How Do I Get Back In To Trucking After 6 Yrs!

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Monica S.'s Comment
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Hey everyone, Hope all of you are doing great out on the road and the family at home is doing awesome! I was a driver for a couple of years in 2010-2012. I want to go back OTR! I just need a little advice. I was married for 17 years and my husband was a driver for schnieder and I was a veterinarian surgical technician raising our 3 children. After they left home for college I decided to get my license and go OTR ! He was shocked because I just went to the DMV and took my test with my HAZMAT test and passed them all. No school or studying. I went OTR with him with the company he was driving for as team drivers. Then a regional mgr at the company was starting his own trucking business and ask my husband and I to join. He only had 4 trucks to start. My husband agreed so we drove Solo for him. I was only with schnieder for 2 months as a new driver when this change happened. Then 7 months for the O/O (SOLO) we were driving for when he decided to lease our trucks to a bigger company but a not so well known company and things got bad. The owner was as shocked as well. He was amazing to work for but once the lease company took over it was horrible. We might sit for 3 days without a load. So then we left there and I went to one company and my husband went to another. Things did not go so well with us driving for separate companies and a marriage. We both decided to get off the road for our marriage. So I drove for 3 companies in 2 years. I had always had a clean driving record ( this is at the age of 43). My daughter and her husband started having my sweet grandbabies and I worked and kept the grandkids on my days off so she could go to nursing school because he works all over the united states and is gone working oil refineries. My Aunt was killed in a car accident because of icy roads and I was trying to get everyone flights and hold my mom together because it was her sister. My husband decided to go back OTR and left and said he could not have a marriage with him OTR and so we divorced after 17 years. Any that's my story but the day he left my daughter moved to North Dakota with the grandbabies because her husbands job at the oil refinery was now going to be 2 years long. After taking my daughter to the airport for the family to fly out I got a call from a coworker to ask if I could pick them up from an event and take them home because they had been drinking. I chose to do so! When I entered the restaurant they had several people there waiting for me because they knew I was going thru a lot at the time. They ordered me a apple beer which I had never drank before. They told me to sit and relax and not think about anything. Now I have a 5 year old DUI on my record! Just added to the devastation! Do NOT EVER DRINK ONE SIP AND DRIVE!!!! Now to what I need to know, Can I get a job at a great company with my 5 yr DUI and my job history in the trucking industry not beinat companies for very long? I am 48 almost 49 yrs old. Single and Grandkids are in school now and I want to go back OTR! I know I can get my CDL and Hazmat no problem, But what companies will hire me with the job history and Dui record? I have already pulled my PSP, MVR , and DAC. Any advice would be great! I would love to go back OTR! I miss it!! OH, Sorry for the long life story!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Monica S.

There many companies that will give you a shot. You just have to apply. Ok you may still have to go back through some refresher. Usually they want within a couple of years.

Try these links:

Apply For Paid CDL Training, and Paid CDL Training Programs,

There are many companies that will give you a refresher course. If you have your permit than all you have to do is get your CDL back. Why pay for it if you don't have to.

I'm sure one of the moderators will chime in soon and maybe give you a better thing on your 5 year DUI.

Good luck and be safe.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Monica S.'s Comment
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Thank You Robert D. (Raptor)! Yes I am going to just go take my test to get my permit and HAZMAT endorsement again and then just start talking to the companies I have looked up and interested in that will either put me thru their school again to get my CDL again and I am also good with having to go back out with a trainer again. I know that laws and regulations have changed since I was a driver. Thank You for the links you sent me. I was looking a Rohel Trucking or Crete.

Monica S.

There many companies that will give you a shot. You just have to apply. Ok you may still have to go back through some refresher. Usually they want within a couple of years.

Try these links:

Apply For Paid CDL Training, and Paid CDL Training Programs,

There are many companies that will give you a refresher course. If you have your permit than all you have to do is get your CDL back. Why pay for it if you don't have to.

I'm sure one of the moderators will chime in soon and maybe give you a better thing on your 5 year DUI.

Good luck and be safe.

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.

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

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Monica S.

I don't have first hand experience with Rohel or Crete, but what I here they are both good companies. I think there are some people here that drive for Rohel.

Also if you go to the top of the page there are 3 black lines, click on them it will bring up a menu that will give a review of some of the companies and in that company Brett has done research on them and it should tell you how they do the DUI for their company.

Hope that wasn't too confusing?

Good luck to you and maybe I'll see you out there. If you do get back on with a company, do a diary so others can benefit from your experience.

It's a way to pass it forward.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Rainy D.'s Comment
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We also have a diary section where students give day by day updates.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Companies that hire after a DUI

Above is a link which you may also find helpful.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

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