Getting Back Into Truck Driving

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Alicia W.'s Comment
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Hello 👋 I am here to get help on getting back into truck driving. I started in 2018 and stopped in January 2020. I was let go from Werner in I believe 2019 and end up going to second chance company. I was let go from a second chance company in January 2020. Now I was let go from werner due to citations/tickets being in the wrong lane I know was one, parked on the side of the road, I had one incident messed up on bumper but he bumper incident was when I was first started out training... The citations was when I was out on my own.

Second chance company was a citations and minor incident was mirror touch I reported only on the account just cover myself which didn't do no damage. One major accident was not My fault I had already pass the area after leaving from Delivering a load there was a business next door. My front of the vehicle had already passed the driveway. A car she wasn't paying attention I guess and came out on my trailer.

I had felt a tug and happened to look back to see what is was . A car came out on my trailer and took her whole front end of her car off. She tried to say it was my fault but the camera on the truck showed I had already passed the entrance so the officer saw the video sent from the company and it showed that I had already cleared that area that she came out on my truck. Second accident a Trucker from another company took my mirror off didn't give me no time to move he just came over and knocked my mirror off and I had to call the cops to chase him down. Even the cops had drive and run stop in front his truck because he pulled over but kept driving so the cop had to drive up fast and just stop in front his vehicle to make him stop.

He tried to make it seem like he didn't know hit my mirror when he did because his vehicle went faster than mines soon as he hit my mirror he took off. Third accident was major accident but no one got hit but it was my fault I went into the curve to fast and truck almost tilted and the truck started spinning keep in mind it was raining hard that day and the truck started spinning and slammed against the median on the bridge. Keep in mind the truck had supposed to been in shop for the usual inspection but they have been telling me and keeping me out to keep delivering loads even though they knew it was time for the truck to come in .

Either way since 2020 had came in my trucking career been at a stand still.. since I been out if trucking for so long I am having trouble getting back into truck driving. Some say I need to work for another company for 6 months and having trouble finding a company that is willing to hire me... I have automatic truck driving license btw. As well I had got a 75 speed limit ticket in arkansas In 2020 in my car how that happened I was driving from Texas to Missouri got lost because I lost connection on my phone last time I looked at the speed limit sign it said 65 so I was goin 75 somehow I ended up in the wrong area because my GPS was constantly changing directions and I ended up in 45 speed limit zone before I could slow down because I was too busy looking my GPS trying to figure out which way to go and end up getting a ticket.

So I'm in really need of help on how to get back doing truck driving I made dumb mistakes in my early 20s I'm almost 30 and is really trying to get back into doing truck driving. If anyone have any idea how to that will be appreciated a lot. THANK you all in advance

BK's Comment
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Alicia, I would be very surprised if you can have a career in driving with your record. Plus, your comment doesn’t tell me you accept full responsibility for the stuff that was your fault. Bad sign.

You can still have a career in the transportation industry. Try to get a warehouse job, guard shack attendant, etc.

Maybe see if you can land a yard driver job, but I’m not sure what qualifications are looked for with yard drivers.

Not everybody is cut out to be a driver despite what they desire.

Navypoppop's Comment
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I agree with BK. You tell us about all the incidents that you have been involved in but it seems that you do not accept the responsibility for any of them.

I feel that you do not belong driving a semi truck if you do not learn to accept the fact that you need serious training in the operation of a truck.

There is a good chance that no company will give you another chance with the record you have. Move on to another profession.

David W.'s Comment
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You'll probably have to take a job with a company that doesn't pay a lot. Or a local gig where you do a lot of physical work like using a hand truck. Nothing you have done is non recoverable but if you get another gig just take your time and don't be in a hurry

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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I'm sorry, WHAT? Usually I try to give someone the benefit of the doubt. You had this many incidents in a very short time span, makes me wonder what other unsafe practices you have, that didn't catch up to you. Do us all a favor, and don't get back in a truck, because our lives are the ones at risk with unsafe practices.

RedGator (Nalee)'s Comment
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Whew girl, That's a ton of stuff. I hate to be a downer but the reality of you being successful at this driving thing seems highly unlikely. You have 2 years, 2 company's and a whole bunch of situations. That doesn't sound good. As others have stated if you can't accept accountability then you can learn from your mistakes. If you insist on continuing your journey then I wish you luck. You could definitely benefit from wayyyyyy more training before you go solo again.

PJ's Comment
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As already said, that is alot of issues you mention in a short time span.

First and the most important issue is your not accepting responsibility for your actions. Things happen everyday, but if your being a safe driver you can avoid many things by constantly being alert. Watching other vehicles many times you can predict what they may do. We avoid things all the time. There are those times we can’t.

The crash involving rain and a curve had nothing to do with the truck not getting to the shop. If it was unsafe to drive you should not have been driving it, in any type of weather that is on you for your choice.

The ticket in your car will be a deal breaker with most companies. You don’t mention the outcome, but if you pled guilty or were found guilty of anything more than 14 mph over the limit you will likely have to wait at least 3 years to find a driving job.

We all make mistakes in life, the true test is what we learn from them. Wishing you the best going forward.


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Davy A.'s Comment
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If im reading it correctly, 3 tickets, 4 accidents and one speeding ticket 35 2 years. Kind of difficult to decipher.

As was said, without taking personal responsibility for anything, truck driving probably is simply not a good fit for this individual.

Pianoman's Comment
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Please stay out of a truck. This is absolutely not the industry for you for reasons already stated.

You’re lucky you got out unscathed. Is it really worth it to get back into driving and then end up in prison because the next time you get into an accident is much more severe?

Truck driving requires responsibility and skill. You have neither

PackRat's Comment
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This reads like a broken record. Many repeated bad decisions were made by you, and now you are seeing the reward. I agree with Pianoman completely.

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