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    Knight really does not have thier act together, I worked for the refrigerated side, got a newer volvo. I had no Mechanical problems with the tractor just the trailers they sucked. On the financial side of things knight gets great reviews well run company etc..., but on the driver side, they don't have things together, and take advantage of you as a driver, they owe me a week's worth of pay when I asked about it they acted like I owed them. SO Knight will cheat you if they can. I worked for 4 other companies and never got cheated as bad as Knight got me.


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    18 years experience, been with Knight for over a year, they are no worse, and no better, than many other outfits I have been with. Different, maybe, but not better or worse.

    Trucking is a hard job, and always has been. A driver has one job-get the freight where it needs to be, on time and without damage. EVERY TIME! That being said, Knight has Qualcommed twice in that year to tell me to pull over because of bad weather! I never had another company tell me to do that!

    Now, it is true that they are a "mega" company, something like 3500 tractors. But you run out of one terminal, and have one dispatcher who you get to know, and who gets to know you. If you are a good driver (EVERY TIME!), you will soon get some slack on many things. "You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours."

    So many complaints on this board are from obviously new drivers who expect everyone to play by the rules. It would be nice if it were so, but it is not, and never has been. Again, trucking is a HARD business, and the rewards go to those who get the job done, not those who play by the rules.

    I am on my third truck for Knight, and the one I have now is sweet. The first two had "issues", but I stuck with them until they were either fixed, or I got into another one. I had to #####, but I bitched intelligently.

    I am sorry for your troubles, but I have been doing this a long time and even with a "bad company", the proper attitude and work ethic will take you a long way. Make money for the company, and they will take care of you. Don't like their way of doing things, go to a different company (which will have it's own set of problems), or start your own.

    I hope I don't sound harsh, but life is not always easy. And driving a truck is one of the least easy ways to make a living, but it has it's rewards-you just have to be able to see them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rschiernbeck View Post
    ###### fails to mention knight has bunk heaters in all the trucks ###### fails to mention he probably didn't watch his oil pressure gauge and no knight does not have idle cutoff in their trucks I worked there for 3 months i had good benefits oh yes ####### they have a graduated pay scale .33 to 38 per mile depending on the load. Now why did I quit? well I wanted to be an owner op but they suspended their lease program because of slow freight period.....good god seems pretty responsible to me and by the way ###### i would still be there if i wanted to stay a company driver.
    What was your truck number, because I want your old truck without the idle cut-off! And let me guess, it had 4 batteries and did 75mph too

    Quote Originally Posted by tracyq144 View Post
    That being said, Knight has Qualcommed twice in that year to tell me to pull over because of bad weather! I never had another company tell me to do that!

    So many complaints on this board are from obviously new drivers who expect everyone to play by the rules. It would be nice if it were so, but it is not, and never has been. Again, trucking is a HARD business, and the rewards go to those who get the job done, not those who play by the rules.

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    So you guys from MN are the reason we are under DOT audit right now? Thanks.

    RUN BLOODY LEGAL.

    PS Mine terminal told me the only way that we could stop for bad weather is if the DOT shut down the interstate, otherwise we would have to run no matter what, or be fired.

    Once again, this is the problem with Knight, each little terminal has it's own rules and regs.

    ####, there is no reason to play cowboy with slow freight and low miles, running a hot book is the reason Knight is threatening to play Werner and go paperless.

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    I honestly don't know how you or anyone else could work for these types of companies. The evidence of how drivers are treated are spelled out in the bad company forums for all to see. Yet so many still flock to those companies thinking that it will be different for them. It's not ever going to be! Can you imagine the amount of posts on here if all drivers knew of this site? I don't know if the servers could handle it.


    The definition of insanity is to keep trying the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sad_Panda View Post



    So you guys from MN are the reason we are under DOT audit right now? Thanks.

    Not likely, since the DOT has never seen a "bad" log from me, every time they have examined my logs, they were up to date and legal, or a bit behind and they let me catch up.

    PS Mine terminal told me the only way that we could stop for bad weather is if the DOT shut down the interstate, otherwise we would have to run no matter what, or be fired.

    And that is truly insane, if you, as the driver, feel it is unsafe, you have an obligation to pull over.

    Once again, this is the problem with Knight, each little terminal has it's own rules and regs.

    Apparently so, I guess I have a pretty good terminal (although they are a little finicky about home time).

    ####, there is no reason to play cowboy with slow freight and low miles, running a hot book is the reason Knight is threatening to play Werner and go paperless.

    Pretty hard to play cowboy at 64 mph. And, like I said, haven't had a log violation since long before I came to Knight.
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    I currently drive for the reefer side...trucks have bunk heaters...idle shuts off after 5 min so u press the clutch pedal twice on some trucks or tap the gas on others and they idle as long as u want...they will fix anything u ask for I have even had them replace the stereo in one trk because the cd player only worked part time. Any ter in the country will work on any trk...have had payroll make mistakes but they have always fixed the problem when it was brought to their attention. Make 30% more money than I did with Watkins and Shepard. They will pinch any penny they can and in my opinion will step over dollars to get nickels but they did post a profit during every 1/4 of 2008 and so far in 2009 and are debt free.

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    well it seem to be at least the man dos keep track of his paper work still ahveing the load # and datres ???????must be something there

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    Knight Isn't That Bad

    I've been driving for over 35 years. The whole industry has gone done the #######. Pay, benefits, and how drivers are treated has all gone down hill. I'm driving for knight now, been with them for a couple of years now. All companies have their problems and their weak points. I'll stay that Knight is still one of the better companies out there. They still care about their GOOD drivers. I agree with the other comment about watching the oil presure, if you wasted a motor for me you'd be fired on the spot. As far as layovers, ect. you need to get a P.O. number WHEN it happens and you WILL get paid. I have always been paid my layovers, dentention time, ect. Maybe you should be a writer and not a trucker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outinc View Post
    As far as layovers, ect. you need to get a P.O. number WHEN it happens and you WILL get paid. I have always been paid my layovers, dentention time, ect. Maybe you should be a writer and not a trucker.
    My Qualcomm seems to break each time I send at layover request. I never get a po back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sad_Panda View Post
    My Qualcomm seems to break each time I send at layover request. I never get a po back.
    then use the .....



    PHONE!

    If your DM can't get it done call your Division Manager, he's the one that has to approve layover pay anyway

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