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    Pinson, AL

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Posted:  2 days, 17 hours ago

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Swift new recruits

The Swift terminals do have free showers and free laundry. However, the showers leave a lot to be desired. I use them as a last resort. They are also in the process of upgrading the drivers lounges in the older terminals.

As far as the silver and gold awards, I'm assuming you're talking about the quarterly bonus program. It is paid on the first pay period after the quarter ends. It's really simple honestly. As long as you don't hit anything, and you make your appointments on time, you'll be fine. If you're not going to make an appointment, and it's for a legitimate reason, if you send a Mac 22 notifying the company, you'll be covered. I'm platinum level and I don't have to do anything out of the ordinary to maintain that. It's as simple as just doing your job, honestly.

I will say though, some of the dedicated accounts are not eligible for the bonus program. There are way way more accounts than I can name, so I can't tell you which ones are not eligible, but I know there are some.

Posted:  3 days, 10 hours ago

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Fired from Swift

Did you actually go to the instructor after the drug test and ask if it was ok to leave for the dentist? Sounds to me like you left before they were finished. Just because you thought they were done doesn't mean that they were.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Trailer parking break out when parked not at a door

And yeah I've seen trailers on our yards that have a tire with a groove cut in it all the way around where a driver pulled away before the air bags inflated and had a winch grinding into the tire

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Trailer parking break out when parked not at a door

I have never set my trailer brakes when parking. Our trailer air bags deflate when the brakes are set, and some of our trailers drop enough to jam winches into the tires.

Because Rick mentioned it twice: I don’t know the state of everyone’s equipment, but I do not lose enough air on a break or even on a 34 for my brakes to pop. If they do, I’m out looking for an air leak.

Same here. If I ever lose enough air for the brakes to pop while I'm parked at night, then there's an air leak somewhere. Its been probably two months since the last time I had that happen.

Also, my truck has spring brakes on all 4 drive sets. I haven't driven a truck that only has 1 spring brake. I can't see how that wouldn't be considered a safety issue.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Trailer parking break out when parked not at a door

I never pull the trailer brake when I park. And I'm not a "super trucker" to use your words.

Exactly how do you think the tractor brakes would all fail at the same time, causing the truck to "careen down the hill in to a home filled with widows and orphans"? When your brakes are set, it is a mechanical brake. You would need each of the 4 springs (1 on each set of wheels) to break, before the truck would start rolling.

Also, did you know that in wintertime, truck drivers are encouraged to not set the trailer brakes, due to the brakes freezing? Why would it be OK in the snow and ice, but not OK at other times?

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Clock Management Question.

I would say it depends on what you're getting back in the upcoming days, not just tomorrow night. If you're consistently getting 9-10 back over the next 4-5 nights then you can be comfortable running recaps. But if you're only getting 2-3 hours back on say Saturday or Sunday night, you may be better off taking the reset now and being ready to run for next week.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Split Sleeper Break

At the end of the 8, you'll have exactly what you had on your clocks when you started the 8. After the 2, you'll have a full day, MINUS whatever you do between the end of the 8, and the start of the 2.

I hope that makes sense

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Walmart Pickup Is Awesome

I usually make a list of things I need and then leave the damn list in the truck.

I had a wonderful habit of doing the same thing until one day a light bulb went off. Now I just type the list out on my phone which I always have on me in case of emergency lol.

The pickup is a great idea that I've never tried. I usually end up having to do my shopping on my 30, but there are a few Walmarts on some of my regular routes that I know I can park overnight so I always go in and get whatever I'm running low on. Much easier than rushing through on the 30 minute break. I'll definitely be trying the pickup option though.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Questioning the calendar

On Wednesday I was in Tampa Bay, where it was 92 degrees and sunny. Tonight I'm in Racine, Wisconsin, where it's............

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Posted:  2 months ago

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Truck blown over in Amarillo

Posted:  2 months ago

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Truck blown over in Amarillo

Truck blown over

Apparently there were sustained winds around 65 mph with gusts up to 80. In my opinion, the biggest thing for new drivers to take away from this, is how quick it happened. Don't think that you'll be fine and if it starts to blow the truck over you'll be able to just slow down and stop before it happens. Gusts like this will take your truck out of your control before you can even process what's happening.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Only in California

I know exactly where you are lol. I stopped in there last year cause I was craving that ****eys barbecue and took the exact same picture

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Flatbed securement question

I would personally put a choke strap on each of the odd shaped bundles. I've seen that metal banding come loose or break more times than not. Other than that, my straps would look a lot like yours. I'm an over-secure guy for sure lol

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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New tax law changes hit truck drivers hard

I brought home more money per week this year, and got back a larger refund.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Metal coil frustration.

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Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Metal coil frustration.

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Looking on the fmcsa regulations the word "direct" is not used.

Brett, I think that needs to be changed on the high road because it is in conflict with the definition of a direct tie-down.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Metal coil frustration.

Coil securement

This should give you everything you need to know about coils.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Metal coil frustration.

Hey Turtle, in the case of "X" chains on a shotgun coil, they are indirect. In order for them to cross, they would have to each be connected to opposite sides of the trailer. If they didn't cross, they would be horseshoe, which would be direct because both ends would be connected to the same side of the trailer.

I do agree that the wording, if correct on that question, is trying to fool you because the chains couldn't possibly be parallel and still be indirect.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Metal coil frustration.

I agree that you should do the high road training, but I haul a lot of steel coils (have one right now as a matter of fact) so I'll help with the questions asked.

First off, the definition of direct tie-down VS indirect tie-down is important.

A direct tie-down is when your chain is connected from the side of the trailer, directly to the coil. A direct tie-down only counts for 50% of its wll, when calculating your aggregate (see q1 below) wll.

An indirect tie-down is when your chain is connected to one side of the trailer, goes through or over the coil, and is connected to the opposite side of the trailer. This counts as 100% of its wll when calculating the aggregate wll.

So answering your questions:

1) The answer would be "B" because the sum of the wll of all of your tie-downs, known as your aggregate working load limit, must equal 50% of the total weight of the item you're securing. So the coil weighs 30,000 lbs, with 3 tie-downs each one would have to be a minimum of 5,000 lbs wll to equal 15,000 lbs of aggragate wll.

2) This would be the same answer as question 1, assuming using 3 tie-downs.

3) Your chains are a G70 rating.

4) A coil with eye lengthwise, commonly known as "shotgun" must have a minimum of 2 indirect tie-downs forming an "X" through the eye of the coil. (Note: that applies to shotgun loaded coils only. Coils loaded with the eye to the side should not have x-crossed chains)

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Swift Hiring Radius and hometime?

For dry van and reefer swift doesn't have any hiring area limitations. Literally as long as you're within the continental US borders they will hire you lol. Distance from a terminal has no affect. And you will be able to take the truck home with you.

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