Profile For The Chad

The Chad's Info

  • Location:
    McAllen, TX

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    The Chad On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 7 months ago

The Chad's Bio

Been on the road for 1 year and so far this has been awesome!

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Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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TruckingTruth Article: Self Driving Vehicles Are Coming Soon You Say? I Say Please Stop Clowning Us

I feel the same, but I could never articulate this as well as Brett! Great article! Gonna share this on some FB groups I belong to.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Just hit my one year mark!

Thanks yall

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Just hit my one year mark!

Started with PAM transport one year ago yesterday. Finished out my contract and my CDL is now free!! It's been an awesome adventure, and I learned a lot. I guess I can shed that rookie label now??

Good luck to all of you that are getting started, and big thanks to Brett and TT for all the excellent resources, and for encouraging new drivers to stay with their first company for one year.

Posted:  2 years ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I was a pharmacy technician and I taught part time at the local community college for the tech program. I was making decent money, but I turned 40 and thought that if I don't do something different I'm not going to have any money to retire on. I always wanted to go into trucking, even tried when I got out the Navy, but had to many speeding tickets.

So I've been at it for a few months now and I love it, wish I would have done it a long time ago, but everything happens for a reason.

Posted:  2 years ago

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2 truck driving job offers from TransAm and May Trucking?

I am with PAM Transport, and yes there may be higher paying companies out there, but pay isn't everything. I have several friends that started out with me at PAM that have jumped ship chasing higher pay and none of them are any happier. One guy left for .10 cents more, but is running less miles and has to suffer through long live loads/ unloads. Another wanted more home time and left only to be given crap equipment that constantly broke down and gave home more home time than he wanted. Others have quit PAM and the the second company they went to and now are having a hard time finding work with little experience.

For me, I am happy. I get good miles, and mostly every load is drop and hook. The few live loads I deal with are relatively quick. I get good home time, and now that I have proven to my DM that I run hard and don't complain things are getting even better.

My point of this is the grass ain't always greener, find out the differences between companies (besides pay) and you may have a different perspective.

Brett does tell it like it is, (he has told me some hard truths too) and he is honest, and wants the best for new truckers. So instead of trying to win your losing argument, yield, and listen to good advice. Going to any company with anything less than a positive attitude is a recipe for disaster.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Starting my career soon with Stevens Transport March 2016

Not really, I requested more time, and they out me in a truck that had 4 people in already and gave me 30 minutes, some got a little more than that, but they are on a schedule

So during your training with Steven's if you feel like you aren't ready to take the CDL road exam do they allow you to practice as much as you need to until you feel like you are able to pass it?

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Drivers Solutions/PAM Transport Training Log.

I understand everything you are saying. I didn't quit, I failed my road test 3 days in a row. The first test was a boneheaded mistake on my part, the second two were extremely small mistakes. They booted me after the 3rd test.

I didn't give up, I went home re-took my written tests and a week later I was in Ft. Worth at C1 and the difference between the instructors was like night and day. First day out on the road I was made aware of the wrong way I was setting up turns and turning (which was the thing that failed me 3 times) and when it came to my first (4th) road test I aced it. They also taught us to be very vocal when driving and call everything out. Over all it was a great experience. I have been on the road since May with PAM and I love it, I am teaming right now with a great teammate and we work well together.

Although it seems I am bashing stevens as a whole I am not, just their academy. They are a good company and honestly after my year is up there is a good chance I will go back to them. My brother works for them and he is happy.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Drivers Solutions/PAM Transport Training Log.

Actually Brett my class started with 24 students, only 5 passed their CDL road tests. That is a high fail rate for any school.

You average 30 min to an hour a day in seat time, then get rushed out to DPS.

While you are on the road most of the trainers I rode with were on their phones a lot, or simply staring out the window, with little instruction.

Stevens is a good company, but IMO their school sucks

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Pam/Driver solutions Contract

No Carla, you don't have to double clutch after training. But get through it first, then ask your road trainer to show you...it's awesome

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Drivers Solutions/PAM Transport Training Log.

One look at my posts about my time at stevens will tell you all you need to know about why their academy is not good. Significantly less seat time, confirmed accounts of double dipping.

I have actually said multiple times that stevens is a good company, I am considering going back to them after my year.

Their driving academy is a different story

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Drivers Solutions/PAM Transport Training Log.

