Given Up Truck Driving For Good

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MichaelC0000 Z.'s Comment
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Here what happened I was a student Driver for swift Transportation on a Wal-Mart dedicated account now I'm not trying to make swift look like the bad guy or a bad company the blame is on me I can accept that and I have apologized a million times over trying to go back & drive for them again this on me not swift

these Accidents have happen three years ago the first Accidents so I have noticed that the back entrance in to the store for the trucks was block off because of Construction was going on and I did not see another way in to the store the only way in that look safe enough was the front of the store so as I was making a left turn in the front of the store and because I did not go out far enough to make the left turn the back of the Trailer Brake Chambers got hung up on a street median I didn't no what it was caught on only thing that I new It was stuck so final I've gotten unstuck but the back of the Trailer Brake Chambers gotten pulled right off from the Trailer

the second Accidents was so stupid that it shouldn't have happened in the first place I have no clue or idea or what was I was thinking when I did this I'm still confused till this day and it been three years since this accident this was another left turn in to the front store so I went in to the store and I didn't hit anything & as I was going in I don't no why or what made me make this stupid decision I have made a sharp left turn and the Trailer have got hung up on a tree and I stuck we was there at least a few hours trying to get unstuck but we made it through the damage to the Trailer and the tree was pretty bad

I no that I have F up and I should have been more responsible in these kinds of discussions when driving these trucks it not a joke or a game and I F up big time and now I'm paying the price for it I'm struggling very hard every single day I loved that Dedicated walmart account I very happy and very grateful for that job and I was very good at it I just hade a a really bad week that all so

ever since I was Discharge from swift I use to way 200 hundred pounds and now my weight is at 350+ I have been trying to go back to the trucking industry ever since those Accidents I have joined multiple companies trying to make it work I have joined Werner Enterprises western express Convenient transportation and Landair Transport I don't no why I just kept quieting I apologize to those companies for quieting I was just trying make work but I guess I'm still not over it with the two Accidents I have a very clean driving record I have 0 violation I have 0 tickets I have 0 felony I never been to jail or prison and I have 0 CSA score the only thing that is bad on my Driving record is that I have those two Accidents and I kept quieting that it

I can drive those trucks it not difficult for me any more like it was I no that my driving record with the trucking industry isn't where it should be at every since I have gotten my CDL I have hade for three years only six months I'm not proud of it I'm very disappointed with it now I'm at the point where I should just give up with the industry

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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This was somewhat difficult to read due to lack of punctuation. However, what I'm getting out of it is that the incidents are ONLY property damage accidents that occured when something unexpected happened (construction). In moments like this it's extremely important to STOP AND THINK before you react. Mistakes happen when you're flustered or upset. I don't believe you need to give up on the industry all together, we've seen people overcome far worse accidents and become excellent drivers, even highly decorated at their companies. The more companies you quit the harder it's going to be to overcome this.

Your weight has nothing to do with the accidents with Swift. Your weight gain has to do with poor lifestyle and dietary choices. No judgement here, I myself let my weight get out of control. It's so easy to grab something and munch while you go down the road, drink sugary and carbonated beverages and crawl into the bunk for your whole 10 hours. In the last 3 years I gained close to 40 pounds. In the last 2 months I've dropped 25 of it and am starting to feel happier. I still drink too much pop/soda but I do intermittent fasting. I typically wake up around 1am and don't eat ANYTHING (still drink my soda, about 3 or 4 20 Oz bottles) until 430pm or 5pm when I sit down and eat a healthy dinner with the family, with the exception being 2 of the days I'm home all day in which I'll eat a more normal schedule/amount. Getting started SUCKS, but I haven't increased my physical activity at all other than getting out of the truck and moving, even something as simple as walking along the side of the trailer for 30 minutes while you get loaded.

MichaelC0000 Z.'s Comment
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Thanks for reading my post and the reply

G-Town's Comment
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Micheal not to be disrespectful, but the second accident was very similar to the first one, you put your truck in a space it didn’t belong. That’s going to be the issue for most companies, especially if you tell them you had no idea how the second accident happened.

Walmart Dedicated reefer is not a good account for most rookies. 20% of the stores are tight and require extreme caution when entering the dock area, backing to the dock door and exiting the dock area.

What DC were you out if? I ran out of 7030 in Pottsville for almost 8 years. There is about a dozen stores that are very difficult, low margin of error.

Like this one:

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The majority of the recorded accidents were around the stores. Some rather serious…almost all of the drivers involved had less than 6 months experience. Very unforgiving account.

How many companies have you driven for?

I counted 4 maybe 5. Why didn’t it work out with them?

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

MichaelC0000 Z.'s Comment
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I was running out of Acadia and winter haven Florida every thing was going very well I was doing everything correctly till those two Accidents I know what I have did was F up I can accept those mistakes and responsibilities I F up plan and simple and those two Accidents shouldn't have never happened

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Your job jumping is going to hurt you. If you want to try again, CFI has refer based out of FLA. We have terminals in Jacksonville and Sanford, Florida.

They may be willing to give you a shot.

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. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I was running out of Acadia and winter haven Florida every thing was going very well I was doing everything correctly till those two Accidents I know what I have did was F up I can accept those mistakes and responsibilities I F up plan and simple and those two Accidents shouldn't have never happened

Also, to add to Big Scott's suggestion, I've got a HUGE cache of companies that still e'mail my husband of 22 years, driving that many years. Please put your LOCATION in your profile; we can ALL add to the coffers, and help!

Student driver for Swift .... where was your mentor? Swift tends to be rather forgiving. Do you HAVE a full CDLA? I've not looked at your past companies yet, myself . . . so pardon the repertoire.

G'Town is ALL things, Swift. . . rightfully so. I'd heed HIS reply like a golden egg, if I were you.

I'm guessing if you 'are' giving up totally, there is no sense in helping ya, anyway.

~ Anne ~

ps: I grew up in Florida. Not a lot of 'outbound' freight, but flowers....and flatbed. Would you entertain either?

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
MichaelC0000 Z.'s Comment
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My mentor was sleeping because we was doing teams on that account he was didn't have any to do with the discussion making it was all on me and yes I have CFL A with Hazard and Tanker at this point I actually have no clue if I should continue or not with the trucking industry

G-Town's Comment
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Swift runs teams during training once the student surpasses 50 hours of driving. There is nothing unusual with that.

Again, same type of accident twice and the fact that Michael had no clue how (his words)the second one happened is likely why he was let go.

Michael you worked for 4 different companies after leaving Swift. What happened? Were you let go? Or did you quit? If you did quit, why?

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.

MichaelC0000 Z.'s Comment
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I quite because I couldn't handle OTR I can drive the truck just fine and I'm not as neveris like I was before when I first started out with otr but coming from Dedicated OTR isn't for me I was very happy and less stressful with dedicated that I could handle and do perfectly fine it just the Two stupid accidents on my end that shouldn't have never happened in the first place I guess it was just one of those bad weeks

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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