Profile For Big Tex

Big Tex's Info

  • Location:
    El Paso , TX

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    10 months, 2 weeks ago

Big Tex's Bio

Am now Solo with Knight Transportation, and living life to the fullest.

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Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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If You Have Concerns About Starting Your Trucking Career Now... Take A Look At This

Oldschool, thats great news to read!! Hopefully dry/reef kicks off like no other. In the end we owe you, and the rest of the flatbed gang a huge thank you. Also. Once i can get out east, i look forward to buying ya a cup of coffee.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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PASSED MY TEST

That's no kidding!! Im glad that parts over. Im now looking forward to learning the lifestyle now. I just wish we could have learned the super important backing maneuvers like the 90°, 45° ally docks...my parallel is on point tho...bahahahaha. but for real why do some states not require those backings given thats probably most of every backing y'all do daily? I just look forward to learning all I can.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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PASSED MY TEST

Thank y'all kindly! Cannot wait to get out there and learn the real ropes of the trade. The feeling knowing outta 22, I was the 3rd first time go. I'm really excited about this new journey!

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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PASSED MY TEST

Thank y'all kindly, now that the easy part is done I look forward to learning the lessons of the road. If all goes as planned, I hope to be out with a trainer mid January! Thanks again!

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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PASSED MY TEST

Fellow truckers, Haven't posted much, been pounding my brain with knowledge last few weeks for test today. Was nervous at first, but the flow just started for pre trip, nailed maneuvers, no hit cones or encroachments. Had a few moments of 4 wheelers being you know what, but outta our class of 22 and testing all week, I'm only number 3 for 1st time go, and 4th overall getting it. I appreciate everything on this forum and credit it all to the information found here. So, tomorrow morning I get to take a trip to the DMV and get that squared away. Happy happy happy. Looking forward to my start with Knight! So any Knight drivers here, I'd like your opinions on Knight as a whole. I know no place is perfect and pay isnt a million dollars a year, but I have talked with the terminal manager out here for Knight and he's a stand up guy, and I like how he conducts business so I feel at a minimum this will be a great start.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Backing questions

Truckers, I've just completed week 5 of school, I had an amazing time driving on the road, and my blindside maneuvers are on point. For some reason I cannot get my driver side maneuvers down. It's the strangest thing I've seen. Also were in a 05/06 Volvo with sleeper and 10 speed(which is fun as heck to drive). So any word from the wise on getting my brain to click on this matter will be greatly appreciated.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pre-trip/Maneuver week coming

Old School, thank you kindly. Now if I can keep this up and nail maneuver/road driving for 4 more weeks. PlanB, I was totally that way today, lol. Kinda goes to the hard work pays off, I was really thinking I forgot something but my yes sir was fully confident. Again thanks for the good words.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pre-trip/Maneuver week coming

Fellow truckers, Being humble I feel is very important to being who I am. Today as we started week 4 of school I was kinda in shock that some of the students who were really good at all the classroom work and obtaining that permit and memorized the pre-trip hand out, were ones today who were hiding when one of the instructors asked for a volunteer to do a random pre-trip inspection complete with coupling, in cab, brake test. Well, after yalls insight I just jumped off the deep end. The instructor picked B, so I took a deep breath and before I knew it, I was finishing the Tug tests, and he was just sitting there like...well..is that it. I was a little stricken by that, and looked him in the eyes and yes sir. I'm complete. To my surprise, I only lost 4 points for very minor details, and said if this was test day, you would have smoked it. I feel I owe you all my gratitude for the wisdom and other threads. It was just the confidence boost that made me feel refreshed and relieved lol. Well, tomorrow morning, I will get to start the maneuver 101 portion as I call it. The straight back. Lol. Yall stay safe n warm. Again, thank y'all kindly for the wisdom and time.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pre-trip/Maneuver week coming

Thank you kindly for the advice. Our handouts we have, we were not allowed to use last Friday for this impromptu event lols. For some reason, I just felt I was missing things, then got the jitters and felt like jumping all over. With this topic I am going to try several different things and hopefully find my flow. Verbiage isn't horrible, definitely not perfect, but after reading numerous threads here, I want to be one who can turn around and help out one day and strive to give truckers a good name like so many here.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pre-trip/Maneuver week coming

Thank you all very kindly for your posts. I will try out some of these ideas tomorrow morning. I'm just hoping since it was kinda a on the spot thing, that after this week of actual pre-trip time and intro to maneuvers it will all fall together nicely. One can hope anyways. I'll post an update tomorrow after school. Thanks again for y'alls tips and replys. Stay safe & warm out there.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pre-trip/Maneuver week coming

Fellow truckers, last week completed week 3 of school, not to bad. We received our Bumper to Bumper certificates. Friday, we were able to do a pre-trip practice test A,B,or C along with coupling system in cab and air brake test. I didn't do hot, my flow wasn't quite what I wanted even though I memorized the packet. At then end, if that was for the actual cdl test, I would have passed that part. What are some of y'alls tips/practice for pre-trip flow? Also will take any additional advice on maneuver, straight, off set, and parallel are the 3 we will do. Not sure why 45/90 ally dock isn't taught. Well, thanks in advance.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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New Lifestyle

Thank you kindly for the encouraging words. I always try and have a few plans lined up with 2nd & 3rd order effects from each, so hopefully I'm on the right path with this change.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Sobering Winter Weather

Thanks PackRat. I'll definitely hold that close to heart. I'm kinda excited, yet scared lol. We kinda went over the weights and empty vs loaded in class, but ilI feel either way could be a nightmare. Luckily I naturally drive around the speed limit, so going slow is fine by me. I wouldn't want someone to risk my family's life on the road, so I'll respect the others and would rather wait if need be or go slower.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Sobering Winter Weather

Well, being I'll be with a trainer in January...wondering if this was a right choice, but hey...I can be a sponge & listen. I'm actually a bit scared of a loaded tractor in snow.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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New Lifestyle

Fellow truckers, I'm new to this way of life, I'm about to retire from the Army and currently on week 3 of CDL school permit in hand first time go thanks to the due diligence of this site and all the input from all. Y'all are awesome in my eyes. I'm committed to Knight Transportation dry van after a ton of looking, reading, talking with different companies. Long story short, Knight basically has what I am looking for and it just feels like a good place to earn my title amongst this site. Again without this site I do not think I would have been a first time go lol. Also, I should be conducting my Orientation and 4 week training in January. Not my first pick, but how my timeline is with retirement lol. So I look forward to being around for years to come. Thanks again y'all.

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