No truck- just an FYI

Discussion in 'Swift' started by 1nonly, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. 1nonly

    1nonly tease-y-ness

    Jul 2, 2008
    The burning sands of the SW
    Hmmm mm....... I didn't post this to whine, or to try to change the rule. I knew it would happen sooner or later. I posted to let other drivers and wannabes know that this happens so they can be aware of it when making their decisions. That was my sole purpose- to inform others.
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  3. Shooter81

    Shooter81 Bobtail Member

    May 22, 2011
    Ellisville, MS
    You've been with Swift for a long time and probably have the expertise that the noobies could only dream about.
    Any particular reason you don't lease??
    I haven't been leasing with Swift for very long but for me it's well worth it, might be for you to if you plan on sticking around for a bit.(Making a career out of it instead of just thinking of it as a job)
    It also offers a lot more freedoms....
  4. 1nonly

    1nonly tease-y-ness

    Jul 2, 2008
    The burning sands of the SW
    I don't think of my few years as a long time. I'm still a bit green around the edges. And I'm not interested in leasing. I won't try to discourage anyone else from doing it- to each their own, ya know? But I personally will never lease a truck, or buy one either. Being a company driver has it's freedoms, too. Freedom from insurance bills, fuel bills, taxes, maintenance costs, etc, etc.
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  5. The Challenger

    The Challenger Kinghunter

    Dec 22, 2007
    East Central FL
    This is a terrible policy making drivers take just a 34 and no more than three days off. You have my deepest sympathies in regards to not getting another truck. I will say you have experience to gain better employment than Swift. Use Swift as a stepping stone to get better employment with another carrier that will treat you right. Just my .02 on the situation.

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  6. fangirlbob

    fangirlbob Bobtail Member

    Jun 10, 2011
    Bay City, MI
    Well, here is one student with Swift as an option who is thanking you for your post. This is one of the questions I wanted to ask a real, current Swift driver. There is too much "don't work for insert company name here" talk from people without the facts that gave them that attitude; and not just on message boards, that stuff found it's way to my school and the one my friend attended. Real experiences, good and bad, help a lot.

    It didn't even cross my mind that as a company driver I might have to share a truck, until I saw the phrase slip seat on a recruiting web site. It sounds like a punishment for drivers that don't want to work to me; "you're grounded, now you have to move your bedding and gamble on the cleanliness of the person who drives before you." hehehehe I have seen worse policies than this though.

    In my little newbie opinion, a company willing to take a chance on new drivers deserves a little forgiveness now and then. After a few years of not taking their investment of time and running off to a new company, maybe a driver should get a little perk though. As long as the truck is on the road the same number of days it would have been if the driver had done the three weeks-three days off thing, does it make a big difference. Now a proven, experienced driver is sitting instead of a truck, seems to me that might cost just as much. Then again, I'm just a student. hehehe
  7. Meltom

    Meltom Road Train Member

    Jan 24, 2011
    So I'm sitting here thinking about this. If you go home every weekend and take 2 days off the company looses more money than if you run 6 weeks and take 5 days off. Why would you want to have a policy like this? I just don't get it.

    this is why I will never work for Swift, and the fact that I don't live anywhere near a Swift office and I'm not going to move.
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  8. REDD

    REDD The Legend

    Jun 29, 2009
    Dueling Banjoville

    I can verify this.
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  9. AZS

    AZS Honk if anything falls off

    Sep 30, 2010
    PHX, AZ
    lol. It's just a truck, she will get another one. Maybe better than the old one even.
  10. ronin

    ronin Road Train Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    San Antonio, Texas
    The reason I didn't start with Swift when I was going to solo, wait for my to finish school (Swift's) then run as a team is because I went to orientation (Harrisburg, PA).. got all done, expected to get a truck number from my DM, throw my stuff in and go... and was told it would be 6-8 weeks to get a truck.

    6-8 weeks?? Are you kidding me? I asked "what am I supposed to do for 6-8 weeks?". I was told that many people get a job at McDonalds or whatever... but remember, you need to be ready and packed for whenever you get the call.

    For better or worse, I started at Covenant the next week, and got a truck the afternoon orientation was over.
  11. inkeper

    inkeper Road Train Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    I wonder, if you file for unemployment, will a truck suddenly come available?
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