Knight Transportation Orientation

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Cece's Comment
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11/11/2019 0730

I arrived at Knight Terminal in Tulsa, Ok. Along with 2 other. I'll give the demographics: I'm 25, african american, married. The other 2 in cladd with me are white, one man and one woman. Both early 50s. I'm just being detailed for those who are going to freak about me bringing up gender or race.

First we did our DOT physicals. It was from what I hear more in depth than other companies. We had to step up and down on a ladder for a minute straight as fast as we could. They took our heart rate beforehand then right after. Then we were timed for 3 minutes and the goal was to get our heart rate back down to what ot was before the exercise or very close. After that we had to squat. Then squat with 40lbs. Then pick up those weights and out it above our head and repeat. Then we had to pick up 75lbs chest level and walk it back n forth 10 times . Listen, I had a blast but I like working out. The others did not enjoy or said it was hard. But it definitely was a little workout. Also they have to get your height & weight and BMI. Eye exam, hearing exam, etc. I was good on BMI so no need for sleep apnea testing but the other 2 need to do a sleep apnea test. IT DOES JOT DISQUALIFY A DRIVER SO DONT BE WORRIED!

They had Raising Cane's chicken catered to us for lunch. After that we did a lot of online training. The woman in my class went to do a road test because she had 4.5 years experience. Myself and the gentlemen wont road test until after we complete 4 weeks with a trainer.

The woman in my class had a very abrasive personality. I'm not a fan. She used to drive Swift and she says she only got home 7 times in the whole 4 years she worked there and how horrible it was. I dont get why she would choose Knight then since they are partner companies ? But whatever I dont believe her anyway. But she is always "giving" me advice since I'm the young one. Taking that with a grain of salt. She stays interrupting our instructor. I'm only mentioning this to let people know "it takes all kinds" lol. Anywho other than that no complaints. The hotel is right by a lot of restaurants and shopping so that's great. The hotel itself is just okay but hey we all get our own rooms so that's a bonus in my book.

We got done around 3pm.

Back tomorrow at 8am for powerpoints and company policies.

Did I leave anything out ?

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.

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.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Good for you Cecilia - you've already met your first "terminal rat." Trust me, over the next year you'll meet plenty of them. They have lots of advice. Just ignore it and focus on how great a job you want to be doing.

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.

Cece's Comment
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Yes Sir, will do Old School. Also anyone reading Knight does not allow male trainers with females. Too many problems have come up they said. So I know for sure I'll be with a female just dont know when yet. I'll figure out as orientation goes on

Cece's Comment
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11/12/2019

TODAY WAS INTERESTING .

Shuttle arrived at 8am took us to the terminal. Within the first 30mins the gentlemen that was on class threw up the ✌ said he could go make money and be rich somewhere else and walked out 🤣

Then the poor guy trying to give us all our PowerPoint presentations today keeps getting interrupted by the lady in my class. She has 4.5 years experience so EVERYTHING this guy says she has a response to. She says "well I do things like this" or "that's stupid" or she will go into a full blown story. I think the guy giving us instruction is kinda new to this so he just let's her rant then he will look at me and say "do things the right way"

It's only me and the other lady at orientation now. For lunch the Terminal Manager came and took us to a Mexican restaurant. My favorite food so I enjoyed. After lunch more PowerPoint on company policies, payroll, ELD, then we went outside to practice pre trip. And learn the way Knight teaches it.

I'll say that the people at this terminal are great and full of information. It's the lady in my class making it hard to get through. Tomorrow is our last day of orientation. We will be taking a test just to see if we've been paying attention about policies and such. Covering some last minute things. Then I'll figure out if I have a trainer yet. If not, they said I'm free to drive back home over the weekend and everyone will keep in touch.

Sidenote: I LOVE all the bonuses Knighr has to offer. It really is great incentives. Be blessed everyone.

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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How's everything going? Are you out with a trainer?

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