Profile For Okiecowboy

Okiecowboy's Info

  • Location:
    Fort Cobb, OK

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Team Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 12 months ago

Okiecowboy's Bio

Hello, my name is Brad, and I am a new team driver for PAM Transport. I haven't been on the road long, but really enjoying it. Got real lucky and have a good partner. Anyway, I am from Oklahoma and gave up teaching to earn more money on the road. Feel free to give me a holler or ask a question about the Driver Solutions program and working for PAM as a rookie driver. Be safe out there!

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Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Any experience with PAM?

I have been at PAM 5 months and went through the c1 program. Your information is correct, if you want to make good money here you need that hazmat and you need to team. Another kicker is that your partner has to have the hazmat also. Me and my partner have and we do gross enough to reach 50k. On a slow week my take home is 800$, i have gotten as much as $1000. That is after taking out insurance for family of four, retirement, taxes, life insurance and everything. Now their solo pay is pretty bad, had to solo fir week to switch partners and it cut my check in half. So if you go with PAM and get a good partner i would strongly advise the hazmat and team fir a year then you can solo at .32 a mile, i only got .25 solo. Payroll told me it takes a year to get the .32, they also cap at .40 for solo, again coming from payrill dept. Personally i got lucky, have a great partner and enjoy teaming with him so i am real happy here, but again gotta team and gotta hazmat if you bucks. If you really dont want to team, i would look to somewhere else. I used the company guides here also they are very informative and hazmar study guide is awesome! Made that hazmat test easy, feel free to ask me any questions, not many positive pam guys here lol.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Shouldn't the company supply these

I had to purchase locks also. I have heard of some companies providing those items, but mine doesn't either.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Passed!!

Gratz!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Please help with Picking a school.

Just from my experience at PAM, if you want to max your money you need to:

1. Get your hazmat, hazmat team pay gets 3 cent bonus on ALL miles not just on hazmat loads.

2. Find a good partner and find one willing to get their hazmat. You both must have it to get the bonus.

3. Plan on teaming for a year, your pay will be much higher at PAM for teaming.

I ran a couple of weeks solo after losing my first partner and it cut my pay per week nearly in half! While teaming on a slow week i take home about $750, good week about $1000.

Again just keep the team and hazmat things in mind. Teaming is a different animal from the usual solo driver. If you want to go solo there are places that will pay more than PAM.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Doing The Speed Limit .. Or Not?

We just follow the speed limit, our company also has governed trucks and offers a fuel bonus.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Please help with Picking a school.

Sorry for all the typos, hate typing on my phone lol.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Please help with Picking a school.

If you choose PAM, keep in mind that tgey have a 6 month ream requirement before going solo. Also, the solo pay is pretty low until you complete the 1 year contract you sign for them to send yoy tgrough school. PAM also does a hazmat bonus, soif you ho this route and want that bonus, turn in your tsa background stuff before leaving ao you got the ball rolling on it. I am 4 months into my PAM contract, if you have a questiin about them just ask or aend me a messageon the sight. Good luck to you with the company you choose :).

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Solo or team

Not many seem to like teaming, but so far I have really enjoyed it. However, these guys are right it does take a few tolerances to do it. Just like previously mentioned you need someone you can trust and get along with and be able to sleep and relax while the truck is moving. I have been extremely lucky. I work for PAM and had to take a partner at random and got a guy with a lot of intrastate experience and has a very easy going personality. At as a company sponsored student the pay is way higher here for teams. I lost my first partner and had to solo for a week, i went from making $800 to $1000 a week to $400 to $600. So i wanted a partner back in a hurry lol, and I am the only income earner for a family of four. Now again this is only an experience with PAM, other companies are probably gonna be different. Also I got lucky with a great partner and I can pass out in a moving bed :).

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Teams

I use mine pretty regular, hopefully nothing will happen. But it seems it would be real easy to take a blow to the head or break something if you thrown from that bunk. The pic i linked akso has an article that talks about a study dobe on wrecks with someone in the sleeper.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Teams

Our truck has a bed restraint that looks like a cargo net, here is a link to what it looks like.

http://www.thetruckersreport.com/study-shows-danger-of-sleepers/

It sets up to where it doesnt touch you while you sleep. It has kept me from being thrown in the floor by my partner during an oh **** moment lol.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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What do you/will you miss the most?

