Profile For MaddMatt

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    St. Louis, MO

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    7 years, 12 months ago

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Posted:  7 years, 8 months ago

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Swift's Salt Lake Utah / Central refrigeration school

You make it sound like it was easy (which I'm sure it wasn't!). Looks like I'll be heading to SLC for training and I'm more than a little nervous-- any tips for a green student?

The school there has way too many students so I recommend that when you are in the yard practicing backing, try and get in line first. It may mean you will get an extra turn because you will spend most of the day waiting for your turn, and may only get 2 or 3 chances each day. Other than that study your pre trip, they will let you go out in the yard any time to go over it after hours or before school.

I just finished my 200 hours of training and have the final road, backing and written test Monday. Then I get my truck and head home. 6 weeks and it is all completed! I also will be getting on a dedicated route right away which is jut what I was looking for. More money and home 2 days a week, hopefully it will work out for me.

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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Swift's Salt Lake Utah / Central refrigeration school

Passed the road test and completed orentiation last week. Got my mentor and hit the road on Monday, driving a reefer trailer. We drove from Utah to Chicago and now we are back in salt lake city. With a couple of thousand miles under my belt I am getting the hang of it. In 2 or 3 more weeks I will have my own truck!

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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Swift's Salt Lake Utah / Central refrigeration school

Got the first two tests passed, just have the road test tomorrow. Looking foreward to getting my CDL!

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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Swift's Salt Lake Utah / Central refrigeration school

Right on, I'll be around. I'm I'm the dorms now, hopefully they won't move me to the hotel Monday.

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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Swift's Salt Lake Utah / Central refrigeration school

They might have use d both on the same day, I'm no sure. I'm just making sure I'm ready for the pretrip on Monday, the backing should be no problem. My plan is to ace the pretrip and backing and save any points for the road test. Just gotta make sure I stay off the curbs and anything else that is an auto fail. I did hit a curb today on the road so I'm going to be extra cautious about that on the test!

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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Swift's Salt Lake Utah / Central refrigeration school

Thanks Chris.

Looks like it will be pre trip test Monday and the rest Tuesday. So far I seem to be picking up with on everything pretty good, even though I spend more time waiting for a turn than I do behind the wheel. I am having a lot of fun and learning a lot.

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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Swift's Salt Lake Utah / Central refrigeration school

A few weeks ago I thought I was going to Swift's Millington TN school. Last week my recruiter told me they had a shorter program in Utah, so I went for it . Started yesterday and I should have my CDL by the end of the week, does that sound crazy or what? Its been a clusterf#@k so far but we'll see how it goes.

Got my permit from Utah yesterday, even though my recruiter said my MO permit would be good, and got out on the yard today backing. I'll keep you updated on how it goes, it from what they say I should have my CDL by Friday!?!!??

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Truck vs Motorcycle riding... just curious!

While I have no experience driving a truck yet I do think that having MC riding experience will give me an advantage once I start driving. Riding has gotten me into good habits of always being aware of what's around, behind and in front of me. I am always scanning my mirrors and looking out for the idiots trying to kill me, knowing where cars are or aren't in case I have to dodge a cager coming into my lane. I have had many close calls on a bike and one time that a car turned in front of me with no time to stop, resulting in about a dozen broken bones and 3 months in a hospital/rehab and 5 months out of work. This experience taught me to read traffic better and never trust that the other drivers are paying attention.

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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CDLTraining materials

I took my permit test on Monday (all endorsments) and only studied the HRTP, I passed everything except the HAZMAT on the first try. There were some questions on the Missouri test that I had never seen on the HRTP that tripped me up a little but not enough to fail. I got the HAZMAT on the second try!!

The HRTP is an awesome tool to study but I would recomend reading your state's CDL manual over good too!

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Starting a trucking career without a clean driving record

Well....they will probably REALLY low ball you, since the only reason they grab up outsourced work is to make money off it..and cutting costs is the main way to make fast money...they will smile and EXPECT you to be so desperate that you will take any wage just to keep a paycheck coming in...I've always enjoyed telling those people that I hope they can get someone to replace me who has all the knowledge and work ethic that they don't feel like paying for by offering me a reasonable wage..... Good luck, and be sure and tell us what goes on.

Well we were wrong. They offered me a position at 1/2 a cent more an hour, so I can not get the severance. I did not see that coming. Then we find out how much the health insurance is. I pay about $110 a month for my family with a high deductible plan now and the new company's insurance is $1508 a month for my family. That is almost half of my pay!

