What is a "clean driving record"?

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  1. SteveBausch

    SteveBausch Light Load Member

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    What is a "clean driving record"? Not an easy answer; while BMV's may drop points after 2 years, insurance companies are looking back 3-5 years.

    And "clean driving record" isn't usually defined in the craigslist ads, newspaper ads, recruiting magazine ads, etc. that invoke the phrase.

    I expect a spirited dialog to result.... :)


    Can a consensus be determined, regarding "clean driving record"?
     
  2. Lowa3468

    Lowa3468 Heavy Load Member

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    a clean driving record is one that has been properly washed with the use of soap and water, and has been air dried. Detergents are very harmful to the records so you want to use a non abrasive soap. make sure to wash the front and back and the corners especially......

    once clean, put in plastic bag so that way it will remain clean, other wise you will have to follow the instructions of wash rinse and repeat....lmao....
     
  3. Thediamond13

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    No DUI's is the big one. but moving violations and speeding tickets can be bad as well
     
  4. sherlock510

    sherlock510 Road Train Member

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    If I had to take a guess I'd say one recent moving violation, but that's it.
    Not a PERFECT or SPOTLESS record, cause that's not what they're askin for.

    Show me a CLEAN Ferrari and I bet there's at least one minor blemish some where on it.
     
  5. Lowa3468

    Lowa3468 Heavy Load Member

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    ok lets be serious...i thought it was a joke....

    a clean driving record means.....

    No Accidents
    No Tickets

    that is a clean driving record.......

    most companies can handle 1-3 tickets depending the timeframe meaning if you got 3 speeding tickets and they were in the past week...well good luck with that job....if they are spread out over time generally not an issue...

    if you have an accident again its 1-3 and the time frame and the only variable would be if they were preventable or non preventable...

    basically a clean record is just that no tickets or accidents,
     
  6. SteveBausch

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    Okay, since I'm not seeing a consensus forming, I'll propose a very simple rule (that won't satisfy everyone).

    No offenses in the last five years, in any type of vehicle, including logbook violations (which show up on BMV records, correct?).

    I actually called up a Hogan recruiter and asked if she knew of an industry standard definition, and she laughed.
     
  7. double yellow

    double yellow Road Train Member

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    Clean driving record: No moving violations, suspensions, or at fault accidents

    Spotless driving record: No tickets or accidents of any kind
     
    Chinatown Thanks this.
  8. SteveBausch

    SteveBausch Light Load Member

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    Define the time frame, else your definition is useless.
     
  9. Dr_Fandango44

    Dr_Fandango44 Road Train Member

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    It all depends on the criteria dictated by each co. I've learned thru the years is that everything is open to interpretation and negotiation. We all know companies may req a clean record but may relax that stance on each situation. Maybe you have a speeding ticket that is only a few months away to being deemed expired. So many variables.
    If you have an accident that was your fault, that could well be a killer than just a simple speeding ticket. DUI? Oh no chance. Well, not for a few years at best.
    Speeding tickets in a personal car could be ignored. Heck I drive my sports car a tad differently to a 80,000 lb rig. That's reality.
    But if companies want super CLEAN CDL guys, then I guess you will have to wait til it gets bleached sneaky clean. Whether it's going to make a difference long term is open to debate.
    We all know what an ins co will do. They love to jack up rates no matter what.
     
  10. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    A clean driving record is anything that will pass with their insurance company.Anything recent even if only one ticket probably as companies see it not a clean driving record.
     
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