Opinions About Knight Transportation On Their CDL Training And Working For Them As A New Graduate After Training

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Dominick D.'s Comment
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Hi, folks, I'm doing some research of trucking companies that provide CDL training and driving for that trucking company as a new career choice. So my question is A. How does Knight Transportation rate as a trucking company that provides CDL training for those that do not wish to go through the private CDL school? Their training facility is located in Arizona, so, living in Atlanta, Georgia, could I just say, "yeah, I can provide my own transportation to AZ" and B. Once you're own your own as a driver with Knight, what can you expect in driving for Knight in terms of "staying busy" with pickup/deliver loads to customers around the country? Will you get as many miles as you want? Thank 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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Dominick, welcome to our forum!

First let me recommend some really great reading materials for you...

Those things will be very helpful to you. Also we have some great information on how to make your selection of a truck driving school.

I'm a long time satisfied employee with Knight Transportation. It's a great place to work and a well managed company with very solid Financials.

The thing about their school in Arizona is that it is set up to train folks from that area or nearby. If they allow you to come, you will probably have to pay for your own lodging - you probably should look into that.

Once you're own your own as a driver with Knight, what can you expect in driving for Knight in terms of "staying busy" with pickup/deliver loads to customers around the country? Will you get as many miles as you want?

Here's the thing about miles that is misunderstood by most newcomers to the industry. There is a lot of misinformation online concerning this subject simply because the rookies who post their complaints didn't understand the concepts involved in turning good miles. At Knight, and really any major trucking outfit, the top drivers get the miles. That doesn't mean the drivers who've been there the longest, it simply means the ones who have established a good solid track record of managing their time carefully, being on time consistently, having a proven safety record, and being easy to get along with - those are the happy ones who get to do all the work they can possibly manage.

It takes a little time to establish yourself, and we like to teach people to stick with that first employer for one full year. That way you learn the little tricks and the idiosyncrasies of your employer that will keep you busily cranking out those miles.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Dominick D.'s Comment
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Hello and thank you for your reply and for your welcome to this forum! The information is greatly appreciated. I am looking into choosing the trucking industry as a new career path because I love to drive and to travel and why not get paid $$$(once I've established myself as a productive driver, of course ;o) ) for doing it?

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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