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    What Does the Future of Trucking Have in Store?

    Like many industries, normalcy in the everyday business of trucking was shaken up by the COVID-19 pandemic. The industry saw shifts in employment, operations, procedures, and more. Though the constraints of the situation led to many uncertainties, truck drivers have remained resilient. The ability to adapt to constant change allowed truck drivers to make the essential deliveries that helped keep the economy running. As COVID cases decline and things continue returning to “normal”, truckers are also getting back up on their feet. Here are a few ways the pandemic may have a lasting impact on the trucking industry going forward.

    Staying Home

    While some employees are heading back to the office, others are still at home doing online and hybrid work. The pandemic-driven transition to remote work proved to be successful enough to stay long-term. For truck drivers, this means less traffic and safer roads to make quicker deliveries. In fact, in 2020 deliveries were 3x faster than before COVID-19 for some companies. Beyond emptier routes, the regularity of people in front of computers has increased online shopping habits. As this trend keeps growing, and as brick-and-mortar stores open back up in full swing, truck drivers will have lots of deliveries to look forward to.

    Everyday Procedures

    To ensure safety in the trucking industry amidst COVID, health procedures for delivering freight were adjusted and more strongly enforced. Health assessments and protective gear, like gloves and masks, were introduced, while many deliveries were made without physical exchanges. Although some of these procedures may go away as restrictions lessen, others might continue contributing to a healthier future. More thorough and more frequent cleaning measures will undoubtedly prevent the spread of future diseases and sicknesses. With advancements in technology, contactless deliveries and payments will become easier, more efficient, and safer for everyone.

    A Positive Outlook

    Despite the changes we’ve seen through the pandemic, the need for professional truck drivers will never cease to exist. Carriers are always on the hunt for new employees. Freight deliveries will always need to be made. If the pandemic was not proof enough, the trucking industry plays a key role in maintaining a successful economy. And truck drivers’ proven ability to adjust to change will only strengthen it going forward. United States Truck Driving School is committed to training students to become the resilient truck drivers the industry needs. We are proud to offer a variety of CDL training courses to help our students start these new careers.
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    US Truck in the News

    Colorado's local economy is booming, leaving the local unemployment rate at 2.8%. With the economy doing so well, many employers are struggling to recruit and retain drivers. The demand for drivers is high, making commercial driving a promising career option. Our Colorado Springs' school director, John Wescott, was recently featured in an article from KOAA news. Wescott told KOAA:
    "Anything that has to do with any sort of trucking at all, it doesn't matter if it's your local garbage company, doesn't matter if it's a towing company, doesn't matter if it's an over the road carrier; they're all in a shortage."
    There's no better time than now to earn your Class A or Class B CDL. With the demand for drivers so high right now, driving truck or bus is a secure career option. In order to recruit and retain drivers, employers in the area are willing to offer incentives on top of an already high starting pay ($40,000-$60,000 per year!) At United States Truck Driving School, you can complete your CDL training in as little as 3 weeks--allowing you to start making money ASAP! If you're ready to take the next step towards a great paying, steady career, contact us.  Let us help get you on the road to your new trucking career today! Read the local news article here.
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    Getting Your CDL as a Civilian

    As a military veteran transitioning back to civilian life, you may be wondering what your next career path is. The skills veterans learned in the military are easily transferable to the trucking industry. If you're adjusting back to civilian life, consider a career in the trucking industry!

    With the need for truck drivers at an all-time high, a career as a professional truck driver is an attractive career path. There is currently a nationwide shortage of about 60,000 truck drivers. That number is expected to increase in the coming years, making trucking an in-demand field that can provide veterans the job security they'll need for their future.

    What Can Trucking Offer Veterans?

    The trucking industry provides a secure, high-paying job when returning to civilian life. For instance, starting pay for a new driver can start at $40,000+ with full health benefits, and many carriers offer other incentives like retirement savings, paid vacation, and more home time.

    We help veterans get a quality, high-paying job by making CDL training affordable. United States Truck Driving School works with a variety of VA programs to help veterans pay for their CDL training.

    Road Test Exemptions

    If you’re a military veteran with 2+ years of experience driving heavy-duty equipment in the last year, you may be able to skip the road test portion of the CDL exam. This can make getting your CDL a quicker process. To see if you qualify, you must complete a "Veterans CDL Skills Test Waiver". Your US Truck admissions representative can help determine if you qualify for this exemption.

    Trucking companies throughout the United States are eager to hire military veterans. Veterans returning to the civilian workforce already have the skills trucking companies are looking for; they are ambitious, driven, responsible, and have what it takes to get the job done.

    To see how you can use your VA benefits toward your CDL, contact United States Truck Driving School! We'll help you get on the road to a secure career in the trucking industry! Give us a call at 303-848-8443.

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    Is a Full CDL Course or Refresher Course Best for Me?

    Thinking about re-entering the trucking industry? If you previously held a CDL and are looking to return to trucking, United States Truck Driving School can help. Refresh your trucking skills or take a full CDL course and get back up to industry standards!

    Refresh Your Skills with a CDL Refresher Course

    United States Truck Driving School offers customized refresher courses for those who have previously held a CDL. Refresh your skills in shifting, backing, or other skills needed to meet new industry standards. Let our certified trainers prepare you to re-enter the trucking industry and update your skills with our state of the art training.

