Team Driving With Owner Operator

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Brandon C.'s Comment
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Hello,

My name is brandon, I am 58 years old, non-smoker, don't drink, easy to get along with, looking for a fellow Christian brother owner operator to drive with team.

Here is my situation. I have dealt with anxiety my whole life, I am on medication but I still have to work with it.

I have tried now twice, two trucking companies 10 weeks total and have not been successful to the point of being on my own.

I enjoyed driving and did really well, it was just everything else. Backing, docking, drop and hook , remembering things when at the shipper and receiver, etc. Anxiety would make it difficult to remember.

I am looking for a special situation that, despite my difficulties I could succeed at this.

I am willing to give up half my pay, to have someone who will teach me and work through this together. I would like to learn and grow into feeling confident about everything.

It has been a few years since driving. Would have to check make sure everything is set on my Class A CDL. Would need to get a letter from my doc in order to get a physical.

Went through truck driving school passed my test first time. When starting with my second company they had me go through the test again and I passed first time. I had a tanker and hazmat endorsement.

If there is someone who feels they would fit this situation, please contact me.

I know, long message, but thanks for taking the time to read.

God bless,

brandon

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Shipper:

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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Brandon C.'s Comment
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Sorry, forgot, I am restricted to automatic.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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The few owner operators will be on here sometime today I would think. I will tell you that since you've been off the road for a bit that you will probably have to go through a refresher course mainly because anybody that takes you on is going to have astronomical insurance rates because you have no experience and it's not current.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Brandon C.'s Comment
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Wow, yeah, I didn't know about that. Hey, thanks for the reply and information.

Yeah, maybe it won't be possible.

PJ's Comment
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My guess your looking for the near impossible. I don’t know about all insurance companies but mine and 2 other agents I know refuse to allow anyone with less than 24 months experience.

I do wish you the best.

Brandon C.'s Comment
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Okay, thanks

G-Town's Comment
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I think the owner op desire is unrealistic… bit of a pipe dream. Help us understand specifically what issues you were dealing with. Maybe we can help you overcome them.

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Wow, yeah, I didn't know about that. Hey, thanks for the reply and information.

Yeah, maybe it won't be possible.

Hi, Brandon; welcome to TT !

So, you still have your CDL and a current med card? Maybe it WILL be possible!!

Many of our companies here, will retrain you as needed: Apply For Paid CDL Training!

Many run teams, if that is your desire; as well!

Wishing you the best, good sir. Here's a refresher, also!

Don't give up!! Stop back;

~ 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.
James H.'s Comment
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Hello,

I enjoyed driving and did really well, it was just everything else. Backing, docking, drop and hook , remembering things when at the shipper and receiver, etc. Anxiety would make it difficult to remember.

I am looking for a special situation that, despite my difficulties I could succeed at this.

I am willing to give up half my pay, to have someone who will teach me and work through this together. I would like to learn and grow into feeling confident about everything.

Those aspects of driving cause all of us stress when we're starting out. However, they're pretty much unavoidable parts of the job. Your individual brain chemistry, etc. may make these challenges greater for you than for others, but I'd like to believe it's not insurmountable given the right situation.

As others have noted, an OO taking you on is unlikely. I'd say your best bet is with a large company that can absorb the insurance cost of employing inexperienced drivers and has a training program in place. You didn't say who you worked for previously, but there are many carriers that do a good job of preparing and equipping their new drivers to succeed. You may want to check out the Training Diaries forum on this site and see how other new drivers have made their way up the learning curve.

Best wishes!

Shipper:

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
BK's Comment
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Hi Brandon,

I agree with the others. If you want to, and would benefit from team driving, try to get on with a company that specializes in team driving. I think the most prominent company for that is CRST. (Please, somebody correct me if I’m wrong).

I like your attitude and strategy. Good luck in finding your niche.

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