CDL Training With Knight Transportation

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Tater's Comment
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My last night in Ohio for a while. Tomorrow I head to Indy to start Squire training with Knight Transportation. Cant wait to get in a truck and get going man its killing me sitting here all weekend!! Wish me luck!!

Tater

Errol V.'s Comment
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I'm heading for Findlay by Monday. Fooling around with the TT Tracker App, I saw your blip in Columbus.

Good luck with Knight. I actually chose them first, but the only citation on my driving record was too soon (July).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tater's Comment
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So I have been ROTTEN at keeping this updated. So darn busy I just didnt seem to find the time. Its been a hell of a week and lots of things have transpired so Ill get right into it.

Got to Indy on Sunday, checked into the hotel (nasty hotel)wtf.gif and decided to check out the Indianapolis Speedway since I was only 5 miles away. Turned out to be a good decision and I had a great time!!

Monday Day 1- Got to the training site and they divided us off into groups by how long we have been here so I was grouped with the only other two new arrivals. It was just the three of us in my group. Great!! We watched a few more movies on human trafficking, driving while drunk and some other safety things then got into the pre-trip inspection list. This was a three page list they gave us and said "learn it word for word, do not add your own spin and do not ad lib". Oooookay then!!

We were told we probably wouldnt be in a truck till late Tues or Wed morning maybe. I was disappointed to hear that. We worked on pretrip and a couple other things until lunch which was at 11:30 to 12:30 a full hour. When we returned one of the instructors asked me if I have ever driven a truck, I replied not a semi no and he said "well lets go then!" No better time than the present right? We got in and after showing me a couple pertinent things I fired that mutha up! He said I was going to do a straight line back first. He explained the ball room dancing method of turning your head to look at your mirrors. It was left mirror 1,2,3 right mirror 1,2,3 and so on. The idea being you are constantly watching both mirrors and not depending on just one side. Well this clicked with me and I had no trouble at all backing up about 300 ft in a perfect straight line. I did have experience with trailers so this wasnt a new concept to me just longer.

The other two guys in my group werent so quick and I spent the better part of the afternoon watching them kill orange cones. This got really boring really fast. About an hour later a new trainer showed up and my trainer left my group and the new guy took over. Didnt care for that, I would have preferred to have stayed with one but not my choice soooooo....

That was the end of day one. So far so good actually and I was really impressed with the knowledge and professionalism of the instructors. These guys are REAL drivers. They dont just play one on TV!

The other groups all went about their business practicing, parallel, offset and 90 deg alley dock. More tomorrow!!

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Tater's Comment
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Tuesday Day 2 - So today we went right into pretrip practice again. It was ALOT colder this morning and I did not dress for it. I thought I was going to freeze my nads off! After about an hour of pretrip practice we were back in the truck doing more straight line backing. My trainer said I was ready to try offset backing and I was up to the task. So he explained the best he could and I gave it a shot. Well I got it in there but it was NOT pretty!! I mean it took some finagling and I used two pullups before I was successful. I kept at it though and it got a little easier. Still not super confident but better. The other two guys needed to practice more straight line backing and so they did that for about an hour and a half while I stood there freezing again watching them. When I finally got back in the truck I tried another offset and failed miserably at it. The lead instructor saw this and came over. He asked me how I was doing and I said that I WAS doing good but not so much now. He assured me I just needed a couple pointers and he got it. Now then, this guy explained things TOTALLY different than the other trainer and using his methods I was able to throw that trailer in there first shot with NO pull up!! Fantastic I thought!! I was really happy and did it a couple more times for a total of 5 tries. Three of the five I used a pull up, the other two I did not need one!! The rest of the day was spent watching the other two in my group do more straight line.....sigh...The trainers told me they were probably going to move me up tomorrow so I could practice with the two week students. Cool.

So thats the end of day two, more tomorrow!!

Tater's Comment
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Wednesday Day 3 - So this day started out with a shock. I was told I could temporaily change my license to Indiana, do my training here and test for the CDL here. Then I only needed to visit a West Virginia DMV and have my Indiana CDL transferred to a WV CDL. Okayyyyyyy. What they didnt tell me at least at first was that I need to take an Indiana state driving written exam. Not the CDL but the standard driving test. THEN I also had to take Gen Knowledge, Air Brakes and Combo ALL OVER AGAIN!! My WV cdl permit was NOT transferable. WHAT?? Why the hell did I NEED to get my WV permit BEFORE coming to class if it does me NO good whatsoever?? I was, well..........****ED OFF!! After calming down I went to the DMV and of course I FAILED the Indiana state exam......Gggrrrrrrr. So back to the training pad and more offset backing practice. After lunch however yet another trainer asked me if I wanted to get some driving practice in. I was only too eager to do this!! So just the two of us went to another section of the huge parking lot and he began showing me shifting, double clutching and how to listen to the RPM's. Upshifting, no problem. Dowhshifting Whoa boy!! That one got me at first. I still was grinding a bit but I was shifting. So out on the road we went. I was driving a big rig for the first time!! WHOO HOO!!!! Wednesday ended on a good note!!

Thursday Day 4 - So today I went back to DMV and took the darn Indiana state written test again. PASSED!! Yeah!! So I went on to the Gen Knowledge Test.......Failed...........Dammit!! So I was on my way back to the training site when I got a call I was not expecting. This is going to seem sudden but in a swift turn of events I ended up driving home. Yes I went back home. I have something going on here that required my attention and there was nothing I could do about it. So I called my recruiter (Before I left Indy of course) and told her what was going on and she said it was not a problem, if I needed to be home then return next week I could absolutely do that. Whew!! What a whirlwind week this has been.

All I can tell you right now is I am waiting for some news that will determine what I do as far as returning to training or not. I know, crazy right? Hang with me folks I will fill you all in as soon as I can. It will all make sense!!

Tater

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.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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This is good stuff! You are the first to mention listening to the RPMs. That's really what I do to shift. Yes, the Tach is important and I look at it (sometimes).

Maybe all the instructors have now heard about this hot **** guy, "Tater" and they're just checking you out.

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Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Hey Tater! Any updates yet? I hope all is well on the home front and you were able to return to training?

Jay CD's Comment
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I called knight today eager to find out more information about their training program. Unfortunately, They have stopped offering the cdl program. Disappointed but not discouraged, I will find a way! I'm aware of other companies offering the program and will look into those in the next few days

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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