Truck Driving Schools in PA

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Pennsylvania truck driving schools offer various curriculums, to suit prospective truckers. The most popular one lasts 160 clock hours (4 weeks). This course is designed to meet the needs of the student who has never driven a tractor-trailer. The student gets 55 hours working with the truck, with a minimum of 30 hours driving time. The remaining 25 hours are reserved for practicing the maneuvering skills required to pass the CDL test, and the test itself, which is to be taken in the school’s truck on a state approved site. Also included in this course is 105 hours of classroom and lab. This is a diploma program.

PA Truck Driving Tuition Includes:

• Orientation – Covers scheduling, grading and what is expected of the student.
• Preparation for written exam (CDL) – General knowledge, air brakes, and the endorsements of hazardous materials, combination vehicles, doubles and triples, and tanks.
• Introduction to Trucking – covers trucking industry and its rules and regulations.
• Map Reading – Learn to use a road atlas, plan trip routes, estimate mileage/travel time, obtain permits and plan for personal need and expense money.
• Log Books – how to use, record driving time, and compute on duty and off duty time.
• Coupling and Uncoupling – How to, and what controls and hazards are involved. • Vehicle Systems – Particular attention is given to the brakes and electrical systems.
• Vehicle Maintenance – Student learns to “trouble shoot” mechanical problems. Preventative maintenance and servicing are emphasized.
• Vehicle Inspection – The student is taught the CDL pre-trip inspection regulations.
• Basic Control – Starting and stopping. Backing in a straight line and turning. • Shifting – Basic gear shifting patterns and methods of shifting.
• Backing – Learn backing principles and rules, as well as basic backing maneuvers. • Visual Search – Visual safeguards and the importance of mirrors.
• Space Management – Safe driving space and following distance and control of space and the dangers of overhead obstructions.
• Speed Management – Speed and stopping distance. Fuel economy.

Pennsylvania truck driving schools also offer a course called “50 clock hours”. This course is designed to meet the needs of the student who has prior tractor-trailer driving experience and needs some help in preparing to pass both the written and CDL examinations. The student receives 20 hours working with the truck which includes practicing maneuvers and driving. Also included in this course is 30 hours of classroom and lab. This is a certificate program.

A Bilingual Course is available in reading with bilingual instructor and textbooks.

• Pennsylvania truck driving schools limit the number of students to a maximum of four students per truck. This 4 to 1 ratio gives the students ample driving time in order to successfully pass their CDL Test.
• Classes start every two weeks and lasts four weeks in duration. Some truck driving schools also offer weekend classes, which allow the student to complete their training in 8 weekends.
• Customized lesson plans are designed to provide the most accurate information in a short amount of time, with an emphasis on safety.

EQUIPMENT Used:
• 2004 Freightliners are equipped with 10-speed transmissions, tilt and telescopic steering wheels, air ride seats, air conditioned and cruise control.
• Cabs have been custom designed to provide individual seats for each student.
• 48-foot trailers complete the training units, to accurately represent the over-the-road trucks of today.
• Modern, state-approved classrooms provide a comfortable environment for the students.

PAYMENT OPTIONS:
• Workforce WV State Approved
• Personal financing available to those who qualify
• Major Credit Cards Accepted
• TAA
• OVR
• DRS
• Workers Compensation
• PA State Approved

JOB PLACEMENT: The experienced Alumni Services Departments of Pennsylvania truck driving schools assist each student with job placement during and upon completion of the course. Students are advised as to what to look for in a company and how to choose the company that will best meet their needs. Some colleges track graduates of their vocational training for 90 days from graduation in order to continue to assist with any placement-related issues.

When the student successfully completes the home self-study and receives their CDL General Knowledge and Airbrake Endorsements from testing with their state D.O.T., the student will receive a certificate from Pennsylvania truck driving schools for their non-driving portion of their CDL training. With this certificate, the student will be qualified to start their hands-on training (road and pad) with a variety of truck driving schools, or commercial transportation companies. The text consists of 40 chapters and an accompanying Teacher’s Guide that enables the student to gauge their progress.

The textbook comes on a computer CD-Rom and is readable on any Windows-based or MAC computer. Materials include over 700 pages of text and graphics, including the following chapters: Introduction to the CDL, Trucking Past & Present, Life As a Driver, Driver’s Qualifications, Cab Layout, Safe Driving, Extreme Driving Conditions, Adverse Driving Conditions & Braking, First Aid & Fire Protection, Emergency Procedures, Driver’s Logs, Map Reading, Hazardous Materials, Handling Cargo, Documents, Permits, The Fifth Wheel, Basic Shifting, Drop & Hook, Cornering & Backing, Combination Vehicles, Tankers, Pre-Trip Inspection, Air Brake Systems, Diesel Engines, Transmissions, Wheels, Rims & Tires, Suspension & Axles, Steering & Alignment, Lubrication & Cooling Systems, Electrical Systems, Intake & Exhaust Systems, Introduction to Forklifts, Safe Forklift Operations, Forklift Pre-Trip Inspection, Preventative Maintenance, Materials Handling, OSHA Forklift Regulations, Employee Rights, Getting a Driver’s Job, Introduction to the CDL, Trucking Past & Present, Life As a Driver, Driver’s Qualifications, Cab Layout, Safe Driving, Extreme Driving Conditions, Adverse Driving Conditions & Braking, First Aid & Fire Protection, Emergency Procedures, Driver’s Logs, Map Reading, Hazardous Materials, Handling Cargo, Documents, Permits, The Fifth Wheel, Basic Shifting, Drop & Hook, Cornering & Backing, Combination Vehicles, Tankers, Pre-Trip Inspection, Air Brake Systems, Diesel Engines, Transmissions, Wheels, Rims & Tires, Suspension & Axles, Steering & Alignment, Lubrication & Cooling Systems, Electrical Systems, Intake & Exhaust Systems, Glossary, OSHA Forklift Regulations, Employee Rights & Getting a Driver’s Job.

June 27, 2012 |

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