Change In Plans

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Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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After tons of research and reading on here, I narrowed my choices down to two companies, McElroy and Knight. I was accepted with both and really wanted to go with mcelroy but couldn't qualify for financial aid at the diving school so my flatbed itch will have to wait for the time being. Anywho, I start at the Knight school in Indianapolis on April 27th and am about as excited as can be. I've already taken my written test for my CDL and passed 100% on general knowledge and air brakes (missed one on combination vehicles about trailers made before 1975, I swear i never read anything in the manual about those) . I want to give credit to the High Road program for preparing me for the test, it really did make all the difference. I didn't take all the tests on the high road program but did read through and am still doing so along with the cdl manual. ......

Next step, kick ass in school.

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.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sammy Clue's Comment
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Good job Robert! Glad to see you are well on your way to getting into a new career and lifestyle. I myself just finished schooling last week at FTA through Driver Solutions and it wasn't the worst experience in my life as I learned so much in such a short period of time but it also wasn't the best experience either. Just keep your head high and take in all you can.

Myself and many others here on TT have used the High Road Training Program to aid us in getting ready for this new adventure in life and also use it as a refresher while out there waiting to help kill some time when the need arises which I will be doing soon I am sure. With the information that the High Road offers it will more than prepare you for what is to come.

Just don't let the backing exercises get to ya, remember to take some deep breaths and take your time. That seems to be the biggest challenge when it comes to the schooling but you will get it if you keep calm and don't let the stress get to you.

Keep us updated on how things go while in school and we all wish you the best. Don't hesitate to drop in to ask some more questions or even teach us something you may learn that others do not know.

We look forward to hearing from you again about the schooling experience.

Sammy

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Good job Robert! Glad to see you are well on your way to getting into a new career and lifestyle. I myself just finished schooling last week at FTA through Driver Solutions and it wasn't the worst experience in my life as I learned so much in such a short period of time but it also wasn't the best experience either. Just keep your head high and take in all you can.

Myself and many others here on TT have used the High Road Training Program to aid us in getting ready for this new adventure in life and also use it as a refresher while out there waiting to help kill some time when the need arises which I will be doing soon I am sure. With the information that the High Road offers it will more than prepare you for what is to come.

Just don't let the backing exercises get to ya, remember to take some deep breaths and take your time. That seems to be the biggest challenge when it comes to the schooling but you will get it if you keep calm and don't let the stress get to you.

Keep us updated on how things go while in school and we all wish you the best. Don't hesitate to drop in to ask some more questions or even teach us something you may learn that others do not know.

We look forward to hearing from you again about the schooling experience.

Sammy

Thanks Sammy I appreciate it. I was an equipment operator in the Air Force and worked construction for a bit when I got it off the service so I'm not brand new to driving but am definitely a bit rusty lol. I currently drive straight truck for an expedite service which has helped me get familiar with logs and several other aspects. I just really missed driving the big boys and am ready to get back in the seat.

Sammy Clue's Comment
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Yea from the research I did prior to attending there was a lot of others who seemed to have a great deal of trouble with the Logs but for some reason I understood it. That and Hazmat was my biggest worries as I have always been good at driving (or a quick learner anyway). I spent the better part of 16 years doing automotive work and everyday the only thing I really thought about was "How fast can I get this vehicle fixed so I can test drive it?" I love to drive and ready to see some if not all of this country.

And the potential income is a plus also smile.gif

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

Meper's Comment
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Good luck to you Robert B.! You'll be on the road in no time! From one Airman to another - always "Aim High!"

Meper

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Good luck to you Robert B.! You'll be on the road in no time! From one Airman to another - always "Aim High!"

Meper

Thanks !!!! Always Aim High, otherwise you're shooting for the stars while stuck in the weeds.

Old School's Comment
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so my flatbed itch will have to wait

Robert I drive a flat-bed for Knight. They have some great opportunities in flat-bed. You may not have to wait as long as you think.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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so my flatbed itch will have to wait

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Robert I drive a flat-bed for Knight. They have some great opportunities in flat-bed. You may not have to wait as long as you think.

Oh believe me, I whole heartedly plan to look into Knights flatbed opportunity. I actually asked my recruiter about it and she mentioned it being a pretty small side of the company but they're apparently looking to expand. I also appreciate all the advice you've given me Old School through our email conversations. I really think Knight is going to be a good fit and I plan to work hard, prove my value as an asset and take advantage of all they have to offer.

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