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    Union, NJ

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    Company Driver In Training

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    8 years, 9 months ago

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Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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I'm in!!! Orientation with Melton Truck Lines in Tulsa, OK

Did they quit or were let go??

30 started with my class with Maverick. There are only 4 left with the company including myself

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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I'm in!!! Orientation with Melton Truck Lines in Tulsa, OK

Hey Steve, do not slack off, they will have no problem sending you home. You haven't made it until next Monday(actually Sunday), they will do and say things to test your character and nerve. You may not think so, but you are being evaluated at every moment, so be proactive, show interest and be your best behavior until you get your ID and a hand shake welcoming you to Melton next Sunday..

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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Continue with Road Test in another State

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Hi,

I passed my pre-trip test in NJ. Was wondering if anyone knows if its possible to get the yard and road test done in Indianapolis without having to start all over again.

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Or in any other state!

Also your CDL permit will not transfer to Indiana, you have to take the tests all over again and before you are able to take the CDL permit tests, have to first pass the operators license test which is 60 questions. Your out of state DL will not automatically transfer, you have to take the written test..

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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Continue with Road Test in another State

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Hi,

I passed my pre-trip test in NJ. Was wondering if anyone knows if its possible to get the yard and road test done in Indianapolis without having to start all over again.

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Or in any other state!

Pre-trip?? you take it separate in Jersey??? Do you mean the CDL permit?

If you really mean the Pre-Trip, in Indiana it's not possible as you take the same say starting with Pre-Trip on the skills test and then road...you have to pass one before moving on the the next one..

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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What kind of truck do you drive?

Sitting for 10hr break in Chama NM. I'm a week in training with a KW660.

Posted:  8 years, 5 months ago

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Passed CDL, graduate from TDI today attending Melton orientation on 23rd of May

Hi Guys, just a quick update on my situation. First I would like to thank people on this site for help and encouragement given to me thru my ordeal and effort on becoming a truck driver, it has paid off. For those that don't know or remember, I was having trouble getting pre-hires form companies because of a suspension on my DVR and a work gap. After research and effort was able to get a pre-hire from PTL(could have also have gone to Swift, CRST and CR England training schools), I decided to go private and attend TDI in Indianapolis.

After 2 1/2 weeks of hard work, they had me test early and passed my pre-trip, skills and road test on Wednesday on first try. Today is my last day here, it wasn't easy, it took a lot effort and dedication to get thru these three weeks with a CDL in hand, but it paid off. While here and again with a lot persistence and hard work on my part(things won't just fall into your lap), I was able to get pre-hires from a few more companies and especially from a great company that is Melton truck lines. Leaving for Tulsa, OK orientation on the 23rd...

Sorry Scott, I won't be joining you at PTL, like I had planned..

THANKS everyone.

Posted:  8 years, 5 months ago

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Personal Communication Devices

Agree with everything Brett said, I just recently got a HTC ONE(M8), beautiful phone, from Verizon with a 10gig data plan. The phone can be turned into a "hotspot" which lets me connect and access those 10gigs with my computer. Works like a charm..

Posted:  8 years, 5 months ago

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Beginning new career with PTL. (A diary)

Hi Scott, could you please post your Miles/pay the last few weeks? How's your partner coming along, things much be going ok since you haven't said much about him lately. Also how are you finding the equipment at PTL? Do you have decent truck and are the trailers in go shape?

Posted:  8 years, 5 months ago

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Covenant Transport

Ok, will be going to a few truck stops tomorrow..thanks guys

Posted:  8 years, 5 months ago

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Beginning new career with PTL. (A diary)

Haven't updated this post in a while. Phone was inoperable and it's been a terrible week. From Minerva Oh picked up load in Clyde Ohio bound for Locust Grove Ga. Was instructed to get there ASAP and pick up new load from same facility. 19 hrs later (for a drop and hook) we were loaded and headed to right outside of philly. Got a crack in windshield and had to wait overnight in Bordentown NJ. Got new glass and was dispatched a place right down the street to pick up an empty and drop empty about 20 miles away. Then bobtailed to New Bergen NJ to pick up load bound for Fairborn OH. No one at this facility has ever heard of PTL. They don't have my trailer and no one speaks English. Dispatch has no clue what to do. I have no clue what to do. No one here even knows who in the heck I am or why I'm here. This "team" has gotten 2800 miles and logged about 1000 hrs as sleeper berth. To top it all off, the place I'm at is less than 3 miles from Times Square. I'm in a place where no one with my level of experience should ever be allowed to drive a truck. I haven't had any incidents yet but only because I'm in a bobtail. If I'd had a 53' trailer, myself and said trailer would still be at the RR underpass that turns 180 degrees and becomes a 1 lane road with 2 way traffic with no warning whatsoever. Luckily, not much traffic was using it because it had about 3 feet of standing water in the road. So here I sit on the bad side of the Hudson River waiting for a load that isn't here. And that is how I'm doing lol.

I don't know if anyone is going to read that last paragraph, but I feel a lot better having written it. I'm gonna stop whining now.

Wow, very interesting and crazy, I know the area a bit and it is very hectic. Lets us know how your situation gets resolved..

