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Workhorse 's Info

  • Location:
    Ocala, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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    1 year, 7 months ago

Workhorse 's Bio

29 years old and my work history is all over the place. Not afraid of rolling my sleeves up and getting these hands dirty, actually prefer it. Served 4 years in the Marine Corps as a Machinr Gunner, serving on 3 deployments. Been around the world but haven’t seen what my beloved America has to offer. Before time is to late for me I’ve decided to pursue my dream of professional driving.

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Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Update from Workhorse!!

Hello everyone, missed you all. So I've been to school as you all know and passed every test thrown at me in the first try! I completed my final testing as a 1 & Done!!! I've been hired by US Xpress and am currently home waiting on a trainer. It's been 3 weeks since I graduated and as you may know have had a lot to do. I've watched over 50 safety videos and completed about as many small quizzes. I signed up as an OTR Solo Driver so that I can gain the most experience in every climb and place. My girlfriend left me while I was in school but I'm not going to let that get me down as I'm looking at it as she didn't want to be a part of this great and exciting new chapter in my life. My family has really stepped up for me in these times and they're as excited as I am for me to begin my training and upgrade to my very own truck. I wanted to take a moment real quick and thank you all for the encouraging words, comfort, and advice that you all have given to me and to all the others that visit your website. Also, keep up the good work and I promise to drop in and update you all as I go. Thanks again to my new trucking family. "Workhorse"

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Chuck Norris Jokes You've Heard

Chuck Norris solved Bermuda’s Triangle by using pathagorean theorem.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Update to my training.

Haven’t met a jimmy or Henry here Susan D. Been studying pre-trip, and backing skills. First day out on the yard went through all three straight, cross, and parallel. No problems there just listened and done as I was told. Getting pre-trip down pretty well. Went out on the road yesterday for about 70 miles some minor issues turning but usual for my first day out. I’m nervous but having fun. Still a lot to do and learn but am highly motivated to get it done and done well. Sorry if this is short and sporadic but I’m using my break to write back to you all. Hope you all are safe out there and hope to see you out on the road soon.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Update to my training.

Hello all, I’ve had a great first week here at training in Elizabethtown Kentucky. I passed my CDL permit test on the first try. Tomorrow starts my second week, I will start performing pretrip inspections and doing my backing skills. Looking forward to it!! My class started with 10 and now we’re down to 6. It’s not easy but I’m having a great time. I look forward to meeting you all on the road very soon. Stay safe out there and I will keep you posted each week as I progress. My permit consisted of general knowledge, combinations, and air brakes. No endorsements.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Want my cdl

I would fill out the applications first, Do include everything. This way if you are contacted by a recruiter it could mean that they are willing to work with you. Again though, most carriers if not all will want a completed substance abuse program before they even offer their program so that would be the first thing you should do before applying. just my opinion and I could be mistaken so hopefully the others can help me out.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Want my cdl

Hey Charles, Good luck to you. The advice that you're getting from these folks is excellent and on par with what you are going to encounter. Most companies are going to require 2 things when it comes to drug use 1. Time 2. Substance Abuse Program (SAP). I don't have a record for drug use but I do have 1 failed test that I report to carriers I apply to, me having a completed SAP certificate is what got me a pre-hire letter and training within the company. I recommend that you look into approved SAP Programs. I have written about such programs in my past so just look for my name (Workhorse) and read up.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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WorkHorse Update...Looking hopeful!!!

UPDATE: I have received my pre-hire letter from USX and am slated to start April 16.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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WorkHorse Update...Looking hopeful!!!

Sure thing G-Town For my situation being a veteran I had some better resources at my disposal. First thing is to find an SAP accredited counselor, the web is a good tool to use but I would recommend talking with the carrier and seeing if they have any they would recommend; you're going to be honest with them and they will know so if they'll help you find a program that's a good sign. For me I went to my local VA and they pointed me to my local American Legion who did have an SAP Counselor (luck). After you've found a counselor you will talk with them about such things as frequency of use, reason for use, just know that it is essentially a therapist and drug counseling appointment. you will discuss ways to get clean, coping techniques and other personal things where at the end of the initial meeting a recommendation will be made. Now they may recommend that you meet with them again for several weeks to ensure that you are sticking with the program, at the end you will receive a certificate that you must keep to verify that you completed the course. you will not receive the certificate or recommendation letter until you have completed the program. That's it in a nutshell and the programs do vary.

