I Tried And Failed.

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Andre R.'s Comment
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Well as most of you know I went to Knight Transportation after a lack of trainers at a different company. The folks at knight have been great. I had to come home due to a family emergency and cannot leave due to that same issue. I would like to thank everyone here for their guidance, thoughts, encouragement, and great advice. I'm sure this is the end of a dream but my family comes first. I cannot do the OTR thing but will continue to follow my dream and drive even if it's not OTR. Some people say that when one door closes another opens and I can say I hope it opens fast. I bid you all well wishes and hopefully one day I'll be able to live this dream.

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.

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.

Little Syster (a.k.a. Sun's Comment
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Andre,

You, sir, most certainly did NOT fail! If anything, putting your family first makes you the biggest NON-failure ever. It shows incredible integrity and character to make a decision like that and I commend you. There are so many other options and maybe one day things will shift and you will be able to go OTR - life's funny that way! Be proud of your choice and NEVER call yourself a failure EVER again!

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.

Little Syster (a.k.a. Sun's Comment
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Ps: I hope that everything gets better with your family!!!

Greenhorn Trucker's Comment
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I would stay in touch with Knight and see if the door can stay open for you to come back if you left on good terms with them. Also check with you local unemployment off, especially their facebook site, as they might post local jobs willing to train, I found one here that does flatbedding that I am planning on calling in the morning. Hopefully everything works out for you and your family, but do not say you failed you were only delayed due to unforeseen circumstances beyond your control.

Andre R.'s Comment
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I have zero intentions of burning any bridges. They did nothing wrong I just cannot commit to this at this time due to unforseen circumstances.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Make sure you just let them know and go beyond your recruiter. Talk to the terminal manager and let them know what's going on. They're a big company but they still try to be like a family and I'm sure you're not the first person who had an issue similar to yours. Keep in contact and they'll bring you back once everything gets sorted out.

Good luck, stay in touch and sorry to hear about the emergency, I truly hope everything works out for the best.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Darren R.'s Comment
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The thing I'm finding out about the CDL , is there are a ton of options outside of OTR. I'm not sure where you live, but check out your local construction companies, gravel pits and the likes. OTR is not the only game on the block? If you can get on with a construction company they have a lot of jobs that bring you home daily? Just a thought? Pepsi and Coke have daily delivery routs, hell, a lot of local food transport companies have a lot of daily routes. Depends on your area. Family does come 1st brother, but keep your head up and options open! Hope the best for you!

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.

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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Why would you title this thread that you failed? You have family obligations .... confused.gif

Pat M.'s Comment
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You did not fail, you only had a setback.

Heck, I drive local (for the most part) and it is great. I have been pulling a belly dump train for the last 2 weeks. Gets boring at times but pulling doubles is new to me.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Old School's Comment
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Andre, character is built into a man when he takes care of his priorities. Sometimes doing that gives us a setback, we just do the best we can and keep moving forward. I've encountered a lot of setbacks in m lifetime. Don't look at it as a failure. Part of what makes a man a man is that he takes care of his families needs - that always comes first. You did the right thing - hold your head high, and keep your dreams alive.

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