So I told them where to stick it and will be done working for them August 1st, should be starting school with Swift August 11th. It's a shame cause I will probably have to use some of my 401K or pension money to get by till I begin earning a paycheck.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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[Video] Truck Driver Busts Cop On His Cellphone, Speeding

I do think the outcome of this was good. The cop was breaking laws and thought he could get away with reckless driving, but he was reminded that there are cameras everywhere nowadays so maybe he will think twice about it in the future.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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How do you get home?

I'm about 250+ miles from any of the closest termimals so either way it looks like I'll be able to drive it home.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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How do you get home?

Just remember that once you are home that is it. You can not use the truck to run errands. It's has to stay parked the entire time until your hometime is over.

I know I know you can use it as a personal vehicle but that has to be approved by you company and I doubt they will agree to let you burn the fuel by driving around at home. Beside ELogs will record you driving and that will mess up a restart.

Yeah, I kinda figured that. I think I'd rather use my car, truck or motorcycle for personal use instead of a rig anyway, a little easier to park. I am glad to hear that I can at least use it to get home.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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How do you get home?

Fuel, got it! I'm sure I will still have a lot of gas in my truck though, the methane kind!rofl-2.gif

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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How do you get home?

Thanks Logan. Looks like I'm a lot more than 50 miles from any of there terminals. That works for me, I'll take the company vehicle home! Save the wear and tear on my car.

Do you know if they cover the gas or would I have to cover it from the last load to home?

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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How do you get home?

So I am planning on going to school at Swift in August. I was wondering, after I get through training and start driving solo do they let you take the rig home when you get home time? I live just outside St. Louis and Swift doesn't have any terminals there, so will I be leaving my vehicle at the nearest terminal and drive it home, taking the bus or what? thanks

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Had a question and wonder if anywon knows if its true?

I had a misdemeanor weed possession from the 90's. I applied for swift and they had me fill out a conviction form and submit it to their investigation team. Then I did a phone interview with the investigation team. My recruiter got back to me and said I was accepted! He said since it was over 10 years old they weren't too concerned with it. You might just have to wait it out and stay out of trouble for another 5 years, or like others have said go through private school and hope you can get hired on after that.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Starting a trucking career without a clean driving record

Not sure what 10% pay cut would bring you down to but since it was not said the first year you will GROSS right around 28k to 33k depending on the company you go with. Only you know what your state and federal taxes will be roughly so you should be able to figure out a close net income.

Once you have that number compare it to what they offer you. But here is the deal. The damage has already been done. You company is out sourcing your job and somewhere inside you are saying "WTF!?". You have started looking elsewhere I.e. trucking as an alternative. In your mind you have already moved on and it's only a matter of time before your body realizes your mind already left.

It sucks to loose a job like that but during takeovers/buy outs the buyers never really want to keep the higher paid people and with that in mind you will find things that they do you will start seeing just suck.

Might as well take the 14 week check and join the rest of us out here that are working to support the entire country.

No doubt about it. I'm so ready to take the money and run! It was a pretty easy job that I didn't mind doing but the most I ever got for a raise was 2%, and now they will probably take away the last 7 raises I have gotten and then some. Trucking will most definitely give me the potential for making more money and the job security I need too.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Starting a trucking career without a clean driving record

Well....they will probably REALLY low ball you, since the only reason they grab up outsourced work is to make money off it..and cutting costs is the main way to make fast money...they will smile and EXPECT you to be so desperate that you will take any wage just to keep a paycheck coming in...I've always enjoyed telling those people that I hope they can get someone to replace me who has all the knowledge and work ethic that they don't feel like paying for by offering me a reasonable wage..... Good luck, and be sure and tell us what goes on.

In the words of David Alen Coe ( and Johnny Paycheck) Take this job and shove it! I can't wait to say that!

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Starting a trucking career without a clean driving record

Good news, I've been approved at Swift! I also think Stevens transport will take me but I would probably go with Swift.

Only one more hurdle to go. I currently work in a copy center for a publishing company, Elsevier. They have decided to outsource my shop and our mailroom to another company. That company will make me an offer to work for them doing the same thing I do now, but probably for less money. If that offer is more than a 10% pay cut I can take a severance package and begin my new career. If the offer is closer to what I currently make I can not afford to take the time off work to get my CDL and train.

We find out Monday which company was awarded the contract and within the next couple of weeks I should have an interview and hopefully a low ball offer so I can get my 14 week severance check!

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