C1 Truck Driving School Review – Preparing for CDL Training


Originally starting out as a recruiter, Simpson brings over 10 years of experience to the C1 team. Read more from

Title: My C1 Story
Graduation Date:

I started on July 23, 2012. When I arrived the day before class to check in, I was very impressed with how sweet Ms. Virginia was. She was very helpful in all aspects.

On day one of training, it was hectic and very nerve-wracking. Meeting new people, all the paper work, and a little bit of that, “Did I make the right decision?” were playing in my head. I was honestly unsure for the first couple of days. I believe that Wednesday when I passed my permit test was what turned my train of thought around. That success paired with the great classmates I had really cemented my decision.

On Friday, we started on the straight line backing, and once again, I was nervous as a cat! Wayne could sense this I’m sure, because he kept telling me “just calm down” and making me laugh.

On Saturday, we met Charlie for the pre-trip inspection class. I never really worried much about PTI. I had already been studying it before I even came to school, but his way of teaching was very informative!

On Monday, I had Jon for my first day of road training. Again, nervous as a sinner in the front pew. And what made it worse, I was first to drive! Jon helped calm me down, and after a lot of gear grinding, things started going a bit more smoothly.

Now, most of the rest of the time I had Mr. Willie as my road trainer. Willie was awesome. He took what Jon taught the first day and molded it into actual skill. He had a great way of just talking and laughing. He had a very “real world” style of training.

Now, Wednesday of Week 3 came! Test day! I was next to last to test in Pine Bluff. The two guys before me had been struggling, so as you can imagine, once again I was nervous! I passed pre-trip inspection with a 100! Skills pad wasn’t my greatest attempt, but I only got 10 points. Lastly came the road test and I was sweating bullets. I did great most of the way through, then came the O’Reilly’s turn! You need to take all three lanes to make the turn without automatically failing by hitting the curb. I sat through 10 green lights waiting for traffic to clear. I was so scared I had failed, so you can imagine the joy I felt when the examiner told me I had passed.

I really appreciate all those who helped me along the way from Driver Solutions to everyone at C1 truck driving school. Thank you!!

- Michael Nowlin


Beginning a new career in truck driving may be one of the toughest decisions you will ever make, but it will also be the most profitable and rewarding decision.

Once you have made this decision, you will most likely feel completely overwhelmed and start second guessing yourself and wondering if you made the right choice. Well, I can assure you that you did!

Being nervous is natural when starting a new career. Add to that the thought of driving an 18-wheeler and not knowing what to expect at truck driving school. All of these things combined can be a little scary, but that is where we at C1 Truck Driver Training in Little Rock, Arkansas come in. We will train you in the proper way to obtain your CDL license. We will walk you through every step of the way from the correct techniques to the moral support that you will need to become successful.

I have a few tips for you to do before you arrive at the school that will make the transition for you a little smoother. First, download and read your CDL manual from beginning to end. Then, go online to eGears and test yourself. Set a goal that you are going to score 100 on the General Knowledge, Air Brakes, and Combination Vehicles tests before arriving at school. This will ensure you that combined with our classroom training, passing your permit test will be a breeze. Remember, if you don’t pass it the first time, don’t stress. That is what we are here for – to help you get through this step.

Another good tip would be to make yourself familiar with the Pre-Trip Inspection test located in sections 10-1 through 10-13 in the Arkansas CDL manual. Knowing these parts in advance will be a huge stress breaker. This is a 108 point test that you will have to learn once you pass your permit test, and studying for it in advance will definitely help prepare you.

You can easily obtain your Class A CDL in our 3-week program if you come prepared and stay focused. Success in truck driving school is largely dependent on how much effort you put into preparing prior to arriving. Use the CDL manual and study guides to the best of your advantage, and you will be successful! Thanks for your review, Michael. Great job during training, and GOOD LUCK!

Tami Simpson
Little Rock School Director
C1 Truck Driver Training