Accidents And Getting A New Job

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Rick S.'s Comment
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In one month - 2 parked cars and a ripped trailer door on the same day. Ticket for overweight on a street - not really that big a deal in the grand scheme of things, but in combination with everything else. And high hooking and nailing the trailer.

You need to SLLLLLOOOOOOOOW DOWN.

I'm not sure who you're going to find that will take you on with this many, in so short a period of time. While newbs are almost expected to hit SOMETHING - this many so quickly exhibits a pattern.

Please DO LET US KNOW where you end up - so we can direct people with similar issues that way.

Sorry for your bad luck - but it doesn't appear to be LUCK, but bad habits that we all hope you will recognize and remedy if you get another chance.

Rick

Michael B.'s Comment
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I have to agree, if you DO get another chance, SLOW DOWN and think about every move you make. When I was in CDL school I kept hearing one thing from the instructor while driving. Slow the f*ck down! I was trying to drive the truck like I was in a car. I quickly learned and practice the long lost art of having patience. The few seconds you saved by not doing a GOAL cost you dearly...twice. I even weigh how much time and distance I can gain to determine whether or not to pass a slower truck. I notice everything and everyone around me at all times. While driving a truck I feel like I've taken the drug from the movie Limitless, I'm always thinking 3 moves ahead. In conclusion, slow down and think about your moves and what is going to happen if you make them and FFS never use Google maps directions as it is not for trucks. I only use it to verify my trucks directions for the last couple miles if needed but never blindly follow them. Good luck.

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.

TWIC:

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.

Phil 's Comment
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I must thank for your feedback and direction. Western Express will work with me in spite of my history. I'll go out with a trainer for 240 hours and then be solo on a Richmond to Maine dedicated route.

My first month solo didn't go well and I was terminated by US Xpress. On my first day I was in a rush, didn't watch my trailer, and swiped the rear corner of two cars parked outside the gate at my first pickup. The same day I didn't ask for help backing into a dark dock (the type inside a garage) and ended up ripping the right trailer door off the hinges. I also got a ticket (this is only day ONE) for turning down a street with a 4 ton weight limit (I was using Google to find a Petro and made a wrong turn leading to the illegal turn). Finally, last week I hooked high and my truck hit the trailer (didn't GOAL to check 5th wheel and trailer height when backing to my trailer). I was terminated just last Wednesday.

I still want to drive but have been rejected by SWIFT and most companies want a very clean record in the past 3 years. Covenant's minimum requirements suit my case so I completed an app today. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

All you can do is apply everywhere. If you can get a hire you'd better put your game face on and make it happen this time. Otherwise you are done.

You may already be done, but hopefully someone will give you a chance.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Old School's Comment
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Good for you Phil.

Hang in there. Learn from your past mistakes. Be diligent. Be careful. You've got to establish a good clean record now. Slow and steady wins this race.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Phil, keep this in mind:

If you were involved in an accident, no matter whose fault,
->> you were involved in an accident.. <<-

Any accident should be a learning tool, and you need to analyze what happened. Think about how you got into that situation, and importantly, think about what you could have done or seen that could have helped you avoid what happened.

Best of luck at Western Express. Think ahead and look for possible situations you could avoid.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bawshawg 's Comment
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I must thank for your feedback and direction. Western Express will work with me in spite of my history. I'll go out with a trainer for 240 hours and then be solo on a Richmond to Maine dedicated route.

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My first month solo didn't go well and I was terminated by US Xpress. On my first day I was in a rush, didn't watch my trailer, and swiped the rear corner of two cars parked outside the gate at my first pickup. The same day I didn't ask for help backing into a dark dock (the type inside a garage) and ended up ripping the right trailer door off the hinges. I also got a ticket (this is only day ONE) for turning down a street with a 4 ton weight limit (I was using Google to find a Petro and made a wrong turn leading to the illegal turn). Finally, last week I hooked high and my truck hit the trailer (didn't GOAL to check 5th wheel and trailer height when backing to my trailer). I was terminated just last Wednesday.

I still want to drive but have been rejected by SWIFT and most companies want a very clean record in the past 3 years. Covenant's minimum requirements suit my case so I completed an app today. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

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All you can do is apply everywhere. If you can get a hire you'd better put your game face on and make it happen this time. Otherwise you are done.

You may already be done, but hopefully someone will give you a chance.

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Use your time at Western to hone your skills and this cant be said enough GOAL GOAL GOAL. I know with ADHD you gotta learn to slow that brain down and dont rush yourself and dont try to impress anyone! This is a job and not a popularity contest. If you cant make your delivery ontime communicate communicate communicate.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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