1 Month Driver Experience

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Quentin B.'s Comment
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So i plan on going with jb hunt, a dedicated route but i only have 1 month of drivers experience. Which is my school training i received. I've already received multiple calls from there recruiters which I've turned down because i thought they were a bad company and they're the complete opposite after doing research on them. Not to mention I have to wait at least 7-10 days to get my class a license in the mail. I've left about 3 voicemails with them and maverick. I prefer to stay local because im just starting out as a new driver. Should i lie on the pre-qualification and say that i have 3 months of driver experience? Or should i just go with another company. PS JB Hunt is in the top 7 for one of the best companies in the region.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Chris M's Comment
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Well for one thing companies are not going to consider your school time as "driving experience".

The second thing is its never a great idea to lie on an application in the first place, but in this industry they want verifiable experience. They're not going to just take your word that you have experience. Always always always be truthful and you may be surprised at how many offers even a brand new trucker can get.

Quentin B.'s Comment
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Well for one thing companies are not going to consider your school time as "driving experience".

The second thing is its never a great idea to lie on an application in the first place, but in this industry they want verifiable experience. They're not going to just take your word that you have experience. Always always always be truthful and you may be surprised at how many offers even a brand new trucker can get.

Okay well I guess I'll just wait to tell them tomorrow and see if they'll make an accepteance or offer me some sort of training, if not then I'll just keep my search going.

Quentin B.'s Comment
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Well for one thing companies are not going to consider your school time as "driving experience".

The second thing is its never a great idea to lie on an application in the first place, but in this industry they want verifiable experience. They're not going to just take your word that you have experience. Always always always be truthful and you may be surprised at how many offers even a brand new trucker can get.

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Okay well I guess I'll just wait to tell them tomorrow and see if they'll make an accepteance or offer me some sort of training, if not then I'll just keep my search going.

excuse the spelling mistakes, my computer is so out of date

Quentin B.'s Comment
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Well for one thing companies are not going to consider your school time as "driving experience".

The second thing is its never a great idea to lie on an application in the first place, but in this industry they want verifiable experience. They're not going to just take your word that you have experience. Always always always be truthful and you may be surprised at how many offers even a brand new trucker can get.

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Okay well I guess I'll just wait to tell them tomorrow and see if they'll make an accepteance or offer me some sort of training, if not then I'll just keep my search going.

excuse the spelling mistakes, my computer is so out of date

David's Comment
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Agree with Chris, also keep in mine local is hard to get and most company's require a yr OTR..

Never lie on your app.. I'll tell you from experience, I tried going with Prime few months back and at the didn't know my previous employer would send them my file, well turned out I had 3 incidents with them and didn't report it on my app with Prime. Two days through orientation and I get a bus ticket home because I "lied".. Even if I did t know.. I spent the last 2-3 months trying to find someone who would give me a chance, finally managed to get in with Gordon Trucking.... And that's after putting all the incidents with previous on my apps.... You don't need to wait for the plastic card, so long as you have the paper license, you can go to whatever company you want to drive for with the paper, once you get the plastic you can make a copy and hand it to your DM..

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.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Quentin, You don't even have one month of experience yet. You are a brand new license holder - that's it.

Look, if you lie you will never get the job. They are not just going to take your word - they are going to verify everything you tell them. If they can't verify it they will send you home so fast that you won't even know what hit you, and not only that but you will have to figure out how to get yourself home. As far as I know J.B. Hunt doesn't hire inexperienced drivers.

If I was you I would stick with Maverick if you are interested in them. They have along history of helping new drivers get in the field and they have a strong reputation. Let J.B. Hunt be your goal if you want to, but get yourself some experience first. By experience I mean one year, I know there is a trend of jumping ship after three months right now, but if you really want to do yourself a favor and get a real leg up in the industry stick with that first job for one year.

One more thing, I'm concerned that those two companies are completely different types of freight. Are you wanting to do flat-bed? That's what Maverick does, although they do have a small refrigerated division. Then on the other hand J.B. Hunt is mostly dry van or inter modal work. I don't guess it really matters, but if you wanted to do a dry van job with J.B. Hunt maybe you should concentrate on getting your first job in a dry van company.

Oh, I forgot, Congratulations on obtaining that Class A license! You've got one step out of a lengthy learning process completed. Keep it up, it will all come together, but there are still a lot of challenges ahead.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Eckoh's Comment
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Do not put too much stock in what you read on the Internet about most companies. Keep in mind a passed off person wants everyone to know they are mad, someone happy is content being happy. For instance SWIFT gets tons of hate yet they have nearly 20000 drivers, they cannot all be unhappy.

Quentin B.'s Comment
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Quentin, You don't even have one month of experience yet. You are a brand new license holder - that's it.

Look, if you lie you will never get the job. They are not just going to take your word - they are going to verify everything you tell them. If they can't verify it they will send you home so fast that you won't even know what hit you, and not only that but you will have to figure out how to get yourself home. As far as I know J.B. Hunt doesn't hire inexperienced drivers.

If I was you I would stick with Maverick if you are interested in them. They have along history of helping new drivers get in the field and they have a strong reputation. Let J.B. Hunt be your goal if you want to, but get yourself some experience first. By experience I mean one year, I know there is a trend of jumping ship after three months right now, but if you really want to do yourself a favor and get a real leg up in the industry stick with that first job for one year.

One more thing, I'm concerned that those two companies are completely different types of freight. Are you wanting to do flat-bed? That's what Maverick does, although they do have a small refrigerated division. Then on the other hand J.B. Hunt is mostly dry van or inter modal work. I don't guess it really matters, but if you wanted to do a dry van job with J.B. Hunt maybe you should concentrate on getting your first job in a dry van company.

Oh, I forgot, Congratulations on obtaining that Class A license! You've got one step out of a lengthy learning process completed. Keep it up, it will all come together, but there are still a lot of challenges ahead.

TMC was my first goal but i wanted to stay local but I'm going to be 100% honest on my applications towards any companies. I have yet to lie on any app so far. I really want to do flat bed so i can stay in shape rather then let myself go. I honestly want to experience all types of driving from tankers to dry van to flatbed. I ahve a open mind bro.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Chris L.'s Comment
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Agree with Chris, also keep in mine local is hard to get and most company's require a yr OTR..

Never lie on your app.. I'll tell you from experience, I tried going with Prime few months back and at the didn't know my previous employer would send them my file, well turned out I had 3 incidents with them and didn't report it on my app with Prime. Two days through orientation and I get a bus ticket home because I "lied".. Even if I did t know.. I spent the last 2-3 months trying to find someone who would give me a chance, finally managed to get in with Gordon Trucking.... And that's after putting all the incidents with previous on my apps.... You don't need to wait for the plastic card, so long as you have the paper license, you can go to whatever company you want to drive for with the paper, once you get the plastic you can make a copy and hand it to your DM..

I'm just curious about the incidents. What kind of incidents would keep you out of trucking for months? I'm thinking they were minor otherwise you would have mentioned it when you applied to Prime.

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.

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.
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