Question On My DAC Report

Topic 25655 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
Junkyard Dog's Comment
member avatar

I'm coming up on my first full year solo over the road and the only blemish was my accident in a truck stop breaking a headlight my first month. I was curious to see if that was on there and it wasn't. I'm considering looking for a job with the little better home time and I noticed in most driving jobs requirements the question about reportable accidents. So if this broken headlight wasn't on the DAC report am I right to consider it not a reportable accident? I always believe in being upfront but if it wasn't reported would would you still tell a possible employer about it?

Over The Road:

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.

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
member avatar

I may be mistaken but I believe yours is NOT reportable as DOT reportable accidents involve a fatality or atleast 1 vehicle needing to be towed from the scene. I believe yours would just be counted as a preventable.

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.

Rainy 's Comment
member avatar

Companies do not usually report on your DAC until after you leave. Then there is a time frame, like 30 days or something. and you can appeal. The new company will contact the old one for references and inquire about your record.

DOT Reportable = FAT

Fatality Ambulance (injury) Tow (any vehicle)

Otherwise it is usually an incident, although I know Safety once told me the dollar amount of the damage could be an issue. Companies can also remove or down grade an occurance. Therefore it can really pay to be the best you can be, be respectful and quit in a professional manner.

For example my friend went to Fedex, but had 1 accident and 1 incident in a 3 year period. Fedex only accept one, period. Prime removed the incident, allowing her to get hired at Fedex.

Put a year in from your incident and i bet you will have no issues. I just tested the waters out of curiosity, and with 3+ years accident free, I was approved the same day at a good company. But the grass isnt always greener and i hate change.

good luck

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Sid V.'s Comment
member avatar

I would still disclose it to a company, but I wouldn't worry about it. Stuff like that happens all the time. A kid backed into me at a TA and put a decent sized gash in my hood. I brought it to a body shop and it was only $1k and it didn't even meet the deductible. The company just cut me a com check and the body shop bondo'ed it up and i was on the road.

Rubber Duck's Comment
member avatar

No company should hold that against you. I bet even Walmart wouldn’t hold that one against you but I wouldn’t actually bet on that.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
member avatar

Rainy, one thing I learned very young is to leave your company in good standing. Not sure what its life to leave a company in the trucking business, but I really like the people I work for and they have been good to me so the last thing I would do is drop the ball on them. Thanks for the info...

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More