Worth it to get back into trucking?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by insipidtoast, Dec 9, 2022.

  1. insipidtoast

    insipidtoast Medium Load Member

    Nov 22, 2016
    Planet Earth
    I've been out of the industry for three years now. Trucked OTR for three years until 2020. Last year, My CDL was "cancelled", and I was told verbally by a dmv official that all I need to do to get it renewed is to go get a dot medical certificate and bring it to the dmv in person. Hoping that's the truth, and that they won't make me do the road test all over again.

    Anyway, just wondering if it's worth it. My farm/homestead could use some more money to take things to the next level, and I just don't see how to make it work trying to bootstrap it forward.

    In 2020 I got sick of the situation with the goody-two-shoes consignees demanding temperature checks with space suits just to back a trailer into a dock. The company I was working for at the time tried to badger me into going along with all this biosecurity theatre nonsense all the time. I didn't want to have any of it, and I knew the big V was going to come out of all that. I rcould see the writing on the wall. Now I've heard that things have pretty much "gone back to normal." But I'm still wary. Apparently a year ago most companies were gaslighting their drivers into taking guinea pig medical injections and even threatening employment over it. How are things on that front nowadays? V-passport requirement to renew a CDL? Are drivers still having to wear face diapers to check-in and tiptoe around mazes of plexiglass and frightened germaphobes that like to bully others?

    Are there any good companies left that don't have driver-facing cameras? Are the trucks pretty much driving themselves now? Is it even possible to make any money or are the companies now forced to look at the equation of paying the diesel vs. paying the driver? What's new? What's old?
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  3. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    i think you went way past the...."just get a new DOT med card" time line

    you may very well have to start all the way back to CDL schooling.


    might be able to shed some light
  4. dptrucker

    dptrucker Road Train Member

    May 14, 2012
    I am in calif.
    let my med card expire and dmv downgraded license to a class c.
    was off for 3years and finally got my med card up to date.
    took it to dmv and got class a reinstated with no test of any kind
    back to work in 2018
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  5. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Ainigriv Notpmah
    I don't know your location. So, I recommend taking the DMVs word for it and getting a physical. I know a guy that got one back in the spring that resurrected his CDL. However, get ready to go through a refresher!
  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Which state will your cdl be issued from?
  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2022
  8. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    It's good the DMV, after you gave them a current DOT Medical card, said your CDL is back in effect. However, some trucking companies MAY expect you to go through their refresher course, or want you to go get a private refresher course before they can hire you. I would put my effort into finding the company you want to work for that has the pay, benefits, working conditions you need before I went to some CDL schools refresher course. If I found a trucking company, researched them, talked to numerous of their drivers, and all seems good then if the company told me that I needed a refresher course (company provided or private class) I would do it, even if I paid out of pocket. Make any company you want to research put you in contact with current workign drivers at the company doing the type of work you will be hired to do. Don't just rely on an online research effort. Ignore what the recruiter tells you about pay, conditions, benefits until it's verified with the drives you talk to.

    Some companies may treat you like a rookies with a new CDL , some companies will treat you like a veteran driver with just a matter of getting past some sort of refresher requirement. Don't just apply to every company and then pick the company that seems to want to hire your the soonest or with the least hassle. Working at a company that is good for you will be a lot less trouble than any ol' random lying 1099 outfit making promises they have never kept. The outcome may depend on how much you know about that company you pick to work for.
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  9. Hazmat Cat

    Hazmat Cat Medium Load Member

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  10. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Do you still have to file income taxes from South America?
    I had to from Mainland China.
  11. CargoWahgo

    CargoWahgo Road Train Member

    Jan 10, 2012
    Louisville, Kentucky
    Naw eff that sitting in docks not getting paid stuff.

    Just pick up a side hustle like officiating some high school ball games in your area.Three days go to the city come back to the house with 1200 bucks and actually get some exercise instead of sitting on your butt all day.
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