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Truck Driving Schools In Virginia

Here is a list of truck driving schools in Virginia. 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. A Class Truck & Bus Driving
9041 Mike Garcia Drive
Manassas, VA 20109
703-367-7111
2. A-1 CDL School
11301 Coles Dr.
Manassas, VA 20112
877-543-2345
3. AAA CDL School
7223 Centreville Road (2nd floor)
Manassas, VA 20111
571-266-0077
4. Advanced Technology Institute
5700 Southern Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
804-448-3282
5. Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Center
100 Nye Road & Cove Road
Wythville, VA 24382
276-228-6101
6. CDS Tractor Trailer Training
6200 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Woodford, VA 22580
800-646-2374
7. Road Pro Commercial Truck Training
508 Kendrick Ln # J
Front Royal, VA 22630
540-636-9397
8. Shippers' Choice Tractor-Trailer Driver Training
9202 Manassas Drive
Manassas Park, VA 20111
703-396-8822
9. Shippers' Choice Tractor-Trailer Driver Training
6163 Jefferson Ave., Suite C
Newport News, VA 23605
757-896-1155
10. Shippers' Choice Tractor-Trailer Driver Training
1151 West Hundred Road
Chester, VA 23836
804-751-9090
11. Southside Virginia Community College
1041 W. 10th Street
Blackstone, VA 23824
434-292-3101
12. Tidewater Community College
7000 College Drive
Suffolk, VA 23435
757-822-2124
13. Tri-County Driving Academy
1714 US Highway 19
Lebanon, VA 24266
276-794-7660
14. Virginia Western Community College
3095 Colonial Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24018
540-857-6476
15. WSCE Commercial Driving School
1 College Lane
Weyers Cave, VA 24486
888-750-2722

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Choosing A Truck Driving School In Virginia

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

Cost Of CDL Training In Virginia

Virginia CDL training tractor trailer

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 Virginia, 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 Virginia

Truck driving schools in Virginia 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 Virginia, please check to make sure your CDL will easily transfer back to Virginia. 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 Virginia.

Time Behind The Wheel

Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Virginia

Truck driving schools in Virginia 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 Virginia then something isn’t right.

Quality Of The Instructors

Tractor trailer with flames at Virginia 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

Virginia 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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