Going Back On The Road

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Rockin' Rick's Comment
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I popped in here a few times over the last couple of years. I started with Roehl, and since then I officially have 9 jobs in the last three years. My experience now tells me...that track record has kept me from getting back on the road as soon as I'd have liked to. Companies I've worked for won't take me back because of the number, and companies I'd like to work for won't touch me with a ten foot cargo lock.

I chased jobs trying to get closer to a girlfriend....no that didn't work out. And I tried the L/P route, and didn't get the miles to pay me enough to buy soup. I drove teams for a FedEx contractor. I couldn't sleep Monday and Tuesday. By Wednesday, I couldn't stay awake. Decent money...too exhausted for my girlfriend.

I've had fun with medical issues and being rejected. As a type 2 diabetic, I take tablets, not insulin. One of the tablets channels extra sugar into the bladder. A company I really wanted to work for because of sugar in my urine. The medical examiner's hands were tied...he knew about the meds but company policy said "no-go at this station".

A couple of companies want six of the last twelve months OTR. Having left the road at the end of last August, that got a few replies of "we're not moving forward on your application at this time". Companies can be choosey, and will be when it comes to their insurance mandates concerning the definitions of experienced drivers.

Having my hands tied, and wallet thin, I chose to go back to guarding the thin blue line. In most places, that job does not pay well; although, its getting better. Getting kicked to the curb and supporting two households has brought me right back to where I was in the beginning of 2014 when I decided to go to TDI: time to get paid.

So, through Brett's awesome site here, and scrubbing the net for facts, I've concluded I'm going to give it another go. My choices are limited, but the small group of companies is solid. Thanks, Brett... If I'm not rejected again, I'll start a new diary.

Happy Independence Day, Rick


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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