Knight Transportation Or Werner Transportation?

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Dustyn A.'s Comment
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So I got pre hires from both Knight and Werner and I know they both offer two different home times. Knight offers 10-14 days on and 2-3 home and after 3 or 4 months on that program they could get me on a dedicated route with 7 on and 7 off or 14 on and 7 off. Werner told me they could offer me a dedicated route right out of school and be on the road for 6 or 7 and home for 1 or 2. Does anyone have any advice to help me possibly choose one after school? Ideally I would like to be driving in and around Colorado and stay west of here. I was considering Roehl as well since they offer a program similar to Knight but I don't think they have a terminal in Denver like the other two. Any advice?

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.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre Hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

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.

Woody's Comment
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Both are solid companies that will keep a good driver movimg. I went with Knight out of school fof their hometime options. I was originally wanting the 14/7 but decided i did not want to slip seat. I also did not feel I could make enough money on that plan. Keep in mind those extended hometime plans are pretty much part time jobs and may keep you from hitting minimum milages necessary to qualify for some bonuses.

I went the 10-14 route and liked it. For me at 14 days I was REALLY ready to get home but after 2 to 3 days at home was REALLY ready to go back out. Getting loads back to your area will effect when you actually get home. And it was my experience that they will test you and try to push you to stay out longer. I held my ground and kept them to the plan pretty consistently but two of my friends that wanted the same program were consistently out 3 to 5 weeks at time.

Also consider that you may get less miles with quicker home times because they quickly become limited with where they can send you when its getting close to going home. That being said I rarely set waiting for a load and was very happy with how they kept me rolling. Sometimes had issues looking for empties but you can have that most anywhere.

Not trying to discourage you from extended hometime options just want you to connsider how it can effect your pay.

Woody

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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