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Iron Fist's Comment
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I am in orientation. I went through the hassle of yet another physical, despite already having a two year clearance. Drug test(s) all of that. All of the hours sitting in the classroom listening to the presenters talk.

I was supposed to head out with a trainer today. However, evidently, during the hair follicle test, not enough hair was collected from me, and the lab sent back something saying we needed to do it again. "This have never happened before" Gee, lucky me.. The thing of it is, I was told we'd have the results "hopefully by Tuesday".

I was hoping they'd let me stay in the hotel. This was not the case. I had to take the train back home (I live over an hour away) and then a bus. Then a second bus. The second bus was on a detour so I walked an extra mile or two past the detour's end to catch my second bus, carrying all this luggage.

I am beyond frustrated.. My financial situation is dire, to say the least and this setback to "hopefully Tuesday" I absolutely cannot afford. I was debating between two carriers.. I even considered saying screw it and calling the other carrier and starting orientationf or them Monday, but the last thing I want to do is go through all of the headaches of peeing in a cup and shaving off my hair for someone and doing all of the paperwork all over again. I guess things like this are, unfortunately, to be expefted in this industry.

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.

Schism's Comment
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Patience is not only a virtue...it's an absolute necessity in Trucking .

Hang in there . If you can't get thru the preliminary process you are going to go insane when you're at shippers and consignee ...never mind the traffic...the qualcomm failures.... the dm that do not respond ....the wait for a shower in the Pilot...parking in the pilot....the price of food .... etc etc ad nauseum .

Bottom Line...If you want it...hang in there .

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

Dm:

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.
Nathan B.'s Comment
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Patience is not only a virtue...it's an absolute necessity in Trucking .

Hang in there . If you can't get thru the preliminary process you are going to go insane when you're at shippers and consignee ...never mind the traffic...the qualcomm failures.... the dm that do not respond ....the wait for a shower in the Pilot...parking in the pilot....the price of food .... etc etc ad nauseum .

Bottom Line...If you want it...hang in there .

I have began to notice exactly what your talking about. When I first started my research and beginning to really go for it and get into trucking, everyone kept telling me patience, patience and then some more patience. I didn't realize how important it really was until I started hitting all these road blocks and frustrating issues that keep popping up. Jumped thru a ton of hoops already and still many more to come. I want it really bad and im staying tough and fighting thru.

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

Dm:

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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No question about it - the red tape and hoops you have to jump through with trucking can drive you insane. And on top of that you're dealing with the major carriers so you're adding the utter confusion inherent in large corporations with the red tape of a highly regulated industry and it will make you nuts.

The process of getting your trucking career underway is maddening at times for everyone. I think our moderator Old School had the most difficulties I've ever watched anyone endure to get the ball rolling - and no fault of his own! But he soldiered through it. That's all you can really do....keep on moving forward.

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