For drivers in today’s modern era, there are many resources available to them in terms of finding the perfect driving school to fit their needs. Many sites have compiled lists online, sometimes state by state, to offer drivers what they consider to be the best schools in their area.
There are also several forums and message boards available to drivers where industry veterans and drivers of various backgrounds can weigh in on their opinions and experiences with trucking schools (and sometimes the subsequent companies these schools are associated with.) There are no doubt a wealth of individuals willing to give the curious student a piece of their mind when it comes to starting a career in driving.
The real pitfall in these cases, however, is that industry sites, message boards, and other networks, is that they may distance the truth from the driver who is seeking information regarding a potential school.
At the very best, there may be misinformation or outdated knowledge coming from a seasoned driver simply because they have distanced themselves from the road due to years of inactivity in driving.
At the worst, online users may be posing as drivers and spreading information outside of the truth for absolutely no reason other than to harm others online.
While there can be trustworthy and credible folks online who genuinely wish to help a driver who is seeking the next step in the trucking field, one must be careful in who they approach and what they take away from their online interactions.
Consult A School’s Site Directly
This may seem like an obvious first step, but looking into a company’s profile online is a surefire way to get accurate information. There may also be several testimonies or reviews on the site that give more insight into the program or that can provide a driver with more personal experiences. Keep in mind that these sites will ultimately end up marketing their school to potential drivers, but at the very least the words are coming straight from the horse’s mouth.
Additionally, many larger companies may even provide smaller forums of their own, in hopes of inviting those that are better suited to speak to the company rather than those on general industry forums.
Speaking of Forums…
Forums are not to be distrusted entirely, it’s just that one must use discretion when consulting them in making career decisions. There are many well-established and well-moderated forums where users and site leaders alike engage in civil and thoughtful conversation.
When one is using a forum in order to get more industry perspective, it’s important to choose one that is specifically related to trucking, and one that seems to promote conversation about relevant topics within the industry altogether. While forums that seem to have a great deal of their recent activity oriented towards discussing politics and non-related matters are all well and good, the chances are that finding credible sources may be scant. Look for message boards that seem to be consistently talking about the issues at hand, and with members who seem to have some affiliation with the industry other than simply sitting behind a computer.
Skip The Site, Give Them A Call!
For those drivers who can’t make it to a recruiting center or open house in person, giving the recruiter a call and letting them know that you are just beginning to do research is an excellent way to get information. Generally speaking, taking a phone call with a recruiter will help minimize the potential risk of being sold on a website’s lip service, whereas a real person may be more straightforward and earnest about what is involved in the school’s curriculum.
As recruiters become more mobile-oriented, some are even offering Facetime sessions, where one can quite literally have virtual a face-to-face session with a recruiter who has valuable information for them. This option is almost as good as the real thing and can help a student driver feel more confident about aligning themselves with a school.
Whatever route you may use in order to find a suitable driving school, make sure that you don’t comprise in what you want out of your education. Stick with a school that will provide the right amount of training for your desired length of time with the correct lessons and schedules that will make you a financially successful and confident candidate when entering the workforce.