Need Info On Transport America

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Rita S.'s Comment
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I am new to this site, posted on ladies board and got only a response from someone who has not even started school. I hope maybe someone can help me.......please. I have 3 years OTR teaming with my husband, have not driven for almost a year now, been driving automatics most of that time, never been solo. All that said, I was looking for a solo company that could give me some training on trip planning, shifting, and backing etc..... so I found Transport America. They have what they call pro plus training, I take the driving test, they see how I do and what I need help with, then they send a trainer with me until they feel I am ready. Sounds good......but all recruiters do !!! My husband may join me after the first of the year and they said we could team, bring the dog, split .50 cpm , get plenty of miles on a team dedicated run..... anyone know? Are they blowing smoke? Any suggestions on what I should do? Know other companies? I live in N.E. Texas along I 30.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

David's Comment
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I am new to this site, posted on ladies board and got only a response from someone who has not even started school. I hope maybe someone can help me.......please. I have 3 years OTR teaming with my husband, have not driven for almost a year now, been driving automatics most of that time, never been solo. All that said, I was looking for a solo company that could give me some training on trip planning, shifting, and backing etc..... so I found Transport America. They have what they call pro plus training, I take the driving test, they see how I do and what I need help with, then they send a trainer with me until they feel I am ready. Sounds good......but all recruiters do !!! My husband may join me after the first of the year and they said we could team, bring the dog, split .50 cpm , get plenty of miles on a team dedicated run..... anyone know? Are they blowing smoke? Any suggestions on what I should do? Know other companies? I live in N.E. Texas along I 30.

I don't have a lot of Info on them as I'm in contact with them my self trying to get back out on the road. If I come across anything I'll post it for ya.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rita S.'s Comment
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Thanks David. I will update as well.

PJ's Comment
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Rita I will pass on what one of our drivers told me the other day . Take it for what it's worth. Face value its 3rd hand. He told me he just left transport america recently after 2 yrs with them. According to him the miles were there for the first year then went into a steady decline . He finally waited on them to improve as long as he could then decided to leave and come to KLLM . I spent most of a day stuck at a shipper with him and bs 'ing about different things . He didn't seem like a idiot or to be unreasonable with his first impression. But I dont know this guy from adam do i would be cautious , but gives you more than you had . I wish you the best where ever you go .

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Rita S.'s Comment
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Thanks PJ. I am being cautious for sure! I know recruiters tell you only the things they think will get your app. and get you hired, it's their job. I do know I will research all avenues because if I don't feel safe behind the wheel, nobody on the road will be safe. I can't imagine ever putting the public in danger, or, GOD forbid, hurting someone or killing them because I was that stupid. I am really making sure of getting some practice behind the wheel first! That's why I was thinking of them. They have a program called pro plus. They do backing and road test and evaluate the amount of training you need. And they seem concerned about safety. I need all the first hand information I can get! Thank you again! :-)

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