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An Inside Look at New Driver Training



An Inside Look at New Driver Training

With safety as a primary focus, Saia prioritizes proper driver training to keep drivers and others safe on the road while protecting freight along the way. Through its Dock-to-Driver Program, Saia trains those enrolled to become proficient, safe driving professionals holding a Certified Driver License (CDL) with all the necessary endorsements.

About the Dock-to-Driver Program

As a way of mitigating the driver shortage facing the industry, Saia implemented its Dock-to-Driver Program to recruit dockworkers who desire to become qualified drivers and to supplement its recruitment of experienced drivers. Saia’s Dock-to-Driver Program offers in-depth training for dockworkers transitioning to truck drivers — using a combination of textbook teaching, behind-the-wheel instruction and Smith System® training to instill driver safety.

After five weeks of extensive classroom and in-cab training, new drivers train behind the wheel with one of Saia’s 350 driver-trainers. During this period, drivers work an actual route, putting in more than 40 supervised hours to help ensure their understanding of the practices and procedures they learned in their training.

In total, a new driver undergoing this training program receives a minimum of 240 hours of supervised training before taking control of his or her own route.

A New Driver’s Point of View

Ralph Miss, a recent graduate of Saia’s Dock-to-Driver Program, came to Saia with little professional driving experience. However, he very quickly saw the benefits Saia brought to not only him and his new career, but to his general awareness of safe driving.

“This program has enriched my view of safety and safe driving habits,” said Miss. “I used to think it was a simple job, but this program has shown that you have to be a trained professional to do this with an eye to safety at all times.”

For example, wearing a seat belt at all times, checking mirrors every few seconds and ensuring a point-of-contact when exiting the tractor are all actions that protect the driver and create a safer environment for all travelers on the road.

“I have learned safe driving procedures that I can use every day, not just while I’m on the road in my truck,” Miss continued. “This training is something I can take with me the rest of my life and pass along to others.”

The Role of the Instructor

Dock-to-Driver Program Instructor Nelson Moyet brings a wealth of experience, and related real-life insights, to his role. Having gone through driver training more than 20 years ago, Moyet has witnessed how these safety training programs have changed over time.

“Our program far exceeds the training available back when I was a brand new driver,” said Moyet. “Today, our new drivers are supplied with the best tools and procedures so that they can directly apply this training to their everyday routes.”

Training for new – and experienced – drivers promotes workplace safety, brings value and satisfaction, and prepares employees to best control the situations around them. Ensuring truck drivers are qualified and understand how to apply safety training could be a matter of life or death on the road, and Saia’s Dock-to-Driver Program makes these efforts a priority.

Watch this video to get an exclusive look at  Nelson  teaching dock-to-driver students how to drive and be safe on the road. Learn more about Saia’s safety initiatives by viewing this Safety Infographic.

32 responses to “An Inside Look at New Driver Training”

  1. Anthony Leroy Hinton says:

    I am very interested in your dock worker / driver program I live in Fontana CA I prefer joined Fontana terminal and my DMV record is really clean of 20 plus years now and I always wanted it to get my CDL license and be a local driver ect I already applied for a dock worker position at the Fontana terminal location.

    • Saia LTL Freight says:

      Hi Anthony! We are excited to hear you are interested in joining the Saia family and applying for our Dock-to-Driver program. It’s great that you’ve already taken the first steps in joining Saia by submitting your application for a Dockworker position at our Fontana, CA terminal. Once hired, you’ll need to complete 90 days of employment before applying to the program. We will pass your name along to our recruiters and let them know of your interest. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out this video featuring current employees in our Dock-to-Driver Training program http://bit.ly/291Ha6y

  2. Anthony Leroy Hinton says:

    So I hope to hear back asp so I can get this party started it.

  3. tony says:

    Can anyone who already has a CDL with all endorcements, med card, tsa TWIC,ENTER THIS TRAINING. I graduted truck school in 2004 but was hired immediately in the fire service(GOODPAY) SO I WILL RETIRE IN 4 YRS FROM NOW AND I DO ALWAYS KEEP MY CDL AND ENDORCEMENTD ECT.. STILL UP TO DATE, FOR WHEN I RETIRE I WILL BEGOING IN TRUCKING FULLTIME.

  4. Harry Alexander says:

    How can I sign up for the Dock- to-Driver Program

    • Saia LTL Freight says:

      Hi Harry! We are excited to hear you are interested in applying for our Dock-to-Driver program. You can visit our website at http://www.saiacorp.com and click on the “Careers” tab to begin your application. You can apply for a driver or dockworker position and let us know in the comments section that you are interested in the Dock to Driver program. Once hired, you’ll need to complete 90 days of employment before formally applying to the program. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out this video featuring current employees in our Dock-to-Driver Training program http://bit.ly/291Ha6y

  5. Man gurung says:

    I have all endorsement I applied already its Been like week but still I dint get fedback from your side ? Do you have a diver recruiter pone no? I’m waiting for response thanks your help would be more appreciate

    • Saia LTL Freight says:

      Hello there. Due to the amount of applications received, we are unable to give the status of an application. You can always call the recruiting hotline for assistance. That number is 888-965-1230.

  6. chambers44 says:

    I applied for a driving job with Saia but was wondering if it would be possible to get a job and or training with 8 months of driving time on line haul?

    • Saia LTL Freight says:

      Hello there! Congratulations on taking the first steps towards starting a rewarding career with Saia LTL Freight. We do offer additional training to individuals who recently completed CDL school and do not have 1 year of driving experience through our non-traditional Driver training program. Watch this video to learn more https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8V0CusKMi8

      If you are interested in applying to it, log back in to your application and state that in the box.

