Bus Driver Training Schools

by Rhonda McDowell

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is needed to drive a bus. The Department of Transportation (DOT) and specific state offices accredit bus driver training schools throughout the country. Most training schools provide two to eight weeks of classroom instruction and hands-on driving practice. They teach federal guidelines, driving safety, scheduling and passenger courtesy. Bus driver training schools prepare drivers for the DOT theoretical and practical bus driving licensure examination.

GSF Training School

The GSF Training School offers comprehensive instruction for bus drivers. Its curriculum includes basic vehicle controls, freeway driving, defensive driving, road maneuvers, and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) test preparation. It prepares students for all endorsements needed for licensure, including the passenger endorsement. As of 2010, the GSF Training School offers a 10 percent discount when you enroll online. GSF Driving and Truck Training School 123 East 32nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90011 213-745-6022 gsfschools.com

Class A Commercial Drivers License Service

Class A Commercial Drivers License Service has been training drivers since 1991. The school offers buses for road tests and experienced bus drivers as instructors. Spanish language instruction is available. As of 2010, a flat rate of $275 covers any class of CDL license and a job referral program. Commercial Drivers License Service, Inc. 11354 Eastex Freeway Houston, TX 77093 281-449-7834 classacdl.com

Ideal Driving School

The Ideal Driving School boasts of certified and experienced instructors and a robust curriculum for bus drivers. It claims to have the most driving instruction experience in New Jersey. Their CDL B course, with passenger endorsement for bus drivers, can be completed in 160 hours. Training includes both theoretical and yard practice at three locations, then road driving is done to prepare for the official road test for licensure. Ideal Driving School 2811 Bergenline Ave. Union City, NJ 07087 201-617-9404 rightsitemedia.com

Commercial Driver Services

Commercial Driver Services (CDS) offers a program which aims to establish competence in driving buses. The training includes pre-trip and post-trip inspections, situational awareness and emphasis on the safety of both drivers and passengers. The school also offers a job placement service. The school coordinates with government offices to obtain financial assistance for students that are laid off from their previous jobs. Commercial Driver Services, Inc. 1100 34th Ave. South Lakewood, WA 98499 253-983-0200 cdstruckschool.com

Georgia Driving Academy

Georgia Driving Academy (GDAI) has licensed instructors and DOT-inspected equipment and facilities. GDAI also has a 10,500 sq. ft. facility with both asphalt and gravel driving areas to simulate real world driving environments. It offers a 70-hour Class B program for bus drivers. The course can be taken full-time and completed within one week. Georgia Driving Academy 1448 VFW Drive SW Conyers, GA 30012 770-918-8501 gadrivingacademy.com

About the Author

Rhonda McDowell launched her freelance career in 2008 by ghostwriting an e-book on health and gardening. Now, she writes primarily for eHow and enjoys delving into financial topics such as bankruptcy and foreclosure.

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