OTR (Over-The-Road) Training with PAM Transport
Starting a new career as a truck driver is an exciting time. Going to truck driving school, learning the skills to drive a big rig, making new friends and earning a steady paycheck getting paid to travel. All of these things represent a new beginning and new chapter in life. But one question that always comes up is - what happens after CDL training at trucking school BEFORE I go out on the road on my own? The answer is OTR (over-the-road) training, but what does that mean and what does it involve for a company like PAM Transport?
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What Happens During OTR Training with PAM Transport?
While the specifics may be different from company to company, there is almost always some type of OTR (over-the-road) training with a Mentor/Driver Trainer from the company. During this time, the driver and the mentor work together as team drivers for a few weeks. This allows the mentor to oversee and help the new driver gain some experience before hitting the road alone. While drivers learn the basics of the career at CDL training, OTR training is where drivers will really get their feet wet with the day-to-day duties of being a truck driver.
The OTR training portion of the learning experience with a company like PAM Transport is very important as it gives new drivers the opportunity to ask questions first hand. This is where drivers will learn about life on the road, so it's important not to hold back and make sure you're asking WHENEVER you have a question! Your driver mentor is there to help you become a better driver -- take advantage of him/her. OTR training is a great way to make the transition from student driver to professional driver and is your chance to build a relationship with a more experienced driver.
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Are you ready to start a career as a professional truck driver? Get started today by taking a few minutes to fill out our online application. This does not commit you to anything and will allow you to schedule a time to speak with a representative about CDL training and truck driving jobs in your area.