Swift Trans

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by BarberTrucker, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. BarberTrucker

    BarberTrucker Bobtail Member

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    You are correct. The job I want is a local job in Southern California where I live or to do government contracted driving. Luckily for me I am a veteran and talked to a company. I have a guaranteed job doing government contracted driving after driving for 12 months on the road if I want it. Not sure if I want to do that yet and the local job wants me to do 6 months on the road first. Either way I am a newly licensed driver. I have to start somewhere. I am pretty sure you did not start that way or always made that since you have been driving
     
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  2. Justrucking2

    Justrucking2 Road Train Member

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    Brother, my first solo gig I owed the company store... And I did not purchase a thing. ;-)
     
  3. TTNJ

    TTNJ Light Load Member

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    When you are not an O/O miles are the only answer. Working for a company like swift is the only option for a rookie driver. No everyone can start out driving a brand new Pete, driving 1000 miles a week and making $100K
     
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  4. BarberTrucker

    BarberTrucker Bobtail Member

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    how did you owe the company store?
     
  5. BarberTrucker

    BarberTrucker Bobtail Member

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    I had other options to be honest but for me and my circumstances that I put myself thorough Swift was the best place for me to go
     
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  6. Dye Guardian

    Dye Guardian Road Train Member

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    On mileage pay, miles might be the only answer...
     
  7. TTNJ

    TTNJ Light Load Member

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    You can swap out Swift for over a dozen companies and still have the same story. Don't feel bad, you have done what is needed to gain experience. Put your time in and keep your nose clean and you will be fine.
     
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  8. BarberTrucker

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    Update

    So I left with my trainer last night. Pretty good guy and believe it or not he taught me a lot in the few hours that we have been together on this truck. I got tired early this morning and we pulled over and we are still getting rest. Nice guy and I believe he has been very honest as I have taken everything he said and I have not had any issues at all. It’s crazy what they don’t teach you in the schools tho. Still glad I did not attend a swift academy so therefore I’m not stuck here haha
     
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  9. BarberTrucker

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    So I have been on with the mentor for about a week now. Really can not complain about anything to be honest. We have really been moving. Within the past week I have driven in every type of weather except hail and tornados. We are currently in Alabama waiting to pick up a load shortly that is going to Oklahoma. He does talk a lot. More than I want sometimes. The only thing I really do not like is that he does not have many answers for me on the company side as he is an owner operator. He has given me great insight on becoming a owner operator which I do plan to do in my future. It just sucks that when I get to my terminal to test out I will have to ask someone where a few questions that he was unable to answer for me. My backing is awesome I do believe. Only issue I had so far was in New Mexico where the customer wanted a trailer into a tight spot. Luckily it did make it in but I will admit it took me longer than I wanted. Other than that things are great even though I am ready to get off of his truck and get my own. Just sucks having to listen to other people talk when you do not want to be bothered. Did I mention he snores so loudly
     
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  10. Smut

    Smut Light Load Member

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    Living with a trainer in their truck isn't easy and little things like talking to much and snoring can be frustrating. Just remember that its just a few weeks. Once you go solo you can do whatever you want and have the privacy and quiet to do so. Some backing situations will be harder than others and there will be days when you can't even hit a wide open spot. Take your time and don't rush. If it takes an hour to get it in the hole so be it. What kind of truck are you in? And are you pulling dryvan or reefer?
     
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