Truck Driving Schools in Rhode Island (RI)
The job outlook for truck drivers over the next decade (between 2010 and 2020) is favorable and expected to increase 9 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS classifies truck drivers into two basic categories according to the type of vehicle they drive: heavy versus light trucks. Heavy truck drivers, or tractor-trailer drivers, typically transport cargo farther distances (long-haul trucking). Light truck drivers usually do more local deliveries (also known as pick-up and delivery drivers). As of May 2011 (latest available data), Rhode Island heavy truck drivers earn a median wage of $20.73 per hour. This equates to earning a salary of $43,120 per year. Rhode Island light truck drivers earn a median wage of $17.57 per hour (salary of $36,550 per year). To become one of the 5,800+ truck drivers in Rhode Island, you may need a commercial driver's license (CDL) and a truck driving school in Rhode Island is a great place to start.
Truck driving schools in Rhode Island are located in a variety of areas across the state, including Pawtucket, Smithfield, and North Kingstown. Rhode Island truck driving schools may provide you with the training necessary to obtain your CDL. In Rhode Island, you must be at least 18 years old (21 years old for interstate trucking) with a valid driver's license and two years of driving experience to apply for a CDL. In addition, you must pass a written knowledge exam and a three part skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic control test, and an on-road driving test. Additional endorsements are needed to drive a truck with air brakes, tankers, double/triple trailers or to drive a passenger or school bus. In Rhode Island, the CDL knowledge exams are only administered in the Pawtucket branch and the road test is administered by the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI).
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