Profile For Maia B.

Maia B.'s Info

  • Location:
    Phoenix, AZ

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    8 years, 11 months ago

Maia B.'s Bio

I am a 26 year old woman currently driving for Swift.

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Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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Work History?

Come work at Swift! Just ignore all the haters. As long as you have no recent accidents or DUIs and are drug free they will hire you without even caring about your work history. If you want more info just let me know. ^_^

Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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Got It! Now the real work begins....

Woo hoo! Got my class A CDL today! I start Swift orientation Monday and head out with my mentor on Thursday. Now its time to get to work.... see you all out there on the road!

https://www.truckersforum.net/forum/attachments/gotit-jpg.30002/

Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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Picking the right truck company to work for

I am currently training with Swift. I have one week to go before I get my CDL. I really like it here so far, the training has gotten better and is free up front.

Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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Long-haul driving and boredom

Are you writing an article about EvE?

Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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Abandoned Truck

Please don't delete this thread... its a great "don't be like this" example.

Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

I was a purchasing and logistics manager for a small produce distributor in Phoenix. Before that I was a food and beverage cost controller for a resort here in town as well. I have always been on the receivers side of the industry and always enjoyed talking with the different drivers who would come daily.

Since my layoff I figure its time for a fresh start, and with team driving the money is hard to ignore. I don't have any kids or responsibilities so I figure why not?

Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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Reborn LOL

Im rather young and just starting out... still in the middle of CDL training. I will say you shouldn't expect to be treated like ****... I think most of the time when you act like a professional you get treated like one. From what I have seen many people in this industry are very... strong willed.... so conflicts with dispatch arise from time to time.

I wish you the best, see you on the road!

Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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Worried I wont make it In School

The first two days are spent training for the learners permit. That's taken on day 3, you can always go in and take it yourself but I dont see the point. If you do, it will need to include General Knowledge, Air Brakes, and Combination Vehicle endorsement. It was more than enough time for me but if you feel it may be a challenge then I can link you the PDF Arizona manual if you like and you can study that. The test is multiple choice out of 3 answers so its not extremely challenging if you know the material.

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Worried I wont make it In School

You just need to stay confident... we can do anything we put our minds to. The DMV written test was a little challenging... but you get three tries and I got it on my second.

As for learning driving they expect people to come in with no manual experience. In fact, our instructors said that it was better if you didn't have that experience... as tractors require a different technique when shifting compared to small gas powered vehicles.

Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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Prime vs swift vs millis

Im currently a week into a Swift mill... the training is "OK" at best. I will say that I started out having never driven a manual transmission before and by the end of this week I have been straight line backing very well. So as far as teaching new skills the instructors have been patient.

Its also very cheap ($1950 paid over the course of one year) and the hire with no prior experience. I cant speak for other schools but I can say im happy with how its gone so far.

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