Skill pad hours for a truck school

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by Sharperk, May 11, 2023.

  1. Sharperk

    Sharperk Bobtail Member

    May 11, 2023
    Is it normal to only get 20 min a day behind the wheel at a trucking school you payed 6500 for and be expected to pass in three weeks
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  2. mitrucker

    mitrucker Road Train Member

    Dec 15, 2010
    Lapeer, MI
    Sadly, yes. There are some crappy schools out there.
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  3. snowmantrucking101

    snowmantrucking101 Medium Load Member

    Mar 8, 2017
    See about a refund and find a REAL school.
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  4. Broke_and_Hungry

    Broke_and_Hungry Light Load Member

    Feb 26, 2008
    Presumably you have signed some sort of agreement with the school. I would think this agreement would list the amount of behind the wheel time you will receive, if so, hold them accountable.
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  5. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    When the FMCSA came out with the new driver training rules they intentionally left out any requirements for a minimum amount of behind the wheel training. The ATA was behind that.
  6. Terlingua

    Terlingua Medium Load Member

    Oct 24, 2021
    Sounds about right from my experience. You can still learn a lot by paying attention to the other students, their mistakes, and how to fix them. If it's starting to get close to test time and you don't feel like you're able to pass, then you need to start talking to the instructor about it.
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  7. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Yes. In my 3 week CDL school the students were divided into 3 or 4 groups and for a few days one group stood around outside watching others back the trailer and one by one each person would leave that group and be in the truck backing the trailer with a trainer. It just lasted until it was time for us to spend a few days with 4 students and a trainer in a truck driving on city streets. We would drive for about 20-30 minutes, switch drivers and drive some more. Then back to the backing range or the classroom. The CDL school is preparing you to pass the state exam, not go to NYC in a snowstorm. Almost every student will feel unprepared to drive the truck 50 miles alone the day the graduate. You will get A LOT more training by the trucking company that hires you. I spent 8 weeks sharing a truck 24 hours per day with one trainer as we took loads around the country. I did most of the driving under supervision. Don't go into a panic thinking the small amount of time behind the wheel is all you will ever get before being solo and far from home. Relax. The school has trained hundreds of new students and it's unlikely you are the least talented one of all of those students. Trust the process.
  8. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    1 on 1 training. Only way to do it IMO.

    College I trained at years ago would book lessons in 2 hour blocks. Do your pre-trip, drop trailer, rehook, go spend a half hour doing some backing, then drive around town the rest of the lesson.
  9. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    i was an instructor at a school in Fontana, around 2002. A respectable school. We had 4 students per truck, 3 sitting in the sleeper, 1 behind the wheel. An 8 hr day. Since our yard wasn't all that big, I took my students out off the premises for all aspects of training, including pre-trip, backing, parallel parking, city and freeway driving. So, in theory, each student got about almost 2 hours training each day for their 160 hrs. Keep in mind, pre-tripping is not behind the wheel. Actual driving was 2 hrs/day (which included backing etc as well as city/freeway driving) The DMV test was usually day 10 of driving. The first 2 weeks was classroom. Beware, there are crash course schools who will "train" you in 3 days, no classroom, just driving, usually city cab and 26' pup trailer.
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