Remember the old adage “sounds too good to be true?” The trucking industry is certainly no exception and if you are searching for the perfect trucking job and you come across an ad that does sound too good to be true, it probably is.
Companies and truck driving schools and training programs that post improbable job opportunities, excessive wages, guaranteed job availability, and require payments before any services are rendered, should all be red flags. Here are a few cautionary guidelines and warning signs to look for when you are searching for the right driving company or school.
Unrealistic Wages – Check what the average starting salary is for new truck drivers by calling a local trucking company or a credible trucking association. If the wage posted seems too high or impractical, it most likely is.
Fast Training – Each state has a required minimum of how much instruction and actual driving time you must log before you receive your commercial driving license (CDL). The training time posted should meet those state requirements. hauling
Everyone Qualifies/No Experience Necessary – For training or a driving school, this one is not as applicable, but beware if posted on a job ad. Many reputable and legitimate trucking companies have their own set of standards and criteria each potential employee must meet to get a truck driving job. At the very least, you must have a CDL.
Remember, it should never cost anything to become employed. Make sure you thoroughly check out a training program before you put any money down. You can also check with the DMV to see what the current CDL requirements are and make sure they are in sync with the program. Contact the Better Business Bureau or another local consumer protection agency. This way you can verify the companies and training schools you are looking at and see if any complaints have been filed against them.