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Tammy A.'s Comment
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When i go to a driver training school the ones you work for after they train me,about how long will i be away from home? From classroom to going on the road with a trainer approx. i know its about 5 weeks but to train thirty thousand miles, not sure if its all ln one long training. sorry punctuation. bad tv key board

Old School's Comment
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Tammy without knowing which company you are going to it is hard to come up with a specific answer to your question. Most programs are about four to six weeks, then you get assigned a truck and are allowed to go home, put your stuff in it, and take a little break from training. You mentioned "thirty thousand miles," which sounds like "Prime." At Prime they have a much longer training period than others. You will work out your home time with your trainer. If you are needing something specific, that should be something you discuss right up front with your trainer and your recruiter so that everyone is on the same page with trying to make it happen. I mentioned your recruiter, but really your trainer and driver manager are going to be the most important people you communicate your needs to.

Driver Manager:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rob's Comment
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Hi Tammy,

I had many of the same questions. I found out that by researching the companies info listed here on TT that offer training programs I could narrow it down to those I was most interested in. From there I went to the specific company websites. There, each company outlines in fairly good detail the manner and amount of training. Good luck!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tammy A.'s Comment
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Thanks! I have been looking through all the companies here but only saw the school and course times. I just wanted to know if right after doI just jump in a truck with a trainer or go home first. basically when i leave for training do i just keep going

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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With CFI you will be gone from home for about eight to ten weeks. That includes trucking school, orientation and time with a trainer. You could wait a few days to a week waiting for a trainer. Once you upgrade to your own truck, it will be a few days until they can get you home.

Hope this helps.

Tammy A.'s Comment
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perfect...Thanks

With CFI you will be gone from home for about eight to ten weeks. That includes trucking school, orientation and time with a trainer. You could wait a few days to a week waiting for a trainer. Once you upgrade to your own truck, it will be a few days until they can get you home.

Hope this helps.

Bush Country's Comment
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When i go to a driver training school the ones you work for after they train me,about how long will i be away from home? From classroom to going on the road with a trainer approx. i know its about 5 weeks but to train thirty thousand miles, not sure if its all ln one long training. sorry punctuation. bad tv key board

With Knight it is three weeks to test out for your CDL. Then you go to your home state to get your license upgraded. Then out with a trainer for four weeks. After that you get your own truck, which should mean a couple of days to get it set up. Then solo OTR and home time as you schedule it. So initially 3 weeks, home, 4 weeks, probably home, then as scheduled.

Knight has a program called Top Gun that is an additional week after testing for your CDL , but you only have to do two weeks with the trainer. So 4 weeks, home, two weeks, probably home, then OTR and as scheduled.

The mileage with a trainer, I think, used to be 30,000 miles without Top Gun, or 15,000 miles with it. My understanding now is that it is the 4 weeks or 2 weeks, but I could be wrong.

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.

Davy A.'s Comment
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The solo miles as a squire are still 30k even with top gun. Then you become a full knight driving associate. But during those miles, you can schedule your home time as you see fit. Also, though not recommended, you can take a week or more between top gun and training, but not school and top gun if that makes sense.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bush Country's Comment
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The solo miles as a squire are still 30k even with top gun. Then you become a full knight driving associate. But during those miles, you can schedule your home time as you see fit. Also, though not recommended, you can take a week or more between top gun and training, but not school and top gun if that makes sense.

Yes, I know about the 30k solo as a squire, then the road test, and then a full driving associate. A driver came through today and borrowed a training truck to do his road test. I was talking about the time with a trainer after CDL school being four weeks or Top Gun and two weeks, then into your solo truck to do the 30k. Your comment about the time off between school and training makes sense. I need at least three days because it is an eleven hour drive home, then a day to get the CDL (I can make an appointment), then possibly a day drive to meet up with my trainer. Did you meet your trainer at your home terminal?

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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