Profile For Michael R.

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  • Location:
    Columbus, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 9 months ago

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Posted:  4 years ago

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Knight over the road training

Hey everyone just wanted to give a quick update. I am finishing up week 5 of my training and loving it. Can't believe how much you can grow in just weeks. I've experienced a vast variety of things which I've learned from each. Knight training is usually only 4 weeks long but after realizing I could benefit from 2 more weeks of training I spoke to my trainer and driver development and it was granted and appreciated that I recognised the fact and asked.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Backing up

Omg Minnie me lol. I take it your talking about an angle back between two trailers or trucks. First of all breathe 2nd screw everybody else you got to not worry about that that puts to much pressure on you. Ok so maybe this will help you two things a vet showed me and it works.first when angle backing between two trailers or trucks you got to get the picture and what I mean is take your driver side tandems and keep them on the line on the drivers idea if there is one or closest to the trailor on the driver side hence creating the pic if I'm that close on drivers idea I'm good on the otherside. 2nd get some flashlight or something lay them down and keep close to them. Hope this helps it did me because what you explained was exactly me. Laughing at yourself is a great thing because if anyone was going to criticize you it shuts them up. I did my first blind side back yesterday at 3 am after driving 11hrs I was tired it was dark concrete walls all around very tight quarters and docks were at angle and trucks all around point is omg I did it but took me 50 minstrel lol but I learned so much.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Time to choose

Times coming for me to choose my truck and I would like to hear some feedback on both. Two choices are Volvo vn670 or international prostar.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Son Getting CDL w/ Learning Disability

Post's like this really hit home with me. I also have a learning disability and was told I'd never get my cdls or be a professional driver. They were wrong!!!! I to had problems with backing and shifting and took me longer and had to retest backing 3 times but I did it. Luckily my 2nd school was very patient and determined to see me succeed. Please tell your son not to give up. If there is anything I can do to help please let me know.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Woot Woot

Yeah just yesterday one guy was killed at the hotel and a truck stolen at the other . After training I plan to stay away as much as possible.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Woot Woot

Lmao you aren't lying right in the middle of the capital for mugging , love the people though. Just waiting on trainer then I'll get out of here

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Woot Woot

Thanks all I will be out of the Atlanta GA terminal running the southern region after training

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Woot Woot

Just officially got hired at Knights. Got driver code just waiting on trainer.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Need advice please

Need some feed back on tools and etc for stocking company truck when first starting solo I've got a cooler, Randy McNally and hammer.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Thank you all

After running into some difficulties and trying two other great companies who just didn't meet my needs, I just finished day one orientation at Knight and like it so far. I hope that I will find the training that I need here and everything will work out but if not I refuse to give up or to be negative about it. I love the challenges and just need experience shifting and backing. I believe it was Brett that told me that there's really no such thing as a bad company but that you just have to find the one that meets your needs, forgive me if that was not word for word. Thank you all for your support and knowledge.

Until next time Stay calm And truck on

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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So, did most of your friends also think you were crazy to change careers and become and OTR trucker?

I met a guy when I was in training with ptl. We couldn't even ride in the shuttle with him without gagging. His unfortunate roommate said he took showers and did laundry but still smelled like that . He had gotten fired from his last driving job for wrongful termination. Love it lmao. I'm sorry but I like to be clean.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Jeep Wrangler

Hope this helps. My family and I have owned jeeps and love them. Have always gotten 300k out of them. But we have stuck with the Cherokee with the vortex engine and hardly any problems at all. Gas mileage lacks something to be desired though.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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McElroy Truck Lines

Everything that has been said here is correct. They are a smaller more personable flat bed company with good equipment and benefits and pay. Yes you are home on weekends also. They do however not put up with any crappie at all they have very high standards and expect the same. I live in Columbus close to them and see quite a few satisfied drivers.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Please Help

This is why I love this sight, I know I can come here and get the truth and be guided in the right direction thank you guys. On a side note I start with knight transportation next Monday after training I will be doing dry van in the southern region. I chose dry because of the more drops and hooks compared to refer and very long waits every time in my experience. I'm very excited I love this industry and all its challenges that come with it. UNTIL NEXT TIME STAY POSITIVE BE SAFE HAVE FUN

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Private school in GA?

I highly recommend truck driving Institute unfortunately it was my 2nd and should have been my first. All the instructors at the Forsyth site went above and beyond the call of duty. Equipment was good. They are always up for questions. There passingredients rate is extremely high. There job placement is off the chain.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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School in CA

I would recommend truck driving Institute or road master

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Please Help

Thank you for replying old school always love hearing from you. Yes I'm accepted at transam who has all the bells and whistles but only 3 week training. Abilene motors wants me who says there training is self paced but can't find any info on them and I don't know if this is true or not but been told they don't pay orientation hotel travel or anything. Wels wants me but been told my backing needs to be strong. Waiting on Knights to clear me through security due to my 9 year old felony

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Please Help

Some of you have seen some of my posts sorry it's been a while. After failing the upgrade test at PTL I came home embarrassed but positive. There upgrade test is backing between trailers at different widths and is timed. I did not hit anything but timed out. For the last two months working for a friend and many adventures of unpaid tickets on his behalf and only one truck and him not wanting to maintain his truck and run illegally all the time I found myself between a rock and hard place and parted ways. Now here is my dilemma. I have problems backing and shifting. I was trained in school on a manual 10 speed double clutching went to ptl and trained on an automatic then worked for my friend who had me floating gears on a manual 13 speed and never let me back said we needed to get the shifting down first. I am currently applying for different companies and not giving up but I have doubt now in myself and a little scared and discouraged. I love driving and the freedom of the road and the challenges. I am confused now though experiencing different manuals truck and worried about backing. I am not a natural and am dealing with learning curves. Any honest advice would be greatly appreciated

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Update

Hey old-school thanks for replying and yes actually going to drive for a friend for a year then retry the bigger companies. Yes I was referring to paschall truck lines

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Slowly getting there

Sounds exciting . I will say that I went with company paid cdl training first and wasn't happy with it so I changed schools and paid the tuition myself. I went to school at TDi truck driving institute and I loved it the instructor s and all were great. There are many companies that do offer tuition reimbursement. Have you looked into Schneider ,Tmc, Mc Elroy, Boyd brothers hope this helps

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