What's it like to drive for swift transportation from training on?

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  1. I love tequila

    I love tequila Light Load Member

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    What are the trucks spec'd like? What's it like to drive for swift in any manner from local dedicated to otr? Do they have regional runs? Do they run refrigerated routes? What's first year fresh out of school pay?
     
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  3. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

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    I found some stock footage of Swift training in it's early years.
     
  4. BM 58

    BM 58 Light Load Member

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    Go to the Motor Carrier Suggestions on this site and read the reviews before you make that mistake.
     
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  5. Blue Zombie Trucker

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    Swift isn't awful as a starter training company. Their trucks are mostly decent, but with their high turnover rate, it's a rolll of the dice. Their DMs are overloaded and that's another crap shoot.

    If you have any options, I'd say consider them first, if got6 no other reason than to avoid the toxic association with the Swift name brand reputation.
     
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  6. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Friendly advice from Dr. "Allow Me".....The trucking business is a rough and tumble business, it's not for wimps. Lose any mindset that you need the "easy" road. If you can't drive a manual tranny, or deal with bad weather, or dream of hitting the sleeper at the shipper or need to be home every weekend, then stay at your warehouse job. If you can handle challenges and mostly have the Cable guys mindset, (get 'er done") then almost any co will work for you as a beginning. Dispatch will throw you to the wolves and you won't have Mommy there to tuck you in every night with cookies and milk. Long days, lots of highway miles, no respect from hardly anyone, dirty truck stops, and on and on. Just food for thought......Luck to Ya'
     
  7. Gearjammin' Penguin

    Gearjammin' Penguin "Ride Fast-Truck Safe"

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    ^ This right here.
     
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  8. I love tequila

    I love tequila Light Load Member

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    I'm going to look forward too getting my cdl and running refrigerated and dry van routes in the southeast... I like being on the road and driving... even if it's only for a couple of years I feel the need to explore the united states in an 80,000lb tractor trailer and everything that goes along with it i.e. long distance runs, driving for 12-14hr days, truck stop showers and mom and pop restaurants and dealing with weather that makes me a better driver...
     
  9. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

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    That it is a bit ruff and tumble is one of the characteristics of trucking that I do appreciate.

    Try being testy with the boss at a 9 to 5 or trade job and see how long you remain employed or face some petty retribution.

    In trucking, a frank exchange of ideas can occur, and as long as the freight is moved, once ruffled feathers can soon smooth themselves out again.
     
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  10. JohnBoy

    JohnBoy Road Train Member

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    One thing that’s not negotiable and I will never give up, is my cookies and milk every night/day before I go to bed. That was the biggest obstacle I had to overcome when I started this insanity. 42 years later? Still have my cookies and milk before bed.
     
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