Did I Just Lose My Job

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James E.'s Comment
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You too and thanks


I'm getting the DAC added incident. A really huge "don't do that again" and continuing my training starting in the morning. The mentor said we're gonna keep pushing to finish my trainer and I'll be fine. Then gave me a few bits of advice. Guess all in all that's about as much of a happy ending as I can hope for and im not complaining at all. Especially since like 12 hrs ago I thought I was about to be jobless and sent packing


Good deal! That's the outcome we all expected. Be safe


Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

PJ's Comment
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Glad you got the answer. We’ve all been there to one degree or the other. We beat ourselves up more than others do sometimes.

I want to address something that is a good training point for others.

You got your license in March, don’t know which part. This is the first of May. You have had the CDL less than 2 months. Your trainer was in the bunk. Ok, his/her call. You were at the end of your driving day.

This job can be exhausting espically in the beginning. Your judgement is not as good at the end of a long day as it was at the beginning. You have to be extra careful during those times.

You said your trainer is a O/O. Maybe, but he is probably leasing that truck from Swift. Big difference there as well. But they are probably training to make extra money because most of those programs have such high weekly fixed costs. Either way Rainey was spot on. He knew the hazards when he signed up and he has to accept that responsibility.

A couple years ago I hired my girlfriend. She had 1 yr experience. She made a few mistakes because it was all a new and different experience. Yes they cost me money. We both learned from them.

That is my point, both parties could have done things different, but it is what it is. Learn from it and move on.

Wishing you the best going forward in your career.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Matthew P.'s Comment
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I am very new too. I made an error under similar circumstances. Tired towards the end of the day etc. It happens! I was pretty upset when it happened not so worried about it now. Just make the mental note careful and slow down towards the end of the day. I find when I'm tired I have to be very deliberate and careful about my decisions. Stuff can happen in the rig pretty quickly. The other place where I am overly cautious and try to be hyper aware is the hell known as truck stops.

Pianoman's Comment
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Matthew P :

The other place where I am overly cautious and try to be hyper aware is the hell known as truck stops.

This 1000%. I avoid truck stops whenever I can and one of the main reasons is the increased risk there. Anytime you’re in close quarters at all like a truck stop or shipper/receiver remember that these are high risk situations and you need to be watching carefully all corners of your truck and trailer


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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