Profile For Big T

Big T's Info

  • Location:
    National City, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 5 months ago

Big T's Bio

I'm a Mentor for Swift Transportation on the refrigerated side running out of the Jurupa Valley terminal.

I recently celebrated two years with Swift. Platinum driver with 100 percent on time and zero accidents.

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Posted:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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Swift drivers

As I understand it they do. I know all the 2020s do. If by chance you got one that didn't have one already installed they will put one in for you.

Question for current swift drivers. Do all 2019 and 2020 year cascadia trucks come with inverters installed? Thanks

Posted:  4 days ago

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Please help! New CDL and accident of personal vehicle

When you're explaining the accident leave the personal opinions and beliefs out of it. They don't matter. Unless a police officer or insurance adjuster said you weren't at fault or you couldn't have prevented it then it's best to not add your beliefs. Remember everyone is innocent in jail.

Based on your description, you had no one on either side of you. Which means you had a clear view of the travel lane. If you saw the other vehicle then you misjudged their speed and the time necessary to complete your maneuver. You failed to yield the right of way and were involved in an accident.

Look at it from safety's perspective. Then add trying to push fault or blame off yourself.

It is possible to find a job, but be prepared to hear no. You got your license a month ago and was planning on finding a job when you got back. So I am going to guess you went through a private school. No one has a vested interest in you and now you're a risk. Anyone seeing a pattern here?

Good luck to you.

Posted:  5 days, 10 hours ago

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C.R. ENGLAND what do I really need to bring with me.

You may not need it for your permit, but you will need it for your license.

This is the fun time of year where it can be 80 today and snowing tomorrow. Donners pass got their first snow yesterday in California.

Posted:  5 days, 10 hours ago

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Heading to Swift in Menasha, WI Monday 9/23!

Congrats Marc. I spent three very lonely days at that terminal during a blizzard lol.

Posted:  6 days, 10 hours ago

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Released from Schneider Program / Job due to poor backing

I am not aware of a hiring freeze in Wisconsin for Swift, but we have a terminal in Appleton. If you got hired on though you would most likely have to do the full training based on your experience level. 200 behind the wheel hours and 40 backs before you could upgrade.

You could try companies that do refresher courses like western Express or covenant but they are usually shorter than Schneider's course. WE was like three days and back when I worked at Covenant (10 yrs ago) theirs was a week.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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D is for Diesel

Although it's only as accurate as the users make it, I rely on trucker's path for knowing if there are spots open. However this morning I ended up stopping at a small marathon truck stop that wasn't on TP or in my truckstop guide. Thankfully I was reading the signs and it said truck plaza under the marathon logo.

If I am in a new area I usually look for a place where they have the tall gas and diesel price signs you can see from a distance. I also wish they had a truck parking available or no truck parking signs at the exit.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Company paid training and their vested interest

I thought I'd share a couple examples of the vested interest companies have in students and why it matters.

In a previous post I discussed a student that went through our program and failed. It would have been easy to just let him go, but instead he was given more training and passed. Had the company not had a vested interest in his success there would not be any real benefit to expending more resources in the hopes he would pass.

Currently I have a student that had been struggling with production. In two weeks he hasn't managed a ten hour shift. Most of the shifts have been between six and seven hours. To top it off he is dealing with some health issues.

Once again it would be easy and understandable for a company to decide he isn't worth the resources. Instead he is in a hotel on their dime so that he can see a doctor and then they can discuss the production issues.

If either of these drivers had come from outside schools there would be little incentive to spend the additional resources.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Five Years On This Account

Congrats Old School. To further show the rarity of your achievement; they had a driver retention specialist on the women in trucking show this past weekend and one of the stats she pointed out was less than 40% of drivers will stick with a company for a year. This was experienced drivers they were talking about. So five years with the same account is a big deal.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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D is for Diesel

I just got done delivering up in the northeast and I have seen it posted that there was truck diesel/ truckstops at an exit.

