Trucking is suppose to be done legally within the hours the govt has specified. The companies that Dalys sets up perspective drivers with rarely adhere to govt policies. Most of them want the drivers to leave and stay away from home immediately after obtaining a CDL for six weeks. Dalys recruiters when promising a job do not mention this. As far as the hours go, the state is suppose to require the students to be taught 172 hours. I do not know how this school has been able to justify these hours. The first week is spent in a clasroom basically reading the Georgia state CDL manuel.
On Friday at noon the students are released and sent to the DMV for testing. The travel time there and the testing time is counted tward the school total even though the school is not participating in any of it. Start of your day on the second week you are given a peice of paper with a script to memorize to present yourself and your knowledge of the truck to an examiner at the testing site. One hour into your self instruction, things are called to a halt and "driving" begins.
In groups of four students, one student drives for fifteen minutes and sits for forty five minutes out of the hour watching other students try to park the truck. At the end of a forty five hour week you have driven ten hours and set under a tent for thirty and did self instruction for five. The third week is structured in a similiar way. In the morning or afternoon a group of four people go on the road. The instructor allows you to drive for about an hour and sit in the truck bed for three hours.
Depending on what group you are in (morning road or afternoon road) You then spend the other part of the day back sitting for forty five minutes. The following week you test? How is this 172 hours? Half of the class is being paid for by tax money and yet the government does not make sure the school gives the hours of instruction. Upon enrollment, you are told that you will make $38k a year. The trucking companies pay new drivers about 32 cents a mile. If you drove 500 miles a day five days a week fifty weeks a year.
You barely make this. Often the trucking companies do not have loads, the truck breaks down, or you run out of hours of service before you drive the 500 miles causing you to drive illegally or not get the miles. None of this is mentioned by the trucking school recruiters. Neither is the fact that the reason they are so nice and so sweet to the students isnt because they care, its because when you get hired, even if the job is for one day, that is when they get the government money.
When you stick it out with a trucking company for a year the trucking company actually gives Dalys a kickback instead of paying the driver who has done all the work a bonus. How right is that? So if you want to become a trucker. Know a few of the facts. Sleeping in a truck sucks. Your family is home and you are stuck in Idaho. The pay sucks. The school gets rich off of your ignorance of the facts. I hope this helped educate someone into not wasting their time and money.