Helping My Husband Choose Between Prime And Knight

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Bama's Comment
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I am just trying to find out which of the 2 would be a better company to go with for the training and completion for CDL. Both seem like good choices and I want to help my husband pick the best one. He has done excellent on all the practice tests he has taken and is very knowledgeable when it comes to trucks. His dream is to be a flatbed trucker. So please help. Any information is greatly appreciated. TIA.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Welcome BamaPride (Go Tide)! Trucking Truth is a great source for information, you have come to the right place.

There are many options to consider with Company-Sponsored Training . How To Choose A School and How To Choose A Company will also help with your decision making process.

Not sure how much you or your husband know about the trucking industry but a review of the Truck Driver's Career Guide and reading Brett's Book will provide you both with a good base of knowledge. Brett is the founder of trucking truth and a veteran of the industry.

There is much more information but I think this is a good start.

Let us know how else we can help and if you have any additional questions. Good luck!

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.

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.

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.

Bama's Comment
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Not sure how much you or your husband know about the trucking industry but a review of the Truck Driver's Career Guide and reading Brett's Book will provide you both with a good base of knowledge. Brett is the founder of trucking truth and a veteran of the industry.

There is much more information but I think this is a good start.

Let us know how else we can help and if you have any additional questions. Good luck!

Thank you. He has went out on the road a few times with a family member. He has also been a member of TT for a while now. He has taken many practice tests and passed all with only a couple wrong answers. We have been doing a lot of research and just trying to figure out which of the two would be a better choice for him to go with. Prime seems like a great choice and he also wants to get into a Flatbed so it's a plus but Knight is also a major option.

Would you have any information that could help between the two?

G-Town's Comment
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BamaPride asks:

Thank you. He has went out on the road a few times with a family member. He has also been a member of TT for a while now. He has taken many practice tests and passed all with only a couple wrong answers. We have been doing a lot of research and just trying to figure out which of the two would be a better choice for him to go with. Prime seems like a great choice and he also wants to get into a Flatbed so it's a plus but Knight is also a major option.

Would you have any information that could help between the two?

I was trained by Swift and drive for Swift so I can't really offer first-hand information on Knight or Prime. Both companies do run flatbed, so that is in your favor. We have drivers from Knight and Prime on this forum (and one of them drives dedicated flatbed for Knight). Expect additional information shortly.

Bama's Comment
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I was trained by Swift and drive for Swift so I can't really offer first-hand information on Knight or Prime. Both companies do run flatbed, so that is in your favor. We have drivers from Knight and Prime on this forum (and one of them drives dedicated flatbed for Knight). Expect additional information shortly.

Alright thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Knight primarily runs Refrigerated and Dry Van. One of our older members runs a dedicated flatbed for them, and will have a better answer, but beyond that, I ask not sure what else Knight offers for flatbed. Prime, though, has a sizeable flatbed division. We have A younger member who drives for them. I am sure both will chime in. You can't go wrong with either company. Personally, I would go with Prime, only because they probably have better logistical flatbed support.

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.
Bama's Comment
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Knight primarily runs Refrigerated and Dry Van. One of our older members runs a dedicated flatbed for them, and will have a better answer, but beyond that, I ask not sure what else Knight offers for flatbed. Prime, though, has a sizeable flatbed division. We have A younger member who drives for them. I am sure both will chime in. You can't go wrong with either company. Personally, I would go with Prime, only because they probably have better logistical flatbed support.

Flatbed isn't the only option. All options are open right now it's just a preference. Also about how much does a permit cost if done before training?

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.
Ken C.'s Comment
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"Roll Tide" I really love saying that but now on to the point...both are good places to start so really it all depends on what fits you best. I went with Prime Inc. because I wanted more training and higher training pay plus I like their equipment and divisions.

Ken C.

Chris Jones ( MonkeyBone's Comment
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Bama's Comment
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"Roll Tide" I really love saying that but now on to the point...both are good places to start so really it all depends on what fits you best. I went with Prime Inc. because I wanted more training and higher training pay plus I like their equipment and divisions.

Ken C.

Roll tide! Well so far I've read a lot of good with Prime. But my main question is how much are they asking up front? I've been told none to about $200. So I'm not sure what to expect.

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