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Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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May need help moving on from Roehl

You shouldn't take the advice of people on a this forum about whether you have grounds to break your contract or not. You can get a consultation with a lawyer who specializes in that area for $100, maybe less. I know there are lots of them on upwork

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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When am I in the clear?

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Hair follicle is only to pick up consistent use. Not going into detail, but let's just say I know from personal experience only using something prescribed once per week

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Are you a doctor or scientist? Would you risk a potential career following your advice? I wouldn't.

We teach Best Practices here. If you're not going to be 100% with this you're on the wrong site.

I agree. If someone is in doubt if they will pass the test, they should pay a clinic to do a private out of pocket test first, before they take the company's test

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Making a list of companies that train new truck drivers

I had a great experience at Swift's academy in Memphis. Instructors and examiners top notch. The hotel is... OK. Going back up there on the 25th for a week of Top Gun class and then comes my mentoring.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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When am I in the clear?

Hair follicle is only to pick up consistent use. Not going into detail, but let's just say I know from personal experience only using something prescribed once per week

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Trucking Company Requires Driver to Drop Truck Off At Terminal

I imagine that will become more common as time goes on. One of those Ivy League c-suite types will look at a policy like taking trucks home, and just see an opportunity to cut costs in the short term so they can get a promotion. Same thing happened at car dealerships. Employees used to be assigned vehicles from the lot as an employee perk, now only managers get them - and some have even stopped giving them to management.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Question on "Non" DOT hair test.

James I think you are mistakin’ about Swift. They definitely team during Mentoring; first 50 hours of driving is supervised (mentor observing you), the remainder is teaming requiring you to sleep while the mentor drives.

You might want to dig a little deeper on this.

No point, I am about to take the CDL-A exam. Guess I will find out soon enough. It is what it is

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Question on "Non" DOT hair test.

James, since when did Swift stop team driving during Mentoring?

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I was in the same situation as you about a month and a half ago. Went with swift because you don't have to be out with a mentor as long and they don't require you to do teams while mentoring.

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My research on Prime training is that they pretty well try to get you and your mentor to both run down the 70 clock. Whereas Swift doesnt push it as hard. I don't have a problem with a certain amount of teams driving, I just don't want to have to sleep while the truck is moving, which seems not safe considering the nature of this job (and the fact that I don't even know how to do this job yet and sleep deprivation will unequivocally hinder me learning things). This is from talking to other drivers, and reading other's experiences with the respective companies' training. So I may be wrong about their policies

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Question on "Non" DOT hair test.

Neither point is necessarily a GOOD thing

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Went with swift because you don't have to be out with a mentor as long and they don't require you to do teams while mentoring.

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You may be right about the length of mentoring. But I fail to see teams as anything but dangerous, especially for an inexperienced driver. And many very experienced drivers agree with me

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Question on "Non" DOT hair test.

I was in the same situation as you about a month and a half ago. Went with swift because you don't have to be out with a mentor as long and they don't require you to do teams while mentoring.

Posted:  1 month ago

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How bad is it if you don't train on a manual?

I wonder which types of trucking jobs would REQUIRE being able to drive a manual? I imagine oversized load requires it. Offroad jobs like oil and gas or forestry maybe. Anyone with experience have input?

Posted:  1 month ago

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About to finish CDL-A academy. Swift accounts with the best job security?

How long is the academy?

You need 160 hours of instruction and a certain amount of drive time to take the exam. The first 40 hour week can be done over zoom. Then you have to physically go to the academy for the next 40 hr week of classroom instruction. Then you are on the range backing, driving and practicing pretrip for 80 hrs/2 weeks. After that, they will schedule your exam. How soon it will be depends on the examiners, how many people are in your class, and how many people from the last classes failed and need to re test. In the meantime you can continue to go the academy to practice. You have 3 chances to test to pass the pretrip and backing. If you do but fail the driving, they will give you a 4th chance to pass it. Once you pass, it takes 1 business day for them to have you fill out paperwork etc before you can go back home. So It could be anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks

Posted:  1 month ago

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About to finish CDL-A academy. Swift accounts with the best job security?

I've heard that trucking school in Calhoun is not too good. Just FYI.

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Which part of Louisiana? I live in the about 30 minutes from Shreveport

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Thanks everyone for the input. I live in Louisiana. I was planning on just doing OTR dryvan for a while, and then trying to get a home weekly account in Florida if the opportunity presents itself.

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Thanks everyone for the input. I live in Louisiana. I was planning on just doing OTR dryvan for a while, and then trying to get a home weekly account in Florida if the opportunity presents itself.

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I live near West Monroe

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I heard the same. I'm at Swift's academy in Memphis right now, hopefully will pass the test to get my full cdl-a within the next week.

Posted:  1 month ago

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About to finish CDL-A academy. Swift accounts with the best job security?

Which part of Louisiana? I live in the about 30 minutes from Shreveport

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Thanks everyone for the input. I live in Louisiana. I was planning on just doing OTR dryvan for a while, and then trying to get a home weekly account in Florida if the opportunity presents itself.

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Thanks everyone for the input. I live in Louisiana. I was planning on just doing OTR dryvan for a while, and then trying to get a home weekly account in Florida if the opportunity presents itself.

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I live near West Monroe

Posted:  1 month ago

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About to finish CDL-A academy. Swift accounts with the best job security?

Thanks everyone for the input. I live in Louisiana. I was planning on just doing OTR dryvan for a while, and then trying to get a home weekly account in Florida if the opportunity presents itself.

Posted:  1 month ago

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About to finish CDL-A academy. Swift accounts with the best job security?

Hi, I have been at Swift's driving academy for the past month and am about to take the exam to get my cdl-a. I am 25 and have no wife or kids. I came to this forum to ask what Swift position/account (that a newbie could get) has the best job security, as it appears that we will go into an economic downturn after midterm elections, and I would rather work less hours/miles than get laid off and draw unemployment. Or is what I am asking for not realistic, and will I get pushed out by a more senior driver in the event of layoffs no matter which account it is? Thanks for your time

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