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    Omaha, NE

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    3 years, 3 months ago

Jrod's Bio

I am the Director of Recruiting & Retention at Greater Omaha Express. I also handle all of our marketing and social media pages (Including our YouTube Channel!). https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD4BessWEbj-c_yRXLNsx-LydErQ4orXu

We are a company that does require 2 years of recent OTR experience, so I'm just here to help new drivers make the best decisions for their career down the road. My best advice? Your first company is likely just as good as 99% of the other companies out there. If you hated trucking your first year, and you still hated it your second year... It's probably not the company. Not everyone is cut out for trucking, but those who are will be valued by any company they choose to drive for.

I can answer almost any questions about the application process, backgrounds, reports, work history issues, MVR, PSP, DAC, etc... Don't hestiate to ask me anything you think I can help you with. I'm here for the love of the game. This website is an INCREDIBLE resource for drivers at any stage of their career, and I always try to steer truckers to come check it out.

- Jerrod

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Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Verification

Its the company, period. Tenstreet is the road you travel on to get there. You can't blame the street if the store won't open their doors.

I spend 8 hours a day using Tenstreet - some companies are fast, some companies are slow. Tenstreet can usually help your recruiter if its been a week and they already have your verification on file from a different request in the past. But if its never been in the system before, its up to your former company.

Per DOT rules, they technically have to respond... in 30 days. But most companies respond ASAP because they don't want to get jerked around next time THEY need a Verification.

Drove for a year and went into the hospital, now looking at getting a local job, have a seasonal one lined up and last step was employment verification...passed everything else....middle of last week, verification request was sent to tenstreet website and is still pending..anyone have problems with this website before? Is this normal for tenstreet to take awhile for verification, or does it depend on the company?

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Puppies/Dogs on the road questions

Usually, if you bring them in young and small, you aren't going to have any problems after you've established yourself as a dependable driver. Most places aren't going to let a profitable driver go because their dog grew bigger.

I've also noticed a lot of companies have restrictions for dogs/pets based on weight. Huskies get pretty big, relatively speaking. Might wanna double check on your company's weight limit for dogs, if they have any.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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How Do I Get Background Information?

Go to HireRight and ask for a "CDLIS+" report.

It will list every drivers license number you have ever had in the US - some states go back as far as 30-40 years. It won;t give you dates, or violations, but it will list the state and the license number, so you can then run an MVR.

If you fill out an app with me, I'll run you one and send it to you...

I don't want to link or list a phone number, because this is a not the place for recruiting or advertising, but if you reach out to Brett, he can contact me and I will send you the info you need to contact me.

Good luck!

This is a question about how to get all your background information, before your potential employer gets it. My problem is that I lived in one state (Texas) for 30 years, and have long since forgotten some details about my driving record, except that the only ticket I remember paying was not in that state. [I did not have a CDL then.] I tried to get a copy of my driving record directly from TxDOT, but if you must have more than just your old license number to obtain that record off the TxDOT website - they also want some other data that is on your physical license - data I do not have. I also need to see what a potential employer is going to see when they get the driving record from the state where I am pretty sure I ended up paying a fine. - But how do I get that record? - I don't have a license number for that state? I am asking for advice here before I take the expensive step of hiring an attorney just to obtain information about myself that (obviously) potential employers can get. Oh, and I played around with some of those websites that claim to find data about anyone - got back a bunch of totally wrong data (maybe because I have a very common name)? Hopefully no potential employer uses those web sites! Anyone who has direct knowledge of how companies do background checks, and more importantly, how I can see the exact same data they will see, would be much appreciated

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Ain't no money in trucking...

