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    Yeah I had a blast with the training, don't get me wrong it was work but I enjoy traveling and am single. I defiantly got my feet wet too, ran a lot of mountains including Donner, grapevine, vail, some goofy roads out east. Pretty much ran all of I90,80,70 and 40 at one point or another. In the time I was on the mentor's truck we ran 24,000 total miles and drove in 42 different states. I sure am glad I got an OTR mentor some people in my class got ones on regional or dedicated runs and I think they got cheated. Now I'm back home waiting on a truck, hope it doesn't take too long I'm already bored sitting around I want to get rolling and to start making some money.

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  3. #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by severdsoul View Post
    Nope nothing on my records at all. Clean driving no moving violations since i got my license back in the 70's.
    as for criminal record, spotless, had foster kids, trust me if i can pass their background check , this one should be a breeze.
    Just keep at it then, they do have to get your MVR from your state and the holidays could hold that up some. I know it took an extra day in my case because there was one of those Monday holidays.

  4. #33
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    Same thing here. Been waiting on the DMV to get my MVR to Swift. I told them everything on it though, so there should be no issues. Recruiter's words, not mine. I'm tentatively scheduled for the 23rd in Phoenix, barring anything unexpected showing up or me not passing the DOT physical.

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    Light Load Member severdsoul's Avatar
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    Last update i recieved was a email:
    "Thank you for applying for a Swift Transportation driving job. Drivers Central is currently processing your online job application and I'm looking forward to helping you get into a successful driving career with Swift Transportation."
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    'll contact you as soon as we have an opening in your area."

    Which is kind of ok for now i'm working my current job until june 5th or so.
    But no other updates as to progress.


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    They have NO company-paid health benefits. They just responded to the requirements of 'ObamaCare' and started one this year but the cost is 100% you

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    You may have a long wait for a truck depending upon where you are. In Phoenix there are NO trucks available. Every day there are several drivers wandering around the Tractor Assignment trailer checking to see if there is one. The usual wait is two weeks. Swift will slip-seat you if you take more than a couple of days at home. They have not purchased new trucks in several months now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Road Toad View Post
    They have NO company-paid health benefits. They just responded to the requirements of 'ObamaCare' and started one this year but the cost is 100% you
    You're right, the benefits are not company paid, but, they have been offering great group policies long before Obama was elected.

  9. #38
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    [QUOTE=Road Toad;2183984]You may have a long wait for a truck depending upon where you are. In Phoenix there are NO trucks available. Every day there are several drivers wandering around the Tractor Assignment trailer checking to see if there is one. The usual wait is two weeks. Swift will slip-seat you if you take more than a couple of days at home. They have not purchased new trucks in several months now.[/QUOTE

    I have never been to Phoenix, so I cannot answer for what the situation is there. However I have seen many cases in which Swift will bus or provide a ride for a driver from one terminal to another to pick up a truck. That is how I got my first truck, and I have provided a ride for another driver who was in need of a truck. If you are a newbie who has just tested out for Solo, you need to be PROACTIVE about getting a truck. If you don't have one within a few days, ask if you can travel to another terminal to pick onw up. As they say, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
    As for the slip-seating, it depends on the circumstances. Last I heard, all new hires are placed on the "family plan" for awhile once they go solo. When you are on this plan, you will be slip-seating every time you come home. I don't know the specifics of the program anymore, so you will have to find out current information about the program from other drivers. If you are a hard worker and you get along with your DM, you probably won't have to give up your truck if you take more than 2 days off once you get some experience under your belt. If a driver takes a lot of time off and does not work hard while out on the road, then they probably will have to slip-seat if they take more than a couple of days off.
    My advice is to work hard, drive safe, and don't complain(unless necessary and warranted). Those 3 things will make your life a whole lot better as you begin your driving career. Also, get to know the people at your terminal! When things go wrong, it helps when those people know who you are rather than "driver code 413579".
    Last edited by Tapeworm; 10.08.2011 at 09.13 AM. Reason:: Needed to clarify my statement

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  11. #39
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    I've been taking 4 days each time I go for home time and no problems with losing my truck. Of course I stay out 5-6 weeks @ a time and run something like 2800-3000 miles a week so I guess they figure they are making money on the truck.

    Really they only people I seem to run into that have problems with miles and home time are the ones sitting at terminals waiting for loads. When you talk to them a little you find out they turn down anything not over 500 miles and ##### and moan about everything then wonder why they sit. Me, two 200 mile loads in a day is great, more money per mile and less time off your 70.

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    "If you're going to put the uniform on, you might as well do some flying." --A wise old airline pilot, long ago. And it still makes sense, especially in the trucking business. If they didn't want to drive ANY miles given to them, I wonder why they took the job in the first place.

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