Profile For AJ D.

AJ D.'s Info

  • Location:
    Nashville, TN

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    7 years, 6 months ago

AJ D.'s Bio

I have been a recording engineer for 25 years. The music industry has reached a point of no return in my eyes and I'm getting out.

I have been making a living day trading the stock market, but that has become cumbersome and a bit stressful at times.

I have always wanted to see the country and what better way than to get paid for it.

So I'm putting my foot in the water.

Any and all newbie advice is appreciated.

I share a lovely little farm in rural Tennessee, just outside of Nashville with my wonderful wife of 23 years. No kids, just the critters. 9 horses, 5 dogs and 1 cat.

She thinks it's a great way to spend my last 10 or so working years.

AJ

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Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Looking Hard At Driver Solutions for CDL

Geez ... I can't wake up this morning ... I put this in my old account - (dead email)

Brett / moderator would you please delete this account ... just sent a request email to Brett .

sorry ...

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Looking Hard At Driver Solutions for CDL

Rats... Where THEIR schools are located.... I can't stand bad grammar ;)

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Looking Hard At Driver Solutions for CDL

I can't immediately find where there schools are located at the website... While I keep looking does anyone know?

They are hooked up with PAM and USA. Both seem like decent start out jobs for a couple of reasons for me.

1. Regional haulers - keeping me close to home. 2. Dry Van - I used to work on the docks for Watkins and Yellow. So, I feel some comfort knowing I can get back there and easily load / unload if they need me to.

Anyone have anything negative about this CDL gathering option?

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Starting a new career at 56

I'm 52 and starting school July 7 at FFE

Why did you pick FFE?

Now I have another to add to my list.

Prime Roehl CR England Knight and now

FFE ?

More choices for Company Sponsored CDL is good. :)

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Starting a new career at 56

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This thread is a must read. I started and couldn't stop reading. I just had to see if he made it through each step. https://www.truckingtruth.com/truckers-forum/Topic-2938/Page-1/roehl-driver-training-from-start-to-end

What an amazing, hard working dude.

I just hope I have half the tenacity of this cat.

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Thanks AJ I'll read it for sure.

Paul

Let's keep in touch , we may be on similar paths here :)

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Starting a new career at 56

This thread is a must read. I started and couldn't stop reading. I just had to see if he made it through each step. https://www.truckingtruth.com/truckers-forum/Topic-2938/Page-1/roehl-driver-training-from-start-to-end

What an amazing, hard working dude.

I just hope I have half the tenacity of this cat.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Starting a new career at 56

Hello all, After a lifetime of working my ass off in the 9-5 world I got laid off 2 years ago. I have hit an age discrimination wall I can't seem to penetrate. Every job I go for I loose to someone younger. I am currently working a job any 18 year old can do for. $15.00 an hour. I watch trucks drive by my building every few minutes all day long. And I dream, why not me? I can do that. I talk to every local driver who comes to my loading dock and they all say the same thing. Driving sucks compare to what it used to be. One guy has been doing it for 39 years and only makes 22.00 an hour working for ABF. I still want to drive.

I have a recruiter for a privet school NETTS in Andover Ma coming over Saturday to tell me about school. I would rather go to a trucking school for swift or prime or something. But I'm not sure what direction to take yet.

Are there any companies that I can do my year out of New England so I can do OTR but still return to NE and see my family? Most seem to be everywhere but the east coast. Can I do training then do my year driving local? Should I pay for NETTS so I can start with local job? So many questions. If I didn't have a 10 year old son, I would just go drive OTR anywhere. But I'm not sure if my family can adjust to me almost never being home with him being so young right now. Last of all, how do they get you home for your off time if your doing all your driving out west somewhere?

And Last last of all. What kind of income can I really expect to make? I have years of debt to payoff thanks to this economy.

Thanks to all who reply. I honestly can't wait to change my life and work in a world where I'm not that old man who can't find a decent job.

Paul.

I am in exactly the same boat, my friend. At 53, I appear to be running into the same walls. I will keep track of what you do.

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Roehl driver training from start to end.....