I think sometimes, some people just don't understand how money works. While this is sort of rare, I probably have 1-2 applicants ask me what they are really getting paid per mile, after the company "steals" our "take" from the taxes! This really caught me off guard at first - Do they think the company is getting their taxes, or that we're not actually paying that money out?!? So while I'm on that topic, here is an actual conversation I had today with someone who applied, and this one was a doozy!:

Driver: "SO HOW MUCH DO YOU PAY?" ---

Me: "our true otr drivers will avg $1100 - $1500 per week, right now we are pacing for a $65,600 avg in 2018 for our otr drivers. we have home weekend drivers that take shorter stuff that will probably make around $50,000, and we have our northeast dedicated drivers that will be in the $80,000+" ---

"NO - HOW MUCH DO YOU ACTUALLY PAY?" ---

"that is what we actually pay them" ---

"SO YOUR DRIVERS ARE CASHING 4 DIGIT CHECKS EVERY WEEK? YEAH RIGHT" ---

"are you asking what our avg net/gross pay is? we aren't the government, or your ex, and I don't know what other deductions you have taken out, or what you claim on your taxes. the number I gave you is literally what we pay, out of our company’s bank account, to our drivers. everyone is in a different tax situation, so i can't tell you what your actual net pay would be, I can only tell you what you likely income will be." ---

"SO ITS JUST A TRICK THEN? YOU TELL PEOPLE THEY WILL MAKE $1200 PER WEEK EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW THEY REALLY ONLY GET $750 PER WEEK?" ---

"again, I don't know what your tax situation is. I am giving you the literal amount of money that the company pays for your work. this sounds like more of a 'write your congressman situation' than a company situation. we are talking about your income. your income is how much you earn. whatever the gov takes out of your income is out of my hands." ---

"SO I'LL ONLY MAKE $750 FOR 7 DAYS OF WORK? THATS BS!" ---

"i don't know what they take out of your checks! I don’t know how else to tell you about how much you'll make. i can only tell you about what we pay. this is just exactly like every other job in the real world, your income is what you earned. this is not some scheme our company does, i'm not trying to trick anyone here. go online, look at any job listing, any company income review, at any type of work that isn't an "under-the-table-cash-only" situation. every income you see listed anywhere is gross. that is society’s agreed upon method of discussing income. the ‘net’ is up to you, your life, and your gov representatives. i don't know what deductions you have, and if i assume them and i am wrong, then you’ll call me a liar. this is why everyone talks about income, and not 'net income' because net involves factors that are impossible for me to know." ----

(This next part is probably not my best shining moment, but I was really frustrated, like "how do you not understand this?!?! What planet do you live on? And of course, I always bristle a little on the inside when I hear newer drivers complaining about pay that is at least $20k more than I will be taking home this year...I always try to remind myself that I get to go home every night and sleep in my bed, so I can't be too sore about it...)

"THIS SOUNDS LIKE JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF CORPORATE GREED, COMPANIES JUST LOOKING TO RIP OFF A DRIVER AND KEEP US POOR. I'LL HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT" ---

"i will make it easy for you. You have 2.5 years of trucking and you’re already at 7 jobs…and no wonder, you have no idea how income works and you probably think everyone is lying to you about how much you'll make. I was trying to do you a favor by even processing your application for approval, you’re barely last 120 days at each job you hop to and i would have had to fight hard to get you approved with that sort of work history. I don’t think you’ll be a good fit here if you can’t even wrap your mind around the basic concept of income works. this is not some 'trucking industry' thing, this is how the entire workforce in the usa operates. Hows about you go get 18-24 months with a single carrier, a good referral, and then we can see about getting you approved to drive here. For now, we are going to have to decline your application."

"I KNEW YOU WERE JUST ANOTHER ******* TRUCKING C..."

(I just hung up on him. First time I have done that in a few years. Felt fired up, then immediately I felt guilty, but there are too many good drivers who need a good job to mess with a lost cause...)

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Budgeting Tips For CDL School & Training - article by Rainy

I should really proof read these posts better before submitting!

1. Base your budget on the LOW end of your Avg Monthly Income.

2. Last Sentence: Than = Then

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Budgeting Tips For CDL School & Training - article by Rainy

Excellent article! Im sure this will be very helpful to many.

One question i have is how do you guys budget bills? The inconsistency in pay would drive me crazy whether it was breakdowns, bad weather or even having turned in your paperwork too late (so miles are on following weeks check).

