Good Night From II

Discussion in 'Swift' started by scottied67, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

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    Does swift have a policy against blind side backing? I just watched a LO (team or training, not sure) sight side back into a blind side angle spot. Teammate/trainer was on the phone with the driver giving directions. Came really close to hitting 5 different trucks before jacknifeing in.After they were done I politely asked why and was told courtly "we don't believe in blind side". I politely told him he had a headlight out and went on my way.

    Is this a company thing or this guy's personal 'philosophy'?
     
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  3. dodgeram440rt

    dodgeram440rt Heavy Load Member

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    That is that guys personal philosophy. Swift has no policy against blind side backs, and in fact requires that students complete at least five blind sides during training. Coincidentally, I saw the same thing a couple days ago at the Edwardsville terminal. A l/o with a student backing into a spot. Should have been an easy blind side angle (easy depending on your set up), but the mentor made him sight side with a trailer parked across the lane in front of them making it even more difficult. I thought of asking why he would do such a stupid move, but figured it's not my place to judge how he chooses to train. The student did make it in without hitting anything, but I hope he learned there are easier ways to do things.

    If that driver has a policy against blind side backs, I wonder how he parks at a Petro. Most of their spots are blind side angles.
     
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  4. WitchyWomen

    WitchyWomen Medium Load Member

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    Swift also has a seperate backing class, that you can take after you start. Trust me gentlemen, a lady likes it when a man knows all the way to back it in.
     
  5. Ryan423

    Ryan423 Light Load Member

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    I recommend the lcqt course with John in the Phoenix terminal.
     
  6. MsJamie

    MsJamie Road Train Member

    Sumner, WA at the terminal.

    It's been 30 years since I was in this area. Rolling up I-5 past Ft. Lewis (as it was called then), not much has stayed the same. I was happy to see that El Toro (a family owned Mexican restaurant) was still there; I ate there many tines during my tenure at Ft. Lewis.

    We've been running hard the past ten days. A nice check this coming Tuesday, and this week is shaping up to be nice as well... assuming that we aren't stuck here until the regular planners come in on Monday.
     
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  7. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    Upstate NY just east of Buffalo at a TA.
    Very pretty up here, and I actually had a bit of snow today.
     
  8. Charlie Mac

    Charlie Mac Ears On, Hammer Down

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    On the side of I-271 in Cleveland waiting for the mechanic. Super-single blew out on the trailer. Tire guy came & changed the tire but the GD wire in the belt wrapped up in the brake chamber of the trailer.

    Under a 72k load so not risking rolling with compromised brakes. Fun fun!
     
  9. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    Syracuse, NY at a little truck stop off I 690.
    The Pilot near here is a nightmare. There were some reserved spaces available but I didn't feel like paying. And trucks were lining the street in no parking zones.
    This place is pretty small with a dirt lot, but it is not crowded and quiet.

    And 6 hours after my empty call, still no pplan.
     
  10. jenziedk

    jenziedk Medium Load Member

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    Ogden, UT at the Pilot. Dropped early this morning, no empties and junk loads out. The worst was repower get a reefer 175 miles deadhead, 350 to Idaho, then backed up with one to South Carolina. All I know about reefers is how to fuel them, change set points, and clean out the sticks & seeds.
     
  11. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    I've done a few reefer loads, and unless you are in the main fleet they never train you on how to do anything correctly.
    Fly by night, so totally. And I won't do them any more.

    It's the same with 'helping out' day cab shuttle loads, or Walmart/ Target dedicated. I want nothing to do with it because I seem to get hosed every time.
     
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