Finally got my Driver Code with Swift!!

Discussion in 'Swift' started by Dizzles, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. Dizzles

    Dizzles Light Load Member

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    Like the title says, I finally got my driver code today at orientation. If you guys & gals check back to one of my old threads, I did attend a orientation for another company but unfortunately they sent me home. For what reason, they would not give me an answer. Oh well, like I always said everything happens for a reason. Maybe Flatbed was not for me, but anyways,,,, Swift is giving me a chance so I'm BLESSED to have this opportunity. The whole orientation process was pretty smooth. LOTS, LOTS, LOTS of paper work, videos, ect. Seems like there's always a few experienced drivers attending orientation anywhere that think they know everything, then the trainer gets irritated, puts them to the teat, and fail lol. The terminal that I attended was in Decatur Ga. which was not a bad experience in my opinion, everyone was pretty friendly talked to a few drivers that were getting some service done on there trucks ect. So to keep this short I go back to the terminal tom morning to take a quick safety test & get my mentor situation taken care of, then I'm on my way for 6 weeks of training. I should be able to keep everyone posted who is interested in hearing my experience with this company. If you have any questions about my experience in orientation with Swift in the Atlanta terminal or period, give me a shout. Like I said, I'll keep you posted on anything and everything,,,,, WISH ME LUCK :biggrin_2557:
     
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  3. LadyTrucker99

    LadyTrucker99 Heavy Load Member

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    good luck and welcome aboard--there is lots of help here. Lots of good people here to help you. I am still new to swift myself but so far i have very few complaints.
     
  4. Dizzles

    Dizzles Light Load Member

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    Thank You Lady Trucker!!!
     
  5. Dizzles

    Dizzles Light Load Member

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    Well it looks like I'll be goin with my trainer this Sunday, pretty excited!!!
     
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  6. RockyWI

    RockyWI Medium Load Member

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    Congrats! :biggrin_255:
     
  7. Bumpy

    Bumpy Road Train Member

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    Best of luck,and there are more than a couple of "Swifties" here who I am sure will help you along...:biggrin_25525: In fact,I have one on "retainer" myself..:biggrin_2556: I think(?)....therefore...I am..(?)
     
  8. Dizzles

    Dizzles Light Load Member

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    Yea I spoke to my trainer over the phone, he's a O/O been with the company for 10 years and has been training for 8. I was told after training I have to participate in this new system the have called the Family Plan were I go out for a min. of 2 weeks and can come home for a max of 12 days if I want. I have to do that for 45 days, then I have the option of receiving my own truck or continue to do the Family plan. The only thing I don't like about there new system is I would get a different truck every time I go back to work from my home time. I would get tired of swapping my personal belongings to a different truck every time. I just want my personal truck after training and call it a day. But we'll see how it goes and continue from there.
     
  9. Dizzles

    Dizzles Light Load Member

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    Thanks!!!!!
     
  10. Dizzles

    Dizzles Light Load Member

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    Sorry for the delay, I've been out with my trainer now for 3 weeks. So far so good, he's a cool guy showing me everything he can as we go along. As far as driving, I usually drive 400 to 500 miles a day on average. I tested myself to see if I could drive 10 hrs straight with no stops & I was able to do that with no problem surprisingly. I have to document 240hrs before I can test out to go solo, and right no I beleive I have 120hrs right now. As of right now, the driving part is easy. Just need to do more backing & alley docking so I can get more comfy on that. So far ive seen atleast 12 different states atleast which is pretty cool. So far im really enjoying myself out here, cant wait to get my 240hrs in so I can get my own truck and really see what its like out here. Well thats all I have as of right now, I'll try to keep u updated through out my experience,,,,, Drive Safe!
     
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  11. neal79

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    congrats, before you know it the 240 is up. I just finished mine and it feels like it was just days ago I started it. I feel lucky to have had a good mentor too and the way it worked out I got to experience little of everything. We got to 42 different states before it was over, did lots of mountain driving,even got to run the sisters and Donner (even had to chain for this one) in some snow. If you want some real fun run down I15 south out of Barstow to LA in morning rush hour. (picture going down a 6% grade full jakes in 6th with bumper to bumper 4 wheelers everywhere) After doing that none of the big cities bothered me anymore. No one else I kept up with from Millington got this varied of an experience, they all got mentors on regional/dedicated runs.

    Also see if you can't get some practice in at a truck stop during the day with the backing. Its a lot more nerve racking when its trailers and not just cones but I found doing a few in a short time was more helpful than once a day or so and during the day there are a lot less trucks in the TS so you won't feel so rushed.
     
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