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Kerry L.'s Comment
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Ok, so a little over a year ago I started a thread about my terrible experience with TransAm. I basically trashed the company over what was truthfully an unfortunate miscommunication. I am not posting this to revisit that experience. After moving on from TransAm, I wasn't able to find another company willing to give me a shot due to a personal vehicle accident that happened my first week of CDL school. After at least 30 applications submitted and no other positive responses, I decided to obtain a warehouse job. I started through a temp agency, then got hired directly by the company. Well, being newly married and my first child on the way has me deciding to explore giving a go at a trucking career again. I have no expectations of anything in particular other than filling out applications to see if any opportunities are offered. If it's not meant to be, then I am content with continuing a career in warehousing. I am not seeking advice as I already know what is needed for me to have a chance... APPLY, APPLY, APPLY. I am more grounded and feel less entitled than I was when I went to work for TransAm. I will be chronicling my experience from this point on the forum here. So, for those interested, be looking for updates. At the present point in time, I am outside the US traveling for personal leisure. Once returning to the US in a few weeks, I hope to transition quickly to my potential new trucking company employer since I am already submitting applications. To those that may wish to tell me that my situation is hopeless: Thank you. You motivate me. To those that wish to encourage me: Thank you. You uplift me. I truly look forward to responses from whomever decides to respond. If you made it to this point of my post, thank you for reading my book.

Kerry

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Steve L.'s Comment
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Stay positive and keep in mind the things you need to avoid.

Like someone once said; the older I got, the smarter my parents became. Same is true here; some of the really wise old owls tell us things we don’t want to hear.

I hope your experience nets you a bright future. Safe travels!

Kerry L.'s Comment
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Stay positive and keep in mind the things you need to avoid.

Like someone once said; the older I got, the smarter my parents became. Same is true here; some of the really wise old owls tell us things we don’t want to hear.

I hope your experience nets you a bright future. Safe travels!

Thank you. True words and much appreciated.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Ok, so a little over a year ago I started a thread about my terrible experience with TransAm. I basically trashed the company over what was truthfully an unfortunate miscommunication. I am not posting this to revisit that experience. After moving on from TransAm, I wasn't able to find another company willing to give me a shot due to a personal vehicle accident that happened my first week of CDL school. After at least 30 applications submitted and no other positive responses, I decided to obtain a warehouse job. I started through a temp agency, then got hired directly by the company. Well, being newly married and my first child on the way has me deciding to explore giving a go at a trucking career again. I have no expectations of anything in particular other than filling out applications to see if any opportunities are offered. If it's not meant to be, then I am content with continuing a career in warehousing. I am not seeking advice as I already know what is needed for me to have a chance... APPLY, APPLY, APPLY. I am more grounded and feel less entitled than I was when I went to work for TransAm. I will be chronicling my experience from this point on the forum here. So, for those interested, be looking for updates. At the present point in time, I am outside the US traveling for personal leisure. Once returning to the US in a few weeks, I hope to transition quickly to my potential new trucking company employer since I am already submitting applications. To those that may wish to tell me that my situation is hopeless: Thank you. You motivate me. To those that wish to encourage me: Thank you. You uplift me. I truly look forward to responses from whomever decides to respond. If you made it to this point of my post, thank you for reading my book.

Kerry

I remember you, Kerry. Come back abroad, safely, haha!!!! (One never knows, LoL.)

DML (Dutch Maid Logistics) here in Ohio, is a 2nd chance training company.

Carolina Cargo opted 'out' of that mindset, with a 'dealio' re; Penske... ask Big Scott.

Western Express has no training facility since the tornadoes (perhaps?) .. 2nd chancers, ... they're getting harder to find.

(re: the 'anyone can get a job' mindset .. mhm. Yeah, nope. You 'COULD' look into LTL when you get back stateside, however. I don't recall the 'status' of your CDL, tbh.)

Hope this helps, a skosh!! All isn't lost. Glad to see you back, around!

