Nervous About A New Job

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Jace P.'s Comment
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I’ve been driving for around two and a half years now. I work for a freight company based in Salt Lake City, Utah and I just got a chance for a job that I’ve wanted for awhile. I have two accidents that aren’t on my MVR and have discussed them both with my potential new employer. The first accident was five months after getting my CDL. I was turning a sharp corner with a 53’ and a car came barreling towards me and wouldn’t stop. I should’ve stopped but I turned sharper and bumped the pole. Definitely a learning experience. The truck and trailer were fine and there was almost no damage to the trailer except for some scratched reflective tape. The pole was replaced but come to find out it was getting ready to be replaced anyways. Thankfully, I wasn’t cited in this accident and it didn’t go on my MVR(in fact the lady in the car was cited for wreck less driving and DUI). The second accident was when I was coming into a smaller town. The speed limit in the area was 45 and I was in the right lane getting ready to turn into a dock. About 200 feet before the turn off, a teenager in a car ran the stop sign and I couldn’t stop in time. I couldn’t change lanes because of the cars next to me. Luckily everyone was alright and like the first accident, the other driver was cited and I was not. This accident also did not go on my MVR. The new employer knows about these accidents and told me that they shouldn’t affect anything but I’m worried that I’m going to get hired on and then fired because their insurance company won’t insure me. Has anyone had any similar experiences?


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.


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.


Driving Under the Influence

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Yes, I have been in three accidents with 4-wheelers. All three accidents were non-preventable....I was not ticketed but two of the three were and LE never looked at logs or had me do any drug test.

What you want to do is get a copy, which is free once a year, of your DAC Report. It will show those wrecks, if reported, and if they were preventable or non-preventable. That report is what could get you released from a job before you even get started.

DAC Report



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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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