What Truckers Should Know About DAC Reports

Being a truck driver gives you the opportunity to enjoy the freedom of the open road. This can be a great career option for many individuals. However, trucking also comes with responsibility. Since you will be operating a large vehicle on public roads, you will be trusted to make safety a priority. Because of this, motor carriers will want to be sure they are hiring the best drivers. One method for checking the driving history of potential new hires is with a Drive-a-Check (DAC) report. Most medium or large trucking companies will use this for hiring purposes. As a result, it’s important to understand what DAC reports are before you enter the trucking industry so you can be prepared.

DAC Report Overview

The background check service HireRight complies the DAC report. It provides an overall view of a truck driver’s professional history. HireRight operates under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). As a result, they have certain obligations to truckers whose information is included in the reports.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates the trucking industry. They do not require motor carriers to use DAC reports specifically. However, companies are required to obtain certain information about new drivers before employment and to keep this on file. Because of this, many of the categories on these reports will be reviewed by potential employers in some form, whether they use DAC reports or another method.

What Do DAC Reports Include?

A DAC report gives detailed information about a truck driver’s employment history for the past ten years. The specific items included vary depending on the trucking company that requests the report.

Some information that DAC reports may contain:

  • Your commercial driver’s license (CDL) number and what endorsements and/or restrictions you have, if any
  • Accident history
  • Name and address of previous trucking companies you’ve driven for
  • How long you worked for each carrier
  • What type of truck you drove and what type of freight you hauled
  • A record of your on-the-job performance
  • Your reason for leaving previous trucking companies and your eligibility for rehire
  • Drug and alcohol testing results, which are also included in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Clearinghouse system, although the DAC report may include additional non-DOT drug testing information

What Truckers Can Do About Their DAC Reports

Since the information in your DAC report can affect whether a motor carrier hires you or not, you want to make sure it reflects well on you as a driver. The best way to keep a clean report is to have a good driving record and focus on safety and professionalism.   

In some cases, a DAC report may contain incorrect or false information and if this ever happens to you, it’s important to correct it as a soon as possible. Like consumer credit reports, you are entitled to request a free copy of your DAC report once a year. You should look over the information and if anything is inaccurate, missing, or incomplete, you should dispute it on HireRight’s website. To make this process easier, keep any records you have throughout your trucking career so they are ready in case you need to dispute your report.

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What is LTL Freight?

Although over-the-road (OTR) truck driving is one of the most common career paths for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders, there are many more options available. One to be aware of is less-than-truckload (LTL) freight. There is generally more home time for this type of trucking. However, there are some things to consider when deciding if it is right for you.

How LTL Freight Works

To understand what an LTL driver does, it’s helpful to have an idea of how this type of freight service operates. Whereas OTR loads are generally for one or only a few customers and move large distances all at once, LTL loads involve several smaller portions of freight from different sources. LTL gets its name from the fact that each customer has less than a full truckload of freight that needs to be delivered. These shipments are picked up and taken to a terminal for the freight company. Here, they are sorted and sent out on trucks to different terminals. The loads then branch out until they are delivered to their final destination. To visualize this, imagine a tree where the roots (freight customers) come into the central trunk (LTL terminals). This then breaks off into smaller branches (delivery locations).

Linehaul vs P&D LTL Driving

There are two types of LTL jobs you might have: pickup and delivery (P&D) and linehaul. These involve different responsibilities and your day-to-day life will look different depending on which one you choose.

P&D, as the name implies, involves picking up freight from customers and bringing it to the LTL terminal or taking freight from the terminal and delivering it. These drivers make several stops each day and load and unload shipments. The lifestyle is similar to other local delivery jobs and drivers are usually home daily or nightly.

Linehaul drivers, on the other hand, move freight from terminal to terminal. The length of the route depends on various factors. As a result, you may be home multiple times each week or less frequently. For longer linehaul routes, the schedule is similar to regional trucking and often gets drivers home for weekends. Linehaul jobs almost always involve driving overnight, so if you prefer to drive during the day, P&D or another type of trucking may be more suitable.


Some things to consider if you are choosing between LTL and OTR include:

Home Time

One of the main reasons drivers choose LTL jobs instead of OTR is the home time. P&D drivers may be home every day and even linehaul drivers with long routes spend more time at home than OTR truckers.

Sleeper Cab vs Day Cab

Long-haul truck drivers will usually drive semi-trucks that have sleeper berths, meaning there is an area behind the seats with a bunk for sleeping. On the other hand, LTL drivers typically have day cabs that do not have a sleeping area. If the driver is running a longer linehaul route, they usually stay overnight in a hotel paid for by their company.


OTR driving is as much of a lifestyle as it is a career. For some, this is a major advantage. They love the freedom of the open road and enjoy the excitement of traveling the country while earning money. LTL freight is different because you are usually driving the same route and are not living the “trucking lifestyle.” Some drivers see this as a disadvantage, whereas others appreciate the routine and home time.

Truck Driver Pay

Of course, one of the major considerations for any career decision is pay. This can vary considerably among different LTL and OTR jobs, so it is difficult to make a straightforward comparison between the two. It is a good idea to look at the pay for the companies you are interested in and talk to current and former drivers to get a better idea of what to expect.

Earn Your CDL

Whether you are interested in LTL, OTR, or another type of career that requires a CDL, Phoenix Truck Driving School can help. You can earn your commercial license in as little as four weeks and our job placement assistance team can help you start earning as soon as possible after graduation. We take into account what types of jobs are more compatible with your lifestyle preferences and career goals.

To get started in LTL freight, long-haul trucking, or another CDL career, contact us today.