Not Bad Enough To Get Fired But Not Good Enough To Get Hired

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Andrew B.'s Comment
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So my one year is up Sept 28 and I'm looking to get off the road and drive local. My 1st year wasn't perfect I backed into a light pole in training that was in nov (dot prev #1) and backed into a truck on my blindside causing minimal damage cracked one horizontal plastic piece on grill (dot prev#2) that was in may. I'm typing this waiting for a tire guy cause I punctured a drive tire I caught on a broken curb. I'm worried that these little things add up and won't be able to get hired locally it seems they're a little more strict can anyone tell me if I'm stuck otr or if I'm worrying over nothing thanks

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Well there are certainly companies out there that will hire you. I don't know that you'll have your selection of companies necessarily, but you're not stuck OTR. As always, though, you want to find a new job before you quit the one you have.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Josh B.'s Comment
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it seems they're a little more strict

There are reasons for this. As a local driver, you will be be in tighter environments more often. The pace is typically faster, as you will be required to do multiple pick-ups and deliveries in a day. This faster pace increases the risk of an accident. Their insurance rates, per driver, are typically higher as well. They can't afford minor accidents like the huge transport companies can. Local jobs usually want to know that you have enough experience navigating a truck through city streets, parking lots, and dock areas before they place a bet on you. Fill out apps and see what happens, but do it while you're still employed(Stability is important to them too, as orientation and training cost $). If you have no luck, keep doing what you're doing and strive to get better. Everyone makes mistakes. Showing improvement will go along way down the road.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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