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Nick G.'s Comment
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So the last couple months I've been doing the High Road Training Program and was going next week to get my dot physical and permit. So last night I got a head and submitted an application to knight transportation. Got a call from them to day the plan was for me to go to there school and go from there, but the recruiter told me they don't offer the school to any one from Florida. I would have to get my full cdl then I can apply to them again and get put in a truck with a trainer. I really don't want to go that route cause I have not been behind the wheel of a truck let alone want my first time being in front of an examiner. So I come to yall asking what are my options at this point

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Emmanuel A.'s Comment
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Hi,heres my history and advice to you: since 1996 im a professional car audio/video/security installer ,i have 2 years in usa,nj,as that field is good and baad because here everything goes by season,i decided to be a truck driver,i went MVC my self,i pay $125 for the right to all test and permit,i got the answers of all and every single test for the CDL ,i about 1 week,i past all 6 test alone ,my self in MVC,then i just got to the cdl school to get the driving lesson on the road/street,also they took me to my road test on MVC,finally i got my CDL in the first shot, CLASS A, i never figuredout my self in a truck.

second part of my history; the school recomends me a lots of BIG COMPANIES FOR TRAINING,i never agreed to do that,what i did was went to the road with a friend of mine,and get some of his advices and experience,then after that i where so locky,his boss put me in one of his trucks,and here i am,driving everyday from newark,nj,to penssilvania,masachusets,atlantic city,coneticut,etc, so far im earning good money without been struggle by a companie paid training,cause i got a couple of friends graduated from the same school,they went to 2 of those big companies,they still under training while im making the money i expected to make,so good luck my friend,if i did it,you can do it to.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Nick, what part of Florida do you live in?

Florida is a really tough area for hiring - the problem is that there just isn't a lot of freight coming out of Florida and that makes it difficult for these trucking companies to get their drivers home. Usually the panhandle area isn't as bad as some of the more southerly regions. Take a look at the Company-Sponsored Training programs and see if any of the other refrigerated carriers are hiring from your area. I recommend you go with a Company-Sponsored Training program, most of them will pay your way to their location and then put you up and feed you while you are there for the schooling. The great part is that you are guaranteed a job upon completion of their program. If you can't seem to find a solution jump back in here and we can offer some other suggestions.

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Nick G.'s Comment
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Thanks old school in live in tallahassee was going to go to knight because of them paying while in school but the recruiter said the don't offer the schooling to Florida residents the only way it can a teen there school is if it get my full cdl. The company my dad works for made a deal with the Florida dot sheriff and highway patrol if my dad company get there trucks road worthy they will train all the employees and test them for there cdls. My dad us talking to his boss about getting me in the program either with him or in his place since he's only got about 2 years left. So I'm waiting to see where that goes gonna still get my permit and see where that takes me.

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.

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