Finally Got My Permit!

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Chris's Comment
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I studied and studied for my permit, I was nervous, pulling my hair, poking my eyes, stayed up till 3 AM when I had to get up at 7AM this morning doing more practice testing.

Went to DMV today and got a 100% on all three tests. I will be looking to get endorsements later, but for now i'm interested in one company, Melton Truck Lines.

I wrote a check for $3995 to save $1000 by not financing and of course, saving on interest too. I will be starting CDL school on May 1st every weekend until I'm ready to go take the test. The guy said he tries to get people as ready as possible in 8 weeks but if they aren't ready he keeps training them until they are with no extra charge. The school also offers job placement whether you'd a student there or not for free, free refresher courses for life if you went to school through them originally.

Is anyone able to tell me the average miles a driver gets at Melton? I know the first 3 months out of school a driver earns .41 a mile then .42 till a year then .48 after a year experience.

Income loss is my main concern in the first year. I'm supporting myself, my lady and my son completely.

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.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Chris's Comment
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Bud A.'s Comment
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Chris, I applied to Melton a year ago and talked to them before deciding to go to another company. I can't remember what the Melton recruiter told me their drivers were averaging, but I'm sure they do fine. Melton is a really solid company and you will be able to get as many miles as you can handle if you apply yourself and use the tips and tricks that are discussed here pretty regularly.

Congratulations on getting your permit!

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Chris's Comment
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Chris, I applied to Melton a year ago and talked to them before deciding to go to another company. I can't remember what the Melton recruiter told me their drivers were averaging, but I'm sure they do fine. Melton is a really solid company and you will be able to get as many miles as you can handle if you apply yourself and use the tips and tricks that are discussed here pretty regularly.

Congratulations on getting your permit!

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What was your deciding factor for choosing another company? Thank you very much! I appreciate the input Bud A.!

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.

Bud A.'s Comment
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What was your deciding factor for choosing another company? Thank you very much! I appreciate the input Bud A.!

I ended up going to another company because I was living in Denver and System Transport runs a regional terminal there. I was able to get home a lot more often because of that. Melton was definitely on my short list.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Victor C. II's Comment
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PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations on your new permit!dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Chris's Comment
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Thank you! My classes start on weekends on April 29, 2017! I'm quite excited that O can go to school and still continue to work.

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