Miss my two boys and my wife, i'm new to the industry so gotta do my otr time then hopefully get a lane to get home on a regular basis :)

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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My Experience with P.A.M Transportation to start...

Regular team pay is .175 per mile, if you and partner have hazmat it is .21 per mile. And that is wether you pull a hazmat load or not. Teams max out at .26 per mile

Solo pay is .21, talked to payroll and they say that is for if you went to company cdl training. After 1 year you go to .32, 1 cent raise per year and cap at .40 currently, for solo.

I am on the hazmat team pay, me and my partner also got a good dispatcher and we get around 4800 to 5500 miles a week. I usually bring home 700 to 1000 dollars a week and that is after insurance for a family of four, open road, disability, and 401k. Didn't sound bad for only 3 months experience.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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My Experience with P.A.M Transportation to start...

Dunno why i said compared in first sentence, just meant to say solo pay is low.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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My Experience with P.A.M Transportation to start...

Ya going solo with PAM company training is pretty low compared to solo. I lost a partner and ran solo for a week. It nearly cut what I was making in half. But got the hazmat done and so did my partner we are getting .21 a mile as a team now.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Oklahoma school

Np, if you any other questions about the PAM program just let me know. Good luck!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Oklahoma school

Oh that take home pay is per week

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Oklahoma school

C1 in Little Rock will put you in their bunkhouse, i had to share a room with 5 other students lol. If it is full they will put you a hotel. Trucks have cruise, manual transmissiom and am/fm cd radio. It does have an audio connection for xm or plugging your phone up and usb port.

My stove is juat a cheap little roadpro stove, heat up canned food and small hormel dinners.

When you sign on you make an agreement to team at least 6 months then you can go solo. However i plan to team at least a year sobi can start at .32 per mile instead of only .25.

Also, if you after money and want to solo there are prob better options out there, the money in this company is teaming. I take hom between $750 to $1000 , pretty good for only 3 months experience. Now that pay is with me and my partner getting the extra 3 cents per mile for both holding a hazmat. And the bonus is for all miles whether you haul hazmat or not.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Questions about Qualcomm GPS

Rand Mcnally GPS systems are the most common.

I'm sure you've heard this before but nothing beats proper trip planning using your Atlas.

Ditto, use it myself

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Oklahoma school

The trucks and amenities:

International Prostars and Freightliner Cascadia. Some newest ones have apu and 1700 watt inverter installed. Bed just has standard mateess but you can put own in.

Food

Mix of both, mostly cook meals in a stove on the truck.

Work schedule:

When you run team they shorten the delivery time, for example I just left Ohio for texas with 2 days to get delivery done. You generally have to run the truck constantly to make your appointments. You are expected to keep the truck moving, except for layover, maintenance, or 70 resets. Sometimes we get a lot of beeathing room sometimes only a few hours. Now actual driving you will drive about 500 to 650 a day, your sleeper time is spent in a moving truck while partner drives. Also remember your pay is for ALL miles the truck runs wether you drive em or your partner. We generally run everyday and do our reset in Sunday to watch some football :). They start you out as otr so 4 to 6 weeks out then 4 to 6 days home depending on how long you were out.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Oklahoma school

Np, when you go test in Arkansas they put your scores on the computer and Oklahoma looks them up, so you will het your license in Oklahoma. You will also need your permit before you go, i also went ahead and did my tanker test before I left. If you are going hazmat, I would also go ahead and turn in your tsa background check before you leave. PAM will reimburse the cost once you go to orientation.

We usually take time off at the same time once a month. After you get some experience you'll be up for a lane and get home every other week or even every week. They have both team and solo lanes. If you need to take seperate time off, the other driver goes solo.

On the 70 hours, we try to drive 10 hours then switch, now some teams like to do a shift that I've talked and agree on like a 5 to 5 each day or something like that. On the weekend we do a rolling reset. So how that works is driver A goes to the sleeper, this starts his 34 hr. reset. Driver B runs his shift then parks the truck. Driver B goes to sleeper, this starts his reset. In 24 hours driver A gets the 34 hour reset and starts driving. Driver B will finish reset in the sleeper while moving. So the truck only stops for 24 hours compared to a solo truck who stops the whole 34. Also dont forget things like 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper, off duty if you go in to eat and such. Hope I explainex that well, now remember I am new, only been out here 3 months. Sure some other guys will have aome input, but ask all the questions you want, I actually enjoy teaming. I make more money and i fortunately have a good partner :).

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