Finally, First Job! Knight Has Accepted Me To Drive Flatbed.

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Hello Drivers. Just wanted to share the good news. Received a call from the recruiter today and he told me I was officially hired! I went to Knights orientation on Mon 11/1/21 for 3 days. Didn't want to post as I wasn't sure if I would get hired by them. The process was very simple, the only hiccup was my previous employment history. I was self employed so they needed a lot of paperwork from me to verify I was working the past 12 months. Took them 2 days to get back to me and honestly I was getting worried. It all came back fine and now I'm waiting for a call from the terminal manager for more information.

I'm very excited to start this new journey in life and hope it all goes well. If anyone has advice to give a rookie I'm all ears. If there are other posts that you think I should read, please send them my way. I am thankful for the advice I received so far and would greatly appreciate more. Especially for Flatbed.

Thanks for reading. Stay safe out there!

The best advice I could give any new driver is to keep reading TT and asking questions. Much of what is posted here is geared towards newbies. Great resource

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.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Glad to hear and good luck. OS will be a great source of information for you for sure. Do you already have your CDL or are you going through squire?

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.
Chief Brody's Comment
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Which terminal?

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Carlisle, PA

I bet you'll be going to Hydro in Cressona quite a bit.

Good luck.

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.

TwoSides11's Comment
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Glad to hear and good luck. OS will be a great source of information for you for sure. Do you already have your CDL or are you going through squire?

Thank you. Yes I'm looking forward to the advice Old School will offer and Chief Brody on flatbed. I will take any tips other flatbed drivers have on here as well. They are the only 2 I know of that do flatbed on TT.

I already have my CDL. Graduated in August from a private school. Seems like I wasted time looking for the "perfect" starter company but Im finally going to get started.

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.
TwoSides11's Comment
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Which terminal?

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Carlisle, PA

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I bet you'll be going to Hydro in Cressona quite a bit.

Good luck.

Thanks Chief. OS mentioned the Hydro in Cressona. Said it can be a mess even on a good day. Got any tips or advice before I get started?

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.

James F.'s Comment
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I have been with knight dry van out of reno a little over three years, they have been good to me

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.
Chief Brody's Comment
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As far as advice, specifically with aluminum or steel loads, I have three heavy duty (21 oz) canvas tarps 10' x 6', 10' x 5' and 8' x 6' that I bought from tarp nation. Covering a large area of sharp metal with these is a lot easier than tons of moving blankets. They fold up pretty small.

I also recommend taking your time with securement early on. The drivers that I see that secure in a short amount of time do so because they have an efficient system. They don't move fast. Taking your time helps you learn to develop a system. Plus, even though I may still be slower, I don't have to worry about my tarps going down the road.

As far as Cressona, you'll figure it out. But when leaving don't turn left. It's a longer winding route.

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