New driver seeking some answers

Discussion in 'PAM' started by KillaGorilla, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. KillaGorilla

    KillaGorilla Bobtail Member

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    Howdy guys, my name is James i am supposed to be starting the Driver Solutions course in Springfeild on March 30th and going to work for PAM after that is completed. I have nationwide non-cdl driving experience and enjoy this type of work. I know i have a bit to learn and am certainly willing to put in my year or longer to get it done. My questions and concerns are mainly based around the quality of the company and the legitimacy of the things i have been told, will be told to do, and have read on many forums including these. Hopefully all will go smooth and i can be one of the success stories i have read about. If you have the time and interest to answer some of my questions with real answers and not "i hate pam, i love pam rants" then thank you very much, and as i learn i will do the same for others.

    1. There seem to be alot of critics of all trucking companies i have looked into which offer some form of paid schooling, the 2 i have most interest in are USA Truck and P.A.M. for which i have been told i can choose from and the lady i spoke with at Drivers Solution was reluctant to direct me to one over the other. I realise both are entry companies but for anyone that has knowledge of both, what are the major differences and is there a significant reason to choose one over the other.

    2. I understand pay will not be great at first or for a good while. However how realistic are the miles per week on average, i have seen most people referring to 2200-2800 being normal and good, others saying they get 1200 and some saying they are flooded with over 3500. is this based on routing, drivers themselves, location etc. what is a realistic average for starting thru the end of my first year.

    3. Noone knows for sure when something is going to break down but i have also seen some people saying trucks need repaired on a regular basis, and some that say these companies take very good fast care of thier trucks with little breakdown. I dont mind an old beat up truck with no ammenities, i simply want to be able to run solid with limited hassle. So do the broken down people simply have too much spare time to be posting ? or are the trucks really that bad.

    4. If you agree to work for these companies for the year and then you are a good worker with no accidents, tickets, etc or reason for them to terminate you what is the likelyhood of completeing your first year. I see alot of posts about people getting fired for no reason etc. i simply dont want to sign into a captured 1 year one sided agreement where i can be terminated for no reason 9 months into it and be liable for 5k worth of schooling.

    5. Asian girls are win. yes/no simple question.

    I am sure i will come up with more questions but these would be very helpful to me atm, thanks for reading and good luck.
     
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  3. Tran Man

    Tran Man Light Load Member

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    Read other threads..... also
     
  4. bfork1

    bfork1 Light Load Member

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  5. VIDEODROME

    VIDEODROME Road Train Member

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    Well I just finished up my year. As for miles things might be picking up now but still it's impossible to predict in this economy.

    When it comes to repairs it depends on the shop. Some shops are unbelievably slow.
     
  6. onelouddrummer

    onelouddrummer Bobtail Member

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    My wife and I just graduated from the C1 school in Strafford. Everyone there is awesome to deal with! They will do whatever it takes to make sure that you know everything that you need to know to get the job done!
     
  7. Tran Man

    Tran Man Light Load Member

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    Bring your drums.... There should be plenty of time to practice..
     
  8. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    Whats the question ??? :biggrin_2552:
     
  9. EbonSaint

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    1. There really isn't much difference between the two and both are entry-level companies. The pay-per-mile sucks no matter which one you go with, but the auto-shift {PAM} is nice, especially in Austin traffic.

    2. If you're going solo, about 1400-1500 miles a week right now, with the potential of it picking up later. If you're teaming {PDS} 3000-4200 per week, which isn't bad until you realize you're only getting .165 per mile and most weeks you can only expect 2800-3200.

    3. The PAM trucks aren't all that bad if you get a reasonably seasoned truck {125k + miles} that has most of the bugs worked out. Some of the PAM shops are slow as hell, mainly because they don't have the parts. I've watched this happen here in the Laredo Shop, a team was stuck here for 35 hours because the shop didn't have the part and they had to order out for it.

    **DO NOT FOR ANY CIRCUMSTANCES GO TO THE ARLINGTON SHOP - YOU'LL NEVER GET OUT OF THERE**

    4. As long as you do your job, and keep your head down, there is no reason to fire you. They cannot get you to the 11th month and fire you for no reason, sticking you with the bill. There isn't a court in the land that would find that acceptable and to be honest, considering what they {PAM} advertise is nowhere near what they actually give you, there isn't a leg to stand on.

    5. Yes. Asian Girls are the win.
     
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  10. KillaGorilla

    KillaGorilla Bobtail Member

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    Ebonsaint, you sir are a man among men, thank you much for the answers.

    i am looking forward to going.

    one other question, i am single with no kids or reason to be home, is home time required or if you are staying busy can you simply stay out on the road fairly permanently.
     
  11. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    :biggrin_2552: They're gonna love you :biggrin_2552:

    You can stay out until your own funeral, if you want. But you're required to take at least 2 days off for that.
     
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