The free DAC report is your life line to your trucking job. Be smart and do the right thing even when faced with awkward and frustrating situations. This might mean sucking up some of your pride upon occasion, but it may work out for the best in the long run. Don’t give a trucking company a reason to submit a false claim.
There’s no guarantee if even you do everything right, that a company won’t pull a dirty trick and lie about you.
But chances are, if you treat them right, hopefully they’ll do the same for you. You can only do your best.
However, your DAC is something that deserves your attention and best efforts.
9 Tips to Help Avoid False Data on Your DAC
- Guard your DAC. Know what is on your record. If there’s anything negative, deal with in right away. After all, your trucking career depends on it.
- Don’t wait to file a dispute. If false information appears on your record, take the steps needed to have it removed NOW. It’s usually easier to have incorrect data removed if you deal with it, right away. There’s a 30 day grace period, when requesting removal of data. The carrier must verify their claim against you or they need to delete it from your record. So deal with it sooner rather than later.
- Be mindful of your actions at all times. Don’t be a hot head and fly off the handle and give an employer a reason to file negative information about you. If you’re fed up with a company and want to quit, do it, but keep your head on straight and leave on good terms.
- Keep your driving record clean. This is so important for truckers. Drive defensively and safely 100% of the time. Careless incidents and moving violation fines can appear on your report and can ruin your chances of being hired. If you get a moving violation, you may be wise to fight it, as it will mar your record and stay there for years. Carriers don’t like to hire drivers with violations as it not only shows bad driving habits, but their insurance company will charge them more to hire a driver with a questionable record, or will just outright refuse to insure the driver.
- Be professional when quitting a job. When you leave a company, give a minimum of 2 weeks notice and prepare a simple letter of resignation. This can help avoid big headaches and heartaches later, if the company decides to pull a fast one and submit false data. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s also not a bad idea to have the letter notarized.
- Avoid training sessions if you’re unsure. Don’t go to an orientation or training session for a job, unless you’re damned sure you want to work there. A trucking company has the right to note this on your DAC report.
- Don’t quit if you’re required to do a random drug test. This can be bad news too. It can have the same consequences as a failed random.
- Keep copies of documents. Retain copies of all important documents relating to your CDL, such as of course your annual free DAC reports, letters of reference, drug test results, resignation letters etc. If you have an accident or company equipment is damaged, get a copy of the accident report, whether it was not-at-fault or at-fault. You never know when this might save your butt.
- Don’t EVER abandon a load. This is a tricky one and THE most common false submission appearing on driver records. Always drop off the equipment, load, keys, load documents etc. at a properly designated yard or terminal, preferably with a witness. If the employer requests another drop off spot, ask them for a signed request in writing to do so, and to have someone meet you there with the request. KEEP A COPY OF THE LETTER.
Don’t take your FREE DAC REPORT for granted. This is something every American trucker should make a priority, to keep on top of. Don’t neglect it’s upkeep. It could cost you your career.