  7. Mike Selke says:

    I am interested in the dock to driver training program with Saia. Please give me some direction on where to apply. I am from just north of Louisville KY where I reside.

    Mike Selke
    812-595-7454

  8. ignacio Leo tablizo says:

    Aloha Staff,
    Thank you for your time…
    I am very interested in the
    Dock to Driver Training Program.
    I am in the San Francisco Bay Area
    I do have my Permits, and my Health
    Card. If possible what steps can I do
    to apply for Training Program.Information,
    Locations, is mainly my question.
    Kind Regards
    Ignacio Leo Tablizo III

    • Saia LTL Freight says:

      Good Morning Ignacio! We’re glad to hear you are interested in the Dock-to-Driver program. It’s a great program and a good way to jump start your driving career. You can visit our website http://www.saiacorp.com and click on the “Careers” tab to begin your application. In order to be eligible for the program, you’ll need to first apply to be a Dockworker and indicate on your application that you are interested in the Dock-to-Driver program. After successfully completing your 90 days as a Dockworker, you are eligible to apply for the Dock-to-Driver program. Watch this video to learn more about our Dock-to-Driver program and hear firsthand from students who’ve graduated from the program https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8V0CusKMi8

  9. Frank DiBiase,JR. says:

    I am interested in the dock to driver training program. I have a class a cdl with endorsements, but zero experience. I live in Delray Beach, Fl. Do they do the program at the WPB terminal? If not,where do they have the program?

    • Saia LTL Freight says:

      Hi Frank- we are so glad to hear you are interested in joining the Saia family and applying to our Dock-to-Driver program! It looks like you’ve already taken the first steps to jump-start your career by obtaining your cdl license and endorsements. In order to get experience and be eligible to participate in the program, you’ll need to fill out an application to be a Dockworker. On the application, indicate you are interested in the Dock-to-Driver program and let our recruiting team know you already have your license and endorsements. After you complete your 90 days of employment as a Dockworker, you’re eligible to apply for the program. To begin your application, visit our website http://www.saiacorp.com and click on the “Careers” tab. Watch this video to learn more about our Dock-to-Driver program and hear firsthand from students who’ve completed the training https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8V0CusKMi8 Let us know if you have any further questions.

  10. Armando says:

    My question is how far back do you go on DWI

  11. Kenneth Carl says:

    Hello. I am very interested in your dock to driver programs. I am 22 years old and want to have a career in the transportation industry. I do not have a CDL License, however I am a hard worker and willing to do whatever it takes to be apart of this program! If my application is accepted, could I be considered for the “Dock to Driver” program. I live in Broward County, Florida.

    Thank you for your reply.

    • Saia LTL Freight says:

      Hello Kenneth! We’re glad to hear a young man like yourself is interested in a career in the transportation industry. Our Dock-to-Driver program is a good way to jump start your driving career. You can visit our website http://www.saiacorp.com and click on the “Careers” tab to begin your application. In order to be eligible for the program, you’ll need to first apply to be a Dockworker and indicate on your application that you are interested in the Dock-to-Driver program. After successfully completing your 90 days as a Dockworker, you are eligible to apply for the Dock-to-Driver program. Watch this video to learn more about our Dock-to-Driver program and hear firsthand from students who’ve graduated from the program https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8V0CusKMi8

  12. Leon S. Anderson says:

    I’m a Class A CDL driver with experience in the Freight Bisiness, I’ve worked for Overnight Express in Riviera Beach and as a Driver for Super Transport Freight also of Riviera Beach, Fl. I’ve applied for a Dock worker and P&D driver position several times to not one interview. I even have a application in existence with this Company now, No they gone tell me they already filled the position. Was looking on U Tube and I saw your company talking about a Dock and Driver Program, and thought maybe I should try and see if o get into the Program to join your Company as a Saia employee one day. My name is Leon S. Anderson, Driver License#A536-537-70-413-2, Email address is Leonanderson23@gmail.com, my phone#561-985-0678. Looking for a chance to earn some decent money to provide for my family.

    • Saia LTL Freight says:

      Hi Leon- We are glad to hear that you are interested in joining the Saia family. We are sorry to hear you haven’t heard back from one of our recruiters. We will pass your name along to our recruiters and have them review your application. Thanks and have a great Monday!

  13. Clarence Jones JR says:

    I’m interested in the truck driver training and become apart of SAIA team

  14. Brandon Childs says:

    Does Saia hire felons if they meet the requirements?

  15. Natasha S Gibson says:

    Dock to driver I’m interested and the dock to driver portion I have a cdl class A license don’t want to go over the road for training have kids in a Husband it’s to much to loose I just moved here and Atlanta can’t find a local jobs please help

  16. John williams says:

    How far back do you guys go on me during the hiring process

    • Saia LTL Freight says:

      Good Morning Mr. Williams- We require the last 10 years of your work history on our applications. You can submit your application by going to our website at http://www.saiacorp.com and click on the “Careers” tab to complete an application. Let us know if you have any further questions.

  17. Natasha S Gibson says:

    Hello I haven’t heard for anyone yet about the dock to driver training. Do y’all still have the program. I been putting in app

  18. Judd m Groover says:

    What is the policy for hiring non-violent felony convictions?
    Have 20 yrs exp and clean DMV record ?

  19. Ericka says:

    I applied for a part time clerk position. It does not state the hours. How can I find out the hours. I am located in Houston, Texas

    • ginger MCElhannon says:

      Hi Ericka, work days and shifts vary. Should you receive a call please know this information will be reviewed at that time. Thank you, Saia Social Media Team.

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