Knight Transportation's Training Program - Looking For Advice

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Kurt H.'s Comment
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I have done a 'Ton' of research (Thank you Trucking Truth) on becoming a professional driver. I have narrowed my choices and think that Knight Transportation is my company of choice. I would appreciate hearing from any drivers who have attended their training and found out first hand what their experience was. I'm open to hearing from others as well but right now Knight seems to have caught my eye. The cost of training is not an option as I will pay for it up front (like the fact they offer a discount for that). Looking forward to your replies and continue to drive safe.

Regards,

"Low Voltage"

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.
Roger H.( aka Sinapu)'s Comment
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Hey Kurt,

Welcome to this great forum!

I'm looking into Knight also and found that " Sandman " took the time to log his detailed experience throughout the program. Check out this link.

Beginning Company Paid CDL Program with Knight Transportation in Olive Branch, MS under topics tagged as "Knight Transportation

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.

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.
Thomas M.'s Comment
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Kurt,

I went through the entire knight school in Olive Branch, MS. The people were awesome and i would absolutely recommend it as a #1 choice for anyone. My trainers at the school were awesome and were drivers for many years before becoming trainers. My OTR trainer was a 37 year veteran that taught me more in 1 week than i could have imagined. My local trainer was a 15 year veteran that taught me all i needed to know about city driving and tricks on backing. After i graduated school and got my CDL i went out for 3 weeks with another trainer and refined my skills so i could be on my own with confidence. Everyone was very supportive all the way through and i am completely happy. I am based out of Lakeland, FL if you need more help let me know. I am heading out for 2 weeks in the morning but you can PM me as i get e-mail on my phone.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Roger H.( aka Sinapu)'s Comment
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Thomas,

Can you let us know how long it takes to get into the program? Will we have to wait for a class to start or is it on-going?

Ken C.'s Comment
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Thomas,

Can you let us know how long it takes to get into the program? Will we have to wait for a class to start or is it on-going?

Knight is one of my Top choice's right now and I was wondering the same thing myself...

Thomas M.'s Comment
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They have an orientation class that starts every Monday. Normally orientation is 3-4 days then the school starts the following monday at the same location. If you talk to Kristy Miller in recruiting tomorrow she may be able to get you started the following week. I called on a tuesday and was in class the following monday.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Roger H.( aka Sinapu)'s Comment
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Perfect! I'll give her a call in the morning, thanks for the insight!

lilrichie collins's Comment
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Good luck to u and I too have heard from Kristy Miller.. just nervous on making contact though..

I too am looking at knight and to me Knight has what i am looking for; hope they can offer what u are looking for .

Sean S.'s Comment
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I am looking into Knight as well. For me though I am considering the nearest location to me. I see there are a few that are close. Not sure on where to go as of yet but the best of luck to all you guys!

Brian 's Comment
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I too have been researching Knight, I filled out an application on line, and was called by a recruiter within 24 hours, was accepted to the school over the phone.......Knight refrideration out of Green Bay WI. But being I live in Minnesota, I stopped by the terminal here today.....GREAT people.....they want me to go dry van out of Minnesota! They also told me I could go through their schooling in Indiana......but suggested if I wanted to get driving sooner, to go to a local school and I could be on the road solo 2-4 weeks after graduating CDL school.

They weren't trying to steer me away from their school, offered me that option also, just explained to me that they did not like having me away from home for 4 weeks with school, they try to get the drivers home every 10-14 days. with my time fame for starting, private schooling could be done nights & weekends and save me 4+ weeks ( private school while I wrap up home 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.

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.

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.
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