Interview With PAM Transport Driver, Charles Pina

Thank you for joining us for Part 1 of our interview with Charles Pina.  Charles came through the Driver Solutions training program about 5 years ago and has been driving with PAM Transport ever since.  We reconnected with Charles via our Driver Solutions' Facebook page when he posted some pictures from out on the road.  He then accepted our invitation to do a phone interview to update us on his progress. 

(Updated: part 2 is available here and part 3 can be viewed here)

Below is part 1 of our interview, stay tuned for part 2 tomorrow!

Q: Why did you get into truck driving?Charles-Pina-PAM-Transport
A:  I grew up around trucks.  My dad, uncle and grandfather all drove trucks.  I started driving with Class B trucks and then went from that on to a big truck. 

Q: When did you go through the Driver Solutions program & how did you find out about it?
A: I went through the Driver Solutions training program about 5 years ago.  I originally found them through a website.  I signed up for the program and they called me back.  That’s how I got started with training. 

Q: What do you remember about training with Driver Solutions?
A: I still remember driving out on the range.  It was a very informative process and I was the third person in my class to graduate.   I didn’t know what a double clutch was and they taught how to do that even though I kept floating the gears.  The classroom part was good, too.   Some of it I didn’t know and some of it I already knew just from being around trucks most of my life.  The instructors at trucking school were very nice and no question was stupid.

Q: How do you like working for PAM Transport?
A: I’ve been with PAM Transport for over 5 years and it’s been good.  I started doing dedicated runs after 2 months and I really like it.  My first dedicated run was from Michigan to Missouri, but I switched from that one about a year and a half ago.  Now, I am doing a dedicated run from Detroit to Tennessee and it’s working out well.  I really like the dispatcher I have and I’ve been with him the whole time.  He leaves me alone and lets me do what I need to do.  If I need anything, I just give him a call and he takes care of things. 

Q: How many miles are you getting a week?
A: I would say I am averaging right around 2300 miles per week.  Some weeks even as much as 3200 or 3300.  It all depends on what the schedule looks like for some of the companies we are making runs for at that time.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for part 2 of our interview with Charles!