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    Munday, TX

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    Company Driver In Training

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    4 years, 11 months ago

Krytter's Bio

Been around trucks on and off all my life from loading and unloading worked at a truck wash for a spell and had the joy of tuning and installing cbs for short time, still dabble on the radio now and then. Jack of all trades most of my life. Now my son is raised, Im single, and live in a small texas town where there really isnt any decent paying jobs. Figure now is the perfect time to go pro! Im a good cook, and enjoy racing, camping, fishing, and kayaking so I know how to travel light. Riding a motorcycle has made me a better driver and has made me more attentive to the Dumb sh...things drivers do behind the wheel. that alone has made me a better driver. I feel my hobbies and past jobs have lead me to the path of being a professional driver and I couldnt be happier about it.

Looking forward to getting on the road!

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Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Starting CDL Training tomorrow...

My wife and I are starting our CDL training tomorrow and I was wondering if some of you who have been through it recently could share what you thought was the most difficult parts of it. What gave you the most troubles?

Parallel parking! I was tense and over thinking it. Had great instructors that helped me out alot. Shout out to Danny and Charlie at the Swift academy in Corsicana! Once I realized it was basically a game of angles and learned how to interpret and what to look for in the mirrors it suddenly clicked for me. Dont over think it, talk yourself thru it, and get out and look every chance you get.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Stuck in Limbo over a Lost drug screen???

Now that is really strange. There's something called " chain of custody" with lab samples, especially DOT drug screens. DOT approved labs are no Mon-n-pop outfits. I would contact the medical director personally as his/her license rides on this... After all its your bodily fluids or property.

Something just ain't right here!!

Somebody is CYA'in at YOUR expense.

See, thats what i was thinking as well from the very start! Even though it was explained to me I STILL dont understand the whole situation completely. Even if my sample was found, Im not so sure i would trust the validity of it at this point...who knows where its been or if it had been tampered with at this point. I thought the whole chain of custody was supposed to prevent this from happening. Went thru the NMCSA page and found everything about drug tests except missing or lost ones! First thing in the morning ima start making calls and emails, as I told them I would do.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Stuck in Limbo over a Lost drug screen???

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Great food in the Lancaster driver lounge by the way!

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No kidding! Do they still bring homemade food? They could charge an arm and a leg for the food and I'd probably still buy it! Nothing beats home made cookin'.

yessir! Last couple of days I was there it was the 2 black ladies and it was the best food Ive eaten away from home in a long long time

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Stuck in Limbo over a Lost drug screen???

I actually like going to the terminal there in Lancaster. The planning can sometimes leave a little to be desired but all of the people have been really nice and or helpful. LOL!

JJ

Ill be glad when they get the rest of the road opened back up, thats for sure!

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Stuck in Limbo over a Lost drug screen???

On a brighter note. Ive had nothing but good experiences with everyone ive encountered at Swift all the way through their training and orientation classes. Theyve taken good care of me every step of the way...Great food in the Lancaster driver lounge by the way! This is really the only snag Ive managed to find, all be it a big one, and would still recommend someone looking for a good company to drive for to come to Swift. Ive learned alot and have had a good time along the way. I just have a knack for finding unique issues. Grand dad told me one time my nickname should be monkey wrench, cuz boy can i find em! LoL

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Stuck in Limbo over a Lost drug screen???

Old School I agree with you completely and want this more than anything. I can tolerate and can let alot of crap roll off my back, being a jailer taught me that. Ive kept my professionalism and cool with them, and have kept my recruiter driver manager his boss and mentor in the know. And have a good realtionship with both ladies that handle compliance, they know me well and seem to genuinely feel sorry for me and appear to be working diligently to solve my issue. As far as any of them know Im cool as a cuccomber! But in all reality, I cant pay bills sittin on my butt waiting for someone to fix what should not have been a problem to begin with! Perhaps I chose the wrong words in aggravation on here last night blowin off a lil steam in a neutral setting, but i cant afford to wait that long. Luckily Ive got a few odd jobs i can do this weekend whilst I await my fate to make a lil extra money, but a month??? come on now!? Im going under the assumption that they said that to cover their butt just in case, but I dont know anyone that has the money to sit for a month.

Jim J Its the Lancaster terminal. and wow yessir you had every reason to be concerned! thats crazy

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Stuck in Limbo over a Lost drug screen???

