Profile For Jaybird

Jaybird's Info

  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 5 months ago

Jaybird's Bio

1 year Solo.

Dedicated Reefer with Swift West Valley City

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Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Should I ask for a new instructor ?

Hello!! Great Choice with Swift. I too went through the Swift Academy a little over a year ago. Assuming the layout and process in Lewiston is the same as the location I attended, the instructor assignment for road drives and skills was random day to day. I would advise approaching the instructor you felt comfortable with, calmly explaining your feelings and your thoughts, and throw in the need for maybe a different prospective as multiple viewpoints and trainings in the small amount of hours you have to prepare on your road drives, is in my opinion beneficial. As well as that may be a route to go down that won’t potentially annoy the instructor you are having issues with.

Now, that being said, at the location I attended there was an instructor that several students had an issue with, myself included. In hindsight I see that part of the issue was myself and some overconfidence. For example we did not see eye to eye on his perspective of follow distance and slowing down in relation to approaching a red light. I mean he’s like yelling to be on the brakes, 200 yards from a red light. I’m with the mentality of, please, I got so much room. Nowadays and over a year going strong I still find myself shooting myself for not taking that seriously. Just yesterday I was grateful for 300 yards of room to stop safely having scaled at 79600.

BUT with that in mind, that instructor was recently terminated. That instructor received several complaints from students. One other instructor I still swing by and visit when I go through the terminal vocalized to me that at first they (the other instructor’s) were unaware of students feelings and what was going on in the truck out on the road and on the training pad when it was just this instructor and no other instructor’s present. It took about 4 months from what I’m told, and some solid investigation to actually be able to understand and see what the instructor was doing before action was actually taken. Not good for 4 months of Students during investigations and all the students before. Myself included. There were many more problems I had with this particular instructor, the one that I gave as an example was not a him problem it was a me problem, and I hope, was meant obviously to just try and open your mind a little to potentially helpful reasonings.

That all being said, I was informed that polite discussion, vocalization of your feelings, followed with actions by said instructor, and the simple mindset of taking seriously what you are learning now, SHOULD, go a long way with the instructor you are more comfortable with. After all, this is your new career. I am very happy I can actually give some advice having seen and experienced this now, at the same company as you.

And, now all of that aside. 4 weeks in I assume CDL testing is fast approaching although thanksgiving may or may not delay it correct? Bottom line. You are at the home stretch and will soon test out, number 1 thing. Have some serious self confidence when you approach your pre trip, skills and road test. I mean come on. You got it. Between this website, everything swift gave you and some common sense, you got it without overthinking. And again, you can GET OUT AND LOOK more than the amount of times the tester gives you. Better to lose a point getting out an extra time, then feeling like you got it in the box and you didn’t. Self confidence goes a long way, and don’t worry about getting out if you need to.

Swift from my year and 2 months has been a great experience thus far, I am still here, getting miles, and supporting my family in these dark times with my wife a stay at home mom. I will proudly wear my Swift shirt and represent a company that has done me right. Good luck! I look forward to hearing how it goes for.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Keeping tractor secure in bad areas

To be honest, I very much prefer to keep to myself and I find myself watching others doing many of the countless odd things you see out here everyday. I actually got annoyed with a guy that was measuring other trucks 40 foot marks on the trailer to compare to his own as his did not have markings, I told him to get away from mine. If he sees me he is more than willing to ask and I would be more than glad to help so that he can be legal and comfortable running into Cali but the fact that he’s walking through the middle of 15 trucks at 2am just makes me uneasy.

My point, I am a little over paranoid but then I just calm myself and say if someone wants to cut the lock and get in the trailer at least I did what I’m supposed to do. It’s. It my cargo, it’s my job to move it safely and make my best effort to protect it but if something happens it’s not on me as long as I follow company policy and procedures.

