Profile For Michael B.

Michael B.'s Info

  • Location:
    Harpers Ferry, WV

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 9 months ago

Michael B.'s Bio

I'm currently working a dead end job but for a good company. Looking to change my lifestyle, hours etc. Six kids all young adults 4 in college, 2 in the military. I reside in WV, I'm 53 years old. I drove a dump truck back in the 80's for Montgomery County in Md. Right now is a good time to make a change and get on with my life without the kids. My wife works shift work, and to be honest, fairly sure shes not looking forward to the next year. If I can swing it I'd like to go to trucking school up here, that would allow me to stay close to home for an extra 3 months, at least I beleive thats how long school is. Thats about me in a nut shell.

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Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Looking for advice

6 string and Steve L thanks for the advice. 6 string you hit the nail on the head with accidents. I don't want to be put into that position right out of school, I read some some of Betts book including his NY experience bridges, roads not meant for big rigs etc It sounds exciting as far as truck driving but how much forgiveness will a company have. The 2 drivers I spoke with said i should get some time in before tackling something of this nature. Think ill pass

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Looking for advice

Well here's the fun part. I've applied to several companies and had a surprising amount of call backs. I know its a numbers game. One was for a northeast regional which included NY. Now I found out its hauling water 50,000lb. After speaking with a few drivers I know. 2 have driven in NY don't feel this is one I should take if offerd, no experience and they eluded I may even quit, tough driving up there, NY and NJ are on this route. I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth and I still have 3 weeks of school. I do have my CDL with 2 endorsement waiting onfinger prints to get back so I can take my hazmat. As far as city driving should I be looking for shall I say something a little less demanding

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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This is the moment of truth

Just read some of the replies on G Towns post. As a student leaving a private schooling James Rumsey its a bit over whelming with the twist and turns of finding a job that fits you. How hard is it to get a recruiter to put everything in writing? I am nothing at this point to any company other than a number, so how would one use that to their advantage?

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

We had a recruiter come by 2 weeks ago, did not have reimbursement, offered extra for recruiting and had two local trucks sitting for dedicated Lowes account.

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Filling out applications

Yea I've spoke with some recruiters they have been positive about it, as in it should not be a problem. I still have 40 days of school so just starting to do the process of applying. Still need to decided OTR or Local I'm 55 and would like to finish out my working career doing something I enjoy

Thanks Tractor Man such as life stupid is what stupid does I was already leaning in that direction but I think I'll wait till this Tuesday to fill it out i do my endorsements fingerprinted for haz mat etc. Be safe

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If the question is have you EVER been convicted of a DUI/DWI, I would answer yes, and put the dates. If you answer no, and they come up, you are screwed. Just be honest. 28 years is a long time ago!

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So I passed my CDL test with 40 days left of school, no complaints new class has already started so I get to pack a lunch and go for a six hour drive love it. We have recruiters coming in to give there spleal, been great. My question is this I went to do the application on TT to get it out to as many as possible, the question on DUI/DWI I had 2 infractions 28 years ago, for the past 10 years I've had one ticket. As for the DUI/DWI do I mark yes or no on the application, the school I'm in asked for a life time driving record, I'm not trying to hide it, it's out there, but if I do not have to talk about it I prefer not to. Now Who's Hiring?

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Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Filling out applications

Thanks Tractor Man such as life stupid is what stupid does I was already leaning in that direction but I think I'll wait till this Tuesday to fill it out i do my endorsements fingerprinted for haz mat etc. Be safe

If the question is have you EVER been convicted of a DUI/DWI, I would answer yes, and put the dates. If you answer no, and they come up, you are screwed. Just be honest. 28 years is a long time ago!

So I passed my CDL test with 40 days left of school, no complaints new class has already started so I get to pack a lunch and go for a six hour drive love it. We have recruiters coming in to give there spleal, been great. My question is this I went to do the application on TT to get it out to as many as possible, the question on DUI/DWI I had 2 infractions 28 years ago, for the past 10 years I've had one ticket. As for the DUI/DWI do I mark yes or no on the application, the school I'm in asked for a life time driving record, I'm not trying to hide it, it's out there, but if I do not have to talk about it I prefer not to. Now Who's Hiring?

Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Filling out applications

So I passed my CDL test with 40 days left of school, no complaints new class has already started so I get to pack a lunch and go for a six hour drive love it. We have recruiters coming in to give there spleal, been great. My question is this I went to do the application on TT to get it out to as many as possible, the question on DUI/DWI I had 2 infractions 28 years ago, for the past 10 years I've had one ticket. As for the DUI/DWI do I mark yes or no on the application, the school I'm in asked for a life time driving record, I'm not trying to hide it, it's out there, but if I do not have to talk about it I prefer not to. Now Who's Hiring?

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Questions to ask

I'm closing in on my two week notice to my current employer. what questions do i ask the recruiter. I've read Brett's take and not knowing anything about this industry or how it operates, leaves me at a loss, ie flip flopping looking for advice. (Brett don't take that the wrong way) I currently work PT as security for a distribution center and have spoken with many drivers, most whom have given advise once in, and surprising to me the younger ones are more (for a lack of a better saying) negative about this whole truck drive experience. I'm looking forward to this, and with a excellent work background, a desire to achieve this goal I still feel a little reluctant when it comes to speaking with a recruiter. A LITTLE HELP

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Ready to roll

Is there such a thing as working outside of driving for a trucking company and also driving for the same company? I'm ready to start training to get my CDL but I would like to learn the business also Any help or advice how to do this? Where I'm located is in WV, Frederick Md, Hagerstown Md, and Winchester Va are all close by.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Thinking about trucking or not

I'm 53 6kids all either in college or military, years ago I drove for a county DOT 5 ton dump, and when I say years CDL's were just being put in place if I remember correctly. The only true driver I know was a patron of mine ( I'm a part owner of a sports bar) and I believe he is considered a regional driver gone Sunday night back home the following Thursday any how the job I'm in I took based on benefits, three of my kids are not mine by law, but they are my wife's, the company I'm with allowed me to carry them on my health insurance, the pay is o.k.. So for the last 13 years we've struggled like most or some(?) but I feel a change is due for the boss and myself. I know I enjoyed driving back in the day, even got to go through a Friday late afternoon break down waiting for a mechanic 230pm and I was suppose to be off at 3pm 1.5 away from the shop (sucked) I figure I still have another 15 left in me, OTR seems intriguing but as Pop use to say" your eyes are bigger than your stomach" Ha . To see the country, travel, you guys and gals got the life... Oh am I forgetting, would help if I could actually handle the driving part. So sitting in my office pondering, reaching out for advise.

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