Truck Driving Schools in Tennessee (TN)
Truck Driving Schools by City
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2011 Data, the job outlook for truck drivers is favorable, with an expected growth rate of 21 percent between 2010 and 2020. For classification purposes, the BLS distinguishes between heavy, or tractor-trailer, truck drivers and light, or delivery services, truck drivers. According to the latest available data (May 2011), Tennessee heavy truck drivers earn a median hourly wage of $18.11. This equates to a median annual salary of $37,680. Tennessee light truck drivers earn a median hourly wage of $15.51 (median annual salary of $32,260). To become a truck driver in Tennessee; a truck driving school may get you started on the path to becoming one of them.
Truck driving schools in Tennessee are located throughout the state with hotspots in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and smaller cities, such as Crump and Dandridge. Tennessee truck driving schools may provide you with the training needed to earn your commercial driver's license (CDL). To qualify for a CDL license in Tennessee, you must be at least 18 years old (21 years old for interstate trucking) and meet physical qualification standards. CDL applicants must then pass a written exam and a skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic controls test, and an on-road driving test. Additional qualifications may be needed depending on the type of vehicle you wish to drive and/or the type of material to be transported. For example, additional knowledge exams are needed to drive a truck with a tanker, air brakes or double/triple trailers or to transport passengers or hazardous materials. A truck driving school in Tennessee will prepare you to pass these examinations.
Browse the featured Tennessee truck driving schools below to find a trucking school near you.
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