Swift Speeding The Trucks Up!!

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Old School's Comment
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Potential is a broad word Chris. It is one of those two edged swords. Have you considered any of the things Brett mentioned in his responses. You will have an equal amount of potential that works against your dreams of increasing your income.

I appreciate your responding, and I realize we kind of put you in the "hot seat," but I'm hoping we can all learn a little something in this exchange.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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So a few extra mph might mean a little peace of mind. If I don't have to spend all day with every vehicle on the road aggressively trying to pass me I'll take it.

Tom, get used to it. There's always going to be faster trucks than yours and more aggressive drivers than you. Settle in at whatever speed you are running and let off the throttle when it's taking some doofus five minutes to pass you. You will be far safer that way and much more relaxed.

T-Rex's Comment
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Fair point old school

MC1371's Comment
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I'm happy about it. I do a lot of running in the Chicago area where there are a ton of limited intermodals. Overall the speed increase won't make a huge difference, but a little more flexibility in traffic will be appreciated.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Unholychaos's Comment
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While that extra 3 mins saved every hour could very well mean the difference in getting home today or tomorrow (I've cut it that close before), in the grand scheme of things, an extra 3mph won't make a huge difference unless you're going across i70 in Kansas or Utah when all you have for 8+ hours is barren wasteland with maybe a few miles of road construction slowing you down.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I'm happy about it. I do a lot of running in the Chicago area where there are a ton of limited intermodals. Overall the speed increase won't make a huge difference, but a little more flexibility in traffic will be appreciated.

I run LTL out of the Chicago area and am limited to 65 or whatever the speed limit is and I run up on them constantly, the closing speed is really something. Especially when they run 52 in a 65 in the center lane.

I guess that means I can't pass swift anymore o, oh well there is always Prime :)

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

PackRat's Comment
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I'm with you, Chris.

G-Town's Comment
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All Swift trucks allow up to 30 total minutes per 24 hour period to bypass the governor, enabling a driver's ability to more quickly execute a pass. I use (don't abuse) this feature all the time.

In response to Chris' 5% increase in earning potential, unless perfect conditions prevail during the example 800 mile trip, the increase is like Brett said, negligible and should NOT factor into trip planning.

Perfect conditions defined as pancake flat with a 65-70 mph speed limit, few curves, no construction zones, zero traffic and crystal clear weather conditions. Reality? That doesn't occur often. Not going to have much of an effect on me, and I think overtime, most other Swifties will draw a similar conclusion.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Looks like we might have popcorn made out of (almost) nothing.

Chris M's Comment
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This whole topic falls into that "shouldn't have even said anything" category.

As I said before, I'm excited by the increase in earning potential for myself.

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