I will say don't lie about anything and don't try to cover up anything, they've been doing this for a while and have seen and heard all there is. Drug screenings are used throughout the process. For me, I assumed at a party that a vape pen was filled with nicotine juice but it wasn't. It was the one and only time that I had used a drug that wasn't prescribed to me and I suffered the consequences of hiding that truth with my employer. I performed 2 drug screens once at the start and the other at the end, I was clean both times which helped them determine that I just had a rough patch of rotten luck. It's not something to take lightly and I will say that if you're a serious drug user and you think that you can do this and get under the radar to be paid to use DO NOT ATTEMPT!! This is what they're looking out for, those liars who just want a job without giving up their awful lifestyle. If this is you then don't apply there is no place for you behind the wheel.

Hope this helps if anyone else has anything to add or contribute feel free to do so.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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WorkHorse Update...Looking hopeful!!!

USX is okay with the failed drug screen? The one you informed us of in your initial post?

The reason I ask; they are not typically known as a second chance company.

Yes G-town they know and we’re glad to see that I had already done the counseling required. I had to talk with their safety department and they informed me that they had spoken with my employer and they were told a lot of great things that made them feel I was worth the chance. Thanks again everyone for the words of advice and encouragement.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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WorkHorse Update...Looking hopeful!!!

I'm going to talk to my recruiter Monday. I was able to submit my application and send over my information on Wednesday and talked with my recruiter on Thursday but it was late in the day and seemed like she was in a rush it being a holiday weekend and all. I was given the number for the school and told to talk with them and that I met the qualification requirements for USX. After talking with the school which seemed to go great that was when I was informed that they would run my credit, I'm thinking that pending those results will determine if I can receive a pre-hire letter. I'm excited that it seems I may have a chance but again my past crept up on me and has me worrying again. I hope that it's not as big a deal as I'm making it out to be since all of the bad marks were years ago and I do have at least one good report showing recent activity that is being "Paid as agreed". I would like to thank each and every person that has voiced their opinion, given advice, and wisdom I have listened and valued it greatly.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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WorkHorse Update...Looking hopeful!!!

I've been talking with US Xpress for training and employment. I have been approved by them and handed over to their partner school for approval. So things are looking up for me and I am excited, my only worry right now is that the school is running my credit. I don't know what the requirement is but I do know that my report isn't good like at all...without giving to much personal information out I have a score better than 550 but with several derogatory marks. How worried do I need to be right now?

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Update: Passed my Tests and also got my REAL ID

Congratulations Colin K. I am currently studying with the High Road Training program and was worried if the information given was adequate enough to pass the permit test even though I've read the Florida and Missouri CDL Manual. So thank you for alleviating this worry, I'm currently on section 2 with a 95% overall and 100% across the board so far for section 2.

For Bret, one thing I think should be added is the proper lamp colors in the review portion. It's probably not a big deal for the written test but elsewhere I've heard that a lot of drivers are placed out of service simply because they were unaware that their lamps were the improper color; don't know how accurate that information is but it's just a thought of mine.

Congratulations again Colin and Good Luck to you in your future endeavors.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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I'm not letting my past haunt my future!!!

Thank you Rainy D & Danielsahn.

I am currently talking to a few smaller “second chance” companies such as Carolina cargo, XPO, and US Xpress.

As I said I have been through an approved SAP program and most companies want a bit more time, the incident occurred 14 months ago and I have had a few tell me that 2 years is ok with them as long as I can show good verifiable work history until then with companies that are respected (I’m guessing that means no “felony companies”).

My reason for getting my CDL privately is: 1. To allow time to pass while working. 2. I will have to transfer my CDL anyways after I get it with company training so I’ll go ahead and receive it in my home state. 3. I’ll also have time to apply for my Passport, TWIC card and so forth.

I know that doing this isn’t guaranteeing me a job or that the process will be any easier; but I do have to believe in the old saying that actions speak louder than words which is what I live by. I could just lay low for a little while until this blows over or I could act proactively and Pray that their is a company out their that will take this into account (not betting on it but hopeful).

The Marine in me doesn’t just let a target go, I seek it out, stalk it, and learn all I can about it; when the time comes I will be prepared as I can be to pounce on it. When the time comes and a company is willing to evaluate and offer me a pre-hire offer I will not be found wanting. There’s a Bible passage I’m reminded of about a thief coming in the night, in the parable Jesus asks if you know he’s coming will you sleep or stay awake and alert? (Paraphrased.) I will not be found sitting on a log but rather standing with my head held high and everything in order.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Passport book or just card?

Thanks for that PJ I figured that the card would be sufficient enough. I’m looking to maximize my potential without spending unnecessarily. The card is WAY cheaper than the book

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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I'm not letting my past haunt my future!!!

