When checking out CDL schools, what is the minimum driving time a student should receive? One school I'm looking at is 18 hours. Is that average?
CDL School  Minimum driving time?
Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by knuckledragger, May 6, 2015.


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Most companies along with WA State require 160 total hours of instruction. About 18 hours driving, 16 hours backing, 16 hours proficiency would be a good school. That is what I got from my school. I do not believe there is a set number of hours of drive time that is required.
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Find a school with fewer students so you will have more time driving each day. Mine was 165hrs and I felt I got a good deal of time in the hot seat. Only four of us in my class.
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You want at least 160 hour program, minimum class time and student to instructor ratio of about 14 maximum. Also make sure you find out what their policy is should you not pass on your first attempt, how much retraining you get.
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Yes, that is average. 160 hour program 40 hours classroom 120 hours range skills, Drop and hook, pretrip for CD test, and road. The most BTW time on road will be no more than 20 hours. That is what CDL.com schools have in their breakdown of hours. On average a trip is 4560 min. long for most schools.
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I am a CDL Instructor, and at our school we have 240 hours instruction. 120 hours of in class including simulator time, and 120 hours of behind the wheel. The 120 hours is divided between the students in the semi which is a ratio of 1:4. Each student gets a minimum of 12 hours behind the wheel everyday.
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I would never go to a school that requires 160 hour class. With ten students your getting 15 hours of "you're" time. I went to a one on one school for 15 hours. I got just as much driving time and lesson time as anyone going to a long school. I paid $1499... Best deal ever

In a good 160 hour program that maintains a low student count to instructor ratio, you should get about 40 hours of actual seat time. Much better than 15 hours. Plus observation time is actually important, if you dont use it to text your girlfriend or play Angry Birds.
Lastly, who is going to hire you from a 15 hour program? Is that a state licensed program? What company is going to hire you from a non state licensed program? Who assures quality of the curriculum?
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