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Old 03-07-2007, 12:43 PM
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Has anyone here been through it? I may be attending the one in Fort Wayne IN, and am just curious what to expect. I have no previous truck driving experience, so am completely new to all of this. They claim to cover all of my school costs if I work for them for a year (the standard deal from what I have seen elsewhere), will give me $200 for expenses (although obviously will need to bring some more of my own for a 3 week course), and all I will actually have to pay out of my pocket is a state licensing charge which they aren't legally able to cover.

Sounds like a good deal to me, or at least the best one that you can expect to get, and from my brief look over this site it seems that they are considered a pretty decent company.
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Old 03-07-2007, 01:58 PM
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Do you mean orientation or a driving school? U.S. Xpress no longer has their own company school but they no hire out of most truck driving schools. They do offer tution reimbursement up to $5000. When you are out with a trainer w/ U.S.X you will be with him/her for 150 paid hours, which is about $43 a day.You will do all the backing with the truck and most of the driving. Haven't gone through their training yet but their trainers here in Ohio that I have spoke with seem nice and know their stuff.I am going with U.S. Xpress and they do seem to be one of the better companies out there and the starting pay for rookies is good. Hope this helps. If you have anymore questions you can send me a PM or an e-mail.
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Old 03-08-2007, 10:21 AM
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One other thing, do they teach you in the training school how to drive a stickshift? I have only had 2 cars previously, both automatics, so haven't the slightest idea how to do so. Just finding out if that is covered, or if I need to have someone teach me before I get there.
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Old 03-08-2007, 12:12 PM
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I Think US Xpress has all autoshifts.
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Old 03-08-2007, 04:11 PM
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Really? W00t, that is one huge load off of my mind if that is the case.
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Old 03-08-2007, 08:19 PM
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Yeah the fleet is 100% auto-shift, but you are able to select manuel transmission with the push of a button if you want for pulling up steep grades. The auto shift is good because your left leg is not hurting at the end of the day. You will need to learn to drive stick shift to get through truck driving school though.
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Old 03-08-2007, 10:05 PM
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if you can get on with millis transfer try that there a good company great equiptment
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Old 03-08-2007, 10:13 PM
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Default US express training school

Like I said in my msg to you, P.A.M. runs a school out of Ft Wayne, IN, I know someone who did attended it. He informs me that their trucks are all auto. You may want to go to their site.


www.pamtransport.com/index.html

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Old 03-09-2007, 01:12 AM
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One other thing, do they teach you in the training school how to drive a stickshift? I have only had 2 cars previously, both automatics, so haven't the slightest idea how to do so. Just finding out if that is covered, or if I need to have someone teach me before I get there.
if you take your cdl test in an auto-shift thy will put auto-only on your cdl and the only way you can drive a stick is to retest in a stick
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Old 03-09-2007, 03:31 AM
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Ok so is that something that is covered in most driving schools, or is it something you are expected to come to the place knowing how to do? I just need to know if they will teach me to drive stick there, or if I need to learn it beforehand.
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