• semi truck on highway. Text over image reads "Your Guide to using financial aid for cdl training"

    Overcoming one of the most common obstacles to career training education

    Finances should never keep you from getting the career you deserve. Luckily, they don't have to. United States Truck Driving School has many different opportunities available for financial assistance. These include allowances, reimbursements, loans, sponsorship, and others. Here are few ways you can qualify for financial aid when getting CDL training at USTDS.

    Financial Assistance for Veterans

    Several tuition assistance opportunities are available for service members, their spouses, and dependents. The United States Department of Veteran's Affairs has benefits available to cover tuition and gives you access to a highly in-demand job field. Below are just a few of the VA benefits available you can receive.

    • The Montgomery GI Bill: If you're a veteran with at least 2 years of active duty service, you can receive up to 36 months of benefits covered.
    • The Post 9/11 GI Bill®: You may be eligible for 36 months of benefits if you have 90 days of aggregate service after September 10th, 2001.
    • Special Vocational Training: If you have a disability rating from the VA and have an employment handicap, this program can get you the assistance you need.

    Reimbursement for Veterans and Others

    In addition to the programs available to assist veterans in getting the training they need, certain carriers will pay back up to $7,500 of the VA benefits used to cover CDL training costs. Even if you paid for training out of pocket, the carrier you find employment with will pay back your monthly tuition.

    Carrier Sponsorship for CDL Training

    The carriers that partner with USTDS recognize how important quality drivers are. In light of the high demand for drivers, certain carriers are willing to invest in your CDL training. You'll receive benefits towards your tuition, housing, and transportation while you're getting your CDL training. When you get finished, you'll pay them back through a weekly payroll deduction until it's paid off.

    ....And Much More

    United States Truck Driving School has programs help you overcome one of the most common obstacles to education, including:

    • Programs from Goodwill Industries
    • Vocational programs from the state of Colorado
    • In-House financing, loans, and deferred payment plans

    If you're interested in getting CDL training, contact us today to learn more about the financial aid opportunities open to you!

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    Being Humble and Teachable When Getting your CDL

    CDL training will come with a lot of information for prospective truck drivers, and all of it is important. If you're not careful, certain attitudes and actions may limit your growth in the transportation industry. They may even cause you to fail if you're not careful. Adopt these practices to make the most of your CDL training.

    Have the Right Attitude

    Going into CDL training with an out-of-check ego or a negative mindset will stop your learning before it begins. Always remain open to instruction. Experienced drivers agree that a student thinking he's already got it mastered will not only hinder their own progress but will disrupt his fellow students' learning as well. Remain humble and be open to looking at things in a different way. You also need to remember to give yourself room to grow. Don't compare your progress to someone else's. Everyone learns at their own pace.

    Surround Yourself With Like-minded People

    Don't let yourself be distracted by people who aren't there to learn. This is as true in CDL training as it was in High School. If someone doesn't care about their own education, then they won't care too much about yours. Keep close to other students that are as focused on their studies as you are, and stay away from cliques of slackers.

    Remain Disciplined and Respect the Challenge

    CDL training is meant to be a challenge. Class A CDL training with the United States Truck Driving School will require 160 hours of instruction to prepare you for the rigors of truck driving. Make sure you're being serious about putting in the work, or you won't make the cut.

    Work With Your Instructor, Not Against Them

    Your instructor is the greatest asset you'll have available to you during your CDL training. Remain cooperative, and try to pick their brain a bit. Ask them about their driving experiences. Show them you're serious. When the instructor sees that you care about your training, they'll go a lot further than someone that's just going through the motions.

    Be Coachable

    Remaining disciplined, humble, and coachable is the best way to get the most out of your CDL training. If you're serious about receiving the best training, contact the United States Truck Driving School and find out more about the Class A and Class B CDL training programs available.

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    What Can We Expect in Trucking in the New Year?

    Many industries - including trucking - are looking forward to what the new year will hold for their industry. While changes do not suddenly happen just because of a new year, very few years are the same and trends come and go in any industry. The same goes for trucking. So, what can we expect in trucking in 2019?

    A Driver Shortage

    In 2019 the trucking industry will need more drivers. Currently there about 50,000 driver positions open throughout the country. By the end of 2019, that number could balloon to about 60,000. Truck driving continues to be high-demand as consumer demand grows and more goods need to be transported. This means there are many quality jobs to be had in the trucking field with average pay starting around $40,000+ and full benefits being included. This job security makes it a great time to get into the trucking industry as a career path.

    Truck Driver Salaries on the Rise

    Many companies are raising driver salaries and increasing some benefits. The average starting salary for an OTR driver is around $40,000+ annually. The upper-end of drivers can make $100,00+ each year, plus many carriers are adding in more complete benefits packages to go along with it. This is a great time to get into this career as salaries continue to rise along with the demand for drivers!

