All our competitors offer the minimum time required for CDL class A training which is three weeks. These trainings consists of one week of classroom training, one week of backing exercises, and one week of driving training. Also all our competitors offer group training only, which means that students take turns sharing the truck with 8 up 10 other students. In a group setting, the actual time that students spend behind the wheel is about one hour a day, the rest of the time is wasted in what is called observation, which really means waiting for your turn to use the truck. If you repeat this processes for the one week of backing exercises and one more week of driving, the actual training time behind the wheel that you get from our competitors is approximately 10 hours.
Behind the wheel driving training is the most important part of the training; this is the part of the training that you are really paying for.
Therefore, the best way to compare CDL trainings is to divide the actual number of hours you get behind the wheel by the cost of the training, which is called the hourly rate. In Georgia, private truck driving schools charge for a CDL class A training in the range of $3,500 up to $6,500. Which means that our competitors charge an hourly rate of $350/hr up to $650/hr.
Atlanta Truck Driving School has always offered 100% One-On-One (personalized) driving training ONLY. In addition to that, we GUARANTEE in writing 34 hours behind the wheel and the cost of our training is $3,200 (paying cash upfront and with the learner's permit). Thus, our hourly rate is $110/hr, which is less than one third of the cost of our closest competitor.
So, when you are comparing trainings, do not be deceived by the length of the training, because no matter how long the training is, if you are not behind the wheel it does not really matter. Also, do not be fooled by schools that claim to train you until you get your license. Always make sure that everything you are told is put in writing, such as the actual number of training hours behind the wheel and the number of students per instructor (student ratio); if it is not in writing you can count on it not being true.