Free Advice To all Truckers & Owner
whatever you do, no matter how mad and aggravated that you get with the Dispatcher, DO
NOT LEAVE YOUR TRUCK ANYWHERE except the Home Terminal! (or other company-designated authorized
vehicle return site).
| You might wonder why I'm writing
something so simple as this Advice? I've have been recruiting drivers and Owner Operators since 1995
and most drivers simply do not seem to understand the hiring process. We submit the following
information to you as an aid to making your job transition a smoother one. Please NOTE: All this
information applies EQUALLY to Company Drivers, Lease Purchasers, & Owner Operators since each
has to be approved by an Insurance company.
NOTE: there is NO difference in
getting a moving violation in your POV than in a Carrier's vehicle or your own tractor. You
CDL is your license; period.
We know that they treated you unfairly, jerked you around and probably lied to you, BUT, do not hurt your
self and your future by making them come and get the truck.
Many drivers tell us that they left it at a truck stop and that the Company told them it was ok. It was, but, guess
what, if they have to send a driver to get that truck, it is almost always, 99.8% of the time going to show up as
an Abandonment on your record.
Bite the bullet and take it back. Period. End of discussion. You'll be glad you did in the long run.
frequently: the grass is rarely ever greener on the other side of the pasture! Most
Trucking Companies today will not hire an applicant with more than 7 to 8 jobs in the past 3 years. Click here for detail on the high cost to you of changing jobs frequently.
employment: since September 11th, it's more important than ever that you
document all gaps of unemployment between jobs, driving or other. If you have left one job and started another
more than 30 days apart, you will be required to account for that period of time. Large periods of Self
employment need to be documented, usually by tax returns. A good Recruiter will work with you in these areas
and help you put all this together.
Report: We are surprised at how many drivers are
not even aware of DAC. Many others have been denied employment/placement as a driver or Owner Operator due to
background issues the potential Truck Company discovered on the driver's DAC Report. If you have been recently
denied employment/placement as a diver or Owner Operator you are entitled to a free DAC report just like you
would be if you were denied credit - you'd be entitled to a free credit report. Take advantage of it: Call
DAC Customer Service (Sunday 5pm PST to Friday 9pm PST) Tel: (866) 521-6995 (inside the US and
Canada) and request your copy.
Or visit HireRight If you discover false or erroneous information
on your DAC, you are entitled to a rebuttal. DAC Services will instruct you on how to rebut false or misleading
information. Keep your DAC Report in a file somewhere, preferably in a briefcase together with any Accident
Reports, recent MVRs, your work history, recent DOT Physical exam, and copies of any recent employment
applications you have filled out, (which gives you a recent record of all your work
history). See note at bottom for more detail*
Accidents: Most companies (now) will
not hire a driver or O/O with a preventable within the past year. The Insurance Companies pretty well dictate
any more what a Trucking Company can and cannot do. Companies strive to keep their driver statistics clean so
that they can obtain better rates from the Insurers. So, be careful out there!
Accident Reports: if you have been involved in any kind of an accident in the
past 3 years, request a copy of the Accident Report and submit it with each application for
placement/employment with any Trucking Company BEFORE they ask you for it. This will speed up the processing
and give them the documentation that could otherwise even disqualify you if it is not readily available. God
forbid that you are involved in future accidents, but, if you are able, begin at the scene to request a copy
of the Accident Report. Here another situation where you sometimes cannot get hired with copies of all
accident reports for any accident s during the past 3 years.
refused alcohol or drug tests: if you have failed or refused a drug or
alcohol test in the past 5 years we cannot help you
with any of the Companies that we represent. There are a few companies that may consider you at 3
years, but we do not know who they are - keep calling! NOTE: if you have failed a drug test some Carriers will look at you again sooner if you complete a
rehabilitation program and have documentation. Public intoxication is also a 5 year wait with all the
Companies that we recruit for. If you have received a DUI/DWI or failed or refused while operating a
commercial vehicle, in most cases, it is never apply!
When filling out an application for any Trucking Company, your work history is very
important to have in order. Every time you apply for a Trucking job you will always be asked to list your work history with accurate dates
of employment and telephone numbers - that's your part! Once you submit a clean application with
all your history and information laid out and complete, put a copy of that in your briefcase with your DAC
Report, any Accident Reports, current DOT Physical, and all other pertinent documents that pertain to your
driving history so that everything is ready for your quick future reference.
results: no need submitting a recent drug test result with your application
for placement as a driver. All Companies will drug test you the first day of Orientation regardless if you
were tested the day before. This is called "due diligence." All previous tests are considered
-Speeding tickets above 15 mph: are considered careless or reckless by many Insurance
Companies that insure your potential new employer, and you may be turned down because you affect their insurance
rates and their overall DOT Safety rating. I do have a couple of choices for you, but you are going to be limited
until that baby gets into her threesies! (3+ years old). Or, you can attend Traffic School
ONLINE and maybe get your record cleaned enough to get hired: Click Here for more
No major preventable accidents in the past 12 months.
Typically needs to be at least two years old with most every other part of the
New CDL Rules Please take the time to review this important Information that is now Law.
Take the time to visit our Tutorial
before purchasing a tractor It's free: Why Do New truck owners FAIL? Click Here
Our job is to help you qualify,
give you the information that you need, and to work with you to get you processed and approved as soon as possible.
Call Buck at 1-800-837-1320
Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Central Standard Time
* NOTE: DAC Services has, over the last few years, undergone changes in both ownership
and name. DAC Services was acquired, some time back, by USIS (US Investigations
Services). USIS then spun it off to its current home at HireRight. Both USIS and
HireRight are subsidiaries of Altegrity which was formed in July 2009 as a holding
company for USIS, HireRight, and Explore. Although DAC Services is now known as DAC
Trucking Solutions, and operated by HireRight, DAC, still, is a Consumer Reporting
Agency located in Tulsa, OK that supplies reports about prospective drivers to it's
According to the old DAC / USIS web site they "...continually assess industry needs and
ensure that (their) product and service offerings meet compliance requirements and
address issues such as negligent hiring, cargo theft and personnel security."
Visit the new DAC HireRight website Click Here