New Driver Wanting Second Chance

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Daniel A.'s Comment
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hi all i went with Werner Enterprises from cdl school, the sad thing is after 310 hrs of training the 4 trainers i had still didn't teach me to back up or how to read atlas or road signs right. it was all about follow the qualcomm gps which i didn't do well on either.

i ended up running into a bridge on my 6 day my self on the road and got a ticket for it. the gps messed up and i was lost trying to understand it.

i had 2 other smaller accidents on the truck that didn't include a ticket. on my second and 3rd day out my self.

i am wondering what my options are for going back to trucking cause i liked it a lot but the training was terrible even failed the test 2 times and he let me go ahead any ways to be nice.

also in the application part in trucking truth do i put down once accident for the ticket one or do i put that i had 3

if any one could help me find another way back to trucking it make my day

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.

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.
mountain girl's Comment
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Dang. So sorry to hear you've had such a rough time. I'm in a similar situation with starting all over, very early on. I don't know the answers to your specific questions on reporting but you definitely have my empathy on everything.

Good luck on your journey back "in."

-mountain girl

Daniel A.'s Comment
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Well i just called like 10 or 15 companies and they all are like no sorry come back after a yr hey might as well move to seatle washing ton if i cant find any company the city raised its minimum wage to 15 and hr could be a option for a second start for u and me perhaps but i would still want a driving job first

Daniel A.'s Comment
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Well i just called like 10 or 15 companies and they all are like no sorry come back after a yr hey might as well move to seatle washing ton if i cant find any company the city raised its minimum wage to 15 and hr could be a option for a second start for u and me perhaps but i would still want a driving job first

hoping some one out there knows companies i could try still

HAMMERTIME's Comment
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Well do you want the truth or for someone to sugar coat things for you?

The Truth is, you should have read the sign above the bridge. You also have to look at clues to see if you can pass the bridge safely, do you see a lot of dings on the bridge? If so that is a good sign many people have hit it just like you did and you need to slow down before going under it and start looking for signs. Being a Trucker is not meant for everyone, I hate to be so blunt but it is what it is.

I am by no means saying you don't have what it takes to be one and you might have really had 4 trainers that sucked at their job. Also pull up your DAC its free and should arrive within 7-10 days. That will tell you how you need to fill out your future applications. Werner will put down why you were fired and if you are rehirable along with how many accidents you incurred. Your best bet is to try and get a local driving job at this point but I could be wrong. I just don't see any of the big carriers willing to take a chance on someone with that particular incident on file.

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.

Daniel A.'s Comment
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Thanks and no i wasnt wanting a rosey statement. but i do not know how to check the dac report, would you be able to tell me

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.

MRC's Comment
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If you go to Hireright.com you can order it there online. you get a free one every year I believe.

Daniel A.'s Comment
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Ok thanks will do that

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Even though you only had one accident that resulted in a ticket I would be very surprised if those other two are not on your dac report as well. If all three accidents are on the dac report then I am sorry to say no company will touch you with 3 accidents in a very short time. And all within one week. That will be hard for any insurance company to swallow.

While you may not have had the best training you can't blame the hitting get the bridge on the training and I assume the other two minor accidents also involved you hitting something or running something over which I still can't attribute to bad training since it's common sense not to hit something on run something over. If any of those were backing accidents, while I understand you were not trained by a trainer to back up the truck but you had your CDL-A which means you pasted the test and have some basic understanding of what not to do while backing.

OK now with that being said if you are lucky and only have have the one issue with the ticket to deal with you must understand that once a company finds out that this one accident happened the very first week out of training it's going to be incredibly difficult to land a job. Not impossible but it's going to be very hard.

Its not a question of us giving you a list of companies who might take you. There is going to be a lot of work involved and that starts with applying to EVERYTHING COMPANY out there. I am completely serious. You have a lot going against you.

Right now here is the only plan that is open to you. Get on with whoever will take you. May not be your first choice of companies but but go with it anyway. Then you will have to maintain 12 to 24 months of accident free driving to over that time.

While your training may have not been then best it's a moot point right now. Only means you have to be more careful. Back in the day we had less training than you did but we powered through it and you will have to do the same. It's not an easy road to take but it's doable. You will make it if you really really want it bad enough but you have to want it.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel A.'s Comment
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I see that sums up a lot

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