I always like to mention - Trucking is the first place I have EVER worked where you get paid weekly.

As far as budgeting goes... Sure, week to week, paychecks can vary significantly, but be honest - your month to month income should be fairly consistent (& hopefully, increasing, as you learn more and more from the masters here at TruckingTruth!).

Base your budget on your Avg Monthly income - that is my recommendation.

Many places outside of trucking still pay bi-weekly or Monthly. Everywhere I worked before Greater Omaha Express was Bi-weekly pay checks. My wife is a school teacher, and she gets paid once a month. We set up our automatic bill payments on the 22nd of the month because of that. Then we use my weekly checks for other expenses, savings (lol!) and living costs.

It takes some discipline, but if the rest of the world can deal with it, than intelligent, planning, self-reliant truckers can too!

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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What companies will still hire you if you had a no-conviction fender bender within the last 3 years?

Roehl turned me down because of it. I explained to them that I received no citation because of it, and that nothing ever became of it. Only reason they know about it, is because I was being honest and upfront with them. I would get myself an MVR to see if its even on my record, but in my state it costs 40$, and I feel like I should still be honest with companies, or is this screwing me out of a job?

How long have you been driving? If you "apply"with us, I will run your MVR and send you a copy. **Wink Wink**

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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1...2...3...4...5....6....

Thanks Scott, but I have to be able to deal with these issues on my own. Frustrating when dealing with too many cooks in the kitchen and none seem to know how to cook.

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You should have called me.

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This reminds me of a story I heard when I was younger that always stuck with me:

This guy was stuck in rapidly rising flood waters. He climbed onto the roof of his house and trusted that between himself & God, he could get out of this situation. A neighbor came by in a canoe and said, “The waters will soon be above your house. Hop in and we’ll paddle to safety.”

“No thanks” replied the man. “I'm coming up with a plan on my own, and I’ve prayed to God and I’m sure he will save me”

A short time later the police came by in a boat. “The waters will soon be above your house. Hop in and we’ll take you to safety.”

“No thanks” replied the man. “Me and the Man Upstairs have got this covered”

A little time later a rescue services helicopter hovered overhead, let down a rope ladder and said. “The waters will soon be above your house. Climb the ladder and we’ll fly you to safety.”

“No thanks” replied the man. “Save someone else who needs it, God will save me if I can't do this myself”

All this time the floodwaters continued to rise, until soon they reached above the roof and the man drowns. When he arrived at heaven, the frustrated man demanded an audience with God. Ushered into God’s throne room, the man said, “Lord, why am I here in heaven? I prayed for you to save me, I trusted you to save me from that flood.”

“Yes you did my child” replied the Lord. “And I sent you a canoe, a boat and a helicopter. But you never got in.” ________________________________________________

One thing I take away from this is that knowing when to ask for and/or accept help from others IS taking care of things. ________________________________________________

But - hey man - its a bad day, it won't be the last one in this career. But there will be MANY great ones, and a lot of normal boring ones in-between.

Keep your head up, you got this, and you have the self-determination to make sure you get to the next day.

Drive Safe!

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Dyslexia

Hello,

I'm looking to get more information about truck drivers with dyslexia. You can assume by me making this thread, that I have dyslexia.

Now I don't have any problems with understanding instructions, or being able to operate these trucks safely, etc. My main problem is just spelling, I can spell decently on my phone and when I can't spell something I tend to use the speech to text and write it on paper for example.

So my question is simple: Will having dyslexia affect my trucking career? Such as not getting hired, or being let go over having problems spelling without the use of your phone and or speech to text, etc.

Thanks for any information you can give me.

I look at applications all day, and if I rejected all of the ones that can't spell, I'd be home by noon every day. Being a good driver and being able to communicate is important. Remembering what vowels are in the word "Maintenance" is not. Maintenence? Sure I know what you mean. Maintanance? Got it. Manetenits? I can still figure out what you mean.

