Need Alternatives For A Year Or So

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TruckerGeek's Comment
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So ive been trucking for about 10 years now OTR. Last 3 years ive had some hits. 2 a couple years ago for 6-10 over. Those were absolutely my dumb fault and responsibility. Got a 3rd hit last november from a statey pulled me over cause he saw me slightly swerve on2 the shoulder. Which is true. I was closing an alert on my phone because it was blocking the gps with its siren and an alert had been issued in your area crap. Now I wouldnt have even swerved but it was more difficult to close it because my phone was in a holder on my dash. I was NOT holding my phone but he issued me a violation for improper lane and using a phone while driving. I also couldnt fight it apparently because it wasnt a ticket. He specifically listed it as an inspection violation which I was told meant I couldnt fight it in court. Anyway my employer was fine. Back in november. Just got a call today that the company was "spotlighted" by the fmcsa for their declining safety rating and so their insurance is going up and im becoming uninsurable. The two speeding tickets dont come off till 2025, and I know with the 3 incidents I wont be able to continue OTR til then. Any advice on some high paying jobs my experience and cdl could give me a leg up in for a year or so? Desk jobs driving jobs IDC just need to keep making my car payments so need best money I can get fast. Also can I file for unemployment? Any advice appreciated. And yes I was absolutely stupid with my speeding that advice I am well aware of.


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.


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.


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


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
BK's Comment
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Hello Adam,

If I were in your position, I would want to continue driving. I’d be looking at a job driving dump truck, sanitation truck, farm truck, etc.

Be ready to take a pay cut, but at least you can keep your head in the game until those tickets drop off the record. Good luck finding something.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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