Maybe if a 2nd sample is drawn it will raise red flags with Swift's corporate office, because I imagine that's extremely rare, and that local academy is trying to keep it quiet that they lost/misplaced a sample; although, a third party entity should be handling the testing and the samples, so maybe that's not it. I would go higher up the chain-of-command and offer the second sample and to allow you to continue with your training. All they can do is say "no" and keep you in the same holding pattern you're already in.

Not in the school. Its the terminal. Really not sure its them so much as the company that handles their drug screening.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Stuck in Limbo over a Lost drug screen???

So heres my situation. I went thru orientation this week, last day of orientation AS WE WERE WALKING OUT THE DOOR, I get pulled to the side and was told my drug test was missing and was assured I hadnt done anything wrong. I know I havent as i had my copy of the drug screen paper and I know im clean. So I offer to just give another sample and was told no they had a trace on it and it should be found quickly....this was Wednesday.

Thursday morning I check back in with compliance and was told the trace had turned to pending and was given a meal ticket and a motel voucher. Stuck around for a lil while hoping for a change in my status. While there I was offered an amazing opportunity to have a quadruple diamond driver as my mentor, I was super excited, called him and talked to him and we hit it off quite well, great guy. Had me looking forward to gettin on the truck with him! I contacted my recruiter, who herself has been a HUGE HELP thru my whole hiring process and hasnt steered me wrong yet.

This morning ...Friday...since nothing had changed on my status. contacted my recruiter and he has reworked his schedule to try to keep me on his truck, which I thought was an awesome thing for him to do! I was given a bus ticket home for the weekend and I will be called back when they find my sample and was told it could take from days to months to be found. "But it outta be worked out by Monday" wtf-2.gif For whatever reason either i cant just give another sample or compliance wont LET me give another one. No way will I wait for a month or even a few weeks for someone to find my drug screen and I find it hard to believe I cant just give another sample...I am about to comb thru the fmcsa laws and was hoping someone knew anything about this issue.

Have any of you had or even heard of a lost drug screen and NOT being able to give another sample???

I gotta be honest Ive had to pee in a cup for every job ive ever had thru my life and ive never EVER heard of some one losing a drug screen...let alone a DOT DRUG screen and Im 46 years old!!! Ive seen them mixed up but never lost. There has to be a law or loop hole or something that covers such an issue.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Swift training in Corsicana

Krytter, thanks for sharing! Swift @ Corsicana is on my short list for training. I would love to read how things are going for you with your trainer if you get time to post.

I leave in the morning Catching a bus to Lancaster for orientation then out on the road with a mentor. Really lookin forward to it!

Swifts academy in Corsicana is a great school, Id say go for it!

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

As a youngster, right out of high school, I became an EMT then up to paramedic. Tried to go military but was denied due to eyesight, weight/height and I had a GED. I moved outta state long enough to lose my license. Did a bunch of security work, mostly VIP escort and body guard type stuff. Spent several years in and out of warehouses and manufacturing jobs electric motor and magnet shops. Did some oilfield and refinery work, which i enjoyed a bit, but an oil recession took care of that. Was a slot tech in Las Vegas for a short time. Spent about 7 years as an animal control officer and humane investigator for a couple of different cities and the SPCA of Texas. it effected me to the point I started drinking smoking and popping pills. All the euthanizing and the sick things people do to animals finally got to me and I burnt out on it. Quit, cleaned up and out and never looked back. After that I landed a job as a correctional officer in a private owned regional jail and immigration hold facility. Worked my way up to Sergeant and was in charge of the SRT and fire team, as well as a gang intel officer. My unit was closed down, which in a way was a blessing in disguise, because here I am...on the verge of driving which I dunno why I didnt do sooner!

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Swift training in Corsicana

Congratulations!

Thanks G! really lookin forward to gettin out there! smile.gif

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Swift training in Corsicana

Congratulations on your accomplishment! Is Felix still teaching there? He was my favorite when I went through the Corsicana academy.

Didnt meet a Felix. Had Marc Charles Charlie and his brother Danny, John and Zac. All of em great instructors.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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The tangled web of legal marijuana and Hair tests

I just finished training at Swift and saw no problem. The training is very thorough.

