounding the Colorado Springs school is smaller than that of Denver, the convenient location is beneficial to the many students that come from the areas large military facilities.

United States Truck Driving Schools first tractor trailer
Maintenance Upkeep
Early USTDS training tractor trailer

For most of our students, enrolling in truck driving school is the first step towards becoming a professional driver. It is a new career choice, and signing up for a truck driver training program is a fast move towards a plentiful job market. Entering the truck driving profession is a journey that will be life-changing for most who embark upon it.


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