• After CDL Training

    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.
  • Elvis Presley

    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.
  • Understand Your Driving Options

    When starting your trucking career, one of the first decisions you will have to make is if you want to drive local or hit the open road. If you love traveling and are interested in touring the country, OTR driving may be the option for you. But if you want to stay closer to home and be at home every night, you may want to stay local. With trucking jobs in high demand, finding an option that is right for you is possible!

    Local Trucking

    Local truck drivers move goods in their area and usually will drive for a specific store. For local driving, you will report to a hub in the morning and check back in in the evening. You can be confident you will be able to sleep in your own bed each night.

    The Pros 

    • More time at home.
    • Familiar Territory
    • Dedicated Runs
    • Predictable daily routine.
    • No logbooks.

     The Cons

    • Long Days
    • Less flexible schedule.
    • Usually, more backing up and maneuvering required.
    • Generally lower average pay.
    • Less local jobs are available.

    Over-the-Road Trucking

    Long haul trucking "is not just a job, it's a lifestyle." OTR stands for over-the-road trucking and these drivers travel all over the country.

    The Pros

    • Independence and flexible schedule.
    • Higher average pay.
    • Travel
    • Higher job security.
    • Possibility of team driving.

    The Cons

    • Away from home.
    • Irregular schedule.
    • OTR can get lonely.
    • Eating, showering and sleeping on the road.
    Ultimately, you will have to decide which lifestyle is best for you, and your family.  At Napier Truck Driver Training Inc., you will have companies waiting for you to graduate. These companies offer local, regional, and over-the-road driver positions.If you're looking to break into a successful trucking career, we're looking for you. Give us a call or stop by to know more about our school and the companies looking to hire drivers to keep America on the move.
  • How Much Do Truck Drivers Make?

    The exact salary that truck drivers make will depend largely on the position they hold and the regular route that they drive. The main job that most truck driver's start out with is over-the-road (OTR) driving. These routes have drivers travel across large portions of and sometimes the entire continental US to deliver their load. However, some drivers may start in other positions. It's also key to remember that different positions have different pay scales and pay can vary between carriers and based on your qualifications as a driver.

    OTR Truck Drivers Pay:

    The average OTR truck driver can make about $41,000 per year in starting salary. That's a pay level that is equal with many college graduates with a 2 to 4-year degree in their specific field of study. You will need your CDL license, and you will have to pass your test before you are eligible to start working with the carrier that hired you on. Many companies will also have a training period or program that you will have to go through as part of your orientation before you start driving independently.OTR drivers will usually drive goods longer distances. You may be away from home for 3 to 6 weeks at a time, but you will get periods of "home time" between trips so you will get to see your family and enjoy some time to yourself between trips.

    Your "Hidden Paycheck" Abounds:

    You don't just get a $41,000 (average) salary when you begin truck driving. Many companies include a host of other benefits for their drivers, including some of the following:
    • paid vacation
    • healthcare benefits (including dental/vision benefits)
    • retirement benefits/contributions to your 401k (often company-matched)
    • sign-on bonuses (mostly for carriers who are short drivers)
    • performance bonuses (for meeting certain performance milestones or "exceeding" expectations in your work)
    • the opportunity to get up to $200-400+ back monthly as compensation for what you paid to take classes and get your CDL (on top of your monthly payment paid until you equal what you paid to get your license)
    These are just a few of the benefits that carriers can offer drivers to encourage them to sign on to drive under their names.

    Conclusions:

    OTR is the truck driving position most drivers start in. However, some others may begin in other positions as well. Truck drivers salary has the potential to go up as they gain years of experience.If this sounds like the kind of money you'd like to start bringing in for your family, please feel free to contact us at Napier Truck Driver Training for further assistance! We can help you get enrolled in your training classes and get started on a path to a new career today!
  • Understanding The Effects Of A Previous Felony

    Yes, as a felon you can get a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). However, it depends on a number of factors, including what kind of felony you committed and when.  At the federal level, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates who can get a CDL.  Each state also has rules governing CDLs and who can obtain one.Your local DMV will run a check on your driving record when you apply for a CDL.  Commercial drivers are held to higher standards than regular drivers. However, unless you have specific types of felonies on your record, you should be able to earn your CDL.The felonies that will prevent you from getting a CDL include:
    • Extortion
    • Bribery
    • Arson
    • Treason
    • Kidnapping
    • Assault with intent to murder
    • Using a commercial vehicle and commission of felony first or second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle
    • Misconduct with a motor vehicle
    • Causing a fatality through negligent or reckless vehicle operation
    • Operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher
    • Any felony committed using a commercial vehicle
    Additionally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may disqualify you from obtaining a CDL if you have been cited for the following:
    • Controlled substance use
    • Manufacturing, distribution, or dispensing a controlled substance
    • Fatality while driving a commercial vehicle
    • Excessive speeding
    • Leaving the scene of an accident
    • Multiple offenses
    Also check with your local DMV to see what state laws might prevent you from obtaining your CDL as these vary from state to state.If you want help understanding if your arrest record will prevent you from getting a CDL, then please contact us.  We can help provide guidance.  Just because you have a felony on your record does not mean you cannot pursue your dream of becoming a commercial driver.
  • Pictured is a truck driving on an open road.

    Find out if a CDL Career is Right for You

    If you are looking for a steady career and a solid paycheck with benefits, getting your CDL (Commercial Driver's License) may be worth a hard look and thoughtful consideration. With Napier, you would have the option to receive a Class A CDL. This enables the holder to operate vehicles up to a gross weight of 26,000 pounds that include a hind portion gross weight over 10,000 pounds. Since businesses require and are dependent upon commercial transport, commercial drivers are always in demand. The following points could help you decide if you are interested in becoming a commercial driver.

    1. A Traditional Work Setting Doesn't Interest You

    Working in an office is certainly not for everyone. Sitting at a desk, attending meetings, and pushing paperwork may not interest you. Therefore, obtaining a CDL and driving commercially can be a great option. You will have more flexible workday hours and would obviously be traveling to different locations almost every day.

    2. You Enjoy Driving

    Enjoyment of driving is definitely a prerequisite for someone considering a career in trucking. You could be an ORT (Over-The-Road) driver and travel across long distances. Or, you could drive locally and stay in a consistent area for most of your career. Both can be options with a CDL. It is important to find out which works for you.

    3. Not Pursuing a College Degree

    Obtaining a four-year degree is not the best option for every individual.  Students can take on a lot of debt while obtaining a college degree. However, CDL training can take as little as 5 weeks. Additionally, many companies have programs to pay for your CDL training in exchange for your promise to work for them after graduation. Therefore, you can start earning money quickly without putting yourself into debt to complete the training.

    4. You Want a Steady Career

    Commercial truck drivers are always in demand because there will always be a need for transportation. A CDL can help you always feel secure in your line of work while providing a steady paycheck along the way.

    5. You Want to Build Your Own Career

    With a CDL you have the option to receive a Class-A-CDL, a Class-B-CDL, or a Passenger CDL. Each option allows the holder to pick and choose which type of career he or she would like to have. Additionally, a career in trucking can often lead to drivers working their way up to be an owner/operator.  Therefore, you will never be stagnant. Your career is what you make of it.Contact us today for more information on how you can earn a CDL and start a commercial driving career.  
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