Long Covid And Trucking

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Bird-One's Comment
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I don’t understand what having a million miles has to do with it. Or how you violated the “captain of your own ship rule”. You said it was somewhere along the way it was when you started coughing. So you didn’t in fact violate the it at all. As soon as you started feeling ill you went to the shoulder. Get stuck on the shoulder is something members on this very forum had happen to and weren’t terminated. Doesn’t make any sense to me.

BK's Comment
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Dean, it seems to me that the waters are poisoned for you at Schneider. If that is true, you have to move on to another company if your goal is to keep driving. With my diabetes, I fully disclosed it and what medication I was taking for it and I still got hired without question. At the risk of appearing to be recruiting, I would be happy to put in a good word about you with my company. Regardless, you should be able to land another job.

Dean R.'s Comment
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I don’t understand what having a million miles has to do with it. Or how you violated the “captain of your own ship rule”. You said it was somewhere along the way it was when you started coughing. So you didn’t in fact violate the it at all. As soon as you started feeling ill you went to the shoulder. Get stuck on the shoulder is something members on this very forum had happen to and weren’t terminated. Doesn’t make any sense to me.

I was coughing a little before my shift. Schneider is hot and heavy on safety. The fact that I told the Trooper and Schneider that I almost passed out had a lot to do with it. The Trooper was there when I had another coughing episode. The Trooper initially suspected I was asleep and started to veer off the road, but saw my coughing and decided not to press the issue. My logs were fine having been on-duty for less than an hour after 12 hours off.

Safety said I should have known better than to drive if I was feeling sick or coughing.

It is what it is.

Dean R.'s Comment
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Dean, it seems to me that the waters are poisoned for you at Schneider. If that is true, you have to move on to another company if your goal is to keep driving. With my diabetes, I fully disclosed it and what medication I was taking for it and I still got hired without question. At the risk of appearing to be recruiting, I would be happy to put in a good word about you with my company. Regardless, you should be able to land another job.

Thank you BK. I'm looking at different carriers this weekend. I also have to check with my Pulmonologist to make sure he will give me a pass, as I'm sure that will come up with DOT medical exams.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dean R.'s Comment
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An update. My DAC is clear, but Schneider uses a different service called "Driver IQ." They tagged me as "leaving the roadway or going off-road."

I've been looking at different companies. I'm leaning towards CFI and Swift. CFI has a lot of regional dry van and reefer loads in the midwest Great Lakes region and Swift has a couple of Walmart Dedicated locations within a couple hours of my home. Swift has regional also. I'm going to take a couple of weeks to look at both companies.

I would appreciate comments on both companies.

Thank You,

Dean

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

DAC:

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Swift would be a great choice.

Bird-One's Comment
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Safety said I should have known better than to drive if I was feeling sick or coughing.

It is what it is.

I got a good laugh out of that. I use to get sick once a year. Now that I have two daughters I’m sick several times a month lol. But the sniffles and a cough is not a reason not to drive. You had a much different situation. A severe coughing episode that came suddenly. In which you proceeded to pull over. Sorry I’m baffled by the whole thing.

But like you said Dean it is what is. It’s good you have a positive outlook on the whole thing.

Baffle:

A partition or separator within a liquid tank, used to inhibit the flow of fluids within the tank. During acceleration, turning, and braking, a large liquid-filled tank may produce unexpected forces on the vehicle due to the inertia of liquids.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Since you are here in Il have you looked into Nussbaum? I remember they had some good regional routes 5 years ago before I joined OD, I do know they are kinda strict so they may pass based off of what happened with Schneider.

I'm leaning towards CFI

You just sent up a bat signal someone will be along soon to pitch them Im sure.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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