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Eric P.'s Comment
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I'll try to make this a quick question. I got my class A at the beginning of February. Unfortunatly I can't start driving full time until after my wife gives birth because we can't lose the insurance I have at my current job. I currently plan on driving full time near the beginning of June. However, I know that sitting on a licence is a bad idea and most companies will require some drive time experience. My wife's Uncle is an owner operator and he's agreed to let me do some local runs on the weekends. Since I'm not actually going to be employed by him will that make a difference? Is there something I can show any future potential companies to show I've had some drive time? or do I just use him as a reference?

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I'll try to make this a quick question. I got my class A at the beginning of February. Unfortunatly I can't start driving full time until after my wife gives birth because we can't lose the insurance I have at my current job. I currently plan on driving full time near the beginning of June. However, I know that sitting on a licence is a bad idea and most companies will require some drive time experience. My wife's Uncle is an owner operator and he's agreed to let me do some local runs on the weekends. Since I'm not actuaIlyou going to be employed by him will that make a difference? Is there something I can show any future potential companies to show I've had some drive time? or do I just use him as a reference?

Being new local runs,I assume will be within state, will not count as much. To prove you have driving experience you will need to prove employment. Driving local jobs would be fine if you can prove you did it. That's mainly done with tax paperwork. Anyone can fill out an affidavit Saying you drove for them and if you drove for them you have tax records to prove it. This is how companies will look at it.

I guess you can get him to write a letter saying you drove for him and since he HAS to put you on his insurance that can be another way to prove it but don't count on it.

Sure it will be a great way to get experience on your own but don't count on Trucking companies looking at it as real experience. According to most companies they will as for all driving experience in the last 10 years and I doubt they will take "I drove for my uncle for free part time".

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Jopa's Comment
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If you got your license (and not just a permit) wouldn't going to a company with license in hand but still needing on-the-road training by that company be the same as if you applied immediately after February? I'm not saying I know, I'm just asking the question. I would assume you are actually more valuable to a big outfit than someone like myself who will only have the permit and endorsements when I finally show up on their door step.

Stephen

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