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Jim A.'s Comment
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When I was trained at Swift it was in Fontana CA academy. They had really good trainers there at least that is what I found. There were students there that didn't think the trainers where good but then those were the people that didn't work hard at learning. So as said above you get back what you put into it. If you work hard and try the trainers will work hard to get you on the right path.

I drove a 2015 Cascadia when I left there never ever got backlash for idling. Which I always did when temps got 80 or higher for A/C you have to be comfortable to sleep, a rested driver is always safer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Papa Bear's Comment
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When I was trained at Swift it was in Fontana CA academy. They had really good trainers there at least that is what I found. There were students there that didn't think the trainers where good but then those were the people that didn't work hard at learning. So as said above you get back what you put into it. If you work hard and try the trainers will work hard to get you on the right path.

I drove a 2015 Cascadia when I left there never ever got backlash for idling. Which I always did when temps got 80 or higher for A/C you have to be comfortable to sleep, a rested driver is always safer.

Yes that is exactly my thinking that you need your rest. I seen some crazy methods to overdo the idle shutoff, but that cant be the only solution and not the way swift wants this to be. I understand theirs money involved with gas being used. But then at least fix it that the truck starts and turns off when it reaches a temperature set by the driver. This is not a reason for me to not consider Swift, its just something im wondering about.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Papa Bear's Comment
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So im trying to follow all your Tips, Information and i really love the "High Road Training". I know looked into South Carolina CLP. Maybe one of you can look at the dmv side for south carolina and understand it better then me. First question is do i need my medical before testing, when i called i ones was told yes, then the next person said no and the third look on the websiteconfused.gif . Thats this the other thing i found is the Hazmat Endorsement:

"The SCDMV does not conduct Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Threat Assessments and fingerprinting for people applying for a hazmat endorsement. You cannot have a commercial learner's permit (CLP) and have a hazmat endorsement. If you're requesting a hazmat endorsement (X or H), you must submit fingerprints and a background check, plus earn TSA security clearance before you may be issued a commercial driver's license (CDL) with a hazmat endorsement.wtf.gif

The SCDMV cannot issue, renew, or upgrade a CDL with a hazmat endorsement until you do all of the following"

So what are they trying to tell me can i do the Endorsement or do i have to wait till i have my clp?

Im getting there slowly but moving. I hope i get a call from Swift this week to see what they tell me, and i try to contact my Recruiter by Rhoel again and ask him, exactly how the physical will be done. And then i see, where im going because i want to have a good start in to this next year no waiting no playing around anymore. On the good side i talked with my better half again because Swifts home time is a little different then what we talked about with Rhoel, and she said we are still good to go. Only promise i need to give is to at least call her when i have time so she knows everything's fine, but i think that shouldn't be a big problem.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Old School's Comment
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You'll need to get your medical clearance (D.O.T. Physical) done first, then take your tests for the CLP. Don't bother with the hazmat testing until you've obtained your CDL. Each state handles the Hazmat a little differently. It takes a while to get the hazmat because of the background checks.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Papa Bear's Comment
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You'll need to get your medical clearance (D.O.T. Physical) done first, then take your tests for the CLP. Don't bother with the hazmat testing until you've obtained your CDL. Each state handles the Hazmat a little differently. It takes a while to get the hazmat because of the background checks.

Thank you and Merry Christmas then i understood the site right. One thing of the list now i just need to find out what company fits my needs better, and what the physical test by rhoel really is. But that has to wait till i get a recruiter on the phone, so i gonna enjoy my Christmas. If there is anyone her from Rhoel that just went trough the training, and knows more about the resent Physical test, let me know.

Thank you to every driver so far and Merry Christmas.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Papa Bear's Comment
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So my Recruiter from Rhoel still isn't reachable, but on the flip side the Recruiter from Swift was really good to talk with. Explained every question and went trough every detail. The only thing stopping me at the moment is that the side for the certified medical examiner search is down, and i need that according to Swift to find a doctor so i can get my physical. I will need the physical so i can get my cpl her in south Carolina. When all this is set i can start any Monday in the Swift Academy in Memphis, TN. So now the doctor is stopping my progress, I'm almost done with the high road test her and its going good. When I'm done her i need to do the same test on the Swift online Academy side, but i want to be prepared so they see I really want this. Swift is gonna pay transportation and lodging, everything else is on my account.

PJ's Comment
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I tried reaching my buddy at Roehl but haven't heard back yet. Do you live anywhere close to Anderson SC?? There is a clinic there close to the mall that does same day physicals

Papa Bear's Comment
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I tried reaching my buddy at Roehl but haven't heard back yet. Do you live anywhere close to Anderson SC?? There is a clinic there close to the mall that does same day physicals

Yes Anderson isn't to far. The Problem i have is that i am not sure what to look for, because if somebody tells me hes dmv certified that should be all i need. But the Swift Recruiter told me to use this website and just doctors from that website. I try to call Rhoel now a few times today and hope i get somewhere, because just the pay with Rhoel during training would be a big relief. Or do you think i can just hit other options when i get the answering machine and talk to another Recruiter, with Rhoel.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

G-Town's Comment
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Swift has a partner agreement with Concentra Urgent Care. They will accept a physical from them.

PJ's Comment
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I don't have any idea if swift will accept the folks in anderson or not. They are dot certified is all i know. I had my renewel done over there. If you can get a body on the phone at roehl ask for Kim. She works wonders sometimes.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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