Chad, I have been following you since you left Stevens. I quit Stevens training in the second week because I just don't agree on going solo after just 9 weeks. I am looking at PAM to start again. Did you get the feeling Stevens had the dps office in their pocket? Anyway, please keep me updated as I will be looking back into CDL training again soon.

Hi, yeah Stevens Academy is a little shady, plus they are way to expensive! The company is decent, my brother is working for them and is getting miles.

Pam has been good, lots of drop and hook loads, ALL of my loads have been correct so no problem there. Get pre planned for the weekend if possible, or you may sit sometimes - part of trucking though.

Layover pay sucks, so that is one complaint, but we are getting miles and that means pay soooo it's all good

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Drivers Solutions/PAM Transport Training Log.

I have been with PAM a few weeks and so far I am happy, they prefer newbies to team, and when I had to go solo for a bit the loads weren't great, but now I got teamed with a friend from CDL school and we are gonna be good. The people are nice, need more time in to form a more informed opinion, but so far so good

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Starting my career soon with Stevens Transport March 2016

You're welcome, that is true about OTR training, she is an Academy trainer, and that is mixed. I omky called the recruiting dept once a week, and that was just to make sure I was still going. GOOD LUCK TO YOU!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Starting my career soon with Stevens Transport March 2016

PAM IS Ok, Stevens is a good company and I will eventually try to get back to them. My Brother works for them and thy give him a load and halfway through that load he is pre planned for another. The school is challenging because it was difficult to get quality seat time, and I feel like I was rushed out to take my DPS road test to soon and consequently failed it 3 days in a row. Some trainers are good and some aren't, but that is the same with every school/company. Mary Anne is a hell of a trainer, get with her if you can.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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In need of some beta testers for a new ProDriver GPS Navigation Device

If you are still in need of testers, I am interested.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Pam/Driver solutions Contract

Javon, you are about to TEAM up with a trainer for 6 weeks. So, I think all the debate here is a mute point, so wether you like the idea or not...get ready!

It's ok to be a little nervous, this can all be a little intimidating at first. But try to have a little fun, this is an awesome job

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Pam/Driver solutions Contract

I'm with Brett, honor your contract. I have gotten offers to jump ship for more money, but the grass ain't always greener. Some companies will tell you come on over we have tuition reimbursement, but then something happens and now your out of a job and still owe the the school. Also PAM is a lot of drop and hook, I got a buddy that went to another company for a few more cents/mile but sits through 6 hour live loads and instead of 6, 7, 8, 900 mile loads he will run 300 miles, then live load, 400 miles live load. I think we make the same by this point.

Back to sleeping in the truck for a moment...I guarantee after driving your first 500 miles you are gonna be so tired you would sleep on the back of a bull. You will adjust.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Pam/Driver solutions Contract

No matter what you are going to have to team w a trainer for at least 4-6 weeks. W Stevens you have to log 10,000 miles and drive certain areas of country and mountains. After that you will team for a couple weeks a another trainee and then go solo.

Stevens doesn't put u with another rookie anymore, you just do ur 6 weeks

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Pam/Driver solutions Contract

I work for PAM and part of the agreement for paying for your school is that you team for 6 mos. anything longer is your choice. Stay with them a year and the schooling is free! Now this is completely dependent on them finding a teammate for you that lives within a 100 miles. Now many of my PAM friends that are teaming met someone from school and got to know them a little and teamed up, some met someone during orientation. Now if you get teamed up with someone you are NOT stuck with them if you can't get along. One friend of mine was with his teammate for a couple of weeks and couldn't stand the guy. He is now running solo until they find him someone else. I never met anyone from my area during school or orientation, and found out the paired me up with someone after I upgraded. He is younger than me, but has been running a few months so has some experience I can lean on and we get along well. If you do the team hazmat there is good money to make. Now, sleeping in a truck takes getting used to, but if you can't sleep then you will spend 6 weeks of training without sleep if you go to Stevens. The best thing to do is talk to people at the trucking school and see if anyone lives within 100 miles and get to know them. This will take an effort to actually approach people and start a conversation, so let's hope you don't have an issue there. Two of my friends from school met there and became instant best friends and teamed up, so there is that chance.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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PAM Transport - a new beginning

Thanks guys, it really has been great. Lot of responsibility though, 4 wheelers don't have an idea u r even there sometimes

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