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Tammy A.'s Comment
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Example. I had a fender bender about 10 years ago my fault, insurance went up. couple years later switched insurance companies and was cheaper, but still the amount didnt make sense. Couple years later signed up for uber and was denied because of my driving record. I was baffled so I started researching. They had the accident on my record THREE TIMES!!! All those years paying so much for NOTHING! Thank God Geico credited me all the months I had them. Since then my driving record is perfect. But took me years to finally figure it out

Baffle:

A partition or separator within a liquid tank, used to inhibit the flow of fluids within the tank. During acceleration, turning, and braking, a large liquid-filled tank may produce unexpected forces on the vehicle due to the inertia of liquids.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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I was to some extent in the same boat.... I did not want to jump until I was sure I had a job. I went with Prime, Inc. I found that there are many, many steps to jump through before attending training. First was the DOT psychical, then the permit test. Then I had to redo DOT as he gave me a 90 day card so that I could have sleep study done (good luck with COVID). At any point I could have changed my mind and stayed home doing my old job. They paid for a rental car for me to get to PA from Maine. Hotel, meals and transportation to/from training was covered. Once I passed my CDL (first shot) they put me up in a hotel for another week until a trainer was available. The process is long and at times overwhelming. Many times I was thinking what the heck have I gotten myself into? I knew if needed I had a job with my old employer but I continue to stick it out. I suggest you talk to a recruiter and ask him/her questions. There are options and I didn't want to say anything until I knew for sure as well about being hired. Take your time, research different companies, study, ask questions, study, sleep on it. Talk to friends, co-workers, family, people on here, get as many sides as you can before jumping (or not) Just my few pennies worth. :)

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.

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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Tammy, you can call a recruiter and double check. However, your worried about a 10 year old fender bender. If you were not issued any tickets and there were no injuries, you should be fine.

Companies run all your stuff before they accept you, then run it again at some point.

You are not completely hired until you upgrade to your own truck.

Depending on the company things can go from slow to go, go, go fairly quickly. In my case I applied to CFI, was waiting for background checks and other things, out of my control, to happen. I had almost given up hope when I got a phone call from my recruiter telling me it was to late in the week for me to start that week, but would I be able to start the next. Of course I said yes. That was 2017. Right now my student is driving and we are in PA heading to Mechanicsburg to pick up a load.

Good luck.

Tammy A.'s Comment
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Thanks. I was going to start calling and I did a few places but most seemed to want me to start right away with the process. Its the timing im not sure of.

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