Former Driver Back In School As A New Driver

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Gulfwrvt's Comment
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Hello,

I was a driver from 2002-2009, am back in school :Interstate Truck Driving School, St.Paul,MN. Week One complete, Have obtained Class A permit as of today, they wanna test my backup skills Monday. Boy oh Boy have things increased, multiple back ups on test, way more on pre-trip inspection. Can still back my boat, will find out about 28' trailers Monday. When I left industry it was all stick/clutch, now its all automatic. Plan to get the Manual Transmission endorsement JIC. Looking for 3 nights out at most, regional at best, no OTR , unless kids out of school, and rider program available. I know wish and dream, but I am gonna be specific in my requests and search for the "RIGHT" fit job. Not just a "JOB".

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Auto shift only is a restriction. Using a manual transmission is still considered the standard.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome Gulfwrvt. As odd as it may seem just keep in mind that the industry is going to view you as someone who has never driven until proven otherwise, which won't take you long to prove. You haven't forgotten how to drive, but you're just going to be another rookie in the crowd to the insurance companies and people doing the hiring.

So you might have a tough time finding that right job until you get some experience in again. You might find a lot more doors opening after you get 6 - 12 months of regional or OTR in. It's really about the insurance companies more than anything. They're not going to insure you in the beginning so you'll almost certainly have to go with someone who is self-insured, and not many of them offer a lot of local stuff, at least not the first few months.

So be patient with the process. You'll get there. It might just take a little time.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Gulfwrvt's Comment
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Patrick and Brett,

Our instructor keeps asking us WHY we want to drive Stick when the whole industry is going AUTO, I say Because I still want to have the option.

Also I understand I am considered a newbie, Thanks , and I am prepared to do what I need to do to get to the JOB I need to keep my family. I have done, Local, Regional , and OTR. It all means nothing as its so long ago. I will keep everyone updated on my progress, my current plan is to get a bunch of pre-hires , and also look at local companies here such as PFG, Rhinehart, and Sysco. I know all backbreaking food delivery to restaurants. It was where I started, out 3 nights Maximum. Older, Wiser, (maybe) and still able to break my back if needed. Hard worker I am, and always will be. PS has anyone heard of https://www.sstransport.com/ . I talked to the recruiter for like 30 seconds, and told him I wanted lots of home time with three days out, and he says he may have a run for me, i know Recruiters are not always truthful, that's why I am asking about them here. Thanks

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre-hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

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