Day One: Research Criteria
by, 01.17.2011 at 06.44 PM (392 Views)
After a lot of eHow articles and skimming the posts here on the forums, here are the criteria I'm going to use to determine which school I go with:
So there's the criteria. Time to start doing some of the legwork before I can start doing the REAL legwork.
- Time in instruction. I'm actually not as worried about the classroom time if they'll give me the material to review at home, but I want as much time-in-truck as possible. I would prefer one-on-one time, but more than three to a truck is too many. I can learn from watching, so two to a truck would probably be the ideal. A minimum of 44 hours of instruction is required by , the Professional Truck Driver Institute, so that minimum has to be guaranteed.
- Number of days in instruction. Four weeks should be the minimum, but I'm hoping to not be in school for more than two months, so four to eight weeks.
- Certification is preferred, but not required. There are many things that might keep a school from certifying and if everything else is acceptable, the certification can slide.
- Equipment. I'm pretty sure W/S uses only Freightliners and Volvos, so it'd be good if that's what I train on.
- Instructors have to have at least three years of actual driving experience. My boyfriend has been driving for two years, so why would I settle for less than that?
- Financing. This is an important one. I need financing and would like at least some help with grants.
- Price. $2500 to $4000 is probably right. I can't pay cash up front, so less than that is probably a scam and more than that is probably a jip.