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    Fontana, CA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    1 year, 12 months ago

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Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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New OTR driver with low mileage loads

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Ask to be in a dedicated account or apply for a new job elsewhere. You will thank me later.

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"You will thank me later" is not very compelling life changing and career changing advice that someone should take from a stranger. Why don't you explain your reasoning behind those two options so he can make an informed decision?

I am sure OP is not a kid and can figure out this by himself. If he is not getting the miles, ask to be on a dedicated account where the pay and mileage is more constant. Or if the dispatcher is screwing him around, just look for another job. I am sure there are plenty of megas offering bonus pay if he apply for a job there (Swift offers $3000 sign-on bonus, KKW pays $0.47/mile with 2100 miles min per week). And to make new recruits happy, he will get good miles for the next 6 months. So why not?

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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New OTR driver with low mileage loads

I have been solo for 7 months in my new career. I thought I picked the right company to work for but I'm not getting the miles to make a living.When I first srarted I had some very good runs. Then the loads dwindled down to 27-300m per load. I met with my Asst. Terminal manager and my miles went up 1200m average. Now I'm back at the bottom again. Now they expect me to do a couple of low mileage runs just to get an average run. Again, I can't make a living this way. I've never been late on any load. I need to know, "Is this typical for the industry or am I working for the wrong company? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanksstrong>

Ask to be in a dedicated account or apply for a new job elsewhere. You will thank me later.

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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Starting Training at CR England Tomorrow!

By the way, CR England announced they will increase their driver pay 2 days ago that’s why I am interested to know what is their new pay package.

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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Starting Training at CR England Tomorrow!

LOL, these mods surely are becoming defensive real quick.

You are the one who is making dumbass assumption. 14 cents a mile is for team miles. So if the truck was moving 6000 miles per week, that translates to $840 per week, which is respectable for new drivers.

I was simple asking a question about the current pay and nothing more.

Tommy's asked...

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Do they still pay 14 cents per mile for new drivers?

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Don't sh** on the guys parade with a dumbass, antagonist question like that.

Show some class and respect.

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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Starting Training at CR England Tomorrow!

Do they still pay 14 cents per mile for new drivers?

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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New to trucking. What is the point of leasing from a carrier? It's not O/O and seems to be a scam

I was more asking what is the point of a lease from a company when you can just do the owner operator thing?

Errrr, insurance? Ever try to get a quote with your experience?

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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Great news from FMCSA on PC

Now if only Swift offers PC on their QC for company drivers

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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Failed Upgrade at Swift, What Happens Now?

I know someone who failed upgrade test on ally dock and Swift had a new mentor teach him for 2-3 hours and he passed the backing and upgrade test the next day. Nothing to stress over.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Swift speeding the trucks up!!

Can’t agree more. Driving faster is bad for the company because of fuel mileage, but good for the company driver because less time spent on driving and also potential bigger pay check. 3 mph doesn’t seem like a lot but It will definitely help me to get more loads because I will be able to get to the receiver that much quicker.

So yes, if I can get a few extra mph and get to deliveries and pickups a few minutes earlier, I can potentially get an extra load or two over the course of a month and potentially make a little more money. It cannot be that difficult to understand my position.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Swifties: If you get a TEXT about trainee back pay from Swift

Big T, we are talking about complete different things. When you are driving solo, you are making your own decisions about how to make your own logs. When you are in the mentor’s truck, that mentor has power over you over what you do as far as safety and company regulations. I certainly hope that you can distinguish between the two.

The bottom line, pay when you are performing ON DUTY tasks when you are paid per hour. When you are paid per mile, then you can do whatever you want with the logs as long as you log legally.

I am not going to waste time reading it. Swift laid out the program and I agreed to that program.

Tommy I know you had a rough go with your first mentor, but I want to offer another way to look at it.

This only pertains to HOS, not the Qualcomm stuff. When I first started driving the whole "log what you do and do what you log" was spoken while safety and everyone else was winking and nodding.

Reality is I get paid to drive. I don't get paid to sweep trailers, get wash outs, do paperwork etc. So right or wrong, I am not going to log any time on line four that is not absolutely necessary. This is how I was taught originally and it is how I operate.

