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Bob O.'s Comment
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Hello friends. I went to CDL school last year on a whim(and it was free!), got a job with Schneider a month after that and only worked for about a month before I went back to my old job. My DAC or whatever it is says satisfactory performance. My question is, how hard would it be for me to get back into trucking now? I'll blow a grand on a 1 week refresher if I have to, no big deal. Just kinda tired of the life I'm living.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Hey Bob, welcome! I'm pretty sure you'll need to do a refresher of some sort, but I'm also pretty sure there are companies that will allow you to do that on their dime with some time commitment on your part. I would apply to some companies and then talk to their recruiters to see what all is involved.

Bob O.'s Comment
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Hey Bob, welcome! I'm pretty sure you'll need to do a refresher of some sort, but I'm also pretty sure there are companies that will allow you to do that on their dime with some time commitment on your part. I would apply to some companies and then talk to their recruiters to see what all is involved.

I'd do a refresher. Hell, I even got to talk to that good lookin' young man Lucas Karchar, the face of Schneider Bulk. A good man, he is. And I felt I let him down. I'm just too old and tired for all of this safety stuff.

Farmerbob1's Comment
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Hello friends. I went to CDL school last year on a whim(and it was free!), got a job with Schneider a month after that and only worked for about a month before I went back to my old job. My DAC or whatever it is says satisfactory performance. My question is, how hard would it be for me to get back into trucking now? I'll blow a grand on a 1 week refresher if I have to, no big deal. Just kinda tired of the life I'm living.

Call Schneider. If you left on good terms, they will probably take you back.

I have specifically heard Schneider advertising refresher CDL courses on Sirius Radio for drivers that have been off the road for a while.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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