    Benefits of a Full CDL Course

    If you've been out of the trucking industry for a while, enrolling in a full CDL course could be best for you. Full CDL courses at USTDS offer the skills you need to attract the best companies with the best pay in a few short weeks. While refresher courses are also a good option, some the benefits of a full CDL course are,
    • Company-sponsored training where your hiring company pays for your tuition
    • Job placement assistance
    • Updated industry-standard training
    • Many financial aid options

    Choosing the Right CDL Training School

    With a Better Business Bureau's rating of A+, you can be sure your time and investment with United States Truck Driving School will be well rewarded. With many options for financial aid and company-sponsored training, United States Truck Driving School will get you on the road earning great money in no time. We offer classes for beginners and those looking to re-enter the trucking industry. Whether refreshing your skills or just entering the industry, enrolling at United States Truck Driving School will allow you to obtain a rewarding and great paying professional truck driving job. Contact us to refresh your skills or enroll in a full CDL course, and start making more money today!
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    A Day in the Life of a School Bus Driver

    It's a given that school bus drivers are responsible for safely transporting students to and from school in the morning and afternoon. But what about the rest of the day? What exactly does a school bus driver do every day? Here is an outline of a typical bus driver's day.

    Clock In

    Some bus drivers get to keep their bus at home, while others meet at a lot where the buses are stored. Those who drive from home typically do not have to clock in, but those who meet at a lot will usually need to clock-in.

    Inspect The Bus

    Before driving each day, the bus driver inspects the bus carefully to make sure:
    • Lights are properly working
    • Tires are at the right air pressure
    • Doors are functioning
    • Fluid levels are normal
    • Brakes work properly

    Morning Route

    Each bus driver has a unique route, picking students up and taking them to school. The driver opens the door at each stop, waits for the students to be seated, and then closes the door before driving to the next stop. Drivers will repeat this process until each stop has been made.

    Keeping Children Safe

    While completing the route, the driver takes the right precautions to keep their students safe:
    • Check road conditions before starting their route.
    • Keep an eye out for strange vehicles and people.
    • Use the stop arm at each stop to let other vehicles know that the bus stopping.
    • Safely make detours around wrecks and other road hazards.

    Return the Bus

    After the students have been dropped off at school, the driver will return the bus to the lot or their home.

    Between Morning and Afternoon Trips

    Some bus drivers are full-time, and they may work at the bus lot repairing and working on the buses during the day. Many bus drivers are part-time, and only get paid for their two bus trips during the day. Some part-time drivers have other jobs during the day to make extra money. Part-time drivers can make extra money at school by:
    • Driving the bus for field trips or sporting events
    • Driving the bus for technical schools
    • Working for the school's foodservice
    • Doing janitorial work
    • Working as a teacher's aide

    Afternoon Route

    All of the students load the bus at the end of the school day, and the driver reverses their morning route to take the students home. 

    Return Bus

    After all of the students have been dropped off, the driver will return the bus back to the lot or to their home. They will also complete any necessary inspections or repairs at this time. The bus may also need to be washed or cleaned.

    Paperwork

    Most bus drivers are required to complete paperwork about their routes. The time this paperwork is completed can vary depending on the driver and school, but many will complete it at the end of their day. If you have ever considered driving a school bus and would like to learn more information about earning your Class B CDL, contact United States Truck Driving School!
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    Class A, B or C CDL

    Updated February 2020

    In order to drive certain types of large commercial vehicles in the United States, the driver must hold a Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Depending on the type of vehicle that you are looking to operate and what you intend to haul, you will either need to obtain a Class A or Class B CDL.

    Class A

    image of red Class a CDL truck on highway A Class A CDL is considered the most universal commercial driver’s license because it will allow you to drive (almost) any Class A, Class B, or Class C commercial vehicle.  With a Class A CDL, drivers can operate vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, with a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds or more.

    Class A Vehicles:

    • Tractor-trailers — your typical semi, big rig, or 18-wheeler
    • Truck and trailer combinations — double and triple trailers
    • Tanker Vehicles
    • Flatbed Vehicles

    Vehicles That Require Special Endorsements

    In order to operate Class C and some Class B vehicles, written tests and additional road skill tests will need to be completed. With the proper endorsements, a Class B CDL is the highest classification needed in order to operate a passenger bus, school bus, and HazMat truck.

    Class B

    Image of yellow school bus driving on roadWith a Class B CDL, drivers can operate vehicles with a gross weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, with a towing capacity of no more than 10,000 pounds.

    Class B Vehicles

    • Straight trucks
    • Large busses — city buses, school buses, and tour buses
    • Box trucks
    • Dump trucks with small trailers

    Class C 

    Image of yellow hazmat vehicleWith a Class C CDL, drivers can operate vehicles designed to haul hazardous material, or 16 or more occupants.

    Class C Vehicles 

    • HazMat vehicles
    • Passenger vehicles
    • Combination vehicles not considered Class A or Class B
    If you are looking for more information on how to earn your CDL, United States Truck Driving School is your answer! We specialize in both Class A and Class B CDL training. Not sure which is right for you? Contact us and we'd be happy to help you find the CDL training program that fits your career goals! 303-848-8443
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