Sage Truck Driving School

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Mike M's Comment
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Has anyone attended Sage Truck Driving School in Henderson, Colorado. I have been researching this school and have only found bad things. I would like a realistic review from someone who is out on the road. Any information would be appreciated.

Pete B.'s Comment
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I see your profile states you are "Considering a Career;" if you are still considering by the end of April, I'll let you know how my experience with Sage went. I will not be attending the Henderson school, however, but I may still be able to give you an informed overview of the quality of training. (I'm going to their Billings, MT location, beginning Mar. 27). A parting word: I researched the heck out of schools for 3-4 weeks, company and private schools... you will be able to find a ton of compliments as well as a ton of negative experiences with most all schools. Same applies to trucking companies, it seems. The training is going to be what you make of it. Study hard, beginning with The High Road Training Program found on this site; that will give you a HUGE leg up going into their's or anyone's program. Good luck!

Mike M's Comment
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Thanks Pete. I know what you mean about the good and the bad about schools and companies. I have been at this for sometime now. One minutes I think I found a school and then the next minute I find something bad about them. Hopefully in the very near future I will find one that meets all of my requirements.

Good luck to you and I hope the weather isn't too bad.

Sundowner's Comment
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Has anyone attended Sage Truck Driving School in Henderson, Colorado. I have been researching this school and have only found bad things. I would like a realistic review from someone who is out on the road. Any information would be appreciated.

I attended sage un missoula mt. It was fine. All the trainers were very good. I attended during the winter of 2013 .

Phox's Comment
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I went to Sage truck driving school in San Antonio, TX. My experience was really good. In class stuff was pretty meh. Had some awesome instructors, one of which was from australia (used to do the trailer trains, you know something like 16 trailers connected to 1 truck). He also did not censor himself so he said some funny stuff. As for the driving portion, I went in not knowing how to drive a car manual let alone a truck. by the end of day 1 of driving I had shifting down just fine. passed dmv road test on first try.

A big plus for Sage is that they don't put multiple students in a truck per session. It's 1 driver 1 instructor 1 truck. Places like roadmasters put 3-4 at least per driving session. So you're out for 4 hours but really only drive for maybe 1 hour of it. With Sage you get the full 4 hour session.Only time I had 1 instructor multiple students was when we were doing in yard driving an that's because he could get out and rotate with whomever needed more help.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

John G.'s Comment
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Hello Mike,

I've heard a lot of complaints about several Sage Truck Driving schools - in San Antonio, Texas and Blackfoot, Idaho, if I'm not mistaken. However, quite positive feedback on Bloomsburg (Berwick), PA here.

John G.'s Comment
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Hello Mike,

I've heard a lot of complaints about several Sage Truck Driving schools - in San Antonio, Texas and Blackfoot, Idaho, if I'm not mistaken. However, quite positive feedback on Bloomsburg (Berwick), PA. I searched a lot, because my nephew wanted to learn truck driving basics and I couldn't let him just spend money on nothing (I myself worked as a driving instructor 7-9 years ago, and I know that everything depends on both: the trainee and the instructor). He was about to pay $5000 for the course, but I dissuaded him.

John Graham

G-Town's Comment
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John, welcome to the forum and thanks for sharing your thoughts on Sage.

Please be mindful that; what we “hear” is typically subjective and rarely represents the complete truth.

As a matter of course we recommend Paid CDL Training Programs 99% of the time for a myriad of reasons outlined in this link: Why I Prefer Company Paid CDL Training

Not sure if your nephew has made his decision...something for you and him to think about.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I went to Sage truck driving school in San Antonio, TX. My experience was really good. In class stuff was pretty meh. Had some awesome instructors, one of which was from australia (used to do the trailer trains, you know something like 16 trailers connected to 1 truck). He also did not censor himself so he said some funny stuff. As for the driving portion, I went in not knowing how to drive a car manual let alone a truck. by the end of day 1 of driving I had shifting down just fine. passed dmv road test on first try.

A big plus for Sage is that they don't put multiple students in a truck per session. It's 1 driver 1 instructor 1 truck. Places like roadmasters put 3-4 at least per driving session. So you're out for 4 hours but really only drive for maybe 1 hour of it. With Sage you get the full 4 hour session.Only time I had 1 instructor multiple students was when we were doing in yard driving an that's because he could get out and rotate with whomever needed more help.

I agree. I attended in Rome, NY.

The administration was overworked so there were a few hiccups with scheduling, and part of that is because NY is so backed up on exams.

Class work was almost a complete waste after completing the High Road training here, I found very little I hadn’t already covered.

As far as driving, the backing practice was 1 instructor for the class, which in my case was 2 students, but I had the truck to myself and practiced the maneuvers for 4 hours straight. All road driving was one on one, 4 hour shifts. The instructors were all experienced drivers and were great.

In the end, all that matters is that they teach you to get your CDL. After that, your company will give you your real training.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

John G.'s Comment
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Thanks Mike,

I've sent the link https://www.truckingtruth.com/paid-cdl-training/ to my nephew via email. It often seems that he has so many ambitions that I cannot catch up with him :) He was also looking for car racing schools, in particular, an instructor for rally racing. Do you have any information about Open Wheel Driving School?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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