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Roy B (Giddy) 's Comment
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In regards to Knight what is meant by western eleven. Which states are included in this area.

Calkansan's Comment
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Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, new Mexico, and all states west. Does not include Hawaii or Alaska. I have volunteered to go to Hawaii, but haven't gotten a load there yet. :)

Roy B (Giddy) 's Comment
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I read on their site that have job out of the Katy Tx terminal western eleven I thought that was a little odd to offer that area from that terminal?

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.

Sambo's Comment
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I'm from dallas and run mostly western.

Also, just because it says w11 doesn't mean they won't send you elsewhere. I was hired as super regional , but I have yet to regionally. I spend most of my time out west, but have run loads into ok, mo, IA, ga, and fl.

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.

Sambo's Comment
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Katy yard is being remodeled if I heard correctly. Might be cool.

Sambo's Comment
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Oh, I almost forgot....

KNIGHT! KNIGHT! KNIGHT!

Roy B (Giddy) 's Comment
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Sambo does Knight work with to get the home time you need?

Sambo's Comment
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Sure, like most companies, if you want home time, and you give them advanced notice, then absolutely they will work with you. Just remember, home time may never be exactly how you want it. They will try their best, but if you are 1800 miles away, they are not going to deadhead you home for home time, they will find a load coming back toward your home terminal.

This means you may get home a little early or a little late. It may never be a perfect scenario. Now if you are needing to be home on a specific date, then you must let them know, for example, "hey, I have to be at my house on the 28th". This will let them know they need to start working you back toward the terminal early. If you get back to your home terminal 2 days early, they may have you run local runs for those 2 days.

Also, by advanced notice, that means, give them at least 2 weeks notice if possible, you can't give them 3 days notice and expect to be home on time.

By the way, where do you live? I lived in victoria, which is closers to Katy than it is Dallas, but I was hired for Dallas terminal. I'm not sure if Katy has their own dispatch or if it is all dispatched out of the Dallas terminal.

I ask because if you are close to Dallas, their terminal is much bigger than the Katy terminal. Katy yard is fairly small, but they are remodeling and I thought I heard they are expanding their yard, so it may be getting bigger.

Have you already been talking to a recruiter or just looking through the website? Any ideas what you are looking for? Dry or reefer?

Anyway, knight, like most companies, is a good place to work. Like most companies, there will be good things, and not so good. The biggest factor of how well things go is you. Work hard, don't complain, and be flexible, and you'll do well at knight.

Good luck on your journey!

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Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Katy yard is fairly small, but they are remodeling and I thought I heard they are expanding their yard, so it may be getting bigger.

This is true. I was just at the Katy terminal on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, on my way home for the holiday. They have gutted the whole building, and they were pouring concrete for additional parking. It appears the yard will be more than twice the size now.

Work hard, don't complain, and be flexible, and you'll do well at knight.

This is true also, and good solid advice for wherever you work as a driver!

I've had zero issues with home time while working for Knight. I'm running a dedicated account for them and they keep me very busy.

Sambo gave you some really great advice about how to handle getting home and what should be your realistic expectations concerning home time. Remember that each company has a policy for how much home time you are allowed at a time and/or the frequency of it. I have found Knight to be very flexible with me when I have required some special considerations due to special circumstances. The key to this whole dance is that you give 110% while working, that's why Sambo made the comment about working hard, not complaining, and being flexible. He already understands something that many truck drivers never do seem to lay hold of.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Roy B (Giddy) 's Comment
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Sambo and Old School thanks for the replies. Iam still researching and haven't talked to a recruiter yet, so far I like what I see at Knight . One thing about home time on their web site they list a schedule of 7/7 14/7 21/7 are Thease schedule really available? That would be a great fit down the road a bit when I wouldn't need to work as hard. I live in Lafayette and would be completely open to leaving the truck in Katy at that time and commuting home if slip seating were required for that schedule.

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