Hello Everybody OTRTurckStomper Here (I;m A Total Noobe) With A Question About Work History?

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Anthony R.'s Comment
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Hello everybody and soon to be fellow Truck Drivers.

My Story I,m 51 happily married"most the time LOL" with 2 great kids. was an Ironwork/welder for 12 years. 6 years ago in 2012 I started my own nutrients resale business first 4+ years of business we did great future looked very shinny But past 2 years competition has me working for nothing most the time.

My business has me doing a lot of driving up and down I-25 and I-10 from Colorado to Florida in my ford dully with a 32foot enclosed trailer gone 2 to 3 weeks every month and barely breaking even past 13 months. So time to make a change. I love being on the road I take my Son with me sometimes and my wife other times and I just love it. So becoming a Truck driver seams like the logical choose. (Im going with Schneider paid school program) I have already Got my DOT physical and passed the Class-A CDL written"I have temp permit in hand" and passed 2 drug screens. I start school tomorrow 7-2-18 at USA trucking school in fountain Co. I feel I am more than capable to pass any test written or skill that they through at me but my work history is what IM concerned about. The first 4 years of my business I just ran as is no corporation papers. I did not get Inc. until 2014 and I have not filed TAXES for the business yet. But I do have bank statements with A tax ID# atached to it with the company name for past 16 months that the recruiter says they will take but after watching videos on youtube I feel i should not trust the recruiter? I ,m beginning to worry they will kick me out over this when i get to Schneiders Orientation Facility in salt lake city any advise would be nice.

No criminal record for past 24 years (bad boy in my mid 20.s) 1 felony(Fake id) couple misdemeanors no drug related No traffic violations sense 2008(A speeding ticket 11 MPH over posted speed limit) not much trfaffic wise before that.

thanks for any comments

OTRTruckStomper

CDL:

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.

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.

OOS:

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.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Hey folks, this is a repost of something that was made over in the diary section. I suggested he repost it here so it might gets more views.

Also, since he's posting this a day after starting training (Congratulations Anthony!) it's safe to assume they didn't show him the door on day one.

But he could probably still use some help with the employment history and other stuff in case they ask about it later on.

And welcome back, Anthony! Looks like the first day went over without a hitch. Keep us updated, please!

Anthony R.'s Comment
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Hello everybody just want to give an update of my first 2 days of truck driving school that started on 07-02-2018 Monday: There where Just 5 studants in class room me included. Class Started at 7am 1st day was just over 10.5 hours and they don't mess around the instructor threw us right into it. lots of reading and a hole lot of infomation to take in. The day started of with the instructor handing out the "United state truck driving school manual BOOK" an Truck Drivers Daily Log book, some literature on safe driving and Using an ELD's(Electronic logging devices) both the ELD and Safe Driving where just a couple of papers stapled together. Then the instructor show us how to fill out our T.D.D. log books after that we started reading the first chapter,that was about(Hours-of-service regulations) #17 pages highlighted the parts we would have a quiz on the next day. At the end of the day we worked on "Monthly Summary Sheet" 70 hours in 8 days rule. then we work on a sheet with T.D.D. log book grids and we had to find the 11hour and 14hour violations this was my (achilles heel)wtf.gifwtf.gif i could not wrap my head around it maybe because it was the end of the day to much to fast i dont know? Did not have time to studied the 11-14 violations on monday night stayed up till 11:30ish studing for the quiz.(As instructed by the instructor) at lunch we filled in our off time in our T.D.D. log book and at the end of the day we filled out the rest of the T.D.D. log book.

