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John B.'s Comment
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15 years at same factory ..factory shuts down. Acquired cdl ..6 months otr .enjoyed it..not the best or worst company..inlaws become sick with dementia and alltizmers..leave otr to take care of them till they pass while working a crap job driving one of those twin screw trucks with the forklift on the back (like you see at Lowe's) did for three years and was let go for arguing that the load they put on was unsafe and the truck was too..hindsite? Should of just took it but here we are..now during this job my arm was damaged and the Dr said I now have an essential tremor..(causes my arm to shake) doesn't effect my driving but does my writing..still passed dot physical for new med. Card . Small town ..no jobs..and got to do something..but I'm worried a company will not hire me due to my tremor..its embarrassing to stand in front of an instructor and shake ..and worse .what if their Dr doesn't pass me? I'm drug free and don't drink blood pressures good but I freakin shake ..iv been offered local work driving a concrete mixer for 13 bux an HR and don't even know if I should meet with them.but .with my experience (or lack of) the only companies otr are mega carriers and I'm afraid my tremor will stop me from being hired..if you were me what would you do? Again sorry for the long post and I hope it made since

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.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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I'd throw out as many applications as possible and see who offers a job. I dont think you'd have trouble getting hired with any of the mega carriers but a letter from your primary doctor stating it doesnt affect your ability to safely operate heavy equipment. There are a ton of drivers who are dealing with medical conditions, these companies just want to be sure you're safe to operate their equipment.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Follow Rob's suggestion. This should get you started:

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

also:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

As for any medical issues, they will be addressed in your DOT Physical (Don't get a DOT physical just now - wait till things start to move for you.)

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.

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.

Parrothead66's Comment
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Nothing to be embarrassed about. Don’t let it stop you or even slow you down. There’s a company or companies out there that would be glad to hire you as long as you’re willing to work hard and produce.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Classroom instructor at Schneider had a portable O2 machine... frequently had to stop to catch his breath, plug into power, blow his nose, clear his throat...

Didn't stop him!

Joseph L.'s Comment
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John B. I don't want to rain on your parade but have you gotten tested for Parkinson's? My mom recently passed from complications related to the disease. She went in for a D.O.T physical many years ago and the doctor (whom they had gone to years) noticed her hand shaking and while speaking with her it was like the left side of her face lost all muscle control. She spent the next several weeks under going MRI'S, CAT Scan, seeing various neurologist. In the end she was medically disqualified from driving a truck. Towards the end she couldn't drive a car. In your case it could be you tweak a nerve or muscle

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