Second Chance Companies

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Benjamin R.'s Comment
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Story is:

I was involved in an accident and was fired from a company after only 2 months of driving experience. Was I at fault? Technically, yes, according to the officer and the citation; however, the whole story is, a car was trying to squeeze around my trailer and hit me. Not really the point, I suppose.

Other issue is, i'm a registered sex offender. If you have a problem with this, please keep your hate posts to yourself. It was over 10 years ago, and I was only 19 at the time.

The accident isn't on my DAC report or my MVR , but the citation is. The accident is on a Driver iQ background check, which I didn't even know existed. Do all companies use Driver iQ or just some?

I'm not sure if you guys really even need to know any other details. I just need some help finding a job. I feel like i've applied everywhere, and I keep getting turned down for "lack of experience," which is the most frustrating reason to get shot down ever. So, do any of you guys know of any good "second chance companies" that i could apply to?

I've already tried

-Western Express -KLLM -Knight -Covenant -CFI And several others... so i'm open to suggestions. Thanks.


Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.


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
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Was this your first and only accident? Can you please explain the story about the car squeezing around you? You can use this link to Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. Fill out one application and the information will be sent to several companies and save you a lot of time. As I'm sure you're aware the accident, being fired/little experience, and your background are what's hindering your job search. Once you find somebody to take you on give them atleast 1 year of safe driving. In the past we've also mentioned Carolina Cargo as a 2nd chance company but someone posted a couple months back that they're no longer hiring high risk drivers. Have you tried C.R. England? How long have you been out and off parole/probation with your charges?

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Hi, Benjamin...and welcome to TT ~! Sorry about your bum hand that's been dealt, for sure. Sure would help if you'd expound on the situation, as Rob suggested. ALSO, location..location..location. It's asked during registration, for a people can better assist you!

Rob T. . . . Just a reminder, Carolina Cargo IS NO LONGER a 2nd chance company, and only hiring experienced drivers currently. They've got some sort of dealio worked out w/Penske; Big Scott actually posted this awhile ago, and I researched and confirmed. Western, pretty much, it is.

However. . . Dutch Maid Logistics (here in Ohio) is a 'little known' 2nd chance company..on the smaller side. Marc Lee tried them out, as well. Hiring area is 'regional' to Central/Northeast (but not in the New England true, to my knowledge.) I know, not a training company (per se) and that's what we focus on here at TT.

Just my 2cents for the O/P. Was also thinking about maybe how Mr. Banks went, a dock to driver program, perhaps? Hay, it's a start. Then, there's CraigsCrap....FWIW.

Wish you the best, Benjamin.

Anne :)

ps: Never heard of Driver iQ.....but going to look into it, and see what's on my hubby's record just because! (He's a long time driver, hope he's not hiding anything from me, haha!) confused.gifrofl-3.gif


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.

PJ's Comment
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Reading this gives me concern regarding the crash. The way you wrote it leads me to believe your not taking responsibility for your part. You received a citation so there is no technically yes to it. Any potential employer will look at the crash and probably want a copy of the report. If you try to deflect or minimize it they will not touch you. They are interested in finding out what you learned from it and some indication you will take the necessary steps to not have it happen in one of their trucks.

That to me is the main issue. Your past will be secondary. You got hired once with your past.

Send out your app and see who contacts you is all I can recommend at this point.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Here is my $0.02. When trying to get a second chance, I feel it's best to call a company first and tell them what happened. A company like CFI or any that trains may be willing to take you if you're willing to go out with a trainer.

Humble yourself to them.

Best of luck to you.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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What was the citation for that’s on your MVR?


Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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BenjaminR - check on Gully in Quincy, IL. I worked for them for over a year. Decent outfit, run the I55, I70, I74, I72 corridors a lot. OTR , steady work when I was there. They gave me a shot when none of the others would, although it has been many years now and the outfit may have changed. Good luck.


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.

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