The bigger point is if you're trip planning correctly then you don't have to play the guessing game. As big as we are guessing should not be part of the game.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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D is for Diesel

While the majority of our trucks use this wonderful energy producing liquid cmv's are not the only users.

Pick ups, straight trucks, dump trucks etc all use diesel.

Another kink is that not all gas stations have diesel. This creates a need to advertise when there is diesel offered at an exit.

Diesel being offered at an exit does not mean that exit is suitable for class 8 trucks.

Part of trip planning is knowing where you can take breaks along your route. If you know you need to stop every 150 miles then check what your options are before you start your day.

Hoping this will help some of the new drivers because it has been a struggle point on my truck lately.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Now they're talking about "smart" trailers

Maybe lack of sleep is getting to me, but did I read the same article as everyone else?

It appeared to me that the issue was how to integrate the technology portals so that fleets and shops could better utilize all this data that is being generated.

I missed the back up camera aspect, but I would bet if there was any potential to them U.S Express would have them already. The big wigs over there have always been protech.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Jake Brake?

A lot less nerve wracking than figuring it out in the middle of an OS moment.

This could e nerve wracking, but this practice plays into keeping you safe:

Every once in a while, imagine if the car in front of you stops quickly, or you start to skid, or some other terrible thing happens.

What do you do?

The imagination game will keep you on your toes, and you will be more mindful of actually what you should do.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Jake Brake?

Yes that is stab braking. Only way you are going to over heat your brakes or lose air is if you stay on the brakes. Stab braking allows you to use the service brakes without overheating them if you do it correctly. I run a lot of the mountains out west in the winter and have never had an issue.

Yes there is a manual option on the end of the lever to the right of the steering column. Push it in for manual.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Jake Brake?

Yes using the Jake in wet and slick conditions increases the chance of a jackknife. Think about what a jackknife is: the trailer is moving faster than the tractor and basically pushes the truck out of the way.

What does the Jake do? It slows the truck from the tractor back using the engine against itself. Thus slowing the tractor first and creating a situation where the trailer is going faster than the tractor. Wet conditions make it much more likely to break traction and end up jacking.

Using the service brakes to descend a grade is fairly simple. First make sure you are in the proper gear for the safe speed of decent. When you reach that speed brake until you are 5 to 10 mph below it and then let off the brakes. Rinse and repeat until you get to the bottom.

Remember prior to the late 50s trucks didn't have Jake's, but still had mountains.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Coleman 12V cooler

In the 12v plug. Switch out the 2amp for a 10amp and you won't have any trouble with it. At least until you drop it out of the truck and crack the shell lol.

I bought a Coleman 12V cooler in April. It conked out 2 months ago. Just got around to calling Amazon to arrange a return. They told me the company won't take it back because I've had it too long. I thought Coleman made better stuff. Might be a fuse in the cooler. Anybody know where the fuse is located? I can't find it. Thanks.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Got my truck today!

When the engine shutdown light comes on press on the accelerator and it should idle provided it's over 70 or below 30.

Usually they trade out around 450k but they may also have a certain amount of years as well. You can ask tractor assignment and they can tell you when it is scheduled for trade.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Chain season is upon us.

That chain can be useful when your truck is stuck. Not that I have ever had to get pulled out of a frozen spot or two lol.

I actually do haul around a 40' length section of 7/8" chain for pulling heavy objects.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Swift policy on stickers/decals

If you talk to your DM they will probably make one for your truck. They had some done up for veteran's day last year.

I know some company drivers put decals on their truck, mainly the side window. Not sure if it is actually allowed but your DM can tell you.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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A Bizarre Conversation With A New Driver

I had a student like that recently. Wanted to tell me everything that was wrong with the industry and how we are paid blah blah blah. It never ends well for those kinds of drivers.

Of course it involved the famous "if us drivers got together the companies would have to listen."

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Chain season is upon us.

Remember starting tomorrow chains are required on your truck if going through Colorado.

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