Profile For Dylan M.

Dylan M.'s Info

  • Location:
    Post Falls, ID

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 5 months ago

Dylan M.'s Bio

27 year old truck driver. Have had my cdl for 5 years now. But currently waiting for either my 3 year mark in September or my 5 year mark to get back in the career. Got a dui in personal vehicle in 2019, biggest mistake I've made. Trying to hold my head up and look forward to the future and the day I can get back to driving. September 2022 3 year mark September 2024 5 year mark These two dates is what is going to keep me pushing forward so I can one day get back on the road with all you tuckers!

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Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Need Some Clarity

I would say for sure I didn't appreciate the money I was making. Rather than saving or using my money wisely, I was spending it faster than I was getting it. Now that im in a position where I need to really watch how I spend my money its opened my eyes up to how much smarter I can be money wise when I get back to trucking.

My wife and I had our first baby girl in December and its been the biggest blessing and huge motivation push to like you said keep slugging it out.

I'll definitely be staying around on TT and giving updates as time goes on! Thank you again and you keep putting those miles down out there and making that good mula. Who knows maybe one day I'll see ya out there on the open road!

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Yeah I think that's what I need to start slowly working on. Is to accept this and never repeat the past. I gotta take this as a life lesson and an eye opener on how much my cdl really means to me. Thank you for your reply Keith and you be safe out there!

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Dylan, I haven't logged something like a DUI, but I've done some pretty stupid **** myself and the only way I've found to... move past it is to embrace it and overcome.

I nearly tagged myself with a reckless driving ticket five years ago this month and got myself basically dropped from Knight for it. Keep your nose clean and find any company that will take you and /prove/ to them, but more importantly yourself, that you can Do Better.

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And if this helps at all too -- building an awareness of exactly what this field can do for you. You already have one half of it, struggling with low(er) paying jobs -- sticking with it gives you incredible amounts of leverage over your future. You and I are damn near the same age, and because I stuck with it I've probably made up lost ground /and/ gotten a jump on a lot of folks my age. (Probably more succinctly put: even if it is more of a pride thing thing for you, there are a variety of positive day to day reasons to slug it out too.)

Rooting for ya mate, and don't be a stranger. Let us know how your journey goes.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Need Some Clarity

Hi Anne thank you for your reply!

So I did a year and five months with Systems Transport hauling flatbed/stepdeck. Was otr with that company and it was some amazing experience I got for my first company.

Next place I went to was a company called Orgill and ran a regional route with them for about a year and eight months and was going to Seattle and back and Portland and back mon-fri. That company was one of my favorites and I wish I never messed up my opportunity with them. Again me being young and dumb I got fired from them for messing with my log books. Yes it was eld but they had a new system and found a way to get more drive time. Again lesson learned there and wish I was smarter and just appreciated the job for what it was.

After getting fired from them I got into another regional job that was Seattle and back but I only stayed with that company for a month. It was night runs and I did it for the month but just didn't like running at night especially over snoqualmie pass.

So I then got onto a local company delivering to clothing stores and various retail stores. That was a great job also and it was great getting home everyday and getting off early some days. Was with that company for 7 months until I got my dui.

I'm gunna keep trying my best and sending my resume out there and maybe someone will be willing to give me a chance. Like Turtle said though I gotta get used to rejection. Just gotta keep on keeping on!

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To be honest im not to sure what clarity I need. Maybe this is what I needed to hear. That I gotta stop dwelling on it and feeling bad for myself. Of course its hard not to but like you said all I can do now is move forward.

I'll keep my license from here on out clean like you said and just keep the dui in the past and try my best not to look back onto that. I guess time is really the only thing that will help me and I just have to accept. Thank you sir.

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What exactly is the clarity you're looking for, Dylan? Clearly you got the dui, so there's no sense dwelling on that. It happened, and the only way to go now is forward.

Clearly you'll have a difficult, if not impossible time landing another driving job in the immediate future. But you already know that.

I'm not sure how we can help you, beyond suggesting you apply everywhere possible in hopes that someone will take a chance on you.

Your hopes are slim, that's also clear. The best you can do at this point is keep yourself and your license spotlessly clean. Give up any hopes of the DUI coming off your driving record. It's there now, get used to it. Get used to rejections also, at least until you put some time and distance between yourself and that DUI.

I wish I had better news for you. The companies do not look very favorably upon DUI's, and for good reason. Good luck man.

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Knowing that you are in Idaho .. opens a few doors, ie: Miss Laura might have a 2nd chance place for you. Thanks for adding that. The 4 years experience; care to share ?!?!? Might help us, help you.

Have you looked into Western Express?? << Second chance or not, I LOVE THOSE FOLKS. I've got many reasons... and I'm telling you. If 'I' CAN CALL AND SPEAK TO A PERSON THERE (not a 'push nueve dos'.. dealio....) < I love that. I speak Spalian myself (Spanish/Italian.) SO?

On another hand.. (and i dunno what happened to OPTICAL ....) there's this smallish company in Ohio, 2nd chancer, called 'Dutch Maid Logistics.' Would they work w/you? No clue. Nothing hurts, to try.

