New lifestyle

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Rookie0510, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. Rookie0510

    Rookie0510 Bobtail Member

    May 30, 2013
    I'm calling a recuriter for Swift Driving Academy tomorrow or Thursday and just would like some advice.
    A little bit about me. I'm a female looking for a new career but not just a new career a new lifestyle.
    I don't party and I'm very determined.
    I'm very nervous about becoming a truck driver but it's something I've wanted for a few years now.
    The advise I'm asking for is anything from what to pack if I get accepted into the academy, what to expect at the academy to different tips to get through being on the road.
    What should I pack?
    What supplies should I take?
    Will I get paid while at the academy?
    Things to save up to get for the life on the road?

    thank you for any and all advise given. I can't wait to start the new journey and to hear from all of y'all.
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  3. CDL1968

    CDL1968 Medium Load Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    There are no DOT standards or requirements for the training of CDL drivers only testing. You can walk into the DMV in your hometown and pick up the study manual, study the manual, pay the fees, and take the test. You will however need a truck to do the road test in and that's it.

    Most companies that hire student drivers have a standard which is normally 120 hours from an accredited school. Every company is different so call around to a few companies you are interested in and see how many hours they require.

    Why the short course vs. the long course:

    Some students already have their class B and have been driving for sometime.
    Some students are laid off or unemployed and need to receive min. required hours to find a job and return to the work force.
    Some students have jobs and take the longer course to work it into their schedule
    Some students want the full training and practice to have more jobs available to them and feel comfortable with the skills

    Company sponsored training vs. non-company sponsored training

    Their are far to many reasons to explain here why company sponsored/paid training is a very bad idea, if you really want to know there are a lot threads on this web site alone explaining the down falls and horror stories driver have been thru fulfilling those contracts.

    So I will explain some of the benefits of attending a non-company sponsored schooling path.

    1. Most accredited schools have FASFA and other financing options. Some state labor agencies even have free money.
    2. Most schools offer lifetime job placement and normally know who is hiring locally before it is even advertised.
    3. Most schools will have you pre-hired before you even finish schooling
    4. If you attend a non-company sponsored training you receive all of the tax credits and deductions and NOT the company. Like tuition, books, maps, clothes, pens & pencils, notebooks, cost of a laptop/computer, cost of a printer, ink, paper, cost of the medical exam, permitting fees, meals, travel expenses, etc..
    5. Normally you will start with a higher CPM rate than drivers coming out of their own school.
    6. Most companies have tuition reimbursement up to $10,000 which is paid directly to you weekly or monthly with no contract.
    7. You can leave the company anytime you want because you owe them ZERO!
    8. When you are in school you may find you like hauling something different than what you thought or you may receive better job offers. You are not locked into one company for the next 12-15 months so you can do whatever you want.
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  4. bigjoel

    bigjoel Road Train Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Houston, Tx
    Pack a big stick to fight off all the guys that will be hitting on you.
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  5. TruckDuo

    TruckDuo Road Train Member

    Oct 21, 2012
    Chicago, IL

    What he said
  6. wyldhorses

    wyldhorses Medium Load Member

    Jun 3, 2012
    United States
    Yes times two. You have to remember truck drivers don't have a normal social life, they don't get to go out on dates like the civilized world does - they are sitting in a tin box for weeks upon weeks at a time by themselves. Reason #9874948 being a truck driver is a bottom of the barrel job
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  7. Boomer 1

    Boomer 1 Medium Load Member

    Oct 26, 2011
    Central, NC
    Could get more recommendations with a location.
  8. Rookie0510

    Rookie0510 Bobtail Member

    May 30, 2013
  9. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Flip Flops for use in truckstop showers & at the academy in your room.
    Baby wipes; Walmart also has those wipes for adults. They are good for cleaning the hands after fueling or cleaning the steering wheel & shifter knob of the truck if you're teaming.
  10. NewNashGuy

    NewNashGuy Road Train Member

    Jul 27, 2011
    US and Canada
    Have you ever gone on a vacation before? Pack those things. If you forget something you can buy it at any Walmart along the route. When I was with my trainer I didn't think to bring my own pillow so I bought one along the way.
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