Profile For Justin G.

Justin G.'s Info

  • Location:
    Lake Havasu, AZ

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    8 years, 5 months ago

Justin G.'s Bio

Hey everyone. I am considering, well not considering driving trucks. I am going to drive trucks, I am just considering which school to go to. I really cant wait. I am a father of two. My youngest is 5mo and my oldest is almost 4. My family is very supportive of my decision. Honestly I have tried to consider other careers but nothing captures my interest like driving. I would love to drive all over the country. Even hopefully one day up into Canada. I just want to see the whole country. My Fiance understands that sometimes I will be gone for months at a time. I understand that too, and yes it will be tough, but again, I just cant wait. I go to sleep dreaming about it.

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Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Hit a snag

Okay thanks.

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Hit a snag

So I just finished reading the Company Sponsored programs and their requirments. There seems to be two of them that might be willing to look past my work history, and my theft charges. Central seems to be the most forgiving. Knight I might be able to qualify for. USA I might have a shot at but seems doubtful. I am wondering if it is a better idea to call and talk to a recruiter before I fill out the apps. That way they kinda have an idea of who I am, and they should be able to tell me if thos things are going to be deal breakers. What do you guys think?

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Hit a snag

Thank you everyone. I think its about time to get the ball rolling.

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Hit a snag

Okay, I know I have asked a couple of the questions before. But I am going to try and combine everything into one post so bare with me please. I am ready to get going on starting my potential career. There are just a few things I believe are holding me back.

1. I don't have a great work history. Most of my jobs have between 3-6 months. I was pretty inmature coming out of high school, and wanted to spend more time with my gf, and less time working. Well these last two years I have been kinda forced to grow up, and my last job, I probably would still be at, but I was fired for a something stupid. ( Yes I know, no one is ever fired because of something they did, but I really I am not making it up. ) Then there went about a whole year where I couldn't find a real job because it was hard to get people to hire me because I have 2 theft charges on my record. So I did various jobs here and there for cash. So Lets just say my work history sucks.

2. My background check. I have an excellent driving record. But I have been caught shoplifting twice.

3. As for right now, paying for school isn't an option I can afford. I need to go to a Company Sponsored School, which I am sure limit my options ever more given the above.

I have applied at swift which would be my preferd school to go to given I live only 3 hours away from the HQ. I have also applied for CR England. But I have not heard anything from either school and it has been about 1 1/2 months. Does anyone know how hard it will be to find a school that will take me in givin everything I mentioned?

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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Will this hinder my chances of getting a job?

I was wondering about my employment history. I don't have outstanding work history, usually I would work at a place from 3-6 months at a time. There was also an a whole year where I can't provide any verifiable work. I was working but it was for my brother as a general laborer and I was paid cash. how bad will that hurt me?

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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What is " downtime" in a truckers life?

Okay thanks for the info.

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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What is " downtime" in a truckers life?

Okay thanks for all the replys. But a little hazzy on one area. Cant advance your load, does that mean you have to leave your load at a truck stop or can you keep it attatced?

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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Progress

I have a question for anyone who can answer. I know I am young, not yet in the industrey, and probably a little nieve, and I understand that brake downs, bad weather, traffic, bad directions, ect can cause stress if your underpressure to deliver a load, but should it really cause all that stress? I mean as long as you drive as many miles as you can before time runs out. Deal with the weather as long as the road doens't get closed, plan for traffic ( yes I know sometimes its unavoidable, or there is traffic when you dont expect ) then really shouldn't your dispatcher understand if you get a brake down, or weather closes the road, or traffic is backed up from an accident, are all things you can't control. Or am I wrong? Do they not really care if its something you can control or not? Like, no matter what if its late its your fault kinda thing? But if thats not the case then, I don't see how you should let yourself get to stressed with it, all anyone can do is the best they can do. And if you are a driver and you really are doing everything you can do, then no one should be able to blame you right?

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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What is " downtime" in a truckers life?

