Interstate Commercial Driving School

Over the last century, in particular the last 50 years, trucking has been, and is today a lucrative business. Trucking has supplemented both the shipping and railroad industries, and with remarkable improvements in technology, highways, roads and routes, it has developed into an extremely profitable industry. Proven to be a significant contributor to the economy of the United States through boosting employment opportunities for its residents throughout the country.

It is the goal of Interstate Commercial Truck Driving School (ICDS) to educate as well as motivate individuals to become safe, reliable and productive members of the trucking industry. Our director, Sean Gerrits, has been a professional in the trucking industry as an owner and an operator of a fleet of vehicles for over 30 years. His knowledge and expertise gained has provided us the ability to conduct the highest quality trucker training program to produce safe, competent and reliable professional commercial drivers.

The instructional team Interstate Commercial Driving School has put together will provide a time sensitive program based on 20 years of real world operation, and a mechanical program with 20 plus years of practical application. Our field instructors collectively have 50 plus years of on the job experience, and we have two state licensed Commercial Drivers License (CDL) examiners with 18 years combined experience.

Interstate Commercial Truck Driving School prepares individuals to become professional truck drivers through a driver-training program that includes both knowledge and behind the wheel instruction that is designed to provide an opportunity to develop the skills outlined in our programs. Our ultimate goal as a team is to place well educated, well-versed and highly competent applicants into the professional commercial driving industry.

Driving Program

The Commercial Motor Vehicle Driving Program prepares individuals to become professional and safe truck drivers through a driver-training program that includes both knowledge and behind the wheel instruction that is designed to provide an opportunity to develop the skills outlined in our program.

It is the objective as a team of Interstate Commercial Driving School to place well educated, well versed and highly competent applicants into the professional commercial driving industry.

Commercial Motor Vehicle Class A Driving Program was developed so students can gain insight to the regulations and obtain the skills necessary to comply and succeed in today’s demanding trucking industry.

The institution follows an independent course numbering system to assign courses in accordance with program requirements. The system is designed to identify courses and differentiate the level of study. Courses are numbered sequentially depicting the program title. Student must complete 120 hours, (38.5 classroom/online and 81.5 behind the wheel hours or Lab hrs.). One clock hour constitutes 50 minutes of direct, supervised instruction and appropriate breaks.

1000.1 – Trucking Industry Introduction – Minimum Hours – Classroom 20 hrs. – Lab 36 hrs.
This section will cover the interaction between the driver, Federal Motor Carrier, US Department of Transportation (USDOT) and State DOT. The student will receive instructions in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and will be introduced to the different agencies associated with the trucking industry. State licensing, taxes and registration of Commercial Motor Vehicles will also be introduced.

1000.2 – Safe Operating Practices – Minimum Hours – Classroom 5 hrs. – Lab 35 hrs.
Students will learn how to properly perform vehicle inspections, control the motion of Commercial Motor Vehicles under various road and traffic conditions, shifting and backing techniques, and how to properly couple and uncouple tractor-trailers. In this section the student will learn the practices required for safe operation of the tractor-trailer on the highway. They will be taught how to apply their basic operating skills in a way that ensures their safety and that of other road users under various road, weather and traffic conditions

1000.3 – Advanced Operating Procedures – Minimum Hours – Classroom 1 hr. – Lab 7 hrs.
The student will be introduced to higher-level skills that can be acquired only after the more fundamental skills and knowledge taught in section 1000.1 and 1000.2 have been mastered. Students will learn the perceptual skills necessary to recognize potential hazards, and must demonstrate the procedure to handle a Commercial Motor Vehicle when faced with a hazard.

1000.4 – Career Driver – Minimum Hours – Classroom 6 hrs. – Lab 2 hrs.
This section will provide the student with sufficient knowledge of the tractor trailer industry and its systems and subsystems to ensure that they understand life as a Commercial Motor Vehicle driver. Dispatch, cargo type and regional driving will be covered so the student will better understand the driving systems.

1000.5 – Non-Driving Activities – Minimum Hours – Classroom 6.5 hrs. – Lab 1.5 hrs.
Students will learn to handle the responsibilities of a tractor-trailer driver that do not involve operating the Commercial Motor Vehicle. The student will learn to perform these activities in a manner that ensures the safety of the driver, vehicle, cargo, and other road users.