Local truck driving school preparing drivers to fulfill global shortage

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The need for truck drivers has been taking place for years, but since the pandemic, it has worsened.

Now, the problem is not having enough truck drivers on the road to move products causing ports to become backlogged.

“People are shopping different now they don’t go to malls they are all closing up but people shop online it’s too easy to shop but guess who deliver they stuff trucks, trucks move the world,”

According to the American Trucking Association, the trucking industry is short 80,000 drivers which is an all-time high. Truck driving schools such as Davis CDL, are busy training new drivers to help restore the supply chain.

“We’re averaging just last month alone 35 people graduated and received their CDL they come in all the time we have open enrollment,” Owner Michael Davis said.

Students must receive 160 hours worth of training which is the state’s requirement. Future drivers will go through three phases which consist of a pre-trip inspection, road tests, and backing skills.

For one student Jordan Wilson, the global shortage along with his grandfather made him want to pursue a career as a truck driver.

“It’s getting harder and harder to get a lot of the younger kids out wanting to do this kind of stuff and a lot of the old school guys are retiring and come off the road, so we need some younger guys and a lot of the younger guys are intimidated by it but for you younger guys it’s a good trade to go with,” Wilson said.

Davis said all you need to do is have a valid driver license, a copy of your social, DOT physical and you can be on the road to your CDL.

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