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Dylan M.'s Comment
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Learned my lesson 100% and its something I will remember for my whole life, thats for sure. That 30 dollar Uber would have been the best choice and I was blind to how dumb it was for me to drive that night. But I thank you sir for your comment and stay safe out there!

Dylan,

I'm sorry you made such a poor choice. I see you have learned your lesson. And yes you have to suck it up and wait.

Your's is a great example of why I say drugs and alcohol have no place with a CDL.

Best of luck.

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.
Keith A.'s Comment
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Yeah I think that's what I need to start slowly working on. Is to accept this and never repeat the past. I gotta take this as a life lesson and an eye opener on how much my cdl really means to me. Thank you for your reply Keith and you be safe out there!

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Dylan, I haven't logged something like a DUI , but I've done some pretty stupid **** myself and the only way I've found to... move past it is to embrace it and overcome.

I nearly tagged myself with a reckless driving ticket five years ago this month and got myself basically dropped from Knight for it. Keep your nose clean and find any company that will take you and /prove/ to them, but more importantly yourself, that you can Do Better.

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And if this helps at all too -- building an awareness of exactly what this field can do for you. You already have one half of it, struggling with low(er) paying jobs -- sticking with it gives you incredible amounts of leverage over your future. You and I are damn near the same age, and because I stuck with it I've probably made up lost ground /and/ gotten a jump on a lot of folks my age. (Probably more succinctly put: even if it is more of a pride thing thing for you, there are a variety of positive day to day reasons to slug it out too.)

Rooting for ya mate, and don't be a stranger. Let us know how your journey goes.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Yeah I think that's what I need to start slowly working on. Is to accept this and never repeat the past. I gotta take this as a life lesson and an eye opener on how much my cdl really means to me. Thank you for your reply Keith and you be safe out there!

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Dylan, I haven't logged something like a DUI , but I've done some pretty stupid **** myself and the only way I've found to... move past it is to embrace it and overcome.

I nearly tagged myself with a reckless driving ticket five years ago this month and got myself basically dropped from Knight for it. Keep your nose clean and find any company that will take you and /prove/ to them, but more importantly yourself, that you can Do Better.

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And if this helps at all too -- building an awareness of exactly what this field can do for you. You already have one half of it, struggling with low(er) paying jobs -- sticking with it gives you incredible amounts of leverage over your future. You and I are damn near the same age, and because I stuck with it I've probably made up lost ground /and/ gotten a jump on a lot of folks my age. (Probably more succinctly put: even if it is more of a pride thing thing for you, there are a variety of positive day to day reasons to slug it out too.)

Rooting for ya mate, and don't be a stranger. Let us know how your journey goes.

Priceless. Ditto. Wish we had that 'award' banner, y'all mods! Anyone remember ?!?!? I do~!

Keith, your words/verbage have maturity all over this place. Well said, good sir. It's actually amazing to watch y'all 'grow up' .. in here.

Reminds me of an old book I had to read in High School (and you've probably never heard of... Pride and Prejudice.) Good stuff. Jane Austin.

~ Anne ~

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Dylan M.'s Comment
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Hi Anne thank you for your reply!

So I did a year and five months with Systems Transport hauling flatbed/stepdeck. Was otr with that company and it was some amazing experience I got for my first company.

Next place I went to was a company called Orgill and ran a regional route with them for about a year and eight months and was going to Seattle and back and Portland and back mon-fri. That company was one of my favorites and I wish I never messed up my opportunity with them. Again me being young and dumb I got fired from them for messing with my log books. Yes it was eld but they had a new system and found a way to get more drive time. Again lesson learned there and wish I was smarter and just appreciated the job for what it was.

After getting fired from them I got into another regional job that was Seattle and back but I only stayed with that company for a month. It was night runs and I did it for the month but just didn't like running at night especially over snoqualmie pass.

So I then got onto a local company delivering to clothing stores and various retail stores. That was a great job also and it was great getting home everyday and getting off early some days. Was with that company for 7 months until I got my dui.

I'm gunna keep trying my best and sending my resume out there and maybe someone will be willing to give me a chance. Like Turtle said though I gotta get used to rejection. Just gotta keep on keeping on!

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To be honest im not to sure what clarity I need. Maybe this is what I needed to hear. That I gotta stop dwelling on it and feeling bad for myself. Of course its hard not to but like you said all I can do now is move forward.

I'll keep my license from here on out clean like you said and just keep the dui in the past and try my best not to look back onto that. I guess time is really the only thing that will help me and I just have to accept. Thank you sir.

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What exactly is the clarity you're looking for, Dylan? Clearly you got the dui, so there's no sense dwelling on that. It happened, and the only way to go now is forward.

Clearly you'll have a difficult, if not impossible time landing another driving job in the immediate future. But you already know that.

I'm not sure how we can help you, beyond suggesting you apply everywhere possible in hopes that someone will take a chance on you.

Your hopes are slim, that's also clear. The best you can do at this point is keep yourself and your license spotlessly clean. Give up any hopes of the DUI coming off your driving record. It's there now, get used to it. Get used to rejections also, at least until you put some time and distance between yourself and that DUI.

I wish I had better news for you. The companies do not look very favorably upon DUI's, and for good reason. Good luck man.

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Knowing that you are in Idaho .. opens a few doors, ie: Miss Laura might have a 2nd chance place for you. Thanks for adding that. The 4 years experience; care to share ?!?!? Might help us, help you.

