What Should My Backup Plan Be?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Touch Freight Freddy, Dec 9, 2021.

  1. Touch Freight Freddy

    Touch Freight Freddy Light Load Member

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    As I've mentioned elsewhere, I now work for an Atlas van line agent and I'm working on getting Atlas certified for interstate travel.

    The process is kind of sluggish right now, and I have some skepticism about the initial outcome. The moving business can be real feast or famine, and I can't afford a famine anymore. Got a year old baby and another on the way.

    If Atlas doesn't pan out, what should I look into?

    I got my tractor-trailer experience exclusively from on the job training (since May), got my CDL in October from a DMV test (never did trucking school).

    So I have less than a year of experience and I'm not a "CDL grad". This cancels a lot of options off the bat.

    I'm 29, living in North Carolina, I'm physically active and capable, experienced in household moving/furniture delivery/material handling, and willing to go on the road for up to 5 days at a time. So something regional or local would be best.
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Since you have a cdl and a little experience, you have several options.
    Which town/city are you in or near?
    Do you have endorsements?
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    On applications and phone interviews: "Did OJT for 5 months; May thru October then acquired my cdl in October."
     
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    062 Road Train Member

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    Sysco,us foods etc... are hurting for drivers. If you live close enough to a dc for training.
     
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  5. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

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    Any beer or beverage distributor will take you on instantly. It’s not easy work, but it’s work and it’s local. Plus it counts as “experience”, which you will need to get your foot in the door of the better driving gigs.

    Luck in battle.
     
  6. Chinatown

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    Since you like heaving couches around, I recommend Ashley Furniture as a backup plan.
     
  8. Eddiec

    Eddiec Road Train Member

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    Not sure C.T. I just saw it was from North Kackalaka, and copied it!
     
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    Dockworker at a LTL company. Then work way up to driver.
     
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  10. Touch Freight Freddy

    Touch Freight Freddy Light Load Member

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    I'm about 20 minutes west of Winston-Salem
     
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