Tuesday: First thing we filled out the T.D.D. log book as on duty 7am. Then we did the quiz.(There are 20 question in that quiz and you must get 75% correct) studing hard monday night paid off. I got 80% correct. (QUESTIONS ARE NOT STRIGHT FORWARD) You have to use your head and kinda read between the lines, "DONT RUSH" take your time a question can look to be true but its a trick. Took about 40 min for everybody to fininsh the quiz. Started reading chapter #2 in the U.S.T.D.S.Manual. (Air Brakes Systems) 27 pages most was covered in the DOT written exam i took at the DMV "but not all" worked on that until 2pm then started chapter#3 (Injury Prevention) 5 pages read and highlighted until 2:40ish then work on a (monthly summary sheet) 30min Then T.D.D. log book grids 11-14 violations still having a hard time with this but not has hard as Monday (I'LL GET IT) just need to study. rest of the day we watched movies about Rail Road crossing and Trucks getting hit by Trains (That sure did wake Me up) an injury pervention video, human trafficing (WOW had no idea) then look at a display of a air brake system on the table learned what a spring brake to a system brake is which is on the DOT final you will take at end of school. we where handed some homework to study for another quiz on Thursday we are of on Wednesday (July 4th) Holiday. The home work is chapter #2 and #3 in the U.S.T.D.S.Manual and the monthly summary sheet and the T.D.D. log book grids 11-14 violations sheet. At lunch we filled in our off time in our T.D.D. log book and at the end of the day we filled out the rest of the T.D.D. log book.

well thats my first 2 days of Truck Driving School

OOh ya some good news Schneider sent me a check to cover my exspenses for the DOT physical and written dont think they would have done that if there was an issue with my work history (That was a BIG HELLS YES for me).

Happy New 4th of July everybody and Talk to you again when i get the time to Update

10-4 from your OTRTruckStomper

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Great to hear that things are off to a roaring start! And, yes, it sounds like employment history is not going to be much of an issue for you.

Honestly, I'm at a complete loss as to why nobody else has visited this thread. Suppose it probably got lost amidst some of the others over the holiday.

But please continue to keep us updated. And keep after it full-speed. You're gonna be behind the wheel in no time at all. That's when the real fun (and learning) begins.

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Anthony R.'s Comment
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Hello everybody sorry it is taking me so long to get back on here but school is long and weather is hot update::: we have been City driving along with on and off ramp training. Then alternating days with back up training. so far everything is working out really good for me the trucks at the school are older then Dust, and keep breaking down on us daily but the way I see it if I can drive and do maneuvers in this truck I can drive any truck.In my opinion the trucks are not safe to drive but the school is what it is. The instructors, there are some very good ones, some bad oncs and some really bad ones, but again it is what it is I do not burn myself with things like that I just keep my eye on the ball and keep moving forward the only issue I been having is downshifting but I take that as bad instructions from the first 2 instructors, On the 3rd day we got a new instructor who explained it very plainly and I was able to downshift with no problems the rest of the day next time we went into the city I use the same technique that the third instructor gave me and was able to drive with a Flawless record the entire day well for 4 hours not the entire day like I said some good instructors some bad backing up after watching a bunch of videos and staying late after school watching other students backup I have a very good grasp of it and have been nailing it pretty successfully. Straight back passed on every attempt,

off set backing both conventional and Blind Side 12 attempts failed 1st attempt passed the remaining 11,

conventional parallel parking 9 attempts failed first two attempts past the remaining 7.

.Blind Side parallel nine attempts failed first 3 passed the remaining 6. Monday we do alley docking but after watching other students and watching a lot of YouTube videos LOL I feel fairly confident that I will succeed. pre-trip is tattooed on my brain and have it down cold. Very happy with my progress so far at the school spoke with my Schneider recruiter and told her that I'm looking at going team with a Home Depot account they actually have a contract that you have to drive no less than 2750 miles a week to be on the Home Depot team contract. Filled out the forms on Schneider website that match you with a team driver waiting to hear back from them. A week from this coming up Monday I have an appointment with the DMV to get my HazMat endorsement which I feel extremely confident that I will pass everything is going in the direction that I wanted to go in and I am very happy and itching to start my driving career.

Well that's the update so far good talking with you truckers look forward to seeing you on the road.

10-4 from OTRTruckStomper

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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