It's absolutely true. You don't have to attend a truck driving school to get your Commercial Driver License (CDL)...but you should.
The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles CDL Manual even states the following: "Formal training is the most reliable way to learn the many special skills required for safely driving a large commercial vehicle and becoming a professional driver in the trucking industry."
Think about this way -- you don't have to go to law school to defend yourself in the court of law when you're on trial nor do you have to attend school to rewire your home's entire electrical system.
But chances are you wouldn't do either. And, you shouldn't. The risk is too high.
Good CDL driving programs have a purpose.
Structured training allows you the benefit of having an expert guide you properly. You learn the best practices, the do's and don'ts, the tricks of the trade. You don't have to rely upon trial and error, which can be dangerous and disappointing.
Plus, you have the training materials, tractor trailer access for on-the-road practice and classmates that serve as a support group throughout the training at TKT Drivers University.
Again, you could do it on your own...maybe. But why put additional stress upon yourself? Five weeks of solid, organized training OR months or years of procrastination, obstacles and numerous failed tests? Hmm...five weeks of training doesn't sound so bad after all, does it?
Check out our Training page and find out what you'll be learning in our CDL training program.