Now, if someone comes into the Cab, I got a couple mallets and I ain’t afraid to mash someone on the head. I actually kinda want to find myself in the situation with a gunless robber or carjacker. Might bring some spice to an otherwise monotonous cycle of load, drive, sleep, deliver. BUT, don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly love this monotonous cycle and not running into problems of robbers and thieves is also very nice.

Point, you’ll be fine if you follow policy and procedures, if someone diverts to the cab cuz policy and procedures are followed, Kick butt or be butt kicked.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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New gig! Back on the road

Hey man I'm curious, that looks like an Ag needs truck I've seen, I live less than 20 minutes from Richmond where I see them parked, I've thought about applying to them but that's beside the point. My point is, is it an Ag Needs truck and if so then thats cool because I really think I've seen that volvo on the road several times. I'm through Utah 2-3 times a week chances are I've seen one similar but I just thought it's a small world.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Movie Characters: Who Is The Most Iconic?

Rats. Didn’t mean to not include one with a sequel. Maybe I should wake up more before I reply.

In that case my favorite movie with a Sequel are Lord of the Rings. Many hours on the road has me listen to the books over and over and the movie trilogy Fellowship-Return are epic. Ian McKellen as Gandalf is played beautifully and I find myself several times a day thinking “You shall not pass” as certain situations on the road causes unfortunate events for four wheelers.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Movie Characters: Who Is The Most Iconic?

My favorite is Morgan Freeman as Red in Shawshank. Time to get busy living, or get busy dying.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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The Werner Trial

Hey Everyone, been a minute since I've posted, I still read daily. Still trucking along, passed my 6 month mark with Walmart Corrine Dedicated with Swift. 76000 miles down and still enjoying it and going strong!

I read an article following up with the recent verdict against Werner and the crash outside Odessa in 2014. Read some other articles about it and I'm wondering on what everyone's opinion is in that situation. It seems to me that while a speed higher than most probably would be driving in the conditions is it unfair to place the blame on the Company and the operator when the cause of the crash was the driver of the vehicle that lost control. I'm just curious on everyone's thoughts on the situation and the trial against Werner.

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Walmart Private Fleet to drop dedicated carriers

I enjoy the Walmart account in Corinne, they just announced here that they renewed the contract for 4 more years so I hope it stays that way.

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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New Class A driver. NC DMV made a mistake with M restriction.

I'm struggling to find out what the mistake was from the DMV.

I have an "M" restriction.

I used to drive public transportation, I got my A license, I now drive for Swift. I can still drive public transportation. The M restriction is simply, I did not test for my A in a passenger transport vehicle, I cannot drive a class A passenger transport vehicle. I can Drive a Class A combination vehicle carrying cargo that doesn't complain. Or I can still drive a Class B passenger Vehicle. Just not a Class A passenger Vehicle.

But I'm struggling in your post to understand how the DMV exactly made a mistake.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Swift Transportation Rookie Info.

I'm not G Town, am I allowed to reply? Don't want to overstep.

I went through swift academy last September, they had new classes start each Monday. I did 150 hours with my mentor and then took my upgrade written and road test.

I live in Utah, I asked during the academy if I could be placed on a dedicated account. instructor and Driver Qualification said I was hired for OTR, being dedicated was no problem. Several accounts had spots open and I chose Walmart Dedicated in Corinne. It was an easy switch and they were happy to help me find what I wanted to do but it came down to what accounts had openings. I'll let G Town answer the other questions, I'm still learning a few things but I can comfortably answer those ones.

Sorry if I overstepped by replying G Town.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Hello everyone. looking for good sunglasses and updates.

I was fortunate my old company bought a pair of Oakleys for me. Like 200 dollars. I never wore them really, didn't want to scratch or break them.

I rotated through alot of crappy pairs from various convenience stores, trying to see the zonar tablet and GPS was very hard and the screen didn't work with the glasses I had, recently I had them on the truck and wore them, could see the screen and GPS just fine, no glares like my other crappy pairs. Needless to say I'm now scratching them as I go under the truck and they fall off my head etc. But the Oakley ones I have, have been by far the best for no glare and any other vision issues.

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