Swift Speeding The Trucks Up!!

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Gladhand's Comment
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Just to add a little in here. I still been hitting 3,000 a week and some of those were driven at 55 mph in California. Honestly all this is going to do is cause more clogged up lanes due to drivers not having the discipline to go a mile or 2 under the limit. I'll still run between 58 and 62 after the update. I don't want to be with the group when a crash happens.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Chris M's Comment
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I'm only gonna comment one more time on this. I look at it for the cumulative effect. If I can gain time on a load by being able to go faster for even a few hours total out of a day, I can potentially get to my drop and hook early. Then I can potentially get to the next one early, and so on and so forth. Potentially.

Of course, being a guy that runs hard every single week, constantly pushing up to my 70 and taking a 34 weekly, and averaging 3200 miles a week, I can use any extra minute I can get. Lord knows on these last couple of 3600 mile weeks I could have used an extra minute or two a few times.

So yes, if I can get a few extra mph and get to deliveries and pickups a few minutes earlier, I can potentially get an extra load or two over the course of a month and potentially make a little more money. It cannot be that difficult to understand my position.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Danielsahn can't compute:

The big reason I don't use the adaptive cruise, is that it is set at 3.5 seconds distance, before it reacts. That doesn't compute, for me.

The 3.5 seconds it's how long it would take you to rear-end the car in front of you. The ACC reacts much faster than you could when the car in front suddenly decides to hit the brakes. Then those hated Jake Brakes kick in.

I depend on the ACC every day, even in 35mph traffic. In a day or two I'm going to make a long post on how to use the ACC to make your driving life easy.

(Please don't hijack this thread about arguing over how many fairies can dance on the head of a pin, I just wanted to help Danielsahn see the light 😁.)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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If they really want to retain drivers they could just bump the pay.

Not to hijck, but Wolding is bumping pay in January, woohoo.

Ok, now back to your regularly scheduled program.

Serah D.'s Comment
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LOL, my current trainee came from Swift. What you're getting instead of your current 62mph on the pedal, you're going to have a whopping 63 on the pedal and 65 on cruise.

YOU WON'T NOTICE A DIFFERENCE.

Mine goes faster than that. No need to go into details.

Tommy's Comment
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Can’t agree more. Driving faster is bad for the company because of fuel mileage, but good for the company driver because less time spent on driving and also potential bigger pay check. 3 mph doesn’t seem like a lot but It will definitely help me to get more loads because I will be able to get to the receiver that much quicker.

So yes, if I can get a few extra mph and get to deliveries and pickups a few minutes earlier, I can potentially get an extra load or two over the course of a month and potentially make a little more money. It cannot be that difficult to understand my position.

Big T's Comment
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I understand people's thoughts on the increased speed. I thought it would be interesting to see how my numbers looked.

My truck is already governed at 64. It doesn't matter pedal or cruise. I also pull a reefer and am usually between 76,000 and 80,000 gross. I also run a lot of US highways.

For the last 8 days, which include two days in the shop, I ran 2,531.4 miles and had 47.13 hours of drive time. This came out to an avg 53.711 mph for the 8 days.

Just something to gnaw on.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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LOL, my current trainee came from Swift. What you're getting instead of your current 62mph on the pedal, you're going to have a whopping 63 on the pedal and 65 on cruise.

YOU WON'T NOTICE A DIFFERENCE.

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Mine goes faster than that. No need to go into details.

Actually the trucks are currently 60 at the pedal and 62 in cruise.

JJ

C T.'s Comment
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Lol Patrick with the shameless recruiting. Anyway, this thread took a pretty interesting turn. I can appreciate this speed boost myself because I won't have to worry about having to pass you guys anymore. I'll say this though. Unless you drive 11hrs a day, I'm clear weather, all interstate , flat terrain, no traffic, no construction, no stops etc. It's not going to matter money wise. If you're the type that likes to push it to the last few minutes on your click, not recommended btw, then maybe it could help some. I've had days where every mile and every minute counts.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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My fellow Swifties...

Here is what I suggest you all try...track your pay for a 4-6 weeks under the new governed speed of 65. If you are correct in your theory, then your pay should be 4.62% greater than is was the month of October under the previous speed of 62mph.

The only benefit I see is a little extra headroom for passing, slower trucks reducing time hanging in the center or hammer lane. The theory that you won't be passed by other trucks anymore? Highly questionable. Most that pass me are ungoverned and running 70+.

You can bet one of those "bigger" paychecks that safety and operations will be watching this very carefully. It's likely a test. One that might fail.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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