Soon To Be Flatbed Truck Driver For Knight Transportation

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Was down at the terminal this morning, stopped in to say Hi to you guys, but you were out driving I think. Mario said you guys are doing great!

I wish it could have worked out so that we all could have met. Maybe another opportunity will present itself in the future.

Today, I had my DOT test. I passed! Got two points off on the pre-trip. Not really sure what I missed. Got a perfect score on the backing skills. Got 8 points off on the driving test. The other two guys picked for Top Gun next week also passed their tests today.

The instructor that usually teaches Top Gun is moving to another terminal. I believe he will be assisting in starting a Top Gun program there. From what I've heard, the goal is to begin having all students go through Top Gun. We met the instructor yesterday, Will. He seems like a really cool guy with a lot of energy and excitement for the week to come. Since we already received our assignments on the Knight online portal, I will be completing all of them over the weekend. One less thing to do during the upcoming week. When meeting Will, he informed me that my terminal already had a date set to go out with my driver trainer on the 26th (the Monday after I return home next Friday). I was glad to hear they were on the ball with that, but I was also a little disappointed at the same time. My wife wasn't able to fly in, so after Top Gun ends next Friday it will have been a month since I have seen her and my family. I was really hoping to get a few more days with them before I went out with my trainer. Also, it would give me a chance to go to my local DMV and get my CDL. So, I contacted my recruiter and mentioned the situation. I wanted to be sure she knew that if they were unable to move the date then that would be fine. I would do whatever I needed to do for them. She spoke with my DDM. He said that they could move it back to Wednesday the 28th. That sounded great to me, so the date is set for my training OTR to begin.

I still plan on doing flatbed. From what I understand, I will be driving under my trainer and solo for my first 30,000 miles hauling dry van. At that point I will officially be finished with my training and be able to transition to flatbed. Of course, the transition will come with another week or so of flatbed training.

Thanks so much for all of the encouragement and advice from everyone on here! I will continue to update as things progress/change.

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.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations!

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Davy A.'s Comment
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We will run across each other I'm sure. Will is awesome and a lot fun. Good luck in top gun.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Stephen!

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Welcome to the wonderful world of pulling flatbed loads of aluminum!

Stephen T.'s Comment
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Thanks everyone!!!

Stephen T.'s Comment
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Congratulations Stephen!

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Welcome to the wonderful world of pulling flatbed loads of aluminum!

Thanks! Do you happen to know of any flatbed driver trainers? For whatever reason, I was under the impression that there weren't any and that I would have to wait until after my first 30,000 miles pulling dry van to transfer over. However, I recently came across a Knight ad on my Facebook feed specifically saying they train for flatbed right out of cdl school. If that is true then I would love to go that route.

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.

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.
Old School's Comment
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It all depends on your location. I know we train new drivers for flatbed out of Gulfport, MS. I think there Is only one trainer though. Each location works with what they have available.

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