Truck Driving Schools in New Mexico (NM)
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2011 Data, the job outlook for truck drivers over the next decade (between 2010 and 2020) is favorable. 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). New Mexico heavy truck drivers earn a median hourly wage of $18.38 as of May 2011 (latest available data). This equates to a median annual salary of $38,230. New Mexico light truck drivers earn a median hourly wage of $15.62 (median annual salary of $32,500). To become a truck driver in New Mexico; a truck driving school may get you started on the path to becoming one of them.
Truck driving schools in New Mexico may be found throughout the state, but some popular places include Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Roswell. New Mexico truck driving schools will prepare you to earn your commercial driver's license (CDL). In order to obtain a CDL license in New Mexico, you must be at least 18 years old (21 for interstate driving), have a valid driver's license and a recent medical certificate. You will also need proof of identity, residency and your social security number. CDL applicants must then pass a written knowledge exam and a skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic control test, and an on-road driving test. Additional knowledge and skills tests may be needed depending on the class of CDL license and the endorsements you need--for example, to drive a vehicle with air brakes, a tanker or to haul hazardous materials. New Mexico truck driving schools will prepare you to pass these examinations.
To find a truck driving school in New Mexico, browse the list of featured trucking schools below.
Learn more about New Mexico CDL requirements.