WT ... dude, this was such an awesome thread, I couldn't stop reading it until I was done !!! lol

This should be mandatory reading for anyone getting into the industry. Perfect. Thank you so much for your time spent.

When you have a break, would you explain the different methods of getting paid?

So far I have gathered... Miles, tarp time and some sort of downtime waiting to unload.

...and why you decided to focus on flatbed , instead of dry van or reefer...

grazie, brother.... you are a gem :)

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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Celadon/Quality Drivers Im so Ready for this!!

Bumping this thread .... I was following when she started , now no word

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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For those considereing driving for PAM as a new driver (going thru Driver Solutions)

Not necessarily a bad thing, but good to know. Though I haven't decided yet, I'm considering going the team route during the first year (with PAM or whoever) for a couple of reasons:

1. Since the learning curve is so steep in the first year, there's always someone there to help out with the inevitable issues that will come up.

2. Since team drivers should put in more miles, there should be more money in that first year.

I would think the money would be similar or less as you have to split the miles. ... no?

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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PAM or England

Subscribing...

Posted:  6 years, 3 months ago

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PAM or England

It's been a while since I have been on the site and I hope you have all been well. :)

I'm dipping my toe in the water again to see if I want to take this industry on.

I have come across two offers here in Nashville to get trained up ( I'm sure there are more) - PAM and England ...

PAM is giving a $1200 signing bonus and Driver Solutions appear to be involved with the training.

I remember CR England being on the Radar and a fairly solid starting point, but I don't remember any insight on PAM.

Any advice on these two outfits and getting this nutty ball rolling again would be greatly appreciated.

Grazie for any and all help :)

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Good week off

Keep us posted on your mental process through this first year.

Is it what you expected or are you having second thoughts. I just want to know what you're going through emotionally.

thanks for sharing :)

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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CB

That's sad to hear. That's why I was wondering.

With the advent of Cell Phones, we, as a nation, have pulled back inside.

IT's not just the trucking industry.

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Cabool Scales In Missouri on US 60...

Stories from the road.... :)

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Start CDL School Monday!

Keep us posted

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Schools and Companies.......

Dude, I'm not going to ask you what you guys were on to days straight without sleep. lol !!

OK, yea I am.... lol....

My relationship to Brett is the same relationship Brett has with everyone on this site. We are experienced drivers giving those new to the trucking industry a helping hand down the right path into trucking.

All the veteran drivers here on the site knows how hard it is to get the right info before starting down this path. We have been there and done that. We did not have the benefit of this wonderful site before we started. We learned through trial and a lot of error.

We have seen drivers come and go for various reasons and most have no idea where to turn or where to start except to just wing it and then the end up back home mad cause it was not what they thought is was or through inexperience really messed up and now don't even want to try it again. We hope to help new drivers avoid the pot holes we drove through years ago and give them a smoother ride into the trucking industry.

The trucking industry, at times, can be an unforgiving mistress. We just want you to be as prepared as you can be before starting down this road. Do I regret how I started out in truck? Nope. Running 8500 miles a week as a solo driver. 3 log books. 4,5 and 6 days without sleep. Running well over 100 mph through the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico and west Texas. Seeing some amazing sun rises and sunsets in the middle of the desert. Running back roads from coast to coast to avoid scale houses. Back then asking on the CB if a scale house was open or closed was a very serious question. Not like now a days. Running with a group of 10 to 15 trucks all night and day and not one person was a CB Rambo and we talked all night long and easily put 1000 miles behind ya before you knew it.........

Do I regret any of it? Nope. It was the way trucking was and you fit in where ya could and learned fast. But it just the way it was.

Now a days trucking has changed. It is the way it is and it will never go back to the way it was. You here all the time drivers saying it was better back then. Maybe or maybe not. But the one thing that held true back then still holds true today. Trucking always changes and never goes backwards to the way it used to be.

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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CB

I just thought of this last night.

I was a child of the sixties and seventies and remember the whole "keep on truckin' " phase...

are CB's still the communication device of choice by truckers

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Load Types

Thanks, guys :)

Posted:  7 years, 6 months ago

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Minimum Expected CPM for Rookie

Good news, thanks.

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