Hot Shot????

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Kalyn M.'s Comment
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What’s your thoughts of it for newer drivers? Consistency, pay, home time, etc.

Superlejera's Comment
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DONT DO IT my friend when from trucker to hot shot he only last 4 months and 120k in debt .he doing bankruptcy now

Kalyn M.'s Comment
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I’m definitely not buying my own stuff, I’ve had an offer from a guy that’s been doing it for about 6 years with car hauling. I9 but he provides everything from what I’m understanding.

DONT DO IT my friend when from trucker to hot shot he only last 4 months and 120k in debt .he doing bankruptcy now

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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If you have a hankering for driving, why don't you do it the 'right' way ?!? My hubby has been, for 20 some ot years.

He's local/intrastate now, after pulling in his due diligence OTR , and doing quite well, considering.

Wish you the best. We are still 'pals' with a few hotshot guys & gals, and aren't hearing a ton of success stories. One of our friends is starting with Swift, next week; hanging up the keys to the 'one car wonder' machine that he owes on.

Best to ya~!!

~ Anne ~


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.


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.


The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Hot Shots, have a target on their backs with the DOT , same as Haz-Mat drivers. My mentor pulls haz-mat, so far they have been inspected over 45 times this year! Passed All

He says it's not worth the hassle sometimes, and can be a pain. He asked one time why they get inspected so much? DOT replied because you have those placards lol


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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What kind of Hazmat is he running? I run Hazmat sometimes multiple times a week and never been inspected, my trainer had been with OD for 15 years when I trained with him and he had only been inspected twice.


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations


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.

PackRat's Comment
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If his mentor is at CRST, that is why he keeps being inspected. I'm not bashing anything, but that's a fact. The name on the door makes a difference.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Right PackRat he's been with CRST 5 years now, sure the name on the door is why also lol

Bobcat; They haul loads on dedicated route for R&L, Calif to Dallas & back...... Other day talking to him, they had a 10k load of flammables. Usually, they don't have that much weight of HM

But they just have to deal with it, never got cited for anything. He keeps up on their 2021 'truck which seems to always have lots of electrical and sensor issues lol

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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