First Year In The Bag

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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Congratulations and good luck.

JuiceBox's Comment
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For anybody interested in the potential money you can earn with Melton for your first year in the trucking industry, please see the image below. Keep in mind that your experience may vary.

Background: I got my truck last year shortly after Christmas. I started out at .41 cpm. After 90 days I made .43 cpm. A short while later we recieved a company wide raise and I was making .45 cpm. My year mark was in mid November and I got a nickel raise which put me at .50 cpm. None of my training pay is included in the image below. Also not included in the image is the 1400 a month for the first six months and then 1200 for the last six months which I was paid monthly from the VA for the OJT apprenticeship for military veterans through Melton as a VA approved company. I usually stayed out 5-6 weeks and then took a week off for home time. There were occasions when I only stayed out 3-4 weeks. I will earn a week of vacation pay still which is also not included. You can make over 60k if you catch on quickly and bust your butt. If anybody has questions feel free to ask.

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CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

JuiceBox's Comment
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That 1500 check was not the norm for me. I ran 3600 miles that week but, normally I averaged about 1100 a week take home.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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That 1500 check was not the norm for me. I ran 3600 miles that week but, normally I averaged about 1100 a week take home.

Thanks, I wanted to ask, but didn't want to hijack your thread.

If things don't work out for me at Wolding, Melton was one of my next choices. Any other info you want to share about them? They seem like a great company.

JuiceBox's Comment
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That 1500 check was not the norm for me. I ran 3600 miles that week but, normally I averaged about 1100 a week take home.

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Thanks, I wanted to ask, but didn't want to hijack your thread.

If things don't work out for me at Wolding, Melton was one of my next choices. Any other info you want to share about them? They seem like a great company.

If you have specific questions I'd be more than happy to answer but, if you are committed to Wolding then I would suggest fully committing yourself to them and learning how to operate within their guidelines. I haven't heard anything bad about Wolding so I think you'll be fine there.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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That 1500 check was not the norm for me. I ran 3600 miles that week but, normally I averaged about 1100 a week take home.

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Thanks, I wanted to ask, but didn't want to hijack your thread.

If things don't work out for me at Wolding, Melton was one of my next choices. Any other info you want to share about them? They seem like a great company.

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If you have specific questions I'd be more than happy to answer but, if you are committed to Wolding then I would suggest fully committing yourself to them and learning how to operate within their guidelines. I haven't heard anything bad about Wolding so I think you'll be fine there.

I am fully committed to Wolding. However I also know that just because I have a prehire letter doesn’t necessarily mean I have a job. As long as I pass everything in orientation and training, I fully intend to work for Wolding.

If for some reason that doesn’t work out, Melton is on my list of places to apply next.

Prehire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

JuiceBox's Comment
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I'm sure you'll do fine. Competence is confidence and you have a solid base from all you have learned here. I can't really tall about Melton without specific questions though. I can tell you this much however, they are a great company and it has been my experience that if you do your job and deliver early or on time, you will be left alone to run your rig the way you see fit. I've heard of drivers getting phone calls because they go out or route or change the fuel stops, but i would do that stuff all the time and never heard a peep. Take that for what it's worth. Good luck bro!

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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That is basically what I was looking for.

Thanks, same to you. Be careful on those car haulers, those ramps get slick when wet or icy. I did see a car slide off the side on ice, mostly because the driver parked on the side of the road so it was leaning to one side. But even level I have watched them slide down backwards.

I spent quite a few years watching them unload, and frankly, it scares the crap out of me. Mostly after I broke my ankle. I was never afraid of falling before that, but now I am careful. I don’t want to lose 6 months in bed again.

But the pay and benefits are good from what I have seen.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I can't really tall about Melton without specific questions though. I can tell you this much however, they are a great company and it has been my experience that if you do your job and deliver early or on time, you will be left alone to run your rig the way you see fit.

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That is basically what I was looking for.

Thanks, same to you. Be careful on those car haulers, those ramps get slick when wet or icy. I did see a car slide off the side on ice, mostly because the driver parked on the side of the road so it was leaning to one side. But even level I have watched them slide down backwards.

I spent quite a few years watching them unload, and frankly, it scares the crap out of me. Mostly after I broke my ankle. I was never afraid of falling before that, but now I am careful. I don’t want to lose 6 months in bed again.

But the pay and benefits are good from what I have seen.

Weird. Your quote didn’t post.

That is how that should have read

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bird-one's Comment
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Keep us posted when you can Juicebox . Very interested in your journey into hauling cars.

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