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Truck Driving Schools In Michigan

Here is a list of truck driving schools in Michigan. There are a lot of options for getting your CDL training, so we highly suggest you read through our Guide To Becoming A Truck Driver which will cover various options, including company-sponsored training. It will also help you understand the pre-hire process which is a system that helps reduce the risk of paying for truck driving school only to find out you won't qualify for a truck driving job afterward.

1. Advanced Tech Courses
6100 US 31
Grawn, MI 49637
231-943-3500
2. All Stars Truck Driving School, Inc.
151 Military St.
Detroit, MI 48209
734-444-4048
3. American Pride Truck Driving School
3435 East Michigan Ave
Jackson, MI 49202
517-748-9296
4. American Truck Driving School
270 Sauk River Drive
Coldwater, MI 49036
800-999-8012
5. Baker College
9600 E 13th St.
Cadillac, MI 49601
800-313-3463
6. Baker College
1621 Terminal Drive
Saginaw, MI 48601
989-755-2756
7. Baker College of Flint
1717 S. Dort Hwy.
Flint, MI 48503
800-964-4299
8. Baker College of Port Huron - Romeo Site
3403 Lapeer Road
Port Huron, MI 48060
888-262-2442
9. CDI Truck Driving School
6191 Sherman
Siginaw, MI 48604
989-771-1199
10. CDL Training Service & Consulting
221 S. Quarterline Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49442
231-777-0200
11. Coast 2 Coast Truck Driving School
6280 King Rd
Marine City, MI 48039
810-765-4300
12. Coast 2 Coast Truck Driving School
44440 Phoenix Dr.
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
586-201-7071
13. Dynamic Truck Driving School, Inc.
24121 Mound Road
Warren, MI 48091
586-757-5004
14. Great American Truck Driving School
1401 Rosa Parks Blvd
Detroit, MI 48216
855-235-5627
15. International Trucking School, Inc.
5820 N. Canton Center Rd.
Canton, MI 48187
800-4ITS101
16. International Trucking School, Inc.
4025 Holt Rd. Suite #101
Holt, MI 48842
517-694-2593
17. International Trucking School, Inc.
1555 S. Raisinville Rd.
Monroe, MI 48161
800-448-7101
18. International Trucking School, Inc.
14500 E. 12 Mile Rd.
Warren, MI 48088
800-448-7101
19. International Trucking School, Inc.
62249 Shimmel Rd.
Centerville, MI 49032
269-467-9945
20. International Trucking School, Inc.
2946 Business One Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
269-382-2600
21. Lancing Community College
4100W-Transportation Maintenance Technologies Program
Lansing, MI 48901
517-267-6404
22. Liberty Truck Driving School
1680 W M-61
Gladwin, MI 48624
989-426-9756
23. Mid Michigan Community College
1375 S. Clare Ave
Harrison, MI 48625
989-386-6622
24. Midwest Truck Driving School, Inc.
1519 N. 26th Street
Escanaba, MI 49829
906-789-6311
25. Nu-Way Truck Driver Training Center
25 South Glenwood Avenue
Pontiac, MI 48342
248-334-5900
26. Pinnacle Truck Driver Training
1625 Leeson Ave
Cadillac, MI 49601
231-468-3170
27. Professional Drivers Institute (PDI)
10747 US 12
New Buffalo, MI 49117
800-222-1782
28. Rivertown CDL Academy
1025 Ken-O-Sha Ind. Park Dr SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
877-543-8235
29. Samba Express Driver Training and Testing Division
32097 Hollingsworth Avenue
Warren, MI 48092
586-274-9552
30. Suburban Truck Driver Training School
28675 Northline Rd.
Romulus, MI 48174
734-229-0000
31. Trainco Truck Driving School
4800 E. Huron River Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
32. Trainco Truck Driving School
2200 S. Washington Ave.
Lansing, MI 48910
517-887-1600
33. Trainco Truck Driving School
22299 Eureka Road
Taylor, MI 48180
734-374-5000
34. Tri Area Driving School
6272 Midland Rd.
Freeland, MI 48623
989-692-0560
35. Tri Area Driving School
922 N Middleville Rd.
Hastings Charter Township, MI 49058
989-692-0560
36. US Truck Driver Training School, Inc.
4195 Central St.
Detroit, MI 48210
313-297-6608
37. US Truck Driver Training School, Inc.
6500 15 Mile Rd.
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
586-795-2160
38. US Truck Driver Training School, Inc.
2100 W. Thompson Rd.
Fenton, MI 48430
810-714-1702
39. West Michigan CDL
3370 Busch Drive
Grandville, MI 49418
888-550-4947

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Choosing A Truck Driving School In Michigan

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a truck driving school in Michigan. It's critically important that you take the time to understand exactly what each school is offering and what sets them apart from the rest.

