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Swift training in Fontana, CA

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I am officially done with training and started orientation today. I must say it went quite well and most of the instructors are really awesome and good teachers. I was in a really small class, only 6 people, which I was really happy about! We all got plenty of time behind the wheel for driving and backing. The first week was a ton of information! That week we learned air brakes and the outside pre trip inspection, but do to the small class size and all but one classmate being awesome we were able to help rather and really get it down. The second week was all backing and driving on the road. Downshifting is a *****! But we all got it down and I have pretty much no problem with it now.

Today was the first of three days of orientation, and while it was incredibly boring, it was also very informative. After orientation we will do our final testing for our Class A CDL , then get on a truck with a mentor for 200 hours of drive time. The first 50 hours are run solo, then once the trainer feels comfortable we get dispatched as a team, there is also a certain amount of backs that I have to perform in that time, which is awesome considering that some companies trainers aren't allowing their students to back enough. I'm looking forward to getting on the road and working toward my own truck!

Swift wasn't my first choice of company but I am not at all displeased with the training that I have received and most of my classmates and instructors have been awesome! It is definitely an accelerated course, so keep that in mind if you are planning on going thru Swift for your training.

If I think of anything else to add I will definitely post it and if you have any questions I will gladly answer them!

Thanks for reading!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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