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Truck Driving Schools In New York

Here is a list of truck driving schools in New York. 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. Aim High School of Defensive Driving Inc.
1139 CR 35
Potsdam, NY 13676
2. Al Sorano's Professional Driving School
1059 East Gun Hill Road
Bronx, NY 10469
3. Atlantic Coast Driver Training
1008 Little Britain Road
New Windsor, NY 12553
4. Bishop's Tractor Trailer School
158 Cordell Road
Schenectady, NY 12303
5. Buffalo CDL Training Institute
401 Kenmore Ave
Kenmore, NY 14223
6. Buffalo CDL Training Institute
1807 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14216
7. Buffalo CDL Training Institute
3545 Buffalo Road
Rochester, NY 14624
8. Bus & Car Driver Training School
1144 Zerega Ave # 2
Bronx, NY 10462
9. CDL School, Inc.
695 Rhinelander Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
10. Champlain Valley Educational Services
194 US OVal
Plattsburgh, NY 12903
11. Commercial Driver Training
600 Patton Avenue
West Babylon, NY 11704
12. Driving School of Staten Island
3827 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10312
13. Dutchess School of Driving
653 Route 82
Hopewell Jct., NY 12533
14. Ferrari Driving School Inc.
32-32 Steinway Street
Astoria, NY 11103
15. L & Barnes Driving School
327 West 36 St
New York, NY 110018
16. L&M Commercial Driving School, Inc.
90 East Main St. Suite 201
Washingtonville, NY 10992
17. LaGuardia Community College
30-20 Thomson Ave
Long Island, NY 11101
18. MAC CDL Training & Recruiting Inc.
2221 Niagra Falls Blvd. Suite 3
Niagra Falls, NY 14304
19. National Tractor Trailer School, Inc.
4650 Buckley Road
Liverpool, NY 13088
20. National Tractor Trailer School, Inc.
175 Katherine Street
Buffalo, NY 14210
21. National Vocational School, Inc
5922 20th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11204
22. NYC CDL Auto Club
1501 Gravesend Neck Road and E15st
Brooklyn, NY 11229
23. Professional Driver Institute, Inc.
1200-C Scottsville Rd. Suite 190
Rochester, NY 14624
24. Putnam Professional School of Driving
967 Route 22
Brewster, NY 10509
25. Sage Truck Driving School
3129 Old Vestal Rd.
Vestal, NY 13850
26. Sage Truck Driving School
1101 Floyd Ave
Rome, NY 13440
27. Secure Driving School Brooklyn
1504 Sheepsheed Bay Road
Brooklyn, NY 11219
28. Sharkey's Auto Driving School, Inc.
16 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
29. Sunny Truck Driving School
41-26 College Point Blvd, 2nd floor
Flushing, NY 11355
30. Suny Orange College
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
31. Teamsters Local 317 Truck Driving School
566 Spencer Street
Syracuse, NY 13204
32. The CDL School
381 Broadway
Menands, NY 12204
33. The CDL School
1903 White Plains Road
Bronx, NY 10462
34. Victors CDL Training
17 Manor Road
Medford, NY 11763

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Choosing A Truck Driving School In New York

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a truck driving school in New York. 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 New York
  • School Locations in New York
  • Time Behind The Wheel
  • Instructor-To-Student Ratio
  • Job Placement in New York
  • Quality Of The Instructors

Cost Of CDL Training In New York

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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 New York, 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 New York

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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 New York, please check to make sure your CDL will easily transfer back to New York. 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 New York.

Time Behind The Wheel

New York 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 New York 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 New York

Truck driving schools in New York 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 New York then something isn’t right.

Quality Of The Instructors

Tractor trailer with flames at New York 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

New York 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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