The truck transportation industry in the United States needs more drivers
The truck transportation industry in the United States is experiencing a national shortage of truck drivers that has become a limiting factor in the operations of many companies. The industry faces a variety of issues in meeting the future demand for all drivers and the shortage is particularly severe for over the road long haul drivers. The United States has about 1.3 million drivers of long-haul, heavy trucks, roughly 20,000 fewer than needed. It is estimated that by 2014 a shortage of drivers will raise to111,000 a gap attributed partly to retirements and increased demand for trucking. The industry faces a variety of issues in meeting the future demand for all drivers and the shortage is particularly severe for over the road long haul drivers. The cost to the economy of this driver shortage is estimated at between $1.8 and $3 billion annually.
Kotra CDL Driving School is an entity licensed by the State of Illinois to provide training to individuals wishing to obtain a commercial driver’s license class A which permits the holder to operate heavy tractor-trailer combination vehicles with GVW 80,000lb. The school’s mission statement: To provide quality education and training to prepare drivers to be not only skillful and knowledgeable in the trucking industry but safe and responsible.
To make sure that safety becomes the primary objective for those entrusted with operating the biggest and heaviest vehicles in the nation’s highway transportation system. Kotra CDL Driving School is focused on quality of service provided with understanding of the students’ individual needs and abilities. Our student-per-instructor ratio is 5:1 to ensure proper involvement of each student in the training process.
We use late model equipment for behind the wheel training as well as various video and audio aides to enhance the learning experience. Our curriculum is designed to help students achieve the highest level of knowledge of the trucking industry to help make a faster transition, for our graduates, from trainee drivers to safe and skillful professionals.