Blog Posts for the ‘Truck Driver Training’ Category

Calming Nerves at Trucking School — Tips for Week 2

So you’ve passed the CDL permit test and the first week of CDL training. Now comes the stressful part — getting in a semi truck for the very first time. Understandably, this can be a very nerve-wracking experience. After all, you’re responsible for controlling 53′ and up to 80,000 pounds of machine. We asked past [...]

Preparing for the 1st Day of C1 Truck Driver Training – Rich’s Tips

The first day of CDL training can be a nerve wracking experience. A common question is usually, “what the heck should I expect?!” This is a great question. Most students haven’t been in the classroom for years or even decades, so it can be a bit stressful to know what to expect. I’m going to [...]

Learning the Pre-Trip Inspection at Truck Driver Training

The very first part of the Arkansas State Test that you must pass in order to even be eligible to take your skills and road test is the 108-point pre-trip inspection. This may seem overwhelming at first, but you will learn. First you will write it out completely word-for-word, then watch the video we have prepared for you. You’ll [...]

Getting Along with Your OTR Trainer and Learning After CDL Training

After you complete CDL training, the next step in your journey to becoming a truck driver is to go on the road with a company trainer. Your OTR trainer will teach you a lot about the industry. During this time, you will get most of your hands on driving experience. Sharing a small truck with [...]

C1 Truck Driver Training Experience – What CDL Training is Like

We get a lot of questions on what our truck driver training program is like, so today I decided to sit down and discuss our staff and teaching methods with you all. C1 Staff Experience At C1 Truck Driver Training in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the instructors have an accumulated total of over 200 years of [...]

Becoming A Trucking School Director – Rich’s Truck Driving Story

As someone that’s relatively new to C1 Truck Driver Training, I look back on my time here and think about how I arrived.  I grew up as the only son of a truck driver (with 4 sisters) and was in, on, around, and under trucks my entire life.  I had a deep interest and fascination [...]

A New Way to Practice Backing During CDL Training?

One of our recent CDL training students at C1 Indianapolis created this mockup of the campus driving range and I wanted to share it with you all. Don built this model completely to scale to help him practice backing. He drew lines onto his model with a highlighter and used chess pieces as cones. Don [...]

C1 Truck Driver Training Celebrates 11 Years at Fort Worth CDL School

Eleven years ago today, C1 Truck Driver Training began its first CDL training class in Ft. Worth, TX. The next day, the Twin Towers fell in Manhattan, and the world hasn’t been the same since. Our school has developed into one of the premier schools in the area, and our country has developed into a [...]

Interview with May’s Instructor of the Month Winner – Craig “Smokey” Hilleary

With previous experience in the Army and Air Force as well as driving OTR with Schneider since 93, Craig Hilleary seemed to be a natural fit when he joined the C1 Indianapolis team in August of 2007.  “I saw a sign outside that C1 was hiring, went in to apply and was hired soon after,” [...]

Interview with June’s Instructor of the Month Winner – Donna Pickett

We recently launched our Instructor of the Month contests at our Indy and Springfield campuses. At our Indy campus, Ms. Donna Pickett earned an overwhelming number of votes last month. You all chose her as your favorite instructor for June, so we sat down and got to know a little more about everyone’s favorite classroom [...]