Drivers Ed, Training & Driving School in Fountain, Colorado
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Driving School and Drivers Ed in Fountain, CO
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US Truck Driving School
19825 Wigwam Rd, Pueblo, CO 80817, Pueblo, CO 81008, USA
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I attended USTDS Fountain, Colorado location at the behest of the company sponsoring me. Classroom training is outdated with occasional use of an overhead projector that breaks down frequently. The saving grace of the classroom is the knowledge of the instructor. Formal driving & inspections are conducted with former truck drivers. Some instructors have good communication skills and some do not which can frustrate the student at times. I had the misfortune of 1 instructor losing his temper with myself & 2 other students while driving he went into a tantrum jumping up in his seat when each one of us drove and his seatbelt pulled him back down while he screamed profanities for an extended period. That poor fellow should NOT be an instructor. The practice field for backing is a dusty field complete with pot holes, gullys from rain, and lots of excessive dust. Quality of training is hit & miss at best. Of my class of 6, 5 failed our first final test the 1st time. School was understaffed most of the time I attended which gave a high ratio of students to trainers and myself and several students were unable to drive on 2 days due to lack of trainers. Based on my experience I would not recommend the school at this time.
I graduated from this school on May 3rd 2000 Ol man Doc was my classroom instructor. I have to say everyone in my class not only graduated and obtained their CDL but also did it in two weeks. Very good school when I went there, and I'm still trucking over 16 years later with a accident and ticket free record.
It was overall a great school, really enjoyed my time there. The instructors were very experienced drivers who knew not only how to drive but also how to teach. It was a positive, encouraging environment and a small school which helped students and faculty all get to each other better. The size also meant we got more personal instruction. Unfortunately, while I was at school, due to weather we weren't able to get much time backing and the backing time we missed wasn't made up to us. If we had missed school, it would have been made up; but we were there and simply couldn't use the backing pad for some maneuvers, so it wasn't made up to us since we technically were getting our required hours. This issue never even came up for some people but for others it was a major issue. Besides that, my only other complaint was that one of the instructors, Hank, was really cranky and rude. But he wasn't even there most days, and he was still very knowledgeable. For the most part, great school, I'd recommend it. And yes, I did pass :)
This school is what you make of it. If you apply yourself and work hard all day every day you can make it and obtain your Cdl. My instructors were very knowledgeable. Kenny,Brian,Steve and Stan all brought something useful to the table. Only thing I would like to have done was driven each truck just for the experience in different vehicles. Otherwise you guys did great and if I had to do it all again I would come back to train here. Thanks USTDS.
Graduate, holding my CDL A. You start off with 5 days in a classroom, that costs you $250 a day, watching VHS tapes from 1970. While you're in the classroom you will be taught outdated ways of keeping records. The teacher will be a retired driver, who should be permanently retired, cranky, short, lack of knowledge, kicked a student out for not understanding.
The actual trucks you use are not safe they could all be shut down any day of the week any time for numerous dot violations. The very first time I drove a semi on the highway at speed it had no working turn signals.
The office staff threatened me physically and verbally. Also making outrageous claims that I had been there for half a year??? They threatened to call the police on a classmate of mine and then did the same thing to me the next day. Horrible attitudes with no sense of service whatsoever.
For a day, I was in a truck with 6 guys total, 4 shoved in the back, trainer, driver. Most uncomfortable day I've had in a long time, plus about 25% of the behind the wheel time I should have gotten that day. Most days it was cram in 4 students.
If the GI Bill is not floating the cost for you on this stay clear of the school otherwise good luck.
If you have any other option besides this school I highly recommend staying away.
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Last updated 01-Mar-2017
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