Hello All! Nervous Newbie With Questions.

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Old J.'s Comment
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Hey all! First time poster, long time lurker.

First I’d like to say I’m a big fan of what you guys have here. It’s nice to have a community of great people with an open mind and a fount of knowledge of all things trucking. Over the last 10 months I’ve read almost every post, thread, diary, and article on here. I’ve learned much, but hope to learn much more in the next couple of months (and hopefully years to come).

After months of research and consideration, Ive done what I see lots of newbies do on this website. I’ve picked several starter mega carriers that I would like to begin my career with. In no particular order they are: TMC, Prime Inc, and Schneider (hoping to do flat bedding, but would take anything I can get). Ive been doing research and have been getting all my ducks in a row to transition to my new career after the end of the December holidays.

I wish my first post / questions was under better circumstances but unfortunately it’s not. I was driving to work the other morning and was T Boned. The driver was making a left turn out of a parking lot and didn’t even look in my direction or stop as she was entering the road. She nailed me pretty good right in the center of my vehicle on the passenger side. There were no injuries but we did file a police report and I got my insurance involved since the side of my vehicle is pretty banged up. (of course the offending drivers vehicle is essentially spotless ). There were no citations issued, no tow trucks. Just a simple police report.

The $64,000 question is this: is my chance at getting approved for company sponsored training from any of these mega carries completely shot because of this? My driving record up until Monday morning was essentially spotless. No speeding tickets, no previous accidents ever, no moving violations of any kind (I did get a parking ticket when I was going to college back in 2006). I’m worried that this will be a black spot that will keep any of these starter companies from touching me for a few more years. Thus preventing my end of the year plans to transition to a new career.

My insurance company is still in the investigation stages of my claim at the moment, but my agent said this was the other drivers fault and their filling the damages on THEIR claim not mine.

Sorry for the wall of text, if your still reading Congratulations! Any advice for this hopeful newbie who has since turned into a nervous wreck? Much obliged

-Jay

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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It shouldn't be a problem, I had someone run a red light and t bone me. I just had to provide the police report and tell them that the cab company I was driving for never charged me the deductible and it was paid for by the other persons insurance.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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No speeding tickets, no previous accidents ever, no moving violations of any kind (I did get a parking ticket when I was going to college back in 2006). I’m worried that this will be a black spot that will keep any of these starter companies from touching me for a few more years.

A 15 year old ticket, and a parking one at that....are you sure you've read pretty much every post on here? You know we'll tell you that you are overthinking this and worrying about nothing. Lighten up and look forward to the end of the year.

Laura

Donny D.'s Comment
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Hey all! First time poster, long time lurker.

First I’d like to say I’m a big fan of what you guys have here. It’s nice to have a community of great people with an open mind and a fount of knowledge of all things trucking. Over the last 10 months I’ve read almost every post, thread, diary, and article on here. I’ve learned much, but hope to learn much more in the next couple of months (and hopefully years to come).

After months of research and consideration, Ive done what I see lots of newbies do on this website. I’ve picked several starter mega carriers that I would like to begin my career with. In no particular order they are: TMC, Prime Inc, and Schneider (hoping to do flat bedding, but would take anything I can get). Ive been doing research and have been getting all my ducks in a row to transition to my new career after the end of the December holidays.

................

Sorry for the wall of text, if your still reading Congratulations! Any advice for this hopeful newbie who has since turned into a nervous wreck? Much obliged

-Jay

As a recent graduate from Schneider ( I get my truck Friday 09/24/21) I can tell you they will pull your driving record for last 4 years. If there is no charges or tickets for the accident then it's unlikely to show. I had a similar incident that was just out of the 4 year range. Luckily the officer who knew I wasn't at fault but under .....modern social pressure...... was pressured into writing me the ticket and only gave me a traffic light ticket. No worries. You'll be fine.

TCB's Comment
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If you are wanting flatbed, you might consider Melton. They only do flatbed.

Old J.'s Comment
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Thanks for the replies. I was hoping I was making a mountain out of a mole hill. It's nice to get some reassurance from those more experienced than I.

Much Appreciated - Jay

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old J.'s Comment
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If you are wanting flatbed, you might consider Melton. They only do flatbed.

I'll probably throw an application their direction as well. Like I said I'll jump in to any company that will have me. Do they offer CDL training? For some reason I thought they required previous experience? Perhaps that was one of the Martin's? So many company's it's tough to keep them all straight sometimes.

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Howdy, Jay !!!

Here's some MORE reading for ya, in case you've not seen:

Paid CDL Training Programs

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

You seem to have a great start, already going for ya!

Congrats, and welcome to Trucking Truth!

~ Anne ~

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.

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Hey all! First time poster, long time lurker.

First I’d like to say I’m a big fan of what you guys have here. It’s nice to have a community of great people with an open mind and a fount of knowledge of all things trucking. Over the last 10 months I’ve read almost every post, thread, diary, and article on here. I’ve learned much, but hope to learn much more in the next couple of months (and hopefully years to come).

After months of research and consideration, Ive done what I see lots of newbies do on this website. I’ve picked several starter mega carriers that I would like to begin my career with. In no particular order they are: TMC, Prime Inc, and Schneider (hoping to do flat bedding, but would take anything I can get). Ive been doing research and have been getting all my ducks in a row to transition to my new career after the end of the December holidays.

................

Sorry for the wall of text, if your still reading Congratulations! Any advice for this hopeful newbie who has since turned into a nervous wreck? Much obliged

-Jay

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As a recent graduate from Schneider ( I get my truck Friday 09/24/21) I can tell you they will pull your driving record for last 4 years. If there is no charges or tickets for the accident then it's unlikely to show. I had a similar incident that was just out of the 4 year range. Luckily the officer who knew I wasn't at fault but under .....modern social pressure...... was pressured into writing me the ticket and only gave me a traffic light ticket. No worries. You'll be fine.

Donny, with all due respect, Schneider (and probably all other companies) will know about the accident. How do I know? From personal experience.

Old J.'s Comment
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My concern isn't that a prospective employer will find out, because I'm sure they will (what with the police report and all). My concern is that me being involved in an accident that was not my fault will prevent me from being hired by a trucking company.

Especially since the accident just happened and I was hoping to be hired on in the next 2 to 3 months.

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