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    Do you know how important truckers are to your everyday life?

    Trucking in the United States alone moves an estimated 71% of the total freight in the country, including medical supplies, food supplies, and many more. Sadly, if the trucking operations were to stop suddenly, the effects on the economy would be more devastating than anyone might expect. This explains the significant role truckers play in mitigating the adverse impact and ensuring the well-being of all Americans. So, what would happen if truckers were to cease working for just three days?

    THE FIRST DAY -

    Healthcare Industry Healthcare providers, together with the consumers, depend on regular delivery of medication and healthcare supplies to hospitals and pharmacies. The first day without trucking would mean a huge risk of running out of essential medical supplies, such as catheters and syringes, which are usually needed within hours after ordering. This would jeopardize health care services for cancer patients as their medication uses radiopharmaceuticals, which can only last for a few hours before expiring. Transportation and Retail Sector Beyond the effects on the healthcare industry, delivery of packages and mails would immediately come to a halt. Within a few hours of truck stoppage, busy gas stations would run out of fuel supplies as an average service station needs a delivery every two days. Grocery stores could start to run out of supplies due to panic buying by the consumers. There would also be more rampant delays in the manufacturing industry for the lack of components and materials. As a result, companies would incur substantial losses.

    NEXT TWO TO THREE DAYS

    Retail, Banking and Waste Removal The truck stoppage would, in the next two days, spur hoarding and immense increases in consumer purchases of essential goods such as powdered milk, bottled water, and canned foods. Eventually, this could end up in food shortages nationwide. ATMs and bank branches would be cashless. Shortages would materialize drastically, which could result in civil unrest. Without fuel, the pile-up of uncollected garbage would increase in urban and suburban zones.

    BOTTOM LINE

    As demonstrated, stopping all truck operations will have a swift and devastating impact on the American economy. With the current shortage of truck drivers in the US, there's a greater need for trained truckers to meet the massive demand. Need professional training in trucking? Contact us today to kick-start your new trucking career.
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    Students Trust Napier with their Job Placement

    Napier Truck Driver Training is proud to announce that we offer job placement services to every single person who goes through our training program and successfully obtains their CDL license. We are deeply committed to helping both our current students and our future graduates find work in the trucking industry. You have trusted Napier with your education and training. It is now time to trust us with your future!

    Napier Graduates Get Hired:

    Our connections help our graduates get hired quickly. As a part of our job placement services, we work with over 30 reputable trucking carriers that hire our graduates regularly. They offer positions with local, regional, and over-the-road truck carriers. Our students can all find a career option that they are prepared for and meets their needs.

    We Take Job Placement Seriously:

    When you enroll at Napier Truck Driver Training, we understand that you are entrusting us with more than just getting you your CDL. You are entrusting us with your future, your career, your life, and your family's well-being. You are ready to move into the future and take on the next job in your career. Therefore, we not only take your training seriously to ensure that you get your CDL, but we also make sure that you can find work you love after you finish.

    Our Staff is Here For You:

    We have specifically dedicated staff to help you find job placements when you complete your training. They are willing to work with you one on one to help find a path that is right for you. We understand not all of our students are the same, and therefore, trucking jobs are not one size fits all. We can help place you with regional or national carriers that will provide you with great benefits and long-term employment. We also regularly host job events and fairs to ensure that trucking carriers who are looking for workers can come to our school and speak to students. Our main goal is to help you get working as soon as possible after you pass you're complete your training and receive your CDL. At Napier Truck Driver Training, we are here to support our students. If you need further assistance with job placement or wish to enroll in classes, please do not hesitate to contact us for further assistance!
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    How to maintain your humbleness during truck driving school.

    Napier Truck Driver Training has some of the best CDL training in the country. We utilize experienced drivers to assist students in reaching their goals. If you want to get the most out of your time spent at Napier, it's important to not let your ego get in the way of your learning. Check out our tips for staying humble and getting the most out of your CDL training.

    Who Helped You Get Here?

    We all know that when you start your CDL training it will truly be on you to complete your training and study hard in the classroom. However, never take for granted all the people who helped you get to CDL training in the first place.  Your family, friends, and your teachers helped you gain all the skills you feel proud of. Taking that into consideration, remember to allow others to help you during your training as well. Everyone who loves you wants to see you succeed. Stay humble and don't let your ego get in the way of the process that has brought you this far in life.

    Truck Driving Is A Lifestyle

    Beyond the techniques, rules, and regulations; OTR Truck driving is a lifestyle change. If you have never worked as a trucker before, it's a safe bet that you haven't experienced anything like it. As excited as you are to get your trucking career started, there is still a lot you need to learn. You will need to adjust your lifestyle completely. As you get to work earning your CDL, remember to be humble and take the advice of your instructors. Chances are they have been through the exact same training and life transition you are going through now.

    Don't Burn Bridges

    The instructors you will meet will be a valuable resource to you in more ways than one. Each of them has been where you're trying to go, and their experience and connections can help you. Carriers are familiar with Napier, and want to work with drivers they know have had good training. The veteran drivers who will guide you have experience in the industry, and they can help you. Don't drive them away by being unteachable. Stay humble. For more information on how Napier's instructors can help you find success in the transportation industry, contact us today.
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    Family support is vital to your success!

    We know changing careers can be a challenging decision. You may be having a hard time convincing your spouse and family members that going to CDL school is the best choice for you. Since many new drivers have to start out their career in over-the-road (OTR) positions, there is a good chance you may away from home. Your family is probably worried about the time you'll spend away from them. Here are some ideas to address their concerns.

