Need Advice About School

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Jesse A.'s Comment
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I've done a lot of research about attending a company-sponsored truck driving school, and that includes the all the info I've found on this site already (much appreciated, to all who have provided it), but I'm honestly terrified I'll end up forgetting something and putting myself in a real bad situation if I do. I have a real strict financial situation and if I forget something I might not have access to funds to get it.

I'm looking for personal advice from anyone who may have been hired to PAM through the driver solutions school, any pros and cons and such, anything that's highly important for me to know. It would be even more helpful if you went to the school in Indianapolis specifically.

Any and all advice about attending school that may not be commonly found through research or school-provided info is appreciated.

Hector Y.'s Comment
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RAIDER EXPRESS is an ALL AUTOMATIC FLEET And they have their own CDL A School, no cost to you. Free Room and Board. http://www.raiderexpress.com

Also Melton Truck Lines, they train you on standard/manual trucks but they have Automatic....after training you can request an Automatic. (You must have your CDL A, before applying and have attended a Certified CDL A School or have 3 months of OTR) Their whole Fleet is moving to Automatics, because a better fuel milage they are getting. https://meltontruck.com/cdlTruckDriverJobs/DriverJobs/index.php

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Hector Y.'s Comment
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I went to PAM sponered school in Texas, but my situation was different had my CDL before I went to school just need the driving part. My advice to you is get your permit before you go to any sponsored school....there are free online CDL practicing testing online to practice daily before going to your State Testing CDL office. You will take General Knowledge, Combination, and Air Brakes and get your permit for 90 days to take your driving test which is more than enough time when you are in CDL School. But as for me, I was scheduled for pickup from PAM about week after graduating and they never showed up and contact a month later after I already had a Warehouse job....for me it was not an option to wait because I have bills and a mortgage to pay so I need a job now not later. So if you don't like waiting for a month then PAM is not for you. Best of luck.

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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