I have seen some people use the phrase downtime in a few posts. I am confused by what that actually means. I understand there are times where you might run out of hours durring the week. I understand that sometimes you might have like a layover weighting for a new load. I have also herd some drivers talk about how they would drive into town and find a safe spot to park the truck and go to a sports bar, have a few drinks, some go see a movie, some might go to the casino and play some card or what not, but i dont understand how? My understanding is once you are out of drive time, you cant drive your truck anymore right? Like when you run out of hours for the day, or week, doesnt your truck have to remain parked?

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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What usual causes new drivers to fail?

Thank you brett, and as awlays thanks for all of the detail you put into your answers. Your answer really put me at ease. I understand that driving on the road can and will be a lot of lonly hours, complimented with extreme stress from bad directions, tight roads, rude and unaware moterists, served with a side of people holding their nose up at you, but thats okay. I can deal with that, am a very easy going person, I adapt and just go with the flow. My biggest concern was actual truck driving school, but you put it in perspective by pointing out that if a lot of people where flunking out of it, that it would be longer than one month. I have a question about what you mean by downtime. I think i will make a new post for that question however. Might be a question a few people considering a career in trucking might want to know.

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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What usual causes new drivers to fail?

Hello everyone. I would like to know in your oponions what is it about become a truck driver that is the hardest for people do learn how to do. Is it actually driving the truck? Is it a lot harder to drive a truck, and some trainers realize this, so they focus their attention on other drivers who seem to be getting a hold of it quicker? Is it the the challenges of actually being a trucker? Like adjusting to life on the road, being away from your family ect? Or maybe something else all together?

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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Questions on " The High Road CDL training Program"

Thank you all so much for the information. And brett, I think this might be one of the best tools and programs out there. Just the fact alone that I will answer every question almost 3 times before it is all said and done is awesome. Thank you, I think based on that info, I will just right down things that are suggested that I memorize, and also some of the stuff I think sounds important. Lol As you said I am only 3% of the way through and I already have 9 pages of written notes. So gonna scale back a bit. Thanks everyonethank-you-2.gif

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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Questions on " The High Road CDL training Program"

If anyone can answer a few questions I have on it, it would be greatly appreciated. 1. I know tests very from state to state, but how accurately will this portrey my states CDL test? 2. I have noticed the little ? marks at the end of certain atricles in the information and when clicked it tells you what specificly you need to learn from that area. My question is, I am making a seprate study guide as I read through it. It helps me remember it if I have to right it down, so should I be focusing on mainly the info that i suggested I memorize, or should I write down everything because so far I have been writting down everything. ( of course some stuff I left out, but for the majority of it I have transcribed it word for word )

Oh and a side note, for anyone who has not tried it yet and is considering going to school, I am finding it very very easy to understand and use. Its a big help!

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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Finanlly Starting School!!!!

Awesome. Good for you. Hopefully I will be in school by the next month. Good luck!

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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Sage Truck Driving Academy

Thanks, I called them and it turns out they are moving and their students are not elligable for loans or pale grants even though they say on their website that they are... bummer :(

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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Sage Truck Driving Academy

Has anyone heard, either good or bad, about this school?

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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Nervous, anyone have some advice?

Okay thanks everyone. Really appreiciate it!

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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Nervous, anyone have some advice?

So I have applied to some companies and now I am going to start calling them, and maybe some other companies I haven't applied for yet to get some information on if they are hiring in my area, etc. But I'm wondering like are they rude when you call them to check on your application and to gather information? Im sure they are very busy with their actual drivers and probably don't want to waist time talking to me?

Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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Update!

Hey everyone, so I applied for a few company sponsored schools. CR England, Prime, and Swift. Haven't been contacted by any one of them so far. I am worried that maybe some of my information might be turning them off. I do have two misdemieners on my record, both shoplifting. Also they ask if I have ever had my license suspended. Well technically that answer to that is no. But it was because of a mistake either by the courts, or the MVD. I was supposed to have it suspended but the MVD never followed through, or the courts never sent them the order. Either way my license has never been suspended. So when asked that question on an app, I say no it hasn't. Im wondering when they do the background check will they ask the courts if my license is suspended or the MVD? Oh and its not like they just haven't gotten around to it yet, this was all susposed to happen over 5 years ago and never did.

Posted:  8 years, 5 months ago

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Dootson School of Trucking

Does anyone know someone who attended the school?

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