  • Cost of CDL Training In Michigan
  • School Locations in Michigan
  • Time Behind The Wheel
  • Instructor-To-Student Ratio
  • Job Placement in Michigan
  • Quality Of The Instructors

Cost Of CDL Training In Michigan

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Although pricing schould be a consideration when choosing a truck driving school, it should not be the primary consideration. Nobody wants to throw money out the window, but not all schools are created equally. Truck driving schools in close proximity are usually comparable in price with less than a $500 difference between them. If one school is vastly different in pricing, about a $1000 difference, you should find out why.

Maybe they're a brand new school and they're trying to attract students with discount pricing. Maybe they're a well established, reputable school with great equipment and top-notch instructors so you'll get what you pay for. When comparing pricing between various truck driving schools in Michigan, make sure you understand why their pricing is set where it is. Ask the school to explain any differences between themselves and their competitors.

Truck Driving School Locations In Michigan

Truck driving schools in Michigan uses tractor trailers like this one

It's ironic that so many people considering becoming a truck driver will choose one truck driving school over another because there's a 20 mile difference in the commute. Duh! You're going to be driving all over the country all day everyday but you don't want to drive an extra 20 miles in order to find better CDL training? Good grief. Please don't make this a major consideration when choosing a school.

Also, if you decide to attend a truck driving school outside of Michigan, please check to make sure your CDL will easily transfer back to Michigan. Every state has its own standards. Some states will allow you to transfer your CDL license by simply filling out some paperwork, but others will make you take the written CDL exams again and some will even make you retake the written tests and the road test! So look into it before deciding to get your CDL outside of Michigan.

Time Behind The Wheel

Michigan CDL school tractor trailer

Drive time is one of the most important factors when considering a school. Driving time is the time behind the wheel actually driving and does not include pre-trip inspections, observation time, or simulator time. It is behind-the-wheel, in-charge of the truck, pushing in the clutch and turning the steering wheel – that’s drive time. Because driving time is so expensive for a truck driving school to offer, this will have a major impact on the price of the schooling, but will also have a major impact on the quality of your CDL training. So look at this closely.

Instructor-To-Student Ratio

CDL schools in Michigan use 10 speed transmissions

Some schools will have several yards (practice lots) going on at once and the instructors walk from yard to yard to check on the students. This sounds good – you’re getting time behind the wheel. But if the instructor is monitoring too many students at once you may be making the same mistakes over and over again without any council on how to correct yourself. In essence, you are making your mistakes into habits, and that’s not good.

When a student is behind the wheel the instructor should be monitoring the student and making suggestions. Instructors should be there to correct students when they make mistakes. There is a lot to be said about teaching yourself, but you are paying for an instructor, so that instructor should be there while you’re trying to learn.

Job Placement In Michigan

Truck driving schools in Michigan use big rigs for practicing

Frequently students are surprised to find out that truck driving schools have job placement assistance. Many assume only schools owned and operated by trucking companies have placement, but that isn’t the case. Placement is a very important part of a truck driving school’s program. The main reason students attend school in the first place is to find a new job, and if a school can not or will not place students with trucking companies that hire inexperienced drivers in Michigan then something isn’t right.

Quality Of The Instructors

Tractor trailer with flames at Michigan CDL training facility

The last point is the most difficult to judge – the quality of the instructors. A good truck driving school will have instructors that are experienced, knowledgeable, caring, and capable of teaching.

Experience is critical when it comes to understanding life on the road and knowing the finer points of handling a rig. Obviously, the more experience the better. But personality also plays an important role in the quality of a CDL trainer. They should enjoy teaching and watching students become successful truck drivers. They shouldn't just be showing up for work to grab a paycheck. Speak with a couple of the instructors while you're there for a visit, and speak with some of the current students. Find out if the instructors really enjoy their jobs and care about teaching. They should be patient and helpful with their students.

Instructors should also be knowledgeable about the industry; keeping up with the trends, changes, and new regulations. A school should require their instructors to stay current with the industry and to share their knowledge with the students.

Truck Driver's Career Guide

Michigan truck driving schools use tractor trailers for becoming a truck driver

Becoming a truck driver is far more complex than anyone ever imagines. Getting your truck driving career underway doesn't seem like rocket science, and it certainly isn't. But there are a variety of choices to be made about the type of truck driving school you would like to attend, the type of truck driving jobs that are available, and what life on the road is really all about.

Have a look at our Truck Driver's Career Guide. It is packed full of fantastic information that will help you understand the trucking industry and get your career off to a great start!

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