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Charles S.'s Comment
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Congratulations!!!! Keep us updated on the progress and let us know how it works out. Will be going down the same road once I get my permit also. Need to wait until after I go to the doctor, which earliest appt I could get was a about a week away. Study up on the High Road test prep here, its a lot of info but i am sure it will help tons with getting your permit along with your endorsements as well as making you an overall safer/better driver.

Send me an email when your down here in the valley for training and we'll get lunch, im about 30-45 minutes from Phoenix.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey that's great! Yeah Knight Transport's Company-Sponsored Training Program is a great way to go.

How often does that regional fleet get you home?

You're doing awesome on the High Road Training Program with a 99% score 42% of the way through. That's awesome! And you haven't been halted yet? Nice!

Yap, keep at that High Road and plan on getting all of the endorsements when you get your permit. Knock it all out in one shot and then you have em. The Hazmat has to be renewed every two years but the rest you have for life.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Andy H. aka AZ Scooby's Comment
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Congratulations!!!! Keep us updated on the progress and let us know how it works out. Will be going down the same road once I get my permit also. Need to wait until after I go to the doctor, which earliest appt I could get was a about a week away. Study up on the High Road test prep here, its a lot of info but i am sure it will help tons with getting your permit along with your endorsements as well as making you an overall safer/better driver.

Send me an email when your down here in the valley for training and we'll get lunch, im about 30-45 minutes from Phoenix.

Thanks!!! I'm excited to get started. I still have a lot of studying to do. I wanna make sure I can pass all of the tests and endorsements since the closest DMV office is an hour away. Don't wanna have to go back if I don't have to. Also have to get my DOT physical before going for the exam. I haven't checked but don't I have to go to a DOT approved doctor for the exam? Or can my regular doctor do it?

I'll definitely have to get in touch when I'm down there. Who knows, maybe we'll even be starting at the same time.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Andy H. aka AZ Scooby's Comment
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Hey that's great! Yeah Knight Transport's Company-Sponsored Training Program is a great way to go.

How often does that regional fleet get you home?

You're doing awesome on the High Road Training Program with a 99% score 42% of the way through. That's awesome! And you haven't been halted yet? Nice!

Yap, keep at that High Road and plan on getting all of the endorsements when you get your permit. Knock it all out in one shot and then you have em. The Hazmat has to be renewed every two years but the rest you have for life.

They're saying home every 10-14 days and driving in 11 western states. Wife's not too thrilled about that much time away but I explained about getting the experience for the first year and then I can more than likely get a dedicated or local job. Or I can always call Roehl up again. She's slowly warming up to it since I'll be making more money and we'll be able to stop struggling from paycheck to paycheck. I think she's seeing there's light at the end of the tunnel.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Tim L.'s Comment
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I applied to Knight for the Squire Training today. Hopefully they are hiring from Texas at present. I really like the way their training program is set up. I think they would be a good company to start with, and perhaps stay with.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Andy! You've got lots of time, you can always switch to a flat-bed company later if you want to. Who knows, you may just decide you really like that dry van gig.

It's actually a good plan to start out in flat-bed, because that gives you that first year just to get accustomed to handling that big rig without having to worry about all the load securement stuff.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Andy H. aka AZ Scooby's Comment
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I applied to Knight for the Squire Training today. Hopefully they are hiring from Texas at present. I really like the way their training program is set up. I think they would be a good company to start with, and perhaps stay with.

Texas has lots of big cities which means lots of terminals. I would think they would be open to hiring a Texan.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Andy H. aka AZ Scooby's Comment
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Congratulations Andy! You've got lots of time, you can always switch to a flat-bed company later if you want to. Who knows, you may just decide you really like that dry van gig.

It's actually a good plan to start out in flat-bed, because that gives you that first year just to get accustomed to handling that big rig without having to worry about all the load securement stuff.

Thanks!!! One of my main reasons for wanting to drive flatbed is for the physical requirements. There's not much exercise in trucking and I don't wanna gain a bunch of weight. I guess I'll have to watch what I eat and do some kind of exercises in the truck.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Tim L.'s Comment
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I applied to Knight for the Squire Training today. Hopefully they are hiring from Texas at present. I really like the way their training program is set up. I think they would be a good company to start with, and perhaps stay with.

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Texas has lots of big cities which means lots of terminals. I would think they would be open to hiring a Texan.

I think they have terminals in the Houston area and the Dallas area.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HeavyHauler's Comment
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Knight contacted me last night. Knight opened a new school in Mississippi in July. They require you to do the following for the Mississippi school.

1. Acquire CDL-A permit in your home state 2. Acquire your DOT medical card (they will pay to send you to a local Dr in your area) 3. Bring $100.00 app deposit and enough money for DINNER for 3 weeks. (lunch and breakfast are covered) 4. Spend 3 weeks in Mississippi training. Once completed they will put you with a Squire trainer and send you back to your home state where you will take your CDL road test (with Knights truck) and obtain your CDL-A license. 5. Spend 40,000 miles driving with Squire, make $400.00 a week while training

This what my recruiter told me yesterday. Hope this helps you all.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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