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Thinking About Starting a Truck Driving School? Consider a Franchise

Thinking About Starting a Truck Driving School? Consider a Franchise

The need for professional truck drivers is increasing, and that means the need for professional truck driving schools is also increasing. But how can that need be met? Driving Academy, based in Linden, New Jersey, offers franchise opportunities nationwide for people who want to open their own truck driving school.

Here, we discuss how to start a truck driving school.

The Need for Truck Driving Schools

Why is the need for certified truck driving schools increasing? In 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) started requiring Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) for truck drivers. This means anyone wanting to get a commercial driver’s license (CDL) after February 7, 2022, must attend a registered truck driver training course. This new regulation is driving the need for more truck driving schools across the country.

Seeing that need, Driving Academy decided to offer a unique opportunity: Franchising. Add in a nationwide professional driver shortage, and opening a franchised Driving Academy school just makes sense. Franchising with Driving Academy allows a franchisee to be their own boss while using their knowledge to educate the nation’s newest truck drivers. If you love to teach and educate drivers and have always wanted to own your own business, franchising with Driving Academy can put you on the road to success.

Why Choose Driving Academy’s Franchise Option?

Driving Academy wishes to put one million new drivers on the road to freedom with our CDL driver training courses. The founder and lead instructor of Driving Academy comes from a family of teachers and professional CDL drivers. We’ve created a systemized approach to business with a proprietary business model. Driving Academy will show you how we created a successful business that changes thousands of lives each year. During our franchisee training sessions, we’ll teach franchisees all aspects of owning and operating a Driving Academy business.

At Driving Academy, we strive to create the best possible experience for our students and franchisees. We stay at the forefront of new driving laws and keep on top of the latest driving training technology. Driving Academy schools offer state-of-the-art simulators, where students learn to drive in many different locations and various weather conditions. The driving simulators also enable students to learn to drive vehicles with manual transmissions. This gives students valuable shifting practice before they move to the yard to drive an actual vehicle.

What Type of CDLs Does Driving Academy Offer

Driving Academy offers three different types of CDL training courses as part of its truck driver schools. Those types of CDLs are:

Class A

A Class A CDL is for tractor-trailers or vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds and have a trailer that weighs more than 10,000 pounds. Once you have a Class A CDL, you are also able to drive a Class B vehicle.

Class B

A Class B CDL is for box trucks and delivery trucks. A Class B vehicle is described as any vehicle weighing over 26,000 pounds and has no trailer. If the vehicle has a trailer, it must weigh than 10,000 pounds. Some examples of Class B vehicles are dump trucks, box trucks, garbage trucks, and cement trucks.

Class B+P

The Class B+P CDL is for vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds and have a carrier with 16 or more passengers, including the driver. A passenger bus is an example of a Class B vehicle. Once a person has a CDL Class B+P license, they are also licensed to operate any other Class B vehicle.

How to Get Started With a Driving Academy Franchise

Ready to start a Driving Academy franchise? You probably want to know what it will cost you upfront. The cost starts at $224,200, which includes a $50,000 franchise fee. The investment amount can increase, depending on how big of a space you have and how many trucks you want when starting your franchise.

Next, franchisees will need to complete a training program. Driving Academy franchise owner training is a mix of online, at-home training, along with two weeks of in-person training at our Linden, New Jersey, headquarters. During the training, franchise owners will be taught the Driving Academy business model. During on-site training, franchisees will learn everything they need to know about opening a Driving Academy truck driving school.

Start a Driving Academy Franchise Today

Get ready to hit the road with a Driving Academy truck driving school franchise. Our program is tailormade for those interested in training drivers to get the CDL licenses and pass the CDL road test. Our driver training programs provide a mix of over 100 hours of classroom training and yard training. We also offer state-of-the-art driver simulator training that allows students to experience all kinds of real-world driving situations.

If you’re ready to start a truck driving school and want to open a Driving Academy franchise, the first step is reaching out to our franchise team. Over the phone, you will discuss the process in more detail with a team member. Contact us today to find out more about franchise opportunities.