Short Lived Trucking Career

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Zedekiah, Jan 27, 2022.

  1. cgilliland

    cgilliland Medium Load Member

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    rammin jammin
    slow down
    easy does it
    be patient think it through
     
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  3. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    What is a dac?

    seriously apply to as a many companies as you can and those you interview with be very honest with them and what you didn’t get to do with your last employer.
     
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  4. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

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  5. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    Don’t ever work for a Company that uses DAC again. Ask upfront about DAC. What you’ve described is common. By no means should you give up. You’ll get hired by someone. Everyone’s learned things the hard way. Whether they admit it or not. Your MVR is your record. Screw DAC.
     
  6. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

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    Those automatic freightliner transmissions overheat a lot. He was probably trying to back uphill.
     
  7. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    All those so called accidents are nothing. Really nothing!! I’d be hard pressed to even mention them to a new Employer. If it weren’t for DAC, they’d be non existent. I had much worse incidents my first year. Luckily no one got hurt, No Police reports were filed, no tickets were issued. That’s all that matters. I’d hire you in a heartbeat if I needed a Driver.
     
  8. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

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    Exactly right!
    You said what I wanted to.
     
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  9. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Other companies will hire you. One or two of them might even be worth working for. Keep your CDL active. If you continue to work for a trucking company you will need to self-certify with your state every time you get a new DOT medical card. If you stop working as a CDL driver don't forget to self-certify with your state your status as using the CDL but not being required to maintain a DOT Medical card. It is NOT necessary to always have a valid DOT Medical card. It is required you have a valid DOT Medical card & self-certification before you use your CDL. Even if you decide you never want to drive a commercial vehicle don't surrender your CDL. It is far, far easier and cheaper to just self-certify in one of the categories that don't require the DOT card than it is to go through getting your CDL AGAIN in the future.
     
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  10. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Did anyone warn you to not get involved with these horrible Dollar type stores because of the almost certain outcome you described? Your outcome is what almost ever new driver will face if they work on these terrible accounts. It doesn't matter which dollar store account (Dollar General, Dollar Store, Family Dollar, etc) or which trucking company they work for.
     
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    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Companies put new drivers on these dollar accounts because veteran drivers will not sign up to do them. Recruiters tell new drivers "instead of making 43 CPM doing OTR wouldn't you rather have a dedicated route on our dollar type store account that pays 48 CPM and you will by your house 1-2 times per week?"

    It seems a majority of new drivers have already signed away their future before they even do any research. How many times have we seen new drivers post their first message similar to "I just signed on with ABC Trucking. I begin tomorrow. I was wondering if ABC is a good company and will I have problems taking a 53 foot trailer into Manhattan?"
     
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