Getting A Job After Dollar General..

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Smurf's Comment
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Main question is going to be, what are my options with 3 reported preventables in my first year?

I started on a DG account out of driving school, I got 3 reported preventables showing on my DAC , I was in the middle of disputing the 2nd one when I was let go, and I am also disputing it with HireRight because it simply never happened. The first one involved a drunk driver and the last one was just a scuff with a straight truck in a tight parking lot (less than 2 ft of a scuff and no damage to straight truck).

I really would like to get on the road again and not on a DG account, I should have listened to my instructors out of school and just stayed away from it, but it was the best money going at the time (I made over 70k in just shy of a year). My fleet manager didn't want them to fire me and has volunteered to be a reference for anything, but I can't even find a company to talk to me right now..

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

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

Old School's Comment
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All you can do is apply everywhere. Somebody will give you a shot, but your options are very limited.

PLEASE EVERYBODY...

You've all seen us discourage new drivers from taking the bait on these Dollar Store jobs. This is not a job for a rookie. Here, once again, is supporting evidence of why we tell people to stay away from these jobs. They are full of difficulties that can ruin your career before you even get yourself established.

Smurf, I'm sorry this happened to you, I hope you can get back in the game. Just keep those applications going. Have you tried Western Express? You are just going to have to take what you can and stick with it for a full year of clean driving. Then your options will open back up.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Smurf's Comment
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Haven't tried Western yet but I will now, thank you! I am literally to the point where I will take anything if someone is willing to give me the chance to prove myself again.

Certainly wish I would have listened to my instructors in school, it's not that I am even a bad driver I used to get compliments and praise on backing and such and have always been courteous on the roadways, it came painfully clear to me after the incident that didn't actually happen that the company didn't have my back when they wouldn't even investigate the claim they were more worried about keeping the account happy. I was just hoping to make it out of my year and get gone and fell a month short.. All of my incidents happened in Dollar General parking lots, nothing actually on the roadways.

Old School's Comment
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All of my incidents happened in Dollar General parking lots, nothing actually on the roadways.

Crazy stuff happens in those parking lots. They aren't big enough for a 53 foot trailer in the first place, and then you've got the crazy people trying to zoom around you as you're being extra cautious to get in or out of there. It's a perfect storm on those parking lots. We understand how this happened to you. We never recommend those jobs to rookies. We still have some of our members try it though. A few make a go of it, but most end up regretting it.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Precisely what I was thinking after reading the first few sentences, Old School!

Dollar accounts? Don't do it!

Smurf's Comment
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Well, provided I can find another shot somewhere, I have a metric ton of backing experience already, thats been the best thing I can take away from it. I definitely understand how I could have "avoided" each incident but you can't explain to people that by the time i get out and check my surroundings and get back in my truck 12 cars have zipped in and out and parked wherever they want and could care less about the huge truck trying to move.

Just really hope I can get back on the road, this meant a lot to my family, I work hard to keep a roof over their head, this has been a major setback to that.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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You should of listened to your instructor but I don’t blame you for wanting to make the big bucks straight out of cdl school. I don’t think you’ve done to much wrong. You should Be able to find another job. Don’t let this DAC report stress you out at all. It’s nothing compared to your MVR and your CSA score. Since you didn’t mention them your probably squeaky clean on that end and that’s A good thing.

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

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.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Oh we believe how things can change in a minute in those dollar store parking lots. The money just isn't worth it. They often push these accounts on new drivers because even experienced drivers don't want the aggravation.. I know I sure wouldn't. I wouldn't even do one in a day cab.

Someone will give you a chance so don't give up. What part of the country do you live in?

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Smurf's Comment
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Oh we believe how things can change in a minute in those dollar store parking lots. The money just isn't worth it. They often push these accounts on new drivers because even experienced drivers don't want the aggravation.. I know I sure wouldn't. I wouldn't even do one in a day cab.

Someone will give you a chance so don't give up. What part of the country do you live in?

Southeast.. right on the 95, 40 corridor

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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Smurf shoot out your app to everyone. You are located in a good spot. Be honest and someone will probably give you a shot. Do you have a full year in or not?

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