I Really Need Advice About My Future

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Rick S.'s Comment
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Please tell me you weren't doing 17 over IN A CMV?

Second conviction for this is a 60 day suspension under 49 CFR 383.51.

Hope you DID get a lawyer to fight the ticket. You get a lawyer to FIGHT EVERY TICKET. Your CDL is your life. Defend it as such.

A re-hire anywhere else, if convicted for this first offense is unlikely - especially if it happened in a rig.

So, if you still have your job at your current employer - I'd suggest really getting my head back in the game. Otherwise, it might be GAME OVER for a few years.



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.


Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Rob T.'s Comment
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Everybody else gave you real excellent advice so I'll just comment on this:

Even, worse... God forbid if I lose my job... I've driven nothing but, automatics since joining the fleet. My license says I can drive manual but, I can't...

That's not much of a problem, nearly all the major companies are transitioning to a fully auto fleet. Many are already there. There are companies such as Old Dominion (LTL) that are sticking with manuals but they're one of the few I'm aware of.

Matt one thing you've probably noticed is once you start feeling like you're on top of the world or get too complacent is when bad things happen. Please stick around the forum. We're not here to judge you. If you're having problems let us help. That's what we're here for. What's done is done, learn from the mistakes you've made but dont focus too much on the past as its bound to take your attention off what you're doing and result in a serious accident. We see this play out quite frequently here. If you're having trouble with this new companies policies or understanding the way they do things please post the company you work for. We have members that have found success at a wide variety of companies and are more than happy get you to that point. If you're worried about being able to be identified based on company or anything you say change your name. This site is a wealth of knowledge and our members are more than eager to offer assistance.


Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Jeremy's Comment
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Maybe you should consider a regional job you mentioned ny i can assure you there are **** tons of regional jobs around here that pay as good or even much better than otr(drivers in northeast regional get paid well cause many hate the northeast)im home once or twice a week and every single weekend and still average 3000-3400 miles a week and make around 90k a yr gross give or take you get alot more opportunities to reset and clear your head of any bad mojo from one week to the next. Just something to consider but def dont be a ****y driver in northeast my first 6 months i thought i was perfect then trucking i mean real trucking grew on me and i started seeing the big picture as well as a few well placed words put on me by i believe old school and a few others i even quit coming here for months till the words spoke to me sank in and i stoped acting like a big baby while i dont agree with everything every one here says id still say that its the best schooling you can get without actually doing it. Best of luck to ya bud this can be a rewarding carreer


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.


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.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Jrod's Comment
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To give you an idea (I'm 31 by the way)... My entire life I never even so, much as been pulled over by the police... About a month ago, Got a speeding ticket in New York (17 miles over the speed limit)... Yikes!

IF it hasn't been said - if they keep you on board, don't leave your current company! 17 over speeding is going to prevent you from getting on with most decent companies for 3 years! 15 or more is the bench mark you never want to cross!

Anthony's Comment
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The thing is, in life there is always something new to learn, a new challenge you haven't faced before, and things you will forget.

As a manager, I can tell you jumping ship after a short time ( less than a year) doesn't look good and isn't enough time to reap the benefits. Even in your comfort zone you chose to leave.

We all have reasons for making the choices we do, but you left a place too soon to actually be noticed for your Legendary efforts. As the old saying goes, the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

Managers and companies want to know you can handle anything they throw at you. Doing that doesn't mean being the fastest guy out there and it never leads to a Legendary title !

Also, now that things are tough, your almost ready to give up.

Giving up isn't dependable, Being unsafe is dangerous, Being a Legend doesn't teach you anything !

Take a deep breath and focus on what you want to achieve, don't be shy to ask for more training.

These lessons learned over time will make you an experienced professional truck driver who will become highly needed in this industry !

Good luck and God bless !


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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