Finding A New Job With A Preventable Accidents On My Record

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William D.'s Comment
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Eventually I was towed to the nearest terminal. I could not make it to terminal


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

William D.'s Comment
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Rob T.'s Comment
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You need to apply to everywhere you can think of. Use this link to Apply For Truck Driving Jobs to send a single app to numerous companies.

You will likely have very few options due to only a couple months experience and a preventable, as well as being terminated for safety reasons. This is why it is extremely important to always be monitoring your gauges and doing a thorough pretrip. Things typically show signs of needing to be repaired or replaced before it completely fails. Sometimes things just happen but most times there are warning signs of problems.

Be prepared to here many companies tell you no. It only takes 1 to say yes. I can almost guarantee you will be sent out with a trainer if you land with any reputable company due to such a relatively small amount of time behind the wheel. How would you handle this situation differently? Make sure you think of a good answer to that, I can assure you they'll be interested in that to see if you've learned and willing to take a chance on you. Did you work for one of the mega carriers? They tend to be much more forgiving when it comes to rookies making mistakes.


Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

William D.'s Comment
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I was working for SWIFT when this happened.

40 Days's Comment
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My brake question still remains unaccounted for and steering is iffy. I don’t understand and until he does It sounds like a mysterious thing no company can move forward from. I do wish you well William D all I ask is to keep in mind we are accountable for safety and if something unsafe happens we are held accountable and it helps if we understand what we could have done differently.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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This is curious. The truck hit a stationary object not any personal property or injuring other drivers. And you got fired. It is usually a 3 strike rule so sounds like some other things happened in the past?

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Mechanically what your saying happened doesnt make sense, coolant tank has nothing to do with steering, plus im not seeing anything wrong with that coolant tank in the picture.

I told my dad what you described and with his 40 years of truck mechanic experience he laughed and said its impossible. Plus he and I doubt Swift or any decent company would have you drive a truck with accident damage, major coolant leak and no steering. In his 40 years of fleet experience he has seen drivers who wreck come up with all kinds of excuses for a accident but blaming a coolant problem for no steering is a new one

You may find a company to give you a 2nd chance but you have to tell the truth as this story will not pass the sniff test.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I cannot even begin to reply kindly so i won't. My other half.. an extremely experienced driver and mechanic says the coolant tank on top of the op's shoulders must have exploded.

I fully agree with BobCat.

Leeva804's Comment
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I was driving down I-40 in Arizona when the Serpentine beat broke which forced me to crash into a guard rail. Also the Qualcomm was not working so it was hard to report it. When I got back they told me that I was terminated due to safety reasons.

Man so much sounds wrong about this.


Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Power steering fluid reservoir? Was PROBABLY what you was referring to if I'm not mistaking???? Correct me if I'm wrong.


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