I would say 98% of apps have at least once of these words misspelled on it: "Logistics", "Trucking", "Employer/Unemployed", "Opportunity", "Dispatch", "Transportation", "Terminated", "Resigned"

Here are the ones (that I actually noticed) on the last app that came in:

famring resighned maintnence

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Advice needed...

Hi guys. I am looking to have a change of pace and start a new career as a truck driver. I have a question. I was involved in a very minor rear-end Collision 2 years ago. I was cited with careless driving. This precludes me from a lot of carriers. Do you know of any companies willing to hire and train new CDL drivers who have a careless driving crash within the last 3 years? Mine was 2 years ago. Thank you in advance. Justin

YIKES! IF it was minor - why did they give you "Careless Driving" instead of "Following Too Closely"? I mean, both are bad for CDLs, but Follow2Close is usually a single point offense, whereas Careless/Reckless is a major red flag citation.

That stinks - I always recommend fighting every ticket, but now as a trucker, that can be tough since you are out on the road more often.

But the next best thing to do is go talk to the prosecutor. Try to do it at least a week or two before your court date with any moving violations. First - Ask if they will drop it - ha ha ha. Hasn't worked yet, but who knows? But secondly, and most importantly, explain how you need your driver's license to earn money, and your license needs to be as clean as possible. Let them know you plan on going to court to fight it, but you would be agreeable to making an easy deal and taking care of all of this right now. They may or may not make you an offer right then. If not, make your own deal - ask to have them change the charge to something "more accurate" or lesser charges, and agree to plead guilty and pay the fine today.

Got a 15 MPH speeding ticket? Agree to plead guilty and pay the fine right then and there for 10 MPH over.

Get a "Following Too Closely" or "Failure to Maintain Lane"? Offer to plead guilty to "Failure to Obey Traffic Signal". Most prosecutors, especially traffic court ones, are super busy and won't mind getting a guilty plea, collecting the fine, and saving themselves some time - you just made their week easier, eliminated paper work, made the JUDGE that they have to work with everyday happier - and it took less than 10 minutes.

Your CDL is your business. Don't feel bad about making deals to protect your business. Every employer is using lawyers to make deals, find shortcuts and identify every loophole in the legal system to protect themselves, and you should too....And you don't have to be a lawyer to do it! Be polite, keep an even tone, and just ask for what you want. THAT move hasn't failed me or my circle of influence yet.

<----- Not a Lawyer, Not Legal Advice.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Old driver -want to return

Hey guys and gals,

I'm now 65, but I drove mostly local and tankers, though I did do a team drive for about 8 months. Eight years ago while off duty I was t-boned on my motorcycle by a guy who was texting on his phone. Anyway, I had a lot of physical damage to my rt knee. Since a knee replacement in 2015, and recovery, I want to go back and drive. Now I let my "Class A" lapse, so I want to get back into driving again but worried that my disability my keep most employers from even considering me. Am I just being paranoid? I had a lot of different jobs in life: Jet Engine Technician, HVAC Technician, Electrician and Truck Driver. My over all health is good, don't smoke or drink. I would like to return to tanker trucking jobs if possible. Any assistance would help because I just given approval yesterday from my surgeon to return to driving. And because of my disability (which is small now), California's rehabilitation act will pay for my schooling.

thanks for listening, Bob D.

You'll be fine - If you can pass a legit DOT physical, there are hundreds of places that will take you on as a regional/OTR driver. Local work is sometimes a little tougher on your knees, but you know what your physical capabilities are.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Returning to industry after 10 year absence

A wise man once told me "The trucking industry almost completely transforms every 5 years".

Saying that time traveling back to 2013, grabbing a driver and dropping him into trucking in 2018 would be a gigantic difference. Sure, driving, shifting, turning is the same, but the trucks, the rules, the regulations are completely different.

So I can imagine that the differences are different in 2018 than it was in 1999.

Remember, trucking is a performance based job, so I'd at least get a refresher or just start over again. It will come back to you faster than everyone else, and you'll rise to the top sooner than the rest.

Would you use a doctor or a lawyer who hadn't really practiced professionally in 19 years? I know it stings, but I promise there will be new things to learn from when you first hung up the CDL.