    Share the Advantages of Truck Driving

    Attending a CDL school like Napier Truck Driver Training is the first step toward your new career as a professional truck driver. Talking to your spouse and family about the benefits of being a truck driver can help them understand why CDL school is the right choice. Here's what your loved ones need to know.
    • Truck driving is an in-demand career. Truckers have lots of work available to them.
    • Being an OTR driver pays well. In 2018, the median salary for truck drivers was $43,680. That means half of all truckers earned more than that.
    • You don't have to be in an OTR job forever. After you have a year or two of experience, many companies will hire you for local driving jobs.

    Make a Plan to Stay in Touch

    When your family sees you're making an effort to maintain your relationships, you're showing them that you still value connection with them. Sometimes creative, unordinary ideas can keep communication interesting!
    • Free video calls through apps like Skype, FaceTime, or Google Duo
    • A private Facebook group for sharing photos and messages
    • Postcards from the places you visit
    • Letters. Old-fashioned? Yes, but your family will love them.
    • Start a vlog for your family about your travels.
    You and your family may want to decide together how the two of you will keep in touch. Don't be surprised if your spouse wants daily communication at a specific time. (An example would be a phone call before you get on the road each morning.) For other family members, consider letting them know when and how you will communicate with them. Now that you've gotten your spouse and family on board with your decision to go to CDL school, contact us today to learn how to get started.
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    Finished my CDL Training, Now What?

    Congratulations! You have finished your CDL Training and are we assume you are ready to take on the next step.  However, before you are ready to get out on your own, there are a few more steps you need to complete. Make sure you check these items off your list.

    1. Finish your Licensing Process

    Once you graduate from CDL school, you will still have some fees you need to pay to finish the licensing process. Be sure to research the fees in your state and plan accordingly.
    • Learner's Permit for CDL
    • Road Portion of the CDL test
    • Written Portion of the CDL test
    • Cost of the actual CDL license
    • Each endorsement you earn.

    2. Pass Your CDL Exam

    You must pass your state CDL exam. Each state has its own exam for CDL drivers, so be sure you understand the specifics of your test. There will be a written exam and a driving exam. It is always a good idea to study ahead of time for the exam. Consider studying for 30 - 60 minutes a day to make this a much less stressful experience. There are free online practice tests to familiarize yourself with the test and make sure you are prepared accordingly.

    3. Join a Carrier Company

    Your next step is to sign with a trucking company. This decision may already be made while in CDL school because some companies sign students before they graduate. Some students decide to sign with other companies. Either way, be sure to consider details such as salary, tuition reimbursement, benefits, and more. Talk with experienced drivers about what companies they would recommend.

    4. Complete Company-Specific Training

    Once you are signed with a company, you will most likely have company-specific advanced training to complete. Once you understand the more advanced driving techniques, you will be paired with a trainer who will further fine-tune your training. The trainer will determine when you are ready to hit the road. The extra bonus is that many companies will pay during this period.

    5. Driving Style

    Many companies will require you to drive OTR (over-the-road) for at least a year before hiring you for a local position. Additionally, you will most likely have to drive solo for a year before you can welcome a passenger into your truck. After your first year is complete however, you should have more driving options to choose from . When you are ready to start your CDL career, don't hesitate to contact us. We can help you every step of the way.
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    The King of Rock and Roll Started his Career as a Truck Driver

    We all know truck drivers are the Rock Stars of the Road. America's economy would not be the same without you. But did you know that the King of Rock and Roll started out as a truck driver too? Yes, Elvis Presley landed a job driving a truck out of high school. Ultimately, it was Elvis' trucking career that led him to a successful music career! Elvis Presley HairElvis Presley graduated high school in 1953. After graduation, Elvis took after his father, who was also a truck driver and took a job driving a truck for Crown Electric.  Elvis' job with Crown Electric began in June of 1954. During this summer, Elvis learned more than how to drive a truck. He also learned the popular trucker hairstyle, which was the voluminous slicked back hairdo he sported for most of his career. He also kept up with songwriting during his time on the road. In his downtime, he would practice writing song lyrics and poems.  Even though Elvis embraced his new job, he always knew music was the way he wanted to go. The truck Elvis was driving in 1954 is nothing compared to the big-rigs that are being driven today. His truck was a small two-door Chevrolet that was only a little longer than the typical pickup truck we see in 2019. The truck was so beat up, that Elvis had to scratch his favorite radio stations into the dashboard of the truck because he could not read the stations. The same summer Elvis started his job, he took his shot in the music industry. He had his first audition for a legend in the music industry Eddie Bond. To most people's surprise, it did not go very well. Eddie Bond told Elvis, “Stick to driving a truck, you’ll never make it as a singer.” Elvis went on to prove Eddie Bond wrong and became one of the biggest celebrities in music, but what happened to Elvis' truck?  His Crown Electric truck became his getaway car. Elvis used the car to have some alone time and get around the monstrous crowds surrounding his house. Elvis would take time for himself and the truck became a special sanctuary for him. We are sure many truckers can relate. As National Truck Driver Appreciation Week gets underway, we want to take this moment not only to appreciate how the King of Rock and Roll got his start but to celebrate you. Truck drivers today keep America moving and our country would not be the same without you. We greatly thank you for your dedication and service to the industry, and we hope your career as a truck driver will always be a part of who you are; just like Elvis.
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