Got My Year At First Company. Now What?

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tripletdad's Comment
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Hi! So I’m looking for some recommendations. I came here a year a a few months ago and read, asked questions, and basically immersed myself in this site. In the end, I found a great company, did my paid Cdl training as recommended here, and fulfilled my contract. Fast forward to now.

I’m over a year, 100,000+ miles, and I’m wanting to get into a more long term type of position. I’ve talked to a few companies and keep getting the same thing. My speeding ticket will prevent them from hiring me.

2 years ago, I bought a fun car and I got a speeding ticket. 26 mph over the limit. It was before my Cdl. My current company was able to overlook it, despite it being less than a year old at the time. Now it’s an issue with the places I’m looking, which tell me I’m maybe looking in the wrong places.

Here’s my requirements. If anyone knows firsthand of a company that could do this, please let me know.

1-I have automatic only restriction. 2- other than the speeding ticket, my record is pretty clean. I have one ticket for improper child restraint where my son was in a booster seat and the trooper thought he should have been in a full car seat. No point. I have one non preventable accident in the semi. I stopped at a as red light. Care behind me did not stop. They were cited, And it was classed as non preventable. 3-id like regional or home daily position. I’m in south western Ohio. So I’m close to Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.

I’ve checked with R&L locally, as well as old dominion, saia, and variant. Variant would hire me. More money, but I’d have to be out a minimum of 2 weeks which I’m trying to avoid.

Thanks for any advice.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Old School's Comment
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Can you do flatbed?

There are several flatbed companies that will get you home on weekends. Try talking to TMC, Maverick, or McElroy and see what you come up with.

Congratulations on one year at the same company!

That 26 over speeding ticket is still hurting you. That was a bad one. You can be grateful someone gave you a chance at this career with that one.

PackRat's Comment
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Same recommendation I gave you before. Crete has a terminal in Columbus, and there is lots of freight moving around that part of the country: OH, IN, PA, IL, KY.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Papa Pig's Comment
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Come sling some rolltainers on DG dedicated! Lol

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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What company are you with now? CFI may take you and may have something dedicated or regional in that area. Call and ask.

Also, see if your current company can offer you something.

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Have you looked into FAB Express, where Don (on here) went after CFI, to drive w/ my dude?? He's still there,too.

There are a few yards here in Ohio. My Tom is out of Mt. Vernon, Don is out of Wooster, and we've got a yard in Newark & Dayton, too.

Home daily, off weekends, daycab Mack Pinnacles (mostly autos, so your restriction is no problem...) and a great safety rating.

Holler if you need more info!

~ Anne ~

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

ChrisEMT's Comment
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I would speak with your companies account services office (or whatever your company calls it for dedicated accounts) and see what your company has to offer, it may surprise you. Then I would call other major companies that hire out of your area to see what they have to offer, but expect to have a wait once you jump to a different company because usually dedicated accounts are usually in demand positions. You could also look into food delivery companies that deliver to restaurants , bars, supermarkets, etc. A big one is Performance Food Group (PFG), but again, they have minimum requirements like length of experience, etc....

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