Passed DOT Physical After ~2 Years Of Category 2

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Alfred L.'s Comment
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Hi, I've posted here before, but I usually just lurk. I got some good news yesterday! I passed the DOT Physical again for the first time in years. Before, I had been on meds that disqualified me, after I left my one trucking job because of personal anxiety issues. But I changed my meds to ones that are safer and just as effective, and now I'm no longer disqualified.

I currently work in a low-paying internship, which ends soon, and I need to decide whether I want to go back to trucking, or take some other job where the money isn't as good. One concern that might keep me from doing OTR again is my mom needs someone around pretty regularly to help her with errands at home, and I don't know if other family members could just fill in if I was away.

It's a lot to think about, but at least I finally have more options open.

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.

DOT:

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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Talk with other family members. Your mom can get groceries delivered and if needed you can order them for her while on the road. Most things can be delivered these days.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Where abouts do you live? You maybe able to get on with a LTL company doing linehaul or P&D. You should be home most nights and be able to make 75k+ no problem

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Alfred L.'s Comment
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Where abouts do you live? You maybe able to get on with a LTL company doing linehaul or P&D. You should be home most nights and be able to make 75k+ no problem

I'm in Kansas, close to Kansas City. I don't know if I would be considered qualified for LTL, since I only have a year and a half of experience, but I'll look into it.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
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