Starting Soon !

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Bryan Q.'s Comment
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In janurary I should be starting with swift and I’m excited ! I can’t wait to learn to drive the big rigs and back a trailer. I drive a straight truck for my current company 26-40’ I believe. How can I shake the nervousness of getting behind the wheels of an 18wheeler ? Maybe it’s just the thought of having a trailer behind me ?

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Dont. that way you will be more careful. everyones nervous at first.

good luck and welcome!!

Big Scott's Comment
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Have you seen our starter package?

Go through all that and you will be ahead of the game.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Hey Brian, where are you going for Swift training?

As for nervousness, you'll get used to pulling a 53 for long trailer. It's a matter of just doing it.

Rob's Comment
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If I can do it, you can too as long as you listen to your instructors and do as they tell you. Prior to school I never drove anything bigger than the smallest uhaul truck, or pulled a trailer besides when I moved to Iowa from Florida.

As Rainey said, being nervous is good. You will be much more cautious and safe.

Also, when it comes to backing a 53 footer is much easier to back, than a smaller trailer (assuming you have the space). I've had my CDL for 3 months now and the 28' PUP trailer I pull is harder to back than the 53 in school. The shorter the trailer the more "touchy" it is, and less time to correct a mistake before you're all jacked up and have to pull up to get straight.

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.
Bryan Q.'s Comment
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Hey Brian, where are you going for Swift training?

I will be attending one of the academy in North Carolina. Hopefully the charollette location since it’s only 3 hrs from where I live

And rob everyone person I met said backing a 53 “ is much easier. So it’s giving me a little boost hearing that again !! I can’t wait to start this journey ! I can’t believe in just a couple of months I’ll be starting the trucking career

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