Pretty Happy With The Training Saia Has Given Me So Far

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Michael P.'s Comment
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This is my first job out of CDL school. There 3 of us in training, 2 of us have our CDL and one has his permit. For the first hour or so we help the permitted guy with his pre-trip. After that we go drive around the city for a few hours, switching on and off so we all get a chance to drive. After lunch we work on backing for about an hour and a half. The permitted guy does his CDL test backs while me and the other guy grab another tractor and trailer and switch off backing to different docks at the terminal.

We've been in training for about three weeks so at this point it feels like a bit much, but after all the nightmare scenarios that I've heard of guys just getting thrown to the wolves I very much appreciate the extra time. Especially being able to practice hitting docks since the the road test prior to being hired here was the first time I had ever done it. I feel a lot more confident that when I'm out in the real world, I'll be able to handle more difficult docking situations now.

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.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Glad to hear the extra training is helping you boost your confidence. Do you have your doubles/triples endorsement? Do you plan on pulling doubles at some point in the future? Can you start out pulling doubles with Saia if you wanted to? Just curious.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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.

Rhino's Comment
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With my company u can start off with doubles but have to wait a year to do triples. I got lucky guess I impressed them enough to sign off on triples. Curious to c how they do it to.

Glad to hear the extra training is helping you boost your confidence. Do you have your doubles/triples endorsement? Do you plan on pulling doubles at some point in the future? Can you start out pulling doubles with Saia if you wanted to? Just curious.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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That is good to hear! I've been wondering about their training program as my dad might be looking into it soon.

With my company u can start off with doubles but have to wait a year to do triples. I got lucky guess I impressed them enough to sign off on triples. Curious to c how they do it to.

OD is the same way, I guess I didn't impress them tho cause they didn't offer me triples until after my 1 year mark.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Michael P.'s Comment
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You have to have your doubles/triples, tanker, and Hazmat endorsements. I'm starting as a city driver so I'll be pulling 48's for the most part but I might have a 53' occasionally. Doubles and triples are our line haul drivers. I'm hoping to move into that after a few months.

Glad to hear the extra training is helping you boost your confidence. Do you have your doubles/triples endorsement? Do you plan on pulling doubles at some point in the future? Can you start out pulling doubles with Saia if you wanted to? Just curious.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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.

Rhino's Comment
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It’s either impressed or I was just lucky. I just got me a bid run from Vegas to Logan ut no one wanted it because it’s winter. I’ll take the steady miles and checks in the slow time

That is good to hear! I've been wondering about their training program as my dad might be looking into it soon.

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With my company u can start off with doubles but have to wait a year to do triples. I got lucky guess I impressed them enough to sign off on triples. Curious to c how they do it to.

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OD is the same way, I guess I didn't impress them tho cause they didn't offer me triples until after my 1 year mark.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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