Is it "cheating"? Yes. Am I taking the risk of having DOT make an example of me? Yes. But in the end I make that choice. No one forces me to and I fully understand that if something goes wrong it will be my butt on the line.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Swifties: If you get a TEXT about trainee back pay from Swift

Victim blaming I see. Of course I reported him to the student development and wrote a statement about this. The last time I heard, he was still getting students.

It’s the tone-deaf attitude like yours that’s why they are brining the lawsuits. The only way to make people listen.

Anytime spent off duty while working is not the fault of the mentor, but of the trainee. You should have reported the mentor to driver development. If you did not do this, don't blame swift for your own negligence.

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Hint... if all my time is spent on DRIVE and not ON DUTY, then, of course it affects my mentor’s pay. My mentor’s extra pay comes from the miles I DRIVE, not performing ON DUTY tasks. If I spend more time on duty, then I will need to do my 34 resets sooner, and unable to DRIVE, and therefore affects my mentor’s pay.

So of course it affects my mentor’s bank account if I spend time ON DUTY.

Perfect HOS log for my mentor would be 10:45 hours DRIVE and 20 minuets ON DUTY for pre and post trip everyday. Hitting that everyday until 200 hours are up and then on to the next student.

These mentors are abusing the system and Swift enables them because Swift wants to lease the trucks to them.

This has been going on for years and years. I hard to learn the hard way.

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Forced meaning I wasn’t allowed to touch the Qualcomm so I can’t change my status to ON DUTY when I am performing on duty tasks. If I can’t touch the Qualcomm and the mentor changes all my HOS and then approves it, does that count as “forced?”

Studying Swift’s employee handbook and student guide is not “homework.” These should be ON DUTY events. This was discussed during orientation.

Sweeping the trailer should be ON DUTY and not something I should be doing in sleeper berth.

I think the mentors are coached to minimize Students’ on duty time. Why are they so eager to change my time to off duty? Maybe they just want to divert all my ON DUTY time to DRIVE so I can complete my 200 hours quicker?

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"studying the materials provided by Swift" is not a required duty, just like homework studying.

As for being "off duty" at a dock, that's an HOS rule that you should be on duty. And, your trainee work hours have nothing to do with your Mentor's pay so you shouldn't be "forced" into that.

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Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Swifties: If you get a TEXT about trainee back pay from Swift

Hint... if all my time is spent on DRIVE and not ON DUTY, then, of course it affects my mentor’s pay. My mentor’s extra pay comes from the miles I DRIVE, not performing ON DUTY tasks. If I spend more time on duty, then I will need to do my 34 resets sooner, and unable to DRIVE, and therefore affects my mentor’s pay.

So of course it affects my mentor’s bank account if I spend time ON DUTY.

Perfect HOS log for my mentor would be 10:45 hours DRIVE and 20 minuets ON DUTY for pre and post trip everyday. Hitting that everyday until 200 hours are up and then on to the next student.

These mentors are abusing the system and Swift enables them because Swift wants to lease the trucks to them.

This has been going on for years and years. I hard to learn the hard way.

Forced meaning I wasn’t allowed to touch the Qualcomm so I can’t change my status to ON DUTY when I am performing on duty tasks. If I can’t touch the Qualcomm and the mentor changes all my HOS and then approves it, does that count as “forced?”

Studying Swift’s employee handbook and student guide is not “homework.” These should be ON DUTY events. This was discussed during orientation.

Sweeping the trailer should be ON DUTY and not something I should be doing in sleeper berth.

I think the mentors are coached to minimize Students’ on duty time. Why are they so eager to change my time to off duty? Maybe they just want to divert all my ON DUTY time to DRIVE so I can complete my 200 hours quicker?

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"studying the materials provided by Swift" is not a required duty, just like homework studying.

As for being "off duty" at a dock, that's an HOS rule that you should be on duty. And, your trainee work hours have nothing to do with your Mentor's pay so you shouldn't be "forced" into that.

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Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Swift speeding the trucks up!!

Seriously that 3 mph is important. After you’ve been passed by so many trucks and you have to slow down to create the following distance, that 62mph feels more like 55mph. But if you can go as fast as the traffic, then that extra 3mph will feel more like 10mph (because you don’t have people cutting you off every 5 minutes and sometimes trigger that collusion detection and makes the truck break hard)

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Swifties: If you get a TEXT about trainee back pay from Swift

Forced meaning I wasn’t allowed to touch the Qualcomm so I can’t change my status to ON DUTY when I am performing on duty tasks. If I can’t touch the Qualcomm and the mentor changes all my HOS and then approves it, does that count as “forced?”

