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Tucker's Comment
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So, I am getting ready to start school and unfortunately i am now unable to go to Stevens school in Colorado due to a lack of communication between me and my recruiter and the private school i was talking to while trying to decide which route to take(what a headache that has been). Well now that that mess is being cleared up i talked to a Guy who has what he called a "hybrid" company where there are o/o and he places people with the o/o for minimums of 6 week durations and claims the pay ranges from 600-1250 a week. My question is by going with this "company" if i am able to drive through all the diff. regions with the different o/o's would that count as verifiable otr experience when and if i choose to work somewhere else as long as i kept employment records and logs. I mean it sounds promising to work with him and it is kinda exciting to work for a newer company but i am not sure if it would hurt or help down the road, So far my other options are May and Still Stevens(just cannot attend their school) i will also find out Tuesday about covenant.

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.

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.

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.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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So, I am getting ready to start school and unfortunately i am now unable to go to Stevens school in Colorado due to a lack of communication between me and my recruiter and the private school i was talking to while trying to decide which route to take(what a headache that has been). Well now that that mess is being cleared up i talked to a Guy who has what he called a "hybrid" company where there are o/o and he places people with the o/o for minimums of 6 week durations and claims the pay ranges from 600-1250 a week. My question is by going with this "company" if i am able to drive through all the diff. regions with the different o/o's would that count as verifiable otr experience when and if i choose to work somewhere else as long as i kept employment records and logs. I mean it sounds promising to work with him and it is kinda exciting to work for a newer company but i am not sure if it would hurt or help down the road, So far my other options are May and Still Stevens(just cannot attend their school) i will also find out Tuesday about covenant.

A bit confused. So once you have your permits you go out with an O/o for 6 weeks and get driving experience and learn how to drive instead of going through a normal driving school?

Or you will go to a private school and go to work for this company once you finish a regular school?

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.

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.

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.

Tucker's Comment
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I am preparing for private school, after i graduate i get hired with the small company and drive for them i just don't want to mess my future career up and drive with them then go to another company and find out that my driving experience didn't count and start all over. or maybe i am worrying for no reason, i mean i don't even have my permit yet. i just want to start out well and do things the Smart way.

HAMMERTIME's Comment
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I am preparing for private school, after i graduate i get hired with the small company and drive for them i just don't want to mess my future career up and drive with them then go to another company and find out that my driving experience didn't count and start all over. or maybe i am worrying for no reason, i mean i don't even have my permit yet. i just want to start out well and do things the Smart way.

Sounds like you will get you CDL and then get hired on by this particular company and they will place you with an Owner Operator for 6 weeks, make sure that they will not be running you as a team because in my opinion you can't be properly trained if the trainer is sleeping while your driving. Your time on the training truck counts because it will show up on you DAC as just being employed by the Carrier and you will have to ask them what Regions they run, Regionally or OTR/48

You're profile says you live in Arizona I would recommend looking into Knight Transportation because they provide proper training if you can get the right Trainer. No team running unless you want to. I originally started with them but as I gained experience I moved on to other Carriers that require more experience and offer better pay. I also wouldn't worry about switching from one company to another unless you have like 6+ Job switches within a 1 year period.

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.

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.

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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

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.

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