Posted:  8 years, 5 months ago

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Covenant Transport

Hi guys, anyone here drive for Covenant that can give me an overall personal view of the company..TIA

Posted:  8 years, 5 months ago

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Beginning new career with PTL. (A diary)

Turns out to be a blessing that this load was run leisurely because I didn't really factor my hours in. PTL advises drivers to take only 1 restart a month during your home time and run off recap. Something to do with the load planning. So we'll get this load there at a medium pace and bank some recap hours so we can run like blind flying mammals out of hades again come Monday. I'd love to just run 1000 miles a day everyday but that durn 70 hr clock just won't let me.

How's going Scott??

Posted:  8 years, 5 months ago

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Beginning new career with PTL. (A diary)

Got a load out of Murray ky going to E. St. Louis. Delivered and getting unloaded now. Have preplan to pick up in St. Louis and relay a load back to Murray destined for Atlanta. Looks like I'm off of the "a-list" for loads I enjoyed with my trainer and on Unproven rookie trainee status. It is what it is I guess. I'll get the crumby loads picked up and delivered on time and safe and see if the mileage improves. Surely it will. 30,000 at 210 a day would take quite some time lol.

So Scott, who are you driving with??

Posted:  8 years, 5 months ago

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Beginning new career with PTL. (A diary)

On a lighter note: my first check from PTL was direct deposited today. North of $650 after all deductions. AS A TRAINEE.

That's for the whole 6k miles or about 2 weeks, right!?

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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What is your in truck entertainment for down times?

I remember when I was with my trainer he had a ps2 and tv set. Too bad we never got to play them though. Never could get a power converter big enough to handle them all. A laptop will work just fine though, I am using one right now even with the truck powered off.

I've been wondering about an Internet service provider. What do you use? Maybe this could be a good topic for a new thread if there isn't one already.

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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Rejecting a pre-hire letter

Not that I'm in that situation yet or that I will be, but am just curious. When companies extend pre-hires what's the proper way to "not accept" a prep-hire letter, do you call the recruiter and politely thank them for the opportunity but you accepted another offer but would like to keep them in mind for the future (that's what I would do) or do you just do nothing. What's the norm since some of you have been there and done that..

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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Choosing a company when your options are limited..

So far the folks at PTL have been wonderful. When u upgrade here the pay is 33 cpm. There's not a truck in the fleet older than a 2011. The one international prostar I've driven drove real sweet. Granted that was with no load though. One more thing is that PTL is 100% employee owned. Now that's not gonna mean squat to anyone that doesn't stay for quite a long time but ESOP is about the closest thing you're gonna find to a pension in this industry.

When you say upgrade, do you mean go solo??

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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Choosing a company when your options are limited..

Just thought I'd mention that at PTL you will be forced to team for 30k miles as part of your training. You are paid 15 cpm for that period and all miles The truck runs count toward your 30k and both drivers are getting the 15 cpm. Although I too have zero interest in team driving, It's only 30k miles and I didn't see anywhere that was offering the potential to make 1/2 decent money while still in training.

Also, since tuition costs seem to be a big factor you're looking at, PTL Does not Offer tuition reimbursement like most other medium to large carriers.

Are you now in phase of your training as a team??

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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Choosing a company when your options are limited..

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What? Really? you think my post warranted this kind of response? You must be having a bad day, maybe it's from being home. Look I didn't "F*ck up" as you put it and yes I am talking about THAT RESEARCH, peopless reviews and opinions about companies have to be taken into account, of course with a grain of salt. Do you of a better way to find out about a company than from the people that have been there? That's why I posted here asking for sincere opinions, as part of MY RESEARCH. It seems you think you have everything and EVERYONE figured out, and am happy for, but let me just let you in on a little secret, all that you you know is far from the truth..have a nice day, maybe you should go fishing..

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Lets take this step by step.....

Point 1) You f*cked up cause as you put it...." I have a couple of not so preferred things on my DL" Unless someone else magically made your driving recorded bad i.e. tickets that you had no involvement in, but they applied to YOUR licence then yes you are to blame. Not the companies you are so called "settling for"

Point 2) What other kind of research is there? Do you of a better way to find out about a company than from the people that have been there? Yes. Yes I Do. Talking to current drivers that actually work at the companies you are wanting to be given a chance by for starters. And no those negative reviews DO NOT have to be taken in account. Those are made by drivers that are mad at a company and decide to bad mouth the company all over the internet and all their comments should be discounted for what they are. Trash.

I see your point, but how come you don't that kind of stuff about Roehl, Millis or a bunch of other major carriers?? I guess they are doing something right.

Posted:  8 years, 6 months ago

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Choosing a company when your options are limited..

Ok now that I have went back and re read I think I did come off as having to strong of a response floydborga. For that I apologize. But the post I made "Point by Point" still stands.

I tend to get a bit touchy when it comes to people looking down on companies and the trucking industry as a whole. And "settling" for this company or that company is saying that those companies are not the best but its all I have to work with.

No Problem Guyjax, but you have to understand that the opinion that I have formed is based on what I've read from your peers, people in the industry. Of course I know that there are whiners that have nothing good to say, but when 90% of opinions are bad, you to take that into consideration and put that company into the "least desirable" pot and that all I have done.

When starting out I had certain companies(Roehl, Millis) in mind because I seriously though I credentials to be a good truck driver and be an asset to a good company. I didn't think that my driving history is "****ed up" all, but since companies are putting me in a "least desirable" driver pot with even getting to know who I am, I have to "settle" for what I can get..cheers get out there and enjoy the day, here in NE it's too cold to be outside..

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