A Decision Made

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Don's Comment
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Rather than keep it to myself, I decided it best to go ahead and let the forum know that I put in my notice at CFI.

No, I have not forgotten everyone's recommendations on the importance of staying with your first company for at least one full year. Regrettably, and not going into detail regarding my family personal life, I am certain remaining at CFI was going to be near impossible.

My decision is not a negative reflection of CFI at all. From operations managers, to fleet supervisors and managers, to dispatchers at terminals (my, how word gets around) all have asked why I am leaving. I have explained that I haven't been treated 'poorly' or any other nonsense and my decision isn't based on any 'wrong' CFI may have committed. They definitely tried to get me to reconsider. I do want all to know I am not leaving CFI due to any of the tired or asinine 'reasons' we hear or read about when someone quits from a company, usually in a haste. Stating that, even If I were treated like a king and all was a perfect Wonderland at CFI, it wouldn't have any influence on my decision.

I thought about not driving for a few months, or as long as necessary, then restarting my driving career at a later time. I decided that wouldn't be the best option, especially for a new driver. My only currently living parent won't hear any of that, not to mention she doesn't want the guilt of 'knowing I stopped driving because of her'. That in itself, is something I absolutely wish to prevent.

So. I have been struggling with finding a solution where I can still drive, but be home as much as possible; more than CFI or any other long-haul OTR companies can offer.

West Side Transport has offered me both a Midwest Regional or a Flex Dedicated position where this will be (more) possible than what CFI is able to. With West Side, I will have the option to be home every entire weekend and possibly a 10 hour break through the week (Flex Dedicated), or every weekend (34 hour restart) in Midwest Regional. Since I am considered a new driver with less then 3 months solo experience, I will need to go out with a trainer again. I don't see this as a negative at all. It is a small price I will gladly pay, not to mention we can always learn from others how to become a better driver.

This is where I currently find myself and I appreciate being given the opportunity to let you know of my decision.

Terminal:

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.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Well it sounds like a critical family situation and when those happen you have to do whatever it takes. We all get that. It sounds like you tried to make it work with CFI but they simply didn't have the freight to make it happen for you. Leaving CFI isn't an ideal situation but it obviously sounds like you're not dealing with ideal circumstances to say the least, so we get it and we wish you all the best.

I'm sure you'll stick around and let us know how things go for you at West Side, won't ya?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Sorry to hear about your situation but you definitely went about it the correct way. Handling your resignation the way you did im sure CFI would love to have you back if you so choose.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Don I completely understand, my Mom turns 89 tomorrow...

Truth be told; one of the several motivators why Walmart Dedicated appealed to me...I’m never more that 250 miles from home.

Susan is doing great at WestSide, I’m sure you will to.

Good luck!

Big Scott's Comment
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Sorry to hear that Don. Leaving CFI on good terms keeps the door open for you. Best of luck and keep in touch.

Harry H. [ navypoppop ]'s Comment
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Don, Sorry to hear about your situation at home. You show that you are a very honest and sincere person by approaching the matter upfront with CFI with dignity and honesty and did not try to blame them for your personal reasons for not staying with them. I know that they appreciated it and will always consider a rehire if you so choose. I wish you well in your future career as regional can provide you with a better peace of mind for now. If you will please keep all of us posted on your success with Westside and good luck friend.

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.

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.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I went through a similar situation.

Hope it all works out well for you.

millionmiler24's Comment
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Don I completely understand, my Mom turns 89 tomorrow...

Truth be told; one of the several motivators why Walmart Dedicated appealed to me...I’m never more that 250 miles from home.

Susan is doing great at WestSide, I’m sure you will to.

Good luck!

Not only that but West Side's HQ is only a block away from CRSTs in Cedar Rapids IA. Maybe I could meet ya sometime. 😁

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I went through the West Side student program last year, and spent a month solo there before I left for a Old Dominion linehual job. Every at West Side was super nice in making sure you are comfortable and feel welcome. I was on the Midwest Regional and enjoyed it. I made it home Saturday morning or afternoon and left Monday morning.

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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Good luck. I certainly understand. I put my business on hold for 9 months when my wife broke her femur. Family comes first

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