9:04 AM PDT, October 3, 2021
Hiring teenagers might help with the nationwide truck driver shortage, but you still don’t generally see them behind the wheel of a big rig. Now that’s changing.
Inside Edition spoke to a California 17-year-old, named Isabella, as she trained behind the wheel.
She’s one of several teens at Patterson High School who are participating in one of the first truck-driving programs for high schoolers in the U.S.
“There is a huge need. We’re short about 63,000 drivers today,” instructor Dave Dein said.
Isabella says her mom is a little worried.
“My mom was more nervous overall, ‘cause the idea of truck driving scares her ‘cause of all the reckless drivers on the road,” she said.
She’s getting a hands-on lesson in truck maintenance and safety.
To prepare them for the real road, they spend 30 hours in a driving simulator.