~ Anne ~

ps: Doesn't anyone reply here?!?!? Apply For Paid CDL Training

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Zach 's Comment
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If you still hold a valid CDL Western Express is probably an option to look in to

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.
Kerry L.'s Comment
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Ok, so a little over a year ago I started a thread about my terrible experience with TransAm. I basically trashed the company over what was truthfully an unfortunate miscommunication. I am not posting this to revisit that experience. After moving on from TransAm, I wasn't able to find another company willing to give me a shot due to a personal vehicle accident that happened my first week of CDL school. After at least 30 applications submitted and no other positive responses, I decided to obtain a warehouse job. I started through a temp agency, then got hired directly by the company. Well, being newly married and my first child on the way has me deciding to explore giving a go at a trucking career again. I have no expectations of anything in particular other than filling out applications to see if any opportunities are offered. If it's not meant to be, then I am content with continuing a career in warehousing. I am not seeking advice as I already know what is needed for me to have a chance... APPLY, APPLY, APPLY. I am more grounded and feel less entitled than I was when I went to work for TransAm. I will be chronicling my experience from this point on the forum here. So, for those interested, be looking for updates. At the present point in time, I am outside the US traveling for personal leisure. Once returning to the US in a few weeks, I hope to transition quickly to my potential new trucking company employer since I am already submitting applications. To those that may wish to tell me that my situation is hopeless: Thank you. You motivate me. To those that wish to encourage me: Thank you. You uplift me. I truly look forward to responses from whomever decides to respond. If you made it to this point of my post, thank you for reading my book.

Kerry

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I remember you, Kerry. Come back abroad, safely, haha!!!! (One never knows, LoL.)

DML (Dutch Maid Logistics) here in Ohio, is a 2nd chance training company.

Carolina Cargo opted 'out' of that mindset, with a 'dealio' re; Penske... ask Big Scott.

Western Express has no training facility since the tornadoes (perhaps?) .. 2nd chancers, ... they're getting harder to find.

(re: the 'anyone can get a job' mindset .. mhm. Yeah, nope. You 'COULD' look into LTL when you get back stateside, however. I don't recall the 'status' of your CDL, tbh.)

Hope this helps, a skosh!! All isn't lost. Glad to see you back, around!

~ Anne ~

ps: Doesn't anyone reply here?!?!? Apply For Paid CDL Training

Alright, I will apply at Dutch Maid. I have an application in with May Trucking and they are waiting on my call when I get back. Same with Butler Transport. I also put an app in with PAM Transport. I know that they are a 2nd chancer. Also will be contacting Design Transportation out of Dallas when I get back. Have an app in with CFI. They were interested in me before I went into CDL school, but that personal vehicle accident had their safety department decide that I couldn't be touched. JBS Carriers is waiting on me calling them. Another is Knight. I know that every one of these carriers is willing to work with a person in my situation. It's just a matter of whether or not the collection of my unique circumstance makes me hireable with a given company. Oh, I forgot about PTL, also. Plenty of companies at which to apply. I only need one to decide to give me a shot.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kerry L.'s Comment
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If you still hold a valid CDL Western Express is probably an option to look in to

From the Driver Pulse app, it looks like WE is only hiring flatbedders out of my area. I am too short and physically broke down to do flatbed work. No complaints, but that is just a beast that I know I wouldn't be able to tackle. Thank you for the suggestion. If you think of any others, please keep shooting them to me.

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.
Davy A.'s Comment
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You mentioned Knight. They do a lot on a case by case basis, Depends on what the safety Dept decides, while at the same time, Each terminal has some say in decisions as well. I definitely would not classify them as a second chance company, if there is such a thing, but Ive had folks there really go to bat for me when I was trying to get hired on. It took some persistence and diligence on my part as well as cleaning up my tickets, but they were finally able to hire me, when several others would not. Might be worth a try there.

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Kerry;

Any contact with DML? (Dutch Maid?) I'm almost sure they'd take you on.

Not sure how far you are from Ohio, nor exactly how much (if any) experience you have, but Garner (in Findlay, OH) is a heckuva company..been in the Top10 Fleets for 5 plus years. You might be too 'green' for them, but .. wouldn't hurt to try.

Same with MAST, here in Ohio.

Best wishes!

~ Anne ~

ps: Put your darn location in your profile; helps us help YOU better w/o searching old posts, LoL!

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Kerry L.'s Comment
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Kerry;

Any contact with DML? (Dutch Maid?) I'm almost sure they'd take you on.

Not sure how far you are from Ohio, nor exactly how much (if any) experience you have, but Garner (in Findlay, OH) is a heckuva company..been in the Top10 Fleets for 5 plus years. You might be too 'green' for them, but .. wouldn't hurt to try.

Same with MAST, here in Ohio.

Best wishes!

~ Anne ~

ps: Put your darn location in your profile; helps us help YOU better w/o searching old posts, LoL!

Trying to see how to change profile info, and it seems to be eluding me. Maybe you can help me out with that?

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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