The start of my first year with Swift.

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Sheriff1/6, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Sheriff1/6

    Sheriff1/6 Medium Load Member

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    I'm not real sure what the future holds for me. Right now I'm going to stay around the barn and help my wife with our horse boarding business. Things are picking up and she can use the help. It provides us with a good living so I don't HAVE to drive a truck. I still may buy a truck and haul hay for myself and a few friends. It won't be an expensive thing. I certainly won't work for Swift again. As Werewasi said, I have too much self respect to play that game again. I may also turn to firearms instruction to make a few extra bucks.

    I enjoyed my time on the road and I got to see parts of this great country that I would never have gotten to see otherwise. I met some great folks and this forum provided me with some wonderful contacts. As of yesterday I was still so pissed about what transpired that I was done with the entire trucking thing. I've calmed down now and I'll still be reading over the forum and making comments.

    Thanks for all the support and PM me if you have any questions.
     
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  3. Sheriff1/6

    Sheriff1/6 Medium Load Member

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    At the urging of one of the forum members I'm going to post my miles driven and money made.


    Total miles driven since 1/1/13- 40,748

    Total loads- 92

    Ontime- 100 %

    Gross Pay year to date- $15,319.

    Net pay year to date- $10,674

    Cost of School- $3,900

    Cost of Memphis Debacle- $1000

    This does not include the day to day costs of eating, cell phone expenses, tools, Sat. radio subscription.

    You will not get rich driving for Swift.
     
  4. TruckDuo

    TruckDuo Road Train Member

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    I enjoyed reading your posts. I wish you all the best ! :biggrin_25514:
     
  5. Gunner710

    Gunner710 Light Load Member

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    Sheriff,

    Besides the BS, which every job has. Would you ever tell anyone that trucking is a good career? I am basically asking would you go back into trucking with the experience you have?
     
  6. Sheriff1/6

    Sheriff1/6 Medium Load Member

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    I would not go back and drive for a big company. I might go back and drive for a small company or something specialized. I think if I were younger and hadn't already put up with enough B.S. in life, I might have been willing to put up with more. As it is I have many other options to make a living. I guess it all depends on the individual. When things worked right it was great, but those days were few and far between. Go try it, give it at least six months.
     
  7. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

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    It's been great reading about your experiences, Sheriff. I just finished my training hours and will test out tomorrow. Looking forward to getting into my own truck, it will be the first time I'll ever be solo in a truck. I've always driven team before Swift. My goal is to get my wife in the truck with me as soon as possible.
     
  8. werewasi

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    Tks Sheriff,
    you did prospective drivers a great service by keeping up the thread and for us others it was a great read.

    Anyone thinking about it or like Lepton only has to divide $10,600 by 24 to give themselves a reality check. This post should have a sticky on it.

    Well, it's something you can tell the grandkids about when you're in the old folks home
     
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    Chase05 Medium Load Member

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    15.3K in 5 months isn't that awful. Would have done over 30K at the end of the year I'm sure. That's not terrible for the first year in a new profession. Consider the first year of trucking to be like college, except you're actually getting paid.
     
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    Lepton1 Road Train Member

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    Passed my final road test with flying colors. Waiting for assignment to a DM, get a tractor, and get my first dispatch. Looking forward to hitting the road. Had a long talk with my wife on the phone last night, very supportive of having me on the road with or without her. She's a blessing.
     
  11. Sheriff1/6

    Sheriff1/6 Medium Load Member

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    Congratulations Lepton. I really hope things work out for you. If you ever have a question and think I might be able to help, drop me a PM and I'll share what I know. That goes for anyone on the forum.
     
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