Drive Safe - and keep a good attitude - and you'll be back at the top before you know it!

Posted:  4 months ago

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Dui and wet reckless tickets

Sometimes, you can find one of those 2nd/3rd chance companies, but what I have seen looking at thousands of applications is that the Ag market is always looking and will give anyone a chance if you can sell them on you.

It wouldn't be the path I would recommend to start your trucking career, as those places can be notoriously difficult to obtain employment verification from, but if your mind is made up, you CAN do it that way.

I'd still try to work on keeping your license clean, no more major or minor violations. Example: A "Following too Closely" ticket with a minor fender bender, even in your personal vehicle is only a 1 pt violation on your MVR. But to trucking companies, its almost as bad as a DUI, and worse than a +15 MPH speeding ticket.

I'd work on driving like a professional every single time you get in your car for a few years before moving forward. No one's perfect, but in trucking, it is the expectation.

Ag Market = Farmers and Co-ops... tiny rural grain/produce haulers, etc. Probably not Monsanto or anything like that...

Posted:  4 months ago

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Dui and wet reckless tickets

Sometimes, you can find one of those 2nd/3rd chance companies, but what I have seen looking at thousands of applications is that the Ag market is always looking and will give anyone a chance if you can sell them on you.

It wouldn't be the path I would recommend to start your trucking career, as those places can be notoriously difficult to obtain employment verification from, but if your mind is made up, you CAN do it that way.

I'd still try to work on keeping your license clean, no more major or minor violations. Example: A "Following too Closely" ticket with a minor fender bender, even in your personal vehicle is only a 1 pt violation on your MVR. But to trucking companies, its almost as bad as a DUI, and worse than a +15 MPH speeding ticket.

I'd work on driving like a professional every single time you get in your car for a few years before moving forward. No one's perfect, but in trucking, it is the expectation.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Automatics for Millenials?

Us too here at GO Express- most of the Automatics we have are with the 55+ crowd. The young bucks are still trying to prove they are "REAL" truckers and insist on manual transmissions, while the smarter, older ones have figured out the "work smarter" technique.

My company has been on automatics exclusively for years now. The fuel savings alone has been tremendous. And I think you're over estimating the amount of "old guys" that would rather drive stick. Most of the old farts I work with prefer the autos. They're just tired of the stick.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Automatics for Millenials?

Sort of like "Power Steering for Baby-Boomers"...

Same thing happened then - "You need POWER-STEERING?!? What are you? Some kind of wuss that can't turn your truck? Dang Baby-Boomer/GenX Steering Wheel holders..."

Can you even imagine not having power steering now? Same excuses too: "But I prefer manual steering because I can feel the road better, and I can tell when my tires need changing or more air..."

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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How NOT to Have a Good Looking Application...

No problem, Jason!

I hope everything works out well for you - the info you sent me says that you could be (and probably are!) a great asset to your company. If not, you know where to find me...

That being said - refer back to the many professional athlete metaphors in the blogs posts from this site. It's a competitive, performance based business, and you're only as valuable as you make yourself. You keep those numbers going and you'll be a Top tier player. You can't be a flash in the pan (not saying you are!) with a couple months of strong effort, you have to work hard to get to the top tier, and then work harder to stay there!

Indeed, and well said

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JRod, I am glad too see this on here, if it were not for this site and everyone on here, I wouldn’t be the driver I am today. Its good to see the other side of the spectrum from the personnel side of things. Gives insight into the selection process, seems like the same old excuse.

I am not one to judge, I am the person who understands the most. I had a rocky first few years partly because of my wife having cancer x2 and beating it, and because I was a knucklehead and kept trying to improve my paycheck status and home time, however if it were not for learning and applying what I have learned on here, I wouldn’t be what people call a top tier trucker.

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Glad to see you saw it, and found a way to fix it!

That's the thing - it's not an overly complicated fix for someone with a work history like my original post. It's not always pleasant or easy, but its not complicated.