Dont listen to the b.s. people sling about swift because its just that...b.s.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Swift training in Corsicana

Was a long 3 weeks but I made it. Wasnt able to post. Phone got wet and quit working on me 4 days in. First few days I wondered what I had gotten myself into, but it all came out in the end, had a great time. The school challenging, fast paced and intense. Lots of info piled on you but its done in such a way to easily understand if you pay attention and take notes. Plenty of range time both on and off site. Very challenging test course thru part of town also.

All my instructors were very knowledgeable and eager to help you if you ask for it. first week was downstairs for the bus at 530, school runs 6-4. Couple days of class room learning how to read maps do logs and legal stuff. then on to the backing range to learn how to straightline backing pre trip and air brake test. 2nd week runs 4-2...You go to what is affectionately known as the desert. The back lot is a cliche lot. uneven ground and lots of rocks. Good heavy soled shoes or boots are highly recommended, drink alot of water and take sunscreen! offset backing and parallel parking is the name of the game back there. It all sounds difficult at first but soon as you see the angle it completely changes! IF you can get in the box in the desert you can do it pretty much anywhere! 4am does make for an early day but does get you out of the heat, for that i was very thankful.

Third week is shifting and road driving. Got to drive to the Lancaster terminal Wednesday. Picked up shifting quickly and didnt have any issues with it. Had a room mostly to myself for 2 weeks. First weeks roommate left. Just wasnt what he wanted to do. 2nd weeks roommate was really loud. Asked the hotel staff for help and they quickly moved him with someone in his class. 3rd week had a really good roommate. Only issue a bunch of us had was one instructor would show you one way to do a maneuver and another one would come around and say thats all wrong do it this way. It got a little confusing wound up doing a little bit of what they both said, it worked for me!

Anyone considering going to Corsicana for training Id say go for it. Well worth the time!

As for me I completed my DOT test this am at 730. Orientation is set for Aug 7th in Lancaster where I will get paired up with my Mentor and hit the road!!!!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Swift training in Corsicana

Made it to Corsicana for training. First day was lots and lots of signing paperwork Drug test and then right Into training and homework. Fast paced yet easy to understand. Just pay attention and youll be fine.

Thought id touch on the motel here that Swift puts you In for your stay while attending school here. Its a La Quinta. Very nice place. Pool hot tub weight room. Laundry facilities in the motel are $3.00 to wash 2.50 for the dryer. Also they do have a shuttle that will take you to Wal mart and a grocery store on Mondays and Thursdays. I drove down not knowing of the shuttle. I would have probably taken a bus had I known. Tomorrow is the first day we get range time. Ill post up more tomorrow. If you have any questions feel free to ask an ill answer soon as I can.

The adventure begins...

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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The dreaded DOT Physical and permit test...here we go!

LoL Fair enough Cornelius!! I stick to using this lil guy for a while then!dancing-dog.gif

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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The dreaded DOT Physical and permit test...here we go!

Well that sounds like a hoot Patrick! The folks here in the small town i live in didnt have any idea what to do around motorcycles, some still dont. Only 1 or 2 other bikes around here till i got mine...now theres a whopping 12 of us! Riding has definitely got me paying more attention to whats going on all around me. I'll get there in a truck to Im confident, although I should concentrate my attention on training first. The idiots will come later

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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The dreaded DOT Physical and permit test...here we go!

Thanks Big Scott, Ill remember that. Only 2 things that worry me so far are the idiots in cars and backing. Of course Ive never backed or even driven a truck before....Ive been a spotter more times than i can count and have backed all kinds of trailers, behind various pickups and u-hauls as well as backing ambulances, and firetrucks into tight bays. I am going under the assumption its the same theory as backing any trailer with the exception of needing more room! Looking ahead to idiots in cars, I have to deal with them on a motorcycle daily now and can almost spot the car thats gona be a bonehead before i get to em. I feel that's gona pay off on the road for sure

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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The dreaded DOT Physical and permit test...here we go!

Passed my permit test yesterday with flying colors!!

Set to Head to Swifts training school in Corsicana the 10th! Not real sure if I'm taking the laptop, but if I do Ill do a training diary! Been a little while since Ive been to Corsicana, Anyone know if there's a store(s) to get groceries and supplies within walking distance of the motel? Thinking about riding tha motorcycle down so Ill have a way around... Plus itll be a nice last ride on the bike for a while!

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Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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The dreaded DOT Physical and permit test...here we go!

Passed my Physical with flying colors!! Going to take my permit tests monday or tuesday. After that will be off to Swifts training in Corsicana for the class starting the 10th!

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