Thanks for visiting AllTrucking.com! If you’re from Hayward and are looking to start your truck driving career, there are two schools in this area that can give you the education you need: the Hayward Truck Driving School and A-1 Truck Driving School. Both schools can give you the necessary education in becoming a Class A or Class B truck driver. We recommend talking with both schools to make sure you choose the right one for you, as well as schools that are in surrounding metropolitan areas like San Jose and San Francisco. As a truck driver you’re going to spend much of your time on the road, so do not be afraid to look outside of Hayward for schools, or for jobs when you graduate.
In general, you can expect to complete your trucking course in two to eight weeks. Class B programs are on the shorter end of the scale, while Class A programs tend to take a bit longer due to the nature of the size of the vehicle and what you will be hauling. Of course, every school has its own approach to training, regardless of the skills they teach. Make sure you ask each school several questions about any concerns you may have. They are there to answer your questions and help you reach success.
Some of the questions you might ask are about things like does the school offer any financial aid, how many miles will you drive over the course of the program, what kind of equipment will you be training on, are there any certain criteria that have to be met before you can attend, and how many hours a day/week will you spend training?
Also, be sure to ask if they have any endorsement training such as HazMat and multiple trailer because these endorsements can not only get you more opportunities for jobs, but they also tend to pay better because of the need for specialized drivers. Lastly, don’t forget to ask schools about the connections they have with companies in the surrounding community. Ask them what companies have hired there graduates in the past because schools that have a good hire rate might be a plus on when it comes to choosing the right school.
Located near the San Francisco Bay, Hayward is often a major hub for transportation, so it can be a great place for new truckers. There are many significant travel routes in this area, including I-238 and the San Mateo Bridge, so it might be important to familiarize yourself with these roads. When it comes to major trucking companies in the area, you may work for employers like Con-Way and Central Freight Lines.
In the Hayward area, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that heavy truck drivers earn a median annual salary of $45,480. Their estimates show that light truck drivers have an average annual salary of $35,740 per year (BLS, 2013).
Ready to hit the road? Don’t wait any longer to take the next step and get the skills to drive for a company in your area. Contact the schools below to get started.