Profile For Dawson

Dawson's Info

  • Location:
    Waldorf, MD

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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  • Joined Us:
    7 years, 11 months ago

Dawson's Bio

Reside in Maryland, state social worker for 23 years. In training at Prime Inc.

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Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Is having the same trainer in PSD/TNT ok?

Thanks Kearsey. I appreciate it

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Is having the same trainer in PSD/TNT ok?

Thanks Turtle and Old School. I will stick with this trainer.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Is having the same trainer in PSD/TNT ok?

First, thanks to Brett and everyone else for all of the invaluable information and advice on getting into this industry. I've finally jumped in and am in my first week of PSD training with Prime in the reefer division. Things are going great with my trainer and the training has gone well. My trainer has indicated he can keep me through the TNT phase, but also indicates he would understand if I wanted to gain a different perspective. I can see value in getting additional input and a different trainer during tnt but am leaning towards not rolling the dice and sticking with my current trainer. Would it be a mistake to go this route if available? Thanks

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Accident in personal vehicle

Okay thanks Brett. As long as one hopefully gives me a shot that's great. I know the rest is up to me.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Accident in personal vehicle

This question is similar to a recent post. I was in an accident in my personal vehicle in May of 2018. I failed to yield in a left hand turn. I was at fault. There were no injuries in the accident. The responding officer's report listed me as being at fault. There were however no charges filed, no tickets, and no fines. The accident does not show up on my DMV driving record and I have no points on my driving record. I would still report the accident to any potential employer. I'm hoping that since my DMV driving record is clean with no infractions or points on it that this could hopefully make a difference. Can anyone offer input as to what impact this will have on getting hired? Thanks

Posted:  6 years, 8 months ago

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Why I am becoming a truck driver later in life

Good luck to you. I'm a miserable state employee in Maryland living for the weekend. Sounded like you were describing my office. I hope this works out for you,

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Putting pet in a kennel while in training

Yeah, that's what I worry about is him going nuts if he's in there that long. That's a good idea about the rescue, I'll consider that option as well. thanks.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Putting pet in a kennel while in training

Hi, I've been lurking on here for close to a year now and continue to consider making a career change from social work to the trucking industry. I have a dog, and unfortunately do not have anyone that could watch him while I'd be in training. Has anyone boarded their pet at a kennel for several months while off in training? Has anyone here done this or heard of others having to do so? If so, how'd it go? I'm assuming I'd be looking at boarding him at least 2 months if I went to school locally at the community college and then off to a company for the driver training, or 3 months or longer if I did all of my training through a company. I figure I'm looking at over 1000 for the boarding easily. If he was an old dog or in poor health, I'd probably just hang on until he went on to glory, but he's only 9, and if I make this change, I wouldn't want to wait potentially another 4-5 years. I've had him at a kennel for 2 weeks in the past and everything seemed to be okay.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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Coast to coast solo?

Thanks for the input, appreciate it.

Posted:  7 years, 2 months ago

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Coast to coast solo?

Hi folks, continue to lurk on here and research the industry while I ponder a career change. Regardless of what I ultimately decide, I've really enjoyed this sight and reading about this industry. I currently live in the Washington D.C. area. From what I am understanding, refrigerated truckers tend to get some of the longest runs. Is it realistic to think that I'd get a chance to see the west coast as an otr refrigerated trucker, even if infrequently, from this area? Or are coast to coast runs generally run by teams these days? I am single, and if I did this, staying out 4-5 weeks at a time, if that increases my chances of getting out west, would not be an issue.

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