Pretend you're starting over. Treat your current company like its your first company, and stick with them for 18-24 months. Focus on keeping your CDL clean. And in 18-24 months if you absolutely hate your company, have given them every opportunity to fix what you think doesn't work for you, and have physically sat down with them and they STILL can't make it work... Then you can start looking around. Don't quit a place until you have a Plan B. I also see so many "quit because not making enough money" and then a 1-2-3 or more month gap before their next job. I bet they were making more money working than not working!

Honestly, no one in the office will call someone a "Job hopper" who is giving companies 12-24 months at each stop. It's not perfect, but it definitely won't tarnish your reputation. Companies don't like losing drivers like that AT ALL, and you will usually find they are much easier to negotiate with once your service can be measured in "years" vs "months".

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Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Worst Instructor Ever

It's called TruckingTruth - and sometimes, the dress DOES make you look fat, honey.

Encouragement is plentiful here, but sugarcoating is not.

You can do it, Jerad!

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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How NOT to Have a Good Looking Application...

JRod, I am glad too see this on here, if it were not for this site and everyone on here, I wouldn’t be the driver I am today. Its good to see the other side of the spectrum from the personnel side of things. Gives insight into the selection process, seems like the same old excuse.

I am not one to judge, I am the person who understands the most. I had a rocky first few years partly because of my wife having cancer x2 and beating it, and because I was a knucklehead and kept trying to improve my paycheck status and home time, however if it were not for learning and applying what I have learned on here, I wouldn’t be what people call a top tier trucker.

Glad to see you saw it, and found a way to fix it!

That's the thing - it's not an overly complicated fix for someone with a work history like my original post. It's not always pleasant or easy, but its not complicated.

Pretend you're starting over. Treat your current company like its your first company, and stick with them for 18-24 months. Focus on keeping your CDL clean. And in 18-24 months if you absolutely hate your company, have given them every opportunity to fix what you think doesn't work for you, and have physically sat down with them and they STILL can't make it work... Then you can start looking around. Don't quit a place until you have a Plan B. I also see so many "quit because not making enough money" and then a 1-2-3 or more month gap before their next job. I bet they were making more money working than not working!

Honestly, no one in the office will call someone a "Job hopper" who is giving companies 12-24 months at each stop. It's not perfect, but it definitely won't tarnish your reputation. Companies don't like losing drivers like that AT ALL, and you will usually find they are much easier to negotiate with once your service can be measured in "years" vs "months".

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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How NOT to Have a Good Looking Application...

I was involved in a single vehicle rollover accident in 2016 in my personal vehicle with no tickets or citations issued and no property damaged and no one else involved except for myself and I had minor injuries. This was prior to having a CDL. How do companies look at this? I have some say no and some have said come back in a few years and then I have had some say they do not care. If it is an insurance thing how do they know without checking with their insurance? Some say safety has to clear me? I do not have to worry much right now as I thankfully have a job but I mainly just wanted to know how they determine these things?

If it was deemed a "preventable" accident by your company, it's not going to be great. Failure to maintain lane of travel, Leaving the roadway, having a tow away accident (Or needing a wrecker to get it upright), and a DOT reportable accident with injuries (yourself included) doesn't get most insurance companies really excited. If there is a ticket included, its probably going to be a 3 year disqualifier for many places. No matter what, I would highly recommend having a copy of the accident report available for any potential employer to inspect. (that goes for any accident, always get and keep a copy of the accident report, and dash cam video if there is any. Otherwise, the company you were driving for will have 100% of the narrative for all future employers going forward.) Of course, there are a lot of companies out there that get to use their own judgement. Rarely is any single incident going to be enough to make a driver "un-hireable". You'll find a decent job out there, just make sure you're honest with yourself, figure out WHY your accident happened, and work really hard at making sure that never happens again. I know, you know, everyone knows - accidents happen. But... I also look at applications daily where you have OTR drivers with 10+ years of no accidents, no moving violations, etc - it is possible. They are driving down the same interstates, with the same trailers, surrounded by the same idiots... You can do it too!

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