I attended the Alabama Benz Driving School to obtain a commercial drivers license. I spent a week in the classroom and the rest of the time learning maneuvering skills and practicing safe driving on the roads. When I decided to come there, I was told about a high success rate. I wasnt concerned about it because I was diligent in my efforts as a student. I always did whatever task I was assigned. From 7:00 arrival to 5:00 departure, the only break during the day was an hour for lunch. I took every opportunity I had to practice driving.
Students could only practice maneuvers if there had not been a rain, as the practice area was unpaved. The wait time for a maneuver was about an hour, as only 2 trucks were available to practice alley docks, parallels, and offsets. Only one student that was in my original permit class received their CDL while I was there. When a student didnt get their CDL, they had to leave, and a large number of students were starting classes, which did not leave space for the present students.
I would never have considered this school if I had known that the failure rate could be so astronomical. Everyone attending this school is there because they need a job, not a debt. I have no choice at this time except to find another school and start training all over again. It was a hardship to leave my home and stay for weeks at a time without a car. In addition to not getting a CDL, I wasted weeks of precious time that was needed for successful training. I wont be sending any of my hard earned money to them to finance a school that does not deliver on the promise of a high success rate. I realize that driving schools cannot succeed with every single student, but to fail virtually every single student is unacceptable.
If you or someone you know is considering attending this school, I urge you to find out how many vehicles are used for maneuvers, how many instructors are employed, and compare that with other truck driving schools.