November 5, 2018 1:00 PM, EST

Boyd Bros. Opens Driving Academy

Boyd Bros.A Boyd driver. (Corey Gray)

Flatbed truckload carrier Boyd Bros. Transportation, headquartered in Clayton, Ala., opened a truck driving school Oct. 22. In a Nov. 1 press release, the company said Boyd Driving Academy would help students become safe and confident drivers upon graduation.

Academy candidates will receive internet classes to help them prepare for their Class A commercial driver license permit tests. Once they obtain their permits, they head to Birmingham, Ala., to learn basic truck controls and how to navigate different road characteristics.

Students will learn how to perform pre- and post-trip inspections, install and remove tire chains and how to act in an accident procedure. They also will receive housing, meals and a $400 loan each week. The release did not disclose the duration of the academy training.

“We want to continue to build our industry by selecting top candidates, providing amazing training and supporting them as they grow from student to driver to owning their own truck or small fleet,” Boyd Driving Academy Manager David Mays said.

To become a student driver with Boyd, applicants must be at least 22, have a valid Class A CDL and graduated from a truck driving school, and possess a consistent employment history and clean driving record. They must then pass a Department of Transportation drug screen and physical and pass an additional agility test.

Boyd is a Daseke Inc. company. Daseke ranks No. 29 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of largest for-hire carriers in North America.