Kind of a long post. Short verison these dudes live up to thier ####ty reputation 100%. And they will put you in harm's way and set you up for failure
Started orientation 3 weeks ago via Greyhound bus from hell. If you choose to drive they pay you like .26 cent a mile. Airfare is also a option but they only give you $200 back.
Hotel is nice has hell had my own room they also give you meal vouchers for a decent restaurant down the road.
Day 1 orentation pee test, paperwork, and this black dude who runs the class tells you not to listen to the rumors about them.
Day 2 more paperwork and a short easy road test.
At end of day they told us they are still waiting for pee test and we should be able to go on road. Two days later class is still waiting.
Towards middle morning of day 4 most of us are cleared to go including me.
I get assigned a trainer she tells me we are waiting for a load. Sat whole day in truck and night waiting. Wasn't till following morning we got our first load to Laredo. Good way to start a business relationship PTL
Fast forward to day 3. I get a load to cincinnati ohio.Trying to find the pickup location and it takes me right into a deadend/ cul de sac. Cool story my trainer has me get out block traffic while she straight lines back out of mess.
We reinoriate ourselves and find pickup location get loaded up and head out. Qualcomm freezes on us, trainer says just go back we're we came from. Two minutes down the road Qualcomm comes online and gives us directions that has us on the expressway. So here I am rolling down a steep ### hill. No trucks allowed signs all over the bloody place. We get to bottom of hill and I see low hanging power lines. I'm like yo we can't bloody be here. I see a parking lot to my right l, and turn right in that MF. It's a tight area so once again my trainer has me get out and try and ground guide us out of here. She was having trouble so I took over ran over all kinds of curves and got us back on the road.
Qualcomm tells us to go back up the expressway to get to 75south. So now I'm going up a steep ### cliff with 35,000 on my back going 20mp. Getting all kinds of dirty looks on the road.
Qualcomm gives us more directions which leads us yet again to another road with no truck signs all over the place.
I get pissy real quick I spot a vacant parking lot, I tell my trainer call someone in dispatch for help. Has I turn in the lot tight turn my trailer tire runs in a bloody fire hydrant.
Now I'm just a raging lunatic. I call dispatch myself and try and tell me full story. When I told them I ran into fire hydrant first words out of mouth...is the truck ok. Cuss words come out of my mouth and words like i f....kin quit is said to them three different times. In 10 minutes I cuss out dispatch, safety guy, and I'm pretty sure the operations manager.
Reason why I was so pissed off is that I shouldnt be in a situation like that. My trainer was also inexperienced. To be a trainer at PTL you just have to be with them month. My trainer only been driving a year and didn't know location we was in. On top of my Qualcomm failing and dispatch not giving a #### I felt like this outfit just didn't care.
Police shows up gives me a citation. And gives me directions back to 75s. Dispatch,ops manager, safety not one person tried to even assist with that.
I told them I quit they told me I can't quit my load needs to get to Atlanta. My trainer also says if I leave the truck they are going to come after me with truck abandonment, so I was like no worries I'll drive this rig to terminal...this dude calls my phone telling me I can't just do that.
So I drive all night to deliver load. Next day I'm thinking they are going to route me back to terminal and send me on my way. They send me a preplan to Missouri instead 500 miles -2 days to get there. Go to pickup location shipper closed. I tell dispatch that, and get a message saying they will give us another load. That was yesterday still sitting in a truck stop with nothing
I get a message on Qualcomm asking me if I am still quitting....
Salary is .15 cents a mile first phase. Then .16/.17 in phase 2 and 3.
During phase one they want you and trainer to run has a team...so your learning experience is kind of up in the air.
During each phase you have to give them 7500 miles. I've been on road for 6 days and only been dispatched 1800 miles.
They want you to pick your own trainer, it doesn't matter who you pick. If your team driving your not learning a dam thing.
Ptl review just started with them 2018
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Sounds like you picked the wrong occupation. 35S to Laredo has the same width lanes as anywhere else. And if you are worried about flipping the truck you should quit. Or stop whining and drive the dam truck.
Not sure what was expected. I've never had GPS on Qualcomm so can't comment on that, but only a clown would blindly follow a GPS. Anyone at a carrier's office wouldn't know how to get you out of a bad area. PTL is large carrier with many drivers assigned to overwhelmed dm's like all large carriers.
Pitch darkness, winds, narrow lanes and steep grades are part of a driver's daily routine. That's just a partial list of what you should expect out here. If that scares you, run really fast away from this industry.
do I really want to be on the highway with folks like the OP. I cant even understand his half calibrated written Grammar.......
the Funniest part is your "Trainer" Don't know what to do either...So there's 2 of you in a truck and nobody has a grasp on anything- Good Lord.
You train with someone of the opposite sex; wow what the hell? Not that there is anything wrong with woman drivers, but in today's world, I would be weary to even adjust my ball sack while driving if a woman from a company was in my rig.
Just asking if this norm, and do one you get a room.
I'm not a nasty mf or a creeper. Staring at her tits or touch my balls isn't on my mind. And my pick of trainers were limitedLast edited: Apr 22, 2018
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