On Board With Knight Transportation, Squire School Started 03/22/21

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Mark M.'s Comment
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This was the best diary Ive read so far, and really got me looking at Knight.

I applied for them, and will definitely ask about Top Gun.

The only thing that is holding me back is the maps and directions and planning. Im not good at that. I will have to learn to be much, much better at preplanning.

But this diary, Davy my guy you killed it, thanks so much for taking the time to do it!

Mark

Davy A.'s Comment
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This was the best diary Ive read so far, and really got me looking at Knight.

I applied for them, and will definitely ask about Top Gun.

The only thing that is holding me back is the maps and directions and planning. Im not good at that. I will have to learn to be much, much better at preplanning.

But this diary, Davy my guy you killed it, thanks so much for taking the time to do it!

Mark

Thank you, Im glad it helps. On the maps, directions and routing, It will come in time. Im very very cautious about route planning. As I gain experience, going into a new place that I might not be able to get turned around has become less terrifying and I seldom notice it, a lot of it is because my mind has already assimilated exits, turn around spots, alternative spots and danger zones. I used to freeze up really bad at every truck stop because I couldnt find the exits and turn around spots. It will come in time. I found that systems with concrete repeatable steps really helped me. Eventually they become patterns.

For instance, when I get a new load, I almost always follow the same steps:

1. my location to shipper , shipper to receiver in maps, check satellite images on both for entrance, parking and exit strategy. Establish hours of service and where/when I will shut down for the night/day 2. check route in Rand McNally Truck atlas, 2021 edition. (If off interstates or not on previously traveled US highways) 3. check route against suggested route in Zonar. Plot fuel solution on routes. 4. Check route in Garmin OTR 500, save address and route. 5. Save addresses in routes in Google Maps 6. Save address and route in Rand McNally GPS app on Zonar (Now gone as I got updated tablet)

I used the GPS's for back up, but the understanding of the route comes from looking at it on a real good old fashion truck atlas. The decision on when to shut down at a receiver or shipper and when to shut down near them involves a few factors on the next load(s) and where Im at on my clocks. I save my routes to my home screen on my phone and put them in a folder called old routes after I complete the load. Some you will do enough that you know the route, the time and the fuel stops as time goes on, but handy to have maps and garmin going for real time traffic, weather and road closure data in addition to the CB.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Brian H.'s Comment
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Your diary has been helpful and interesting reading I'll be sure to subscribe to your youtube channel

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