Paid Training Schools That Will Accept One Preventable Accident?

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Leslie W.'s Comment
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I am looking to obtain a CDL and have one preventable accident ony driving record. Which companies are willing to accept you under these conditions?

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.
George B.'s Comment
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Where are you located? I assume it was in personal vehicle?

Leslie W.'s Comment
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I am located in Hiram, GA. And yes it was a personal vehicle.

Leslie W.'s Comment
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Located in Hiram, GA. And yes, it was a personal vehicle. Thank you for replying. 😊

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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How long ago was the accident? Most companies want to see three years between a new trainee and an at fault accident. The truth is that hiring decisions in this industry aren't made by the companies that own the trucks, they're made by the companies that insure the trucks. Now, let's say you didn't have a driving accident on your record. A company that hired you have to pay > $1,000/mo. more in insurance premiums to hire you than to hire an experienced CDL driver with a clean record. It would be much higher for a driver with a recent (less than 3 years) accident on their record. Would you hire an employee that cost you $2-$3,000 more PER MONTH when you have folks lined up around the block wanting the same job who won't?

Your best options are:

Join the Navy (or any other branch)! They'll put you to work driving a truck because they don't have to pay an insurance company. A two year enlistment will give you experience driving, a lifetime of benefits and burn away most of 3 years. A veteran, with truck driving experience and a clean (three years anyway) driving record would have to beat the recruiters off with a stick!

Get a job working the docks at an LTL company (Estes, Old Dominion, YRC, etc.) All the major LTL companies have, "dock to driver" programs where they train their dockworkers to drive a truck then give them a job as a truck driver. You'll have to wait a while with your record, but seniority starts from your hire date even as a dock worker. When they do turn you loose with a truck you'll have higher pay and more say about what run you'll drive with seniority.

In the meantime, keep yourself hireable (ticket, accident, drug and crime free).

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

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.

George B.'s Comment
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Call Millis Transfer. They train in Cartersville I think. Good company! Pays well.

Leslie W.'s Comment
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Hello Pacific Pearl, So I'm assuming that the answer to my question is no, because of the amount that it'd cost to insure me? Correct? I am 43 and can't join the Navy but thanks for the information. Hopefully someone else reading that will be useful to. The dock work was a very good suggestion. I will look into that. Thank you for your response.

Leslie W.'s Comment
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Wow George! That is great info! Thank you! I will definitely look into that. Much appreciated.

BK's Comment
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Leslie, you can find a company to hire you. It might take a bunch of phone calls and applications so keep trying. Persistence pays off. Your record is probably not the kiss of death. Just keep trying and a door will open to you in time.

PackRat's Comment
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Wow George! That is great info! Thank you! I will definitely look into that. Much appreciated.

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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.
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