Do y'all have Home Depot's and Lowe's there???? Straight trucks? They LOVE a guy w/a FULL CDL.. easier on their paperwork. My nephew does Menards here in Ohio. Yes, he has a 'history.' Leave it at that. A dewey and another something or other.

Foodservice, perhaps? Pop (soda?) or beer hauling? So MANY things you can still do.. until you are offered the love of OTR again, .. in the meantime.

I wish you the best, man. I really do. I've got kids (probably your age!.) Hard lessons learned. Pricey. No 'deweys' but some dumb shx... holds up 'opportunities.'

This too, shall pass.

~ Anne ~

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Need Some Clarity

Learned my lesson 100% and its something I will remember for my whole life, thats for sure. That 30 dollar Uber would have been the best choice and I was blind to how dumb it was for me to drive that night. But I thank you sir for your comment and stay safe out there!

Dylan,

I'm sorry you made such a poor choice. I see you have learned your lesson. And yes you have to suck it up and wait.

Your's is a great example of why I say drugs and alcohol have no place with a CDL.

Best of luck.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Need Some Clarity

Yeah I think that's what I need to start slowly working on. Is to accept this and never repeat the past. I gotta take this as a life lesson and an eye opener on how much my cdl really means to me. Thank you for your reply Keith and you be safe out there!

Dylan, I haven't logged something like a DUI, but I've done some pretty stupid **** myself and the only way I've found to... move past it is to embrace it and overcome.

I nearly tagged myself with a reckless driving ticket five years ago this month and got myself basically dropped from Knight for it. Keep your nose clean and find any company that will take you and /prove/ to them, but more importantly yourself, that you can Do Better.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Need Some Clarity

Thank you for this. I saw this earlier and was also scanning through but didn't see Trans Am on there. Maybe here in September I can reach out to them and see what happens. Thank you sir for your reply.

Take a look at companies that hire with DUI to see what companies policies are. Unfortunately you're going to end up taking a lower paying job than you were before but its a step in the direction you're wanting to go. Most are 3 years but glancing through real quick i seen Trans Am is 2 years. Prove yourself and your pay will likely go up.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Need Some Clarity

To be honest im not to sure what clarity I need. Maybe this is what I needed to hear. That I gotta stop dwelling on it and feeling bad for myself. Of course its hard not to but like you said all I can do now is move forward.

I'll keep my license from here on out clean like you said and just keep the dui in the past and try my best not to look back onto that. I guess time is really the only thing that will help me and I just have to accept. Thank you sir.

What exactly is the clarity you're looking for, Dylan? Clearly you got the dui, so there's no sense dwelling on that. It happened, and the only way to go now is forward.

Clearly you'll have a difficult, if not impossible time landing another driving job in the immediate future. But you already know that.

I'm not sure how we can help you, beyond suggesting you apply everywhere possible in hopes that someone will take a chance on you.

Your hopes are slim, that's also clear. The best you can do at this point is keep yourself and your license spotlessly clean. Give up any hopes of the DUI coming off your driving record. It's there now, get used to it. Get used to rejections also, at least until you put some time and distance between yourself and that DUI.

I wish I had better news for you. The companies do not look very favorably upon DUI's, and for good reason. Good luck man.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Need Some Clarity

2019 I made the biggest mistake I could make. I drove home drunk from a friend's house and got a dui that night. Went to jail for a few hours till my wife bailed me out. Had to call my boss that morning and let him know what happened and lost my driving job. I've been driving truck for over 4 years before that dui and I love the job. There's really nothing else I wanna do other than drive trucks. I went through the whole process of license suspension, the classes they make you take, sherrifs labor, paid my fines, and the year of a blow and go. At the time I didn't know what to except as far as what will happen to my trucking career. I paid for a lawyer that had no knowledge of cdl and how much a dui would impact my future years. I wish I got an attorney who understood how much a dui would truly impact my career but most importantly I wish I never drove that night. Fast forward to the beginning of 2021. I used my withheld judgment and have my case now as a dissmissed dui. Getting my case dissmissed though did not help my driving record at all. Still shows my license suspensions and has my dui on there. Have zero points on driving record but that seems to not help either.. As far as I know, the calls and research I have done there is nothing I can do to clear my driving record. I've tried applying to multiple companies just hoping for someone to give me the chance and opportunity to get back to doing what I love. But I have had zero luck. For most companies I won't be eligible for hire until September of 2024 and some until 2022. I'm just having such a hard time mentally showing up everyday to a job that pays little to nothing where I hate the work I'm doing. Still to this day I go over and over in my head how different my life would be right now if I never got that dui and was still driving. I cant stop thinking that there is really nothing I can do to speed up this process and I am just force to wait for years till I can get back in a truck. I'm trying my best to be patient and look on the bright side, but its hard. I'm just losing hope everyday and want to more than anything get back to where I was and support my family the way I know I should be. My biggest failure in life is getting this dui and jeopardizing my career. I feel as if my hands are tied and my only option is to wait and wait for the months to roll by and the years to come to an end and thats one of the biggest challenges I'm having. I'm trying my best to stay positive for my family but damn do I miss driving truck everyday.

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