    Fuel Prices Continue To Rise

    Fuel prices have put some pressure on the industry.  Diesel is up to $2.88 per gallon (on average) throughout many parts of the US. These numbers are expected to experience a modest increase again in 2019. This raises the cost for companies, which ultimately is passed on to the consumer.

    Consumer Demand Slowly Grows

    2019 Forecast shows consumer demand continuing to grow at a rate of about 3.5%. This will raise the demand for the number of truck drivers.  The need to transport goods will continue to rise without a driver to fill these jobs. This means that the people who get into the industry are in a secure position with quality pay and great benefits.

    Autonomous (self-driving) Trucks Are Still A Long Way in the Future

    While some tests have been done on self-driving cars and trucks, full use of autonomous trucks is still a long way away. This means that truck driving is a solid bet of a career choice to get into. Most current drivers will be well past retired by the time the industry becomes fully automated, which is not coming any time in the near future. While changes are always happening in the trucking industry, these are just a few of the trends happening through 2019. Trucking remains to be a great job in a booming industry with quality pay and full benefits. For more information on starting a trucking career that can provide a high standard and quality of living for your family, fill out the form on this page, or call us today! 303-848-8443
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    Download Them All Before Hitting the Road

    As an Over the Road Driver, your phone is your lifeline. Now more than ever, it is easy to control everyday tasks with your phone. Not only is it your top communication tool, but a lot of today's phone apps help truck drivers:
    • budget and stay on top of finances
    • stay on diet or exercise routines
    • have access to weather and traffic reports
    • stay entertained, and
    • keep connected to home!
    So, which apps are the best for new or experienced truckers? Here are a few of our favorites you might want to download before you hit the road.

    Entertainment

    Pandora - Pandora is an online streaming radio service. Whether you like country music or hard rock, there's a station for you.  Who doesn't love a great playlist of all your 80s-hair-banging favorites? Best of off, you can sing as loud as you want in your truck - no one will know. The basic service is free, and a commercial-free premium version is just $9.99 per month. Download the app at pandora.com Stitcher - Prefer podcasts? Stitcher is the easiest way to listen to podcasts on your iPhone or Android phone. Podcasts are a great way to pass the time on the road. You can find a new series based on your favorite topics and have new episodes to look forward to. Or, do what we all do and binge listen to the series that are already out there! The Trucking Podcast, TalkCDL or Trucker Dump are a few entertaining and insightful series. Download the app at stitcher.com Audible - Let's face it - reading in a truck is hard to do.* Audible is an online audiobook service provided by Amazon. Plans start at $14.95 per month after a free trial period. Audiobooks are a great way to pass the time and get through all the best-sellers on your list.  Whether you are interested in sci-fi or how-to books on being the best in the trucking industry, with over 400,000 titles available, you'll never run out of 'reading' material! *While we hope it goes without saying, don't actually try to read while driving. Save the actual books for breaks or home time. Download the app at audible.com

    Communication

    Skype -  Face-to-face connection is important while you're out on the road. If you don't have FaceTime through an iPhone, or Duo on Android, Skype is a great alternative for video calls. Video calls are free, and being able to see someone while catching up makes the miles between you seem shorter. Download the app at skype.com Whatsapp -  Looking for a messenger service that is a more secure alternative to Facebook Messenger? With this app, all calls and messages you share are unencrypted and secure. With Whatsapp, you can send video or audio messages, share your location, or set up a group chat, along with many other advantages. Avoid SMS fees and still have full messaging capabilities. Download the free app at whatsapp.com

    Work-Life

    Waze - With Waze, you can get real-time traffic and road condition updates, as well as accident, or road hazard alerts. And because Waze maps are continually being updated by members of the community they're constantly improving routing for everyone -- no more dead ends! Download the free app at waze.com Gas Buddy - On the surface, Gas Buddy just shows you where the cheapest gas is. But it's an in-depth app that gives truckers access to fuel prices nationwide, as well as a price map, cost calculator, and price charts. Though company drivers won't have to pay for their own fuel, the app can provide cashback when you do fill up. It's free for both Apple and Android and has proven to be beneficial to truckers! Download the free app at gasbuddy.com Trucker Path - With Trucker Path, you can get real-time updates on information vital to truckers. It's especially helpful for new truckers who don't yet have a  Rolodex of information stored away. This app provides info on weigh stations, truck washes, fuel stations, and more. Download the free app at truckerpath.com

    Lifestyle

    Wunderlist - Stay on top of things and get stuff done back home with Wunderlist. With this app, you can organize household lists, no matter how big or small they might be. You can set up reminders, or assign to-do tasks to other users. Download the app at wunderlist.com MyFitnessPal - Sticking to a diet or eating healthy can be tough on the road. My Fitness Pal allows you to track your meals and fitness through its app. The basic service is free or you can upgrade to the premium version for $9.99 per month. Available on Apple and Android. Download the free app at myfitnesspal.com Mint - Keep track of your bills, bank accounts, and credit score with Mint. The service allows you to link all your bills and bank accounts to your account, making it easier to keep track of your finances. Download the app at mint.com Smartphones have become increasingly more important over the past decade. With new apps being added, and existing apps being updated daily, it's easier than ever to stay healthy, connected, and organized as a truck driver. Have you used these apps in your trucking career? What others are your favorite to use? Join the conversation and share your favorite phone apps on our Facebook page!
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    Hit the Road in 2019 with a CDL from Us Truck Driving School

    As we come up on a new year it means that many people will start making their New Year's Resolutions. Many people's resolutions will include furthering their career or improving their earning potential. This is a great new goal and the new year is a great time to start working towards that goal.