Have you looked into Western Express?? << Second chance or not, I LOVE THOSE FOLKS. I've got many reasons... and I'm telling you. If 'I' CAN CALL AND SPEAK TO A PERSON THERE (not a 'push nueve dos'.. dealio....) < I love that. I speak Spalian myself (Spanish/Italian.) SO?

On another hand.. (and i dunno what happened to OPTICAL ....) there's this smallish company in Ohio, 2nd chancer, called 'Dutch Maid Logistics.' Would they work w/you? No clue. Nothing hurts, to try.

Do y'all have Home Depot's and Lowe's there???? Straight trucks? They LOVE a guy w/a FULL CDL.. easier on their paperwork. My nephew does Menards here in Ohio. Yes, he has a 'history.' Leave it at that. A dewey and another something or other.

Foodservice, perhaps? Pop (soda?) or beer hauling? So MANY things you can still do.. until you are offered the love of OTR again, .. in the meantime.

I wish you the best, man. I really do. I've got kids (probably your age!.) Hard lessons learned. Pricey. No 'deweys' but some dumb shx... holds up 'opportunities.'

This too, shall pass.

~ Anne ~

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.

Regional:

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.

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.

Stepdeck:

A stepdeck , also referred to as "dropdeck", is a type of flatbed trailer that has one built in step to the deck to provide the capabilities of loading higher dimensional freight on the lower deck.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dylan M.'s Comment
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I would say for sure I didn't appreciate the money I was making. Rather than saving or using my money wisely, I was spending it faster than I was getting it. Now that im in a position where I need to really watch how I spend my money its opened my eyes up to how much smarter I can be money wise when I get back to trucking.

My wife and I had our first baby girl in December and its been the biggest blessing and huge motivation push to like you said keep slugging it out.

I'll definitely be staying around on TT and giving updates as time goes on! Thank you again and you keep putting those miles down out there and making that good mula. Who knows maybe one day I'll see ya out there on the open road!

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Yeah I think that's what I need to start slowly working on. Is to accept this and never repeat the past. I gotta take this as a life lesson and an eye opener on how much my cdl really means to me. Thank you for your reply Keith and you be safe out there!

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Dylan, I haven't logged something like a DUI , but I've done some pretty stupid **** myself and the only way I've found to... move past it is to embrace it and overcome.

I nearly tagged myself with a reckless driving ticket five years ago this month and got myself basically dropped from Knight for it. Keep your nose clean and find any company that will take you and /prove/ to them, but more importantly yourself, that you can Do Better.

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And if this helps at all too -- building an awareness of exactly what this field can do for you. You already have one half of it, struggling with low(er) paying jobs -- sticking with it gives you incredible amounts of leverage over your future. You and I are damn near the same age, and because I stuck with it I've probably made up lost ground /and/ gotten a jump on a lot of folks my age. (Probably more succinctly put: even if it is more of a pride thing thing for you, there are a variety of positive day to day reasons to slug it out too.)

Rooting for ya mate, and don't be a stranger. Let us know how your journey goes.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Keith A.'s Comment
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Yeah I think that's what I need to start slowly working on. Is to accept this and never repeat the past. I gotta take this as a life lesson and an eye opener on how much my cdl really means to me. Thank you for your reply Keith and you be safe out there!

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Dylan, I haven't logged something like a DUI , but I've done some pretty stupid **** myself and the only way I've found to... move past it is to embrace it and overcome.

I nearly tagged myself with a reckless driving ticket five years ago this month and got myself basically dropped from Knight for it. Keep your nose clean and find any company that will take you and /prove/ to them, but more importantly yourself, that you can Do Better.

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And if this helps at all too -- building an awareness of exactly what this field can do for you. You already have one half of it, struggling with low(er) paying jobs -- sticking with it gives you incredible amounts of leverage over your future. You and I are damn near the same age, and because I stuck with it I've probably made up lost ground /and/ gotten a jump on a lot of folks my age. (Probably more succinctly put: even if it is more of a pride thing thing for you, there are a variety of positive day to day reasons to slug it out too.)

Rooting for ya mate, and don't be a stranger. Let us know how your journey goes.

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Priceless. Ditto. Wish we had that 'award' banner, y'all mods! Anyone remember ?!?!? I do~!

Keith, your words/verbage have maturity all over this place. Well said, good sir. It's actually amazing to watch y'all 'grow up' .. in here.

Reminds me of an old book I had to read in High School (and you've probably never heard of... Pride and Prejudice.) Good stuff. Jane Austin.

~ Anne ~

Joke's on you Anne. I've read it twice already. :p

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.

TWIC:

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Yeah I think that's what I need to start slowly working on. Is to accept this and never repeat the past. I gotta take this as a life lesson and an eye opener on how much my cdl really means to me. Thank you for your reply Keith and you be safe out there!

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Reminds me of an old book I had to read in High School (and you've probably never heard of... Pride and Prejudice.) Good stuff. Jane Austin.

~ Anne ~

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Joke's on you Anne. I've read it twice already. :p

Well, I'll be danged! Sure fits, methinks! Good stuff, actually. So is A Tale of Two Cities.

Keith, you're a riot. And a smart one, at that. Gotta love that anaphora !

Stay safe, good sir! (kiddo!!!)

~ Anne ~

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.

TWIC:

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.

Keith A.'s Comment
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Also, Dylan, I run local in Denver so it'll have to be you crossing my path-- I haven't gone further than 300 miles from home in something like two years now.

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