When Is Training Considered "stale"?

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Rick S.'s Comment
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Wasn't trying to be negative BTW there Marc. Just that school and a month of road training isn't a whole lot.

Obviously, there are plenty of opportunities available to you - and based on your skill level, you may advance to solo driving pretty rapidly.

I was just being real, and tempering your expectations that you would be treated as a "veteran driver", with the small amount of actual experience you get under your belt before having to go home to get healed.



Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Just apply everywhere and decide on the repsonses. From the very beginning you were concerned with "driver retention". Do you see now why that doesn't matter? You weren't retained, does that mean you hated JBH or that you had a horrible experience? no. Does it mean drivers shouldnt go there? So get things like that out of your head.

If I remember correctly, you looked at Averitt and Hunt right away. Allow yourself to spiral out a bit and not focus on one or two. You believed the school who told you "These carriers insurance companies prefer our school"... well most of the big players are self insured, so that doesnt matter.

My guess is you will.have more issues than just being stale. You had an OWCP claim within weeks of getting hired. That looks bad, it costs companies money. Many companies (not just trucking) pass on people like that because there are so many out there who do this stuff as fraud to get free money. The other issue is that you havent worked at all, even once you were cleared. That means you not only have a stale CDL , an OWCP claim within weeks of hiring, but no recent work history.

This may be tougher than you think. Good luck.


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.
Marc Lee's Comment
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Thanks Everyone.

Confirmed JBH is done. Program shut down, job listings cancelled. Stephen is in charge of the recruiters and I called and spoke with him directly (after Recruiter apparently did and indicated the same).

Western Express will take me now... mostly flatbed. One Regional , one OTR. Pretty sure I can't do the climbing & securement stuff efficiently at my age/strength/agility level. Dry van is 11-Eastern States, I think it was 2 months out at a time...

Calling West Side next.

V&S Midwest Carriers and Decker were others I had prior contact with.

Schneider was another who liked our school and the recruiter liked me!

(Certainly don't consider myself a Veteran anything).

Newbie here (and, apparently, a clumsy/careless one at that)!


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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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This gem from Tractor Man: "I think the Donner Party were "Pioneers" too. We all know how that worked out!"


There are vegetarians who eat only vegetables. And then there are humanitarians ............ confused.gif

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