    Consider Truck Driving As Your New Career

    Truck driving is a career that you should strongly consider if you are looking to go back to school. Currently, there is an immediate need to hire about 50,000 truck drivers throughout the US. That need is believed to be ballooning towards 60,000 in the next several years. And it's expected to continue to climb from there. These numbers combined with increased consumer demand means one thing for truck drivers getting into the field: job security.

    Truck Driving Offers Awesome Benefits

    Many truck drivers enjoy a host of employment benefits. Most truck drivers start at out around $40,000+ annually. Salaries can reach into the $100,000s for some positions at large truck companies. Moreover, truck drivers will also get paid vacation along with their new positions. Many will also receive healthcare benefits and also some form of retirement savings plan through their employer as well. Some carriers may even offer some sort of tuition reimbursement programs for employees who agree to work with them upon obtaining their CDL, which can help ease the financial burden it typically costs to complete your education for truck driving.

    Enroll in a Program Today

    If this kind of job is the career change that you have been looking for with quality pay, paid vacation, healthcare coverage, and great benefits in an in-demand field with future job security then truck driving is the next great job for you. United States Truck Driving School is currently offering CDL A & B courses as well as refresher courses that prepare you to enter the field of trucking. Trucking is a very high and in-demand industry and the demand continues to rise as consumer demand rises. The industry has job security moving into the future and is always looking to recruit more truck drivers as the industry continues to grow and change. The benefits are also excellent and the pay is competitive with many other industries as well. The entire package is very enticing to many people looking to increase their income and advance their career. For more information on getting your CDL license from United States Truck Driving School, fill out the form on this page, or call 303-848-8443! We will be happy to get you on your way to a new, exciting career to start your new year off right!
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    The Best Apps to Keep You Connected

    There are so many benefits to being a truck driver, but being away from family and loved ones is definitely a challenge. There are several ways you can keep in contact when you're on your next long-haul trip.

    Facebook

    With the ability to post photos, send private messages, and make video calls, Facebook is a great all-in-one way to communicate. If there are several people you want to keep in touch with, consider setting up a private group or chat where you can exchange messages and photos with a little more privacy. This is a great way to showcase the places you have been, or where you are headed next. Trucking is a rewarding career that can take you to many places you might not normally go. Facebook is also home to many truck driver groups where you can network with fellow drivers, share tips & tricks of the road, or find support to issues that are unique to truck drivers. There are even groups dedicated to spouses and loved ones of truck drivers, so they can find support from others going through the same things. Bonus! Meet fellow US Truck graduates and stay up-to-date with the latest in the trucking industry by following us on Facebook!

    Couple app

    There are challenges that come with being a truck driver. Staying in touch with your partner back home shouldn't be one of them. If you're looking for something more private than Facebook, the app Couple (formerly called Pair) may be right for you. Dubbed, "The App for Two," Couple is a way for significant others to keep in contact., and is available for both Apple and Android devices, as well as desktop PC.  This makes it easy to stay in contact wherever you are. Couple includes the sweet "Thumbkiss™" feature which makes both phones vibrate simultaneously when you touch the same spot on your phones. This app also has the ability to create a shared timeline to remember special dates and events. Plus, you and your partner can use the sketch app to draw pictures or play games like hangman.

    A Note a Day

    For each day that you'll be gone, leave behind an envelope with a note, small gift, or photo. Each morning, your loved one can open that day's envelope and take a look at your special message or gift. Young children in particular love opening envelopes to see what's inside. In turn, your loved ones can send notes along with you. You can have fun opening them each day, just resist the temptation to open them all at once! Podcasts are a great way to pass the time on those longer routes. Try finding one that is a series you can enjoy in the truck, and your family can enjoy at home. You'll have a connection to each other as you all listen to the same episodes.

    Instagram

    Instagram is another social media platform you can use to keep in contact.  Take and share pictures while you're on the road. Your loved ones can take and post photos as they go about their day. Having an Instagram account is a great way to share photos of the places you have been with those you love. They'll be able to learn more about the places you have been or learn more about trucking as a career. Seeing photos from back home can help keep you connected with family and friends and keep you from feeling homesick!  There will always be challenges of life on the road.  Staying in touch with loved ones when you're gone shouldn't be one of them. Whether you go high-tech to keep in touch or do something more analog there's always a way to stay close to those you love! What are the ways you keep in touch with your family and friends back home? Share your thoughts, tips & tricks on our Facebook page!
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