I Think I've Made A Decision

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G-Town's Comment
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Best of luck Theron. Please if you have the time and inclination keep us posted on your progress.

Safe travels.

Shawn-Hey Hoss's Comment
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After considering all companies & the ones that fit my needs I think I have decided that I will go with SWIFT! I think this will be a good starter company for me. Also I have just downloaded Brett's mobile Android App to start practicing for my CDL permit. Is the app pretty much like the website? I prefer an app so whenever I have downtime at my job or when I'm home not doing anything I can just open the app & study! Also Brett I thank you for this! If all goes well I plan to leave out for training with Swift February 15th!

Theron, congrats. Exciting, isn't it?

I just got my CDL A on Jan. 4th and will be heading out to PAM Transport on Jan. 18th for orientation.

Good luck and keep your eyes on the road!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Bolt's Comment
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After considering all companies & the ones that fit my needs I think I have decided that I will go with SWIFT! I think this will be a good starter company for me. Also I have just downloaded Brett's mobile Android App to start practicing for my CDL permit. Is the app pretty much like the website? I prefer an app so whenever I have downtime at my job or when I'm home not doing anything I can just open the app & study! Also Brett I thank you for this! If all goes well I plan to leave out for training with Swift February 15th!

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Theron, congrats. Exciting, isn't it?

I just got my CDL A on Jan. 4th and will be heading out to PAM Transport on Jan. 18th for orientation.

Good luck and keep your eyes on the road!

When you get to Tontitown hit me up. I live 3 miles from the PAM Yard.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Mr. T's Comment
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Best of luck Theron. Please if you have the time and inclination keep us posted on your progress.

Safe travels.

Thanks & I sure will!

Mr. T's Comment
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After considering all companies & the ones that fit my needs I think I have decided that I will go with SWIFT! I think this will be a good starter company for me. Also I have just downloaded Brett's mobile Android App to start practicing for my CDL permit. Is the app pretty much like the website? I prefer an app so whenever I have downtime at my job or when I'm home not doing anything I can just open the app & study! Also Brett I thank you for this! If all goes well I plan to leave out for training with Swift February 15th!

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Theron, congrats. Exciting, isn't it?

I just got my CDL A on Jan. 4th and will be heading out to PAM Transport on Jan. 18th for orientation.

Good luck and keep your eyes on the road!

Thanks man!! Good luck to you as well!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Shawn-Hey Hoss's Comment
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When you get to Tontitown hit me up. I live 3 miles from the PAM Yard.

Hey, Bolt.

Sounds like a plan.

C T.'s Comment
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How's the pay for rookies over at Pam?

Shawn-Hey Hoss's Comment
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How's the pay for rookies over at Pam?

CT,

Not sure yet, as I haven't started with PAM. But Driver Solutions' (the company that finds potential drivers for PAM) website says that a first year rookie driver running solo can make up to 35k, rookie team drivers can make up to 40k and rookie team HAZMAT drivers can make up to 50k.

It also says that you will need to sign a 12 month work contract and team drive for a minimum of 6 months, but getting a HAZMAT endorsement will maximize earnings (This is also contingent on going through PAM's sponsored school training.)

I'm as rookie as a rookie can be, so I'll be learning as I go.

Hope this helps.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

C T.'s Comment
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Well I'm just curious really. Saw a few brochures of different companies claiming those numbers, hard to hit 40k at 30cpm, unless you get bonuses and stuff.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Frank D.'s Comment
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I use the cdl study buddy just for the audio book so I can listen to some one read the book to me while I am working with my headset on plus I use Bretts

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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