Light At The End Of Tunnel With Transam

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Jason D.'s Comment
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Hey guys,

Let me start off by saying I’ve never been too great at writing (especially writing this off of my phone), but here it goes...

For a number of years now I’ve dreamt of becoming a truck driver. Back in 2017 I had my whole life come crashing down on me in one month. I woke up one day and my whole left leg was swelled up like a bowling pin. I was literally crippled. I could not walk. I went to the ER and was diagnosed with DVT (blood clots). I would remain in that hospital for a whole month.

I worked as a professional mover locally and drove straight trucks on a daily basis. No cdl required. As you can imagine, because of my “condition,” I was no longer able to perform at my job and was let go. I thought my blood clots was a nightmare. Little did I know, the nightmare is just beginning.

After losing my job, I lost my house because I could no longer afford the rent, and my girlfriend of 10 years went right with it. In 2017 I lost my identity.

At that time I was 35 years old. For the first time in over a decade, I was living with family.

I started researching the trucking industry and stumbled on this site. I never signed up. I guess you could say I was just a trucking truth stalker. I tried relentlessly to get hired on with any carrier. I called them all, and I used this site as a phone book.

Back in 2009, on two different occasions, I was arrested. The first time was a DUI , and the second time was a felony. Damn, to be young and stupid. Anyways, no carrier would touch me. So I gave up my search (maybe to easily).

I landed a construction job and was making decent money for the past three years. I got a new girl and a new house. I was back on my feet. Then COVID hit. Damn...

I was laid off in August, and have been collecting unemployment to this day. I wasn’t about to go down the same road I was on 3 years ago. Hell no. Then it hit me. All those carriers that rejected me in 2017 might give me a chance now!

So I made all the same phone calls, and got the same results. No carrier would take me. Either because of my background or MVR. Except for 2 of them. Transam and PAM.

To be continued. Thanks for reading

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Andrey's Comment
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Good luck to you! I know, it sounds silly, and also it is much easier to say than to do, but still - never give up.

Jason D.'s Comment
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Thanks Andrey.

PackRat's Comment
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I look forward to following this because I like reading of those that will swim for the light when the darkness is close.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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I agree with PackRat. I especially like reading along with the guys who struggle and make a successful run at this. There's nothing like overcoming some adversity to get you focused on the right path to success. good-luck.gif

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hey guys,

Let me start off by saying I’ve never been too great at writing (especially writing this off of my phone), but here it goes...

For a number of years now I’ve dreamt of becoming a truck driver. Back in 2017 I had my whole life come crashing down on me in one month. I woke up one day and my whole left leg was swelled up like a bowling pin. I was literally crippled. I could not walk. I went to the ER and was diagnosed with DVT (blood clots). I would remain in that hospital for a whole month.

I worked as a professional mover locally and drove straight trucks on a daily basis. No cdl required. As you can imagine, because of my “condition,” I was no longer able to perform at my job and was let go. I thought my blood clots was a nightmare. Little did I know, the nightmare is just beginning.

After losing my job, I lost my house because I could no longer afford the rent, and my girlfriend of 10 years went right with it. In 2017 I lost my identity.

At that time I was 35 years old. For the first time in over a decade, I was living with family.

I started researching the trucking industry and stumbled on this site. I never signed up. I guess you could say I was just a trucking truth stalker. I tried relentlessly to get hired on with any carrier. I called them all, and I used this site as a phone book.

Back in 2009, on two different occasions, I was arrested. The first time was a DUI , and the second time was a felony. Damn, to be young and stupid. Anyways, no carrier would touch me. So I gave up my search (maybe to easily).

I landed a construction job and was making decent money for the past three years. I got a new girl and a new house. I was back on my feet. Then COVID hit. Damn...

I was laid off in August, and have been collecting unemployment to this day. I wasn’t about to go down the same road I was on 3 years ago. Hell no. Then it hit me. All those carriers that rejected me in 2017 might give me a chance now!

So I made all the same phone calls, and got the same results. No carrier would take me. Either because of my background or MVR. Except for 2 of Ythem. Transam and PAM.

To be continued. Thanks for reading

Howdy, Jason ! Welcome to T'Truth (again!)

Sure glad to hear you've overcome the adversity since 2017 .. only uphill from 2020 as well, ...right?!?!?

Yep, you can apply to PAM (Driver Solutions) right here on this site. You can actually 'search' for Driver Solutions (PAM's training company) and come up with MANY posts and blogs.

Driver Solutions / PAM

Trans Am ? No training. Virtually no company drivers, either. Kinda reminds me of that place on the west coast that went belly up.. and I sure can't think of the name... was a 'training facility' / recruitment operation, that put 'driver candidates' with various companies. . . to lease on to. Old School, PackRat, Brett, Rob T. <<<< remember the name? Spanish type name.. dang my olding brain!

Tread lightly if you go that route. Personally, I would NOT. I've called them, out of curiosity, and asked about their company driver to L/P ratio, and they SURE won't answer that question.

That's just me. YMMV.

Have you inquired with Western Express? Veriha? << Right on this site!!!

Wish you well, good sir... will be following, as well~!!

~ Anne ~

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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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

J.D.'s Comment
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You've got some top-notch support that's already posted to your new training diary, Jason. I just wanted to add my encouragement for you to continue, and if you get too bogged down in the process to keep up, let TT know and they'll support that too. Will be reading about your journey, since I might be ending up at TransAm too. If I do, I'll do what I can to help out with the communication, though it sounds like it'll get tougher to find the time.

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