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  • Location:
    Haughton, LA

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 12 months ago

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Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Swift / central refrigerated school SLC,Utah

Day 9

Driving on rookie road! They teach proper shifting techniques. I'm used to floating but they make you double clutch. But it's just all about timing. I did so well I got to drive on the interstate and back to the yard! Half day of driving.

Day 10.

Another day of driving. This time on city streets. Making lots of turns. Another half day driving. Monday I think we go on the road the whole day! But for now I'm gonna enjoy my Saturday and Sunday off. Back at it monday

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Swift / central refrigerated school SLC,Utah

Day 7. Off.

Day 8.

Another full day in the backing yard. Finding out who has it and who needs work. Quite a few that just do not understand how to move at trailer at all or don't understand setting up correctly is key. But we're here to learn and there's plenty of time to learn. Once again listen and follow directions and it will work. Another full day in the backing yard tomorrow. And those of us that execute the backing procedures properly aren't allowed to give help or advice any more. Those who are struggling are on their own. Back at it tomorrow!

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Swift / central refrigerated school SLC,Utah

From what I can see they are still under Swifts wing they are working on moving them out. There's a mix of Swift and central trucks and trailers.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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C.R. England Training schools

Do yourself a favor and don't go there. Walk right down the road and join up at swift. You won't regret it

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Swift / central refrigerated school SLC,Utah

Day 6.

All day in the yard! Managed to maintain 100% accuracy today! Pulled off all three backing procedures perfectly 4 times in a row! Make sure to LISTEN to the instructors. They will teach you exactly what you need to know! Don't over think it, just do as your told. They have a system. It works! Day off tomorrow so back at it monday!

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Swift / central refrigerated school SLC,Utah

Thanks for the updates. The Swift/Central route is the one I am going if I take the company sponsored option. The recruiter I talked with was very helpful.

No problem! I'll continue with this every day! Ask any questions and I will answer to my knowledge!

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Swift / central refrigerated school SLC,Utah

Day five.

First full day in the yard! Straight line backing. It was a Cakewalk. I've had prior experience so most of this is normal for me. But most of us had it by the end of the day. As for tomorrow those of us that straght backed perfectly get to start offset backing and if we do good on that, parallel for the rest of the day!

That's it for today!

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Swift / central refrigerated school SLC,Utah

Day 3. Day off!

Day 4.

Spent half of the day in classroom going over pre trip inspection. And making copies of your liscence and medical cards. Took lunch, then off to the yard to put our hands on the parts and actually do pre trip. No driving today. All the fun starts tomorrow!

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Swift / central refrigerated school SLC,Utah

Day 2.

Today was another half day. Went over the shift patterns. Then we had to fill out "the beast" as they call it. It's just your contract for the school loan. No credit check or anything like that. $4400 total cost for school and room. Make sure you have at least 5 people's info to put down as contact info and their addresses. If you have any debt. You must list them all and know about what the pay off would be. Make sure if you rent or live with someone you have the landlord or owners info also. It will speed things up tremendously. Got out around noon and ate the 5.50 lunch (clamp chowder and a grilled ham and cheese, VERY GOOD) make sure to ask if you can go to the yard and check out the trucks while you have the free time. It's always better to actually put your hands on the components of the truck. Get in that thing and practice moving the shifter arouns and get a feel for the clutch. Go over pre trip inspection. If you spend a little time like I did it will be a cake walk. And also go and talk with the drivers! Some of them have some good knowledge and can help you! Go out and talk to the yard instructors and introduce yourself. Making good impressions on these guys might help in the long run. Oh and you will also receive some homework, wich I'm about to start now. Looks to be basic things that you need to know and all the answers are in the cheat sheets they give you from day one. But that's all for today! You get your first Wednesday off and class starts at 7 on Thursday. So I'll make a new post then!

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Swift / central refrigerated school SLC,Utah

Day one. Made it to SLC yesterday! Two days on a bus was horrible but we're here now! Today consisted of drug test and making sure cdl permits and dot physicals were all in order. We were told about pay and bonuses. Pretty good deal as far as money goes. Starting pay is 36 cpm. With quarterly bonuses based on performance. 2500 mile per week average. Not too bad for a first year driver from what I gather from this site and others.

Tomorrow we do all the nessacary paperwork and whatnot. Supposed to start in the yard Wednesday or Thursday.

Any questions. Just ask!

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Salt lake city swift academy

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Do you like working for swift? They treat you pretty good?

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Yes and yes. I have been with Swift Dedicated for several years now and at this point have no interest in leaving. I enjoy my job and the people I work with. They treat me professionally, with respect, keep me running, and do an above average job of supporting their drivers. Let me know if you have any additional questions.

How long did it take you to get a dedicated route and what's home time like with dedicated?

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Salt lake city swift academy

Do you like working for swift? They treat you pretty good?

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Salt lake city swift academy

I don't know how it is now but in April 2014 it took 16 days to get my cdl... The first week is studying for the permit and on Monday you go to SLC DMV to take the test... If you pass on Monday Tuesday you start backing and Wednesday Thur Saturday is driving... They have a stretch of road they take you on then go to industrial area plus city and mountain driving... Sunday is all day backing.....

Monday is pre trip test and backing and Tuesday is road test with dot certified instructor...

I would get your permit first cuz then you don't have to stay in the dorms that first week... Take some extra cash for food and personal stuff...

When I was there central drivers could pull both reefer and dry and swift drivers could only pull dry van but nows its changed cuz I see swift trucks pulling reefer trailers... Its a fast paced course and they are really good at what they do....

Any more questions just ask..

And I'm sure everything will make sense once I get there and get into it. I'm not worried about the driving part. I've been pulling trailers my whole life and have even had a few times being the wheel of a rig. So I'm very comfortable with what I'm getting into I just like to know the details before I go. Call me anal but I like to have my **** together in everything I do.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Salt lake city swift academy

I've already got my permit from my home state. The email I got for the recruiter says it's gonna be 13 days of schooling then off with a trainer. I keep reading how a bunch of folks have to go to let's just say, Millington TN for a few days then they go to SLC. How come I get to skip the first step and go straight to SLC? And I was told 36 cpm once I go solo, is this accurate? Or are they blowing smoke

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Salt lake city swift academy

The salt lake school isn't one of Swifts schools. Swift bought central refrigeration and it's their school, so i guess its a "swift school." I'm wondering if I will be strictly reefer or dry van. There's not a lot of info out there for this school! I'm hoping someone will chime in that has actually been there! Thanks for the reply though!

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Salt lake city swift academy

I've been looking into being a driver for quite some time and I put in to have swift provide my training and what not. They called almost immediately after I finished the RFI, told me that he wanted me to fill out a full application and start on online cdl training. So I did the online course and passed with a 98! I was instructed to call when I finished, so I did so and he told me I would be going to salt lake city on november 16. He also told me to get my cdl permit from my home state. Passed the 3 main tests and the hazmat, tanker, and doubles/triples tests. Sent an email saying I've completed everything, all he said was "great" so I'm assuming everything is OK. It's the 4th of november now and I still haven't received bus tickets yet and I put in for my notice for quitting today. So, I'm at the point of no return now. Does all of this sound right to you guys? Seems legit to me, just wanna be sure. How's the program up there? Seeing as I have a louisiana cdl permit... how will I get my cdl without coming home first? The actual driving is not the problem. I'm confident in my driving abilities and know my way around a truck. I just want this to be quick and painless as possible. Idk like to have all the firepower I can get before I go into battle so to speak lol

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