Yes Rainy D I've read and interviewed with a lot of companies, I've also looked over any and all information that has been passed to me. I've decided to go ahead and get my CDL through a Community College not just so I can have my CDL and hopefully get a job, it's to allow some more time to pass because 99% of the carriers I've talked with have stopped the conversation right as soon as I've admitted the failed drug test even though an approved SAP has been conducted. Most carriers claim that they wish to have a few years in-between from the failure. I'm not letting this stop me I want the trucking industry to see how determined I am, to know that I am an honest and reliable driver. I wasn't an addict or a regular user. I have family members that have succumbed to that lifestyle and I WILL NOT be one of them. I thank you for your advice and hope that I still have everyone here in my corner, because just like Rocky Balboa I might be beaten down until my face resembles a catchers mitt but I AM NOT OUT!! I cannot and will not give up on this.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Passport book or just card?

Bumping this up the chain so that I can get better answers. Thanks for the info.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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I'm not letting my past haunt my future!!!

Ok Trucking Truth Community!!!

Hello again; thanks for all the wonderful information and support from this website provided by all of you. I now have a plan; I'm heading to Kentucky, my hometown to attend training privately to obtain my Class A CDL w/ Tank & Hazmat endorsements. Thanks to my family who will be supporting me by putting me up during my training, without them I'd still be struggling. As I'm preparing for the move and the start of classes I am wanting to get a jump on pre-hire letters. How do I do that? I know I'll still have training miles to complete with my carrier but how do I know which companies will hire 0 experience? I know I can go through all the Company Sponsored Training list and just ignore the CDL Training portion of information. So do all carriers hire new graduates? Which are the best for a new driver?. I'm not asking for personal experiences just wisdom and advice from experienced drivers. Thanks again for all your help, advice, and wisdom again community.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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I've updated the homepage - looking for opinions

Very well organized and chalked full of information. I agree with Errol V. In that photo’s would be inviting. Maybe not one but something like a sliding photo book or something. Also, going a little further into trucking more that just CDL studies would be nice. Important routes to remember, what gear is better than others, bridge clearance warning spots and such. In short, things a person is likely to experience or encounter once a CDL is obtained and the new career is underway. Maybe even information on the different Diesel engines for those without any mechanical experience; for instance I grew up with a single mom and no father figure so I have no idea where to locate a water pump for the radiator. (Thanks to YouTube I know to follow the lines leading to and from to find it.)

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Questions for the Recruiters

Workhorse, a couple of things here.

First of all, it doesn't help that much to gather first hand experiences from other drivers. Great drivers have great experiences anywhere they work, lousy drivers have lousy experiences anywhere they work. Every company in the nation has a chorus of people singing their praises and a chorus of people blasting them to bits.

If you have very specific questions about a carrier then first hand experience is more helpful. But the general, "How do you like it there?" kind of stuff isn't going to be helpful.

You really only need to worry about a few things, mainly:

1) How often do you want to get home?

2) What type of freight do you want to haul?

3) What regions of the country would you like to run?

I noticed your list includes everything - flatbed carriers, dry van carriers, refrigerated carriers, and some with a mix of various types of freight. You'll want to decide up front which type you'd like to start with. Unless your heart is really set on flatbed I would start with dry van or refrigerated, depending on how often you'd like to get home.

Once you answer those questions you'll narrow down the choices considerably. At that point apply to any companies that fit those choices and see who offers you a position. People are always spending tons of time evaluating companies only to find out they're not even being offered a position by most of the companies they had on their list. So apply first, then do a deeper evaluation of the companies that are actually interested in hiring you.

You can Apply For Paid CDL Training right here on our website and it will go to several different carriers. You can then apply directly to others you may be interested in.

Also, read through these if you haven't already:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Thanks Bret, that covered A LOT of useful information. I also want to say that I'm not really concerned with the type of freight that I run, does that matter? Not being a professional driver I don't know the pro's and con's of the different types and just as it's repeatedly suggested to get as many endorsements as I can for marketability I thought perhaps having experience in the different freight types would be just as beneficial. I have thought though that starting out it might be better to do dry van or reefer. What are your thoughts?

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Questions for the Recruiters

Thank you Big Scott for your shout out to CFI is there anything you can tell me about their training process? Any and all information would be helpful.

To G-town thanks for your input as well, I know that my semi-recent bad decision is a hurtle that I must pass before I can continue to Step 2. I have been honest as I received a call from a recruiter with CRST just this morning and that conversation is already over. I will look into the "Second chance" companies as you called them. Should I be concerned though that since they are taking chances with people that they are hiring the drivers who want to be paid to drive and use? I'm not looking to get with a company that will tarnish my reputation due to association. I want to be a true professional in the industry known for Safety, Efficiency, and Punctuality.

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