Studying Swift’s employee handbook and student guide is not “homework.” These should be ON DUTY events. This was discussed during orientation.

Sweeping the trailer should be ON DUTY and not something I should be doing in sleeper berth.

I think the mentors are coached to minimize Students’ on duty time. Why are they so eager to change my time to off duty? Maybe they just want to divert all my ON DUTY time to DRIVE so I can complete my 200 hours quicker?

"studying the materials provided by Swift" is not a required duty, just like homework studying.

As for being "off duty" at a dock, that's an HOS rule that you should be on duty. And, your trainee work hours have nothing to do with your Mentor's pay so you shouldn't be "forced" into that.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Swifties: If you get a TEXT about trainee back pay from Swift

All my mentors required me to log off duty while waiting for dock. I was forced to log off duty while studying the materials provided by Swift. I don’t have the control of the Qualcomm. So there.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Does anyone here run Walmart dedicated out of Moberly Missouri?

I am in Moberly and yes that’s easy route until you get a backhaul or 2 pallet delivery to small location.

Well day 1 was a success. My load was ready about 2 pm. 3 stops in Springfield, Jacksonville, and Pittsfield, all in Illinois. 352 miles round trip.

The first stop, was pulling pallets straight off the back. 5 pallets in zone 3, then a slight fight with the bulkheads lol, and then 6 pallets from zone 2. Once I figured out how the bulkheads actually work with my own hands, if made much more sense.

Stop 2 was almost as easy. 3 pallets in zone 2, but 1 pallet had to be left in zone 2 for stop number 3, then 7 pallets from zone 1, leaving another 1 pallet for stop 3.

Stop 3 were the final 2 pallets, 1 each in zones 2 and 1. Very easy stop.

There was one thing that caught me a little off guard. The locations of the pallets didn't match the load map exactly. I had a few pallets that were marked on "curb side" but were actually on "driver side" and vice versa. There were also a few that were out of order. But I double checked stickers before pulling them, and marked everything that was coming off and was able to keep everything straight.

Headed back to the DC, and got here with 4 hours left on my clock. I don't know if I was given an easy route, or if that is just the standard pace around here. But all in all, it was a pretty good day. The worst thing that happened was having to replace a burnt out headlight bulb so I can definitely live with that lol.

Thanks again for the help guys! It absolutely came in handy today and I feel a whole lot better about how things function on these Walmart dedicated accounts now. Back at it tomorrow.....errr later today lol

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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The Teaming Saga

How much are you getting paid, average per week, as a Swift team driver? I am doing the FDD (frozen dairy daily) routes and average about $1050 per week.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Swift Diary

Sorry about that guys. Big-T and I are in the same TDA class in Fontana and we both passed DMV test on Thursday so that's why I asked. Big T was the first one to pass and I was the last one in the day.

Still waiting for the donuts from Ms. Kassie.

Anyways sorry about hijacking the thread. But I would recommend to get a mentor with automatic. Down shift = Jake 1 and Jake 2. Down grade = Jake 2 plus 11th or 10th gear. Much easier. The only thing I don't like is when backing, it won't go smoothly like on stick shifts.

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The who isn't important. The point is you cannot come to these programs thinking you are going to coast through. You will have to put forth the time and effort and do the homework. Especially in these company sponsored accelerated schools.

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Tommy, Big T is 100% spot-on with his reply. The names of the individuals? It's none of our business and irrelevant to the mission of this website and forum. We are not Facebook, or Twitter and do not dabble in gossip or conjecture.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Swift Fontana 4/11

Thanks. My mentor told me that if I was trained on auto then when I finish my 200 hours he will drop me off at Phoenix and Swift will give me auto.

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I passed DMV test on stick and now in automatic 2017 Freightliner Cascadia. I guess I will be requesting automatic after my 200 hours.

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In case you're still reading these. CR England is only training and testing in automatics now.

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You probably won't need to make a request like that...most of the fleet at this point is auto-shift.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Big T's Swift Adventure

Mentor taking too long? My mentor wants me to get 200 hours in 3 1/2 week. LOL And I countered like errr... how about 4 1/2 week?

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