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Darnell M.'s Comment
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I need some info on this company every video is always so negative i just can not believe this company is that bad. Help i dont want to make a bad decision my first job.

C T.'s Comment
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Have you looked online for 8nfo on them? Also there are tons of companies out there, you should have plenty of options.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I need some info on this company every video is always so negative i just can not believe this company is that bad. Help i dont want to make a bad decision my first job.

No Company is as bad as the Internet reviews, Youtube videos, etc make them out to be. Spend some time on this forum and be sure to read Brett's Book, and utilize all of the Training materials on this site. Good luck!

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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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Here's our review of TransAm:

TransAm Company Review

You won't find opinions on that page, just facts, and that's what you should use to make your decision on who to work for. Don't worry about reading a bunch of baloney opinions all over the Web. Figure out what type of freight you want to pull, how often you want to get home, and what areas of the country you'd like to run. That's going to narrow your choices considerably. From those, dig deeper into pay, benefits, other opportunities they may have available, and other details. Apply to your favorites and see who offers you an opportunity.

But don't worry about "are they a good company?" All of the major companies are good companies or they wouldn't be in the upper 1% of the players in the industry. You just want to find the one that suits your preferences the best.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pete B.'s Comment
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Darnell, type "Trans Am" into the search box on this site, and you'll find mostly ambivalent comments about TransAm. Outside of them pushing lease VERY HARD, nothing really negative. It seems they offer more creature comforts with their trucks, while paying a bit less than the other larger companies. As with most trucking companies, the more you read, the more good and bad reviews you'll uncover. Keep in mind the negative reviews (their emphasis on leasing aside) are written by disgruntled drivers; if you spend enough time on this forum (and others) you'll realize that in the majority of cases, drivers complaining about low miles & low pay are products of their own mismanagement of time, inability to communicate with their dispatchers, and lack of work ethic. If you want to learn about how to be successful in those areas, I highly recommend reading Old School's blog, Life As A Road Warrior, and you'll avoid the pitfalls you have no doubt been reading about. In a cursory search of TransAm, I saw nothing about mistreatment of their drivers, but rather that they go out of their way to make you feel welcome and prepared... Good luck, I don't think you'd be making a bad decision here.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Darnell, Pete brings up something you do want to avoid as a rookie driver, and that is leasing a truck. You can do just fine at Trans Am, but we would never recommend that you enter a lease with them.

Can you tell us how you settled in to choose them? Did you look into other companies?

If they press you toward leasing just be polite and stand your ground that you want to spend your first year learning to be a good solid company driver.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Oh yeah, forgot to mention, here are a few pretty long forum conversations:

Forum Conversations Tagged "TransAm"

Darnell M.'s Comment
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Well i picked Trans Am because i have some felonies from 2010 and they decided to give me a shot

Old School's Comment
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Okay Darnell, that's a good reason.

Don't let all those naysayers deter you. I can promise you the main reasons for their problems was that they had false expectations and they simply didn't understand how to make a decent start in this most misunderstood industry. If you'll hang around in here, and ask us questions as they arise, you'll discover the way to success at this.

That notion that some of these trucking companies are good and some are bad, gives rise to the false consensus among most rookie drivers that the only way you're going to survive this career is to get started with the right company. That is total Baloney, and we will be more than happy to help you disprove that nonsense.

Go to your orientation expecting this to be a very positive, yet somewhat stressful experience. Training is tough, and everyone of us wanted to quit two or three times during that time period. Getting started solo in your own truck is tough also, and most of us felt like we had forgotten everything we learned in training on our first solo run. These are the kinds of things that make fools point their fingers and blame their issues on the company, labeling it a "bad company."

One of the best things you can do for yourself at this point is stop trying to do research - stop looking up information on Trans Am. It's a futile exercise, and will only add to your already troubling anxiety.

Take this approach and attitude: These guys are willing to look past my faults when others would not. That makes them the best company on earth as far as I'm concerned. I will give them my utmost respect and my commitment to developing myself into the greatest driver they've ever had.

I know you are probably unaware of my struggles getting my first trucking job, but they would have deterred most individuals. I finally got my first job at Western Express, a company that has nothing but extremely negative reviews. I took the approach that I am encouraging you to take, and it has all come together for me very well.

Keep us posted, and don't be a stranger in here. Ask us questions, and we will help you through your rookie experiences. We've all been in your shoes and we know how to make this work. I promise you that success at this has absolutely nothing to do with the name on the doors of your truck.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rick S.'s Comment
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Only thing negative we hear about TA (that's not FAKE NEWS) - is the low payscale ($ .32 ?).

But they do have SatelliteTV onboard (small consolation).

Rick

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