What Are My Chances Of Securing A Job?

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timerider's Comment
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Hello everyone, new guy here and hopefully soon to be truck driver in the future! How does my record look to a potential employer, I know its not perfect but I honestly don't think its terrible either.

I used to drive a truck, did it for 2 years then quit. Soon after I quit, I received a DUI in my own vehicle, this was in 2008. I completed some AA meetings, and paid all my fines, after this incident I quit drinking and never looked back.

Here it is, several years later and I want to get back on the road. Since that incident I got 2 speeding tickets, one in 2014 and another in 2015. The 2014 ticket was issued for going 19 mph over the speed limit of 65. The 2015 ticket was issued for going 10 mph over the speed limit of 35.

I've been unemployed for the last year. Before my unemployment I was working for the same employer in manufacturing for 3 years and 11 months.

Also, don't know if this will count for anything but I did attend school while I was unemployed and started a volunteer program with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Anyways, its not like I was at home sitting on my but, I thought I had a good plan and a goal but things changed.

I hope to get a job with either Jim Palmer, Wil-Trans , O&S trucking or Trailiner. These companies offer CDL training and I feel like they would make a good fit for me.

So what do you all think? Is it going to be a uphill climb or am I worrying about nothing? I know there's mega carriers out there that are more lenient on new hires and have terminals close by but I'm trying to stick to a medium to small size carrier.

Please comment and let me know what you think, Thanks.



Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.


Driving Under the Influence


Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

C T.'s Comment
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Those are some blemishes but I think you'd still get a shot somewhere. I'd start out applying everywhere, especially 2nd chance companies like CR england, western express, maybe swift. (No offense to those drivers lol). If you can get your foot in the door and get some recent experience you may be good to go.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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