Questions About Entry Into Trucking

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Brad C.'s Comment
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So over the course of the past week or so I have been back on here re-preparing myself for entry into the trucking industry. I’ll start with a humongous thanks to everyone for their contributions to the site making it such a valuable source of information. Short of a few final polishing touches on the home front I am just about ready to start talking to recruiters and getting applications in to companies for sponsored schooling. Unfortunately though I think I may have a problem or two. First and probably the biggest is my employment history. The last several years have been crazy to say the least. I had a job as a tow driver payed under the table and then after some difficulty finding a job probably made my worst career choice yet. I tried driving with yellow cab. I ended up giving up the cab job because I had lost so much money in the business it was ridiculous. Since then I have essentially been a stay at home husband shuttling my wife and kid to work and home because neither had their drivers license. Crazy schedules and their income made it a really bad idea financially for me to get a job. And for the second issue back towards the end of 2015 I was involved in a freak single vehicle accident. It doesn’t show on my MVR , but I want to cover my bases and make sure I don’t make a bad decision in the course of applying for my new career. Hopefully I haven’t bored y’all to death and I eagerly look forward to your input.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Can you prove your time at home and all other work. Even a letter from the tow company. What was the accident? The best you can do is talk to recruiters. I would try CFI as I found them very understanding and willing to work with people. How will your family get around while you are away? Can they Uber or use mass transit to get around? You do understand as an OTR driver you will most likely be home at the most once per month. When you're home you're not getting paid. How old are your children? Are you really ready for this?

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.

Brad C.'s Comment
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The polishing touches are getting the wife and kid(18) their licenses and a few arrangements made. Indeed I am ready and I’ve been home not getting paid for going on three months now. My accident despite being a single vehicle accident was by the local pd determined “distraction beyond drivers control.” Get ready for a good laugh if you want the full story. Just suffice it to say I try not to run with open windows any more.

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