Knight Training At Last.

Topic 31416 | Page 1

Page 1 of 4 Next Page Go To Page:
Glenbob's Comment
member avatar

After a couple week delay due to CPAP machine not producing the required (company) compliance report. Looks like my journey finally begins. Scheduled for Top Gun, Memphis on the 31st. Weather looks to suck but I now have brand new ResMed 11 CPAP :). Will try and update as next week progresses.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

PackRat's Comment
member avatar

Flatbed or vans for your start?

Glenbob's Comment
member avatar

Flatbed or vans for your start?

Flatbed, out of Gulfport terminal. Dedicated account, I’m being told Delhi to SE locations. Just glad to finally be moving forward.

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.

Desert_Rat's Comment
member avatar

Congrats on your progress ! Im trying to get my ducks in a row to get started with my CDL training. My question to you. Ive got a VA supplied CPAP that's in the middle of a huge recall process. Manufacturer as well as VA told me not to use it until its repaired/replaced. I was in total compliance till i had to shut it down. I can pull the reports from the app that show compliance when I go for my DOT physical. Did it seem your Dr. was willing to work with you or was it a total shutdown?

thanks !!

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.

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.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Glenbob's Comment
member avatar

Congrats on your progress ! Im trying to get my ducks in a row to get started with my CDL training. My question to you. Ive got a VA supplied CPAP that's in the middle of a huge recall process. Manufacturer as well as VA told me not to use it until its repaired/replaced. I was in total compliance till i had to shut it down. I can pull the reports from the app that show compliance when I go for my DOT physical. Did it seem your Dr. was willing to work with you or was it a total shutdown?

thanks !!

The Dr doing the company DOT exam was cool. She stated that I was “Compliant”. However, company Safety Dept would not waiver on the compliance report or the ability to monitor remotely. Like you I had the same machine only mine died while waiting on the replacement (VA estimated June 2022). I was using a machine from 2001 which would not produce the reports or availability for remote monitoring. I picked up the new machine (paid for by TRICARE) signed the release for them to monitor. Once the machine updated with the previous nights results and they reviewed them the hiring process started moving forward. Based on my experience would recommend obtain a prescription for a new machine. Then ordering one through one of the medical supply companies in your area. The old machines that were recalled are not capable of being monitored via cellular or Bluetooth technology. If replaced with a repaired model of the same machine your still stuck 10-15 yr old technology. The 2 major carriers I tried to work with both wanted the ability to monitor. The supplier I used moved me up the list when they found out I needed it for a DOT physical to work.

Bottom line is going to be: Are you compliant it’s a yes or no question. On another note the new ResMed 11 is awesome 👏 wish I’d upgraded years ago.

Good luck with it, especially if going through the VA.

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.

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.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Desert_Rat's Comment
member avatar

Thanks for the reply. I still don't have an ETA on getting my unit replaced/repaired. I even asked about getting a different model and was told no dice. Thats sort of frustrating. My unit is like 3 years old and does have all the remote reporting capability to the VA as well as the app which syncs with Bluetooth on my phone. I will probably be parked for 30+ days before I start CDL training if the Dr is a hard-ass and wants data because I will have to buy a new unit out of pocket. I have lost nearly 20 pounds since i stopped using it cuz my wife was all over me about my weight. Maybe I don't bring it up if they don't after they poke and prod me and dont see a reason to order a sleep study. Then I press on once I get my replaced/repaired unit in hand.

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.
Glenbob's Comment
member avatar

Thanks for the reply. I still don't have an ETA on getting my unit replaced/repaired. I even asked about getting a different model and was told no dice. Thats sort of frustrating. My unit is like 3 years old and does have all the remote reporting capability to the VA as well as the app which syncs with Bluetooth on my phone. I will probably be parked for 30+ days before I start CDL training if the Dr is a hard-ass and wants data because I will have to buy a new unit out of pocket. I have lost nearly 20 pounds since i stopped using it cuz my wife was all over me about my weight. Maybe I don't bring it up if they don't after they poke and prod me and dont see a reason to order a sleep study. Then I press on once I get my replaced/repaired unit in hand.

I tried the buying one out of pocket route myself. Could not find one in stock. As far as omitting during medical exam IMO don’t. Yes, there are probably people who cheat the system everyday no doubt. However, if discovered it could end your career before it ever begins and permanently at that. Not trying to tell you what to do, the below is copied from FMCSA’s web page. It just wasn’t worth the risk to me.

“The FMCSA medical certification process is designed to ensure drivers are physically qualified to operate commercial vehicles safely. Each driver is required to complete the Health History section on the first page of the examination report and certify that the responses are complete and true. The driver must also certify that he/she understands that inaccurate, false or misleading information may invalidate the examination and medical examiner’s certificate.

“FMCSA relies on the medical examiner’s clinical judgment to decide whether additional information should be obtained from the driver’s treating physician. Deliberate omission or falsification of information may invalidate the examination and any certificate issued based on it. A civil penalty may also be levied against the driver under 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(b), either for making a false statement of for concealing a disqualifying condition.

In addition to what is clearly stated by the federal government, general legal principles apply. As a truck driver, you owe it to the public to refrain from driving if you cannot do so safely. As soon as an accident occurs, lawyers will be combing through your medical records. In 2015, a driver was involved in a fatal crash in Minnesota. He had denied his diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea to his medical examiner on multiple occasions. His lying to medical examiners contributed heavily to his ultimate sentence of 3 years in prison. Courts have ruled that If they can prove that you had a medical condition contributing to an accident that was not documented in your DOT physical you will be held criminally responsible. It is not worth it to lie or omit facts on your DOT physical. Just don’t do it”

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

Fm:

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.
Old School's Comment
member avatar
Dedicated account, I’m being told Delhi to SE locations.

Congratulations Glenbob!

As you know, I am running loads out of Delhi also. Don't count on just staying in the Southeast. Any place East of a line drawn straight down from the Western borders of North and South Dakota is fair game on this account. I just got back from Minneapolis, MN and I am headed now for North Collins, NY.

I love this account. It has worked very well for me. We have guys come and go all the time. I know that is the way it is in trucking, but I have done so well on this account I just don't get it when people quit so early on. Hang in there during that tough first year as a newbie. There is some great opportunities here. I wish you the best, and look forward to meeting you!

TwoSides11's Comment
member avatar

Congratulations and good luck. As a rookie flatbed driver for Knight, I will be following

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Glenbob's Comment
member avatar

Congratulations and good luck. As a rookie flatbed driver for Knight, I will be following

Thanks I've been following you since I signed on. Your documentation of experience has help me more than you know. I have had the discussion about going out with a dry van trainer the "shadowing" a FB driver for a cupule weeks. I stood firm that was setting me up for failure. My conversation ended with I'll drive what I train in. I was promised a FB trainer we'll see how that goes. I did get to go to the Top Gun course hopefully my backing will not go down the drain with split tandems :).

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Page 1 of 4 Next Page Go To Page:

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

This topic has the following tags:

Knight Transport Becoming A Truck Driver Reports From CDL Training Truck Driver Training Truck Driving Orientation
Click on any of the buttons above to view topics with that tag, or you can view a list of all forum tags here.

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More