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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

    In order to drive certain types of commercial vehicles in the United States, the driver must hold a commercial driver's 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 highwayA 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
    • Livestock Carriers
    • Flatbeds

    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 busses, school busses, and tour busses
    • Segmented busses
    • 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 

    • Small 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!
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    Earning Potential for a CDL Driver

    There is really no quick answer to how much a truck driver can make. The amount of money a trucker can make depends on their experience, level of licensing, and type of load being hauled. Entry-level, Over-The-Road (OTR) drivers make on average $45,000 to $60,000 per year to start.

    Licenses and Endorsements: 

    There are three levels of CDLs: Class A, B, and C. Class A drivers are able to operate all three levels of vehicles, while Class B drivers can operate Class B and C vehicles. At US Truck, we offer both Class A and B CDL training.

    Class A CDL:

    Starting pay from $45,000 to $60,000
    A Class A CDL shows that you are a certified and licensed professional truck driver. Having your Class A CDL means you can drive the following vehicles:
    • Tractor-trailers
    • Truck and trailer combinations
    • Tanker trucks
    • Livestock carriers
    • Double and triple trailers
    • Flatbeds

    Class B CDL

    Starting pay from $25,000 to $40,000
    A Class B CDL shows you are certified to drive vehicles not hitched to a trailer. Class B drivers drive smaller vehicles than Class A. These include:
    • Buses
    • Segmented buses
    • Box trucks
    • Dump trucks
    • Tow trucks
    • Delivery trucks
    • Garbage trucks
    • Cement production

    Special Endorsements

    CDL drivers often improve their skills and earning potential by leveling up their license, and by getting endorsements. Endorsements are special tests that allow you to haul more dangerous material. For instance, a Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Tanker driver will earn a lot more than a truck driver without endorsements. There is great potential for high increased wages for commercial drivers. The more years they drive, the more money they make.

    Types of Endorsements

    • P is for Passengers
    • T is for Tankers
    • H is for Hazmat
    • S is for School bus

    Who Can Get a CDL?

    You must be 21 years old to apply for a CDL. Some states--including Colorado--allow 18-year-olds to get a single-state license allowing them to drive only in their home state. The single state restriction is automatically removed when a driver turns 21. Even very experienced drivers go back to school to pick up new endorsements to make more money. At United States Truck Driving School, we have tuition assistance programs to help you get your training without the financial stress. Contact us to earn your CDL or a add a new endorsement, and start making more money today!
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