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Premier Truck Driving School – Valparaiso

361 W US Highway 6
Valparaiso, IN 4638
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(866) 397-7887

After Hours:
(801) 977-5704

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Taxi & Shuttle Info

The Motel 6 is within walking distance of the Greyhound Station or you can arrange an Uber to get you to the hotel.

Restaurants

There are numerous restaurants within 2 miles of our Premier Truck Driving School.

Lodging

Motel 6. 8290 Louisiana St.
Merrillville IN 46410
219-738-2701

School Information

With this fast-paced truck driver training program, you will accomplish great things by the end of the first week. Students of the training program will find that, although demanding, the course is also very rewarding.

During the first week of class, you will meet your instructor and learn about the safety procedures to backing maneuvers. There may be homework every day throughout the program, but you will find that the more you work, the sooner you will accomplish your goals.

Of course, the real fun starts when you get in the trucks. After attending classroom instruction, your time spent in the trucks will teach you how to:

  • Turn the tractor-trailer.
  • Handle railroad crossings and intersections.
  • Drive in city and highway traffic.
  • Back up the tractor-trailer.
  • Couple and uncouple the tractor to the trailer.
  • Inspect your equipment, including the complete pre-trip inspection.
  • Test your brakes.

A general outline of the requirements for a truck driving school candidate are listed below. For more information regarding these requirements, please call (800) 897-1833

  • Be at least 18 years old.
    • CDL Drivers under 21 will be eligible to drive within the state lines only.
  • Complete all portions of the driver application.
  • Pass a mandatory drug screen.
  • Have results of the physical that meet minimum standards, including:
    • A blood pressure rating of 140/90 or less.
    • An eyesight rating of 20/40 or better.
    • A horizontal field of vision rating of no less than 80 degrees.
  • Show an original Social Security Card that:
    • Has not been laminated
    • Has not been copied
  • Understand that firearms are strictly forbidden on the school property.

For more information, please call a recruiter at (800) 897-1833.

The D.O.T. requires that each driver meet certain qualifications and pass a physical exam (Code of Federal Regulations, title 49, sec. 391). We are fortunate to have medical facilities at our Valparaiso Premier School Facility.

D.O.T. PHYSICAL

  • Vision – Must be corrected to at least 20/40 or better in both eyes
  • Drug/alcohol screening
  • Respiratory, cardiac, medical history and medications screening
  • Hearing test with or without hearing aid
  • Blood pressure must be 140/90 or better

CERTAIN MEDICAL CONDITIONS

The following medical conditions require additional screenings. If any of the following apply, please contact Lakeside Medical Clinic (877) 341-2591 for information about D.O.T. medical requirements:

• Diabetes/High Glucose
• Psychotropic Medications
• Unresolved Injuries
• Prescription Narcotic Medications

Get ready for class. Take your Practice CDL Test!

Take our CDL Practice Test to get a feel of what the real thing will be like. It was created using actual questions from prior tests. The questions you find on a real CDL test may vary, but the concepts remain the same.

Fees

  • Remember to bring a cashier’s check, money order, or credit card to pay the full amount of the tuition.
  • Bring any additional financial documentation regarding financing.
  • Remember to bring extra money for food and personal items for the entire duration of your school time.

Required Documents

  • Valid Driver’s License (if a paper copy you will also need to provide your last expired Driver’s License containing your photo)
  • Valid Class A Permit or CDL
  • Medical Certificate
  • Speak with your recruiter to find out if you need any additional documents

Important Items

  • Money for food and personal items
  • Contacts or glasses
  • CPAP Machine for sleep apnea
  • Medications or prescriptions

Hygiene, Clothing, and Sleeping Items

  • Duffel bag to pack all items except bedding
  • 7-10 days of clothing
  • Cleaning, shower & laundry supplies
  • Bedding, pillows, sleeping bag, sheets & a blanket
  • Closed toe shoes, work gloves, sunglasses & jacket
  • Small laundry bag & change
  • Towel, shampoo & soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Eyeglasses/contacts
  • Small notebook and pens
  • Flashlight
  • Coat and warm clothes based on the weather

Once you have been scheduled into the Valparaiso Facility your recruiter will give you your travel information. For example, a confirmation number for your Greyhound Bus Ticket. Since many of the Greyhound stations ticket offices are closed on the weekend, it is recommended you pick up your ticket prior to the travel date.

Please confirm your travel arrangements with your recruiter. If you are unable to make the bus scheduled, notify your recruiter immediately.

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