My experience with Knight Refrigerated

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  1. Smaggs

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    That's the best part about trucking OTR. I know I've only got about 13 months in, but I've never had a day that reminded me of a previous day. I feel like I pretty much never will. Being away from home sucks, but the lack of repetition helps the time pass.
     
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  3. Jarhed1964

    Jarhed1964 Road Train Member

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    HA! :biggrin_25519:

    I'll reiterate that Smaggs, nor I, am a seasoned veteran, but I would say without a doubt that the "rookie" status disappeared at about 8 or 9 months for me. I figure at that point, you should definitely not be making stupid mistakes, should understand and "feel" the size of vehicle you are driving and the trailer you are towing, and have a firm grasp on how to tuck that thing into challenging holes. That said, it is VERY obvious that there is much MUCH more to learn. Pro? Nope. Rookie? No. Student of the profession? DEFINITELY.

    I had a 30 year driver tell me during a conversation while waiting to get unloaded that I was not a rookie (after I had referred to myself as that). I was 8 months in. He did remind me that I was also not yet a seasoned veteran, but said that to refer to myself as a rookie was probably a little too harsh on myself, and if I worked at changing my mindset, practice, and opinion of my work to that of a "Professional", I would get there. 30 years with zero at-fault accidents immediately got my attention and respect. I suppose to a 14 year driver, Smaggs IS a rookie. But I also think that in the grand scheme of things, a year in is at very least a sophomore status.

    Just my opinion.
     
  4. RizenPhoenix

    RizenPhoenix Road Train Member

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    This is how I heard it

    0-1 year, lots of little accidents and a few big ones.
    1-5 years tend to have far fewer accidents then 0-1years
    6+ years extremely rare they have an accident, but when they do they "hit it hard"
     
  5. RizenPhoenix

    RizenPhoenix Road Train Member

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    don't sweat it jarhead, I got told the other day that I "only" had 7 years of driving experience.
     
  6. Jarhed1964

    Jarhed1964 Road Train Member

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    HA! Nah, I'm not sweating it at all. It's just that I would NOT expect a driver with a year experience to be doing the same things a "rookie" (1 month to 6 months exp for example) would do. That 8 months to a year should be packed with a lot of hard learned lessons. When I think back to the goofy things I did as a newbie, it makes me laugh. No excuse whatsoever for anyone to be doing the same thing at a year in.
     
  7. Smaggs

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    One thing to think about. OTR Trucking has a larger learning curve than your typical local non-cdl/commercial gig or warehouse job. There are so many things to figure out about your truck, company, living on the road, yourself and loved ones at home.

    This isn't a job. It is a lifestyle. Cliche, but incredibly true.

    I call myself a rookie, not because I'm at a "higher risk for accidents", but because I don't have jack for real life experience. I meet drivers every day that have better than 30 years and have EASILY driven more miles in reverse than I have forward. In fact, I bet most of them could drive faster in reverse than I could forward.

    On another note. These are the drivers I listen to. My BS detector never goes off. They are mostly calm and level headed and the best part is that they love to educate newer drivers and give tips. Therefore, I keep my ears open and I pay attention when watching the way other drivers do things at shippers/receivers and in truck stops.

    One of the things I've learned is how to pick a stone cold rookie out of a crowd just by watching them set up to back. It blows me away, watching the seasoned drivers that know what a brownie is. They take this new equipment and fly right into a hole, no problem.

    I'm a lot better at my setups, but I was driving a super short wheelbase (212") Volvo 670. I'm looking forward to driving a truck with better suspension and a longer wheelbase. I'll have to readjust my setups and backing, though.
     
  8. Dennis_Miller

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    I personally believe the rookies are a lot safer then most. They know that if they get in an accident. It may be the end to their career. They usually take the exits slower then the posted speed limits, and are not prone to tail gate. The more confidence you have usually means the more chances you are willing to take. So going around that 25mph horse shoe curve at 35 or 45 tickles your pride a little. A rookie will constantly get out and look (the safe ones). While you and I are like. "We don't want anybody to think we are a rookie" So if you have the rookie mind set you will be a safer driver. Along with those who are just 2 lazy to filll out those accident reports. So stay safe and keep it professional.
     
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  9. Smaggs

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    I agree with this, but I have seen many many many unsafe rookies... usually due to poor training. I've met new drivers that race to get into top gear and get to full speed, not even regarding progressive shifting and I often see them driving through truck stops in a lower gear at what sounds like over 1500 RPM.

    I also see veterans jump out and look if they get into a situation.

    I think the safe/unsafe vs experience level can go both ways if you look long enough. Some rookies let their pride get in the way.

    I've had moments where I got disoriented, got out to look and realized I had a virtual mile of room on my blind side.

    I'll tell you one thing... I've never seen another driver honk or laugh at me for getting out to look. :)
     
  10. Hammerup

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    Good man next to godliness is cleanliness way to go driver good luck to you
     
  11. snowman01

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    Thats always what I have heard
     
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