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Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

Good Evening,

I completed my BMV examinations today. I was given an awesome examiner. I did a blind-side offset backing and a blind-side parallel. I passed with just one point left before I failed backing. Yikes.

During my road test, we got put in some pretty bad situations, two to be exact, where he had to instruct me on what to do because they were so bad and one was flat-out dangerous (a 4-wheeler cut us off in an intersection, stalled, and we had to sit in the intersection for around 1 minute while he fixed the issue).

It is with great pleasure that I announce that I passed and am considered a "CDL ACE" at this school. In other words, Tri-Fecta!

I spoke with Dana, at Swift, and I am going to be going home, tomorrow, and it will take 5-7 days for Virginia to get my information and then I get my CDL. Once I have my temporary permit, I call my new recruiter (mine is no longer around) and he schedules me for orientation in Richmond, VA (since it is so close to my house).

I will be doing two days of orientation and then out on the road with a trainer. Since I am on the Kraft East contract, they are going to try to get me a trainer who is on that contract but I am expecting an OTR trainer and that is okay, I am curious to see what that OTR life is like.

I will give you all an update once I have my CDL temporary permit in my hand and I am on my way (or at) Swift Orientation in Richmond, VA.

Take care and safe travels!

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

Good Afternoon,

Yesterday I completed the school's road skills test and backing skills test and passed both of them.

Today I spent some time on the road as well as some time on the range, just touching some fine skills.

Tomorrow is my BMV test day! It is me and one other student, from my class. My test is at 0930 but I have to be there at 0900. I was told that, once I pass, tomorrow, I will be leaving and headed to my next destination (no clue where that may be).

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

Happy Tuesday!

Yesterday morning was time on the road. I spend four (4) hours on the road, one of which I drove, the other three was spent watching other students drive. My instructor said I was doing very good. We took lunch and then I spent four hours on the range, again, one of which I was doing my straight-line, off-set, and parallel park and the other three were spent watching other students. We did our same-side for the maneuvers.

Today morning was, again, time on the road. I spent four hours in the truck, one with me driving, and the other three with others driving. My instructor is testing me tomorrow to see if I am ready for state. I was told that we were taken on all of the BMV test routes which is great to know. We took lunch and then I spent four hours on the range. I did my blind-side maneuvers for an hour and my range instructor said he thinks I will be testing out, at state, this week or next.

I will update you as to my progress.

Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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Swift C1 at Indianapolis - A day to day adventure.

Cannot wait to see what things you are going to experience, just three weeks behind me! Good luck and have fun! Study, study, study.

Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

Hello Everybody,

I wanted to update you as to what has been going on around the school. Things are moving quickly, now.

Yesterday was a day spent mostly just hanging out in the classroom. We have a BMV examiner come in at 0900 and talk to us for about 1.5 hours about what to expect and how to excel during your state test. The state tests are taken on the same grounds as the school and they are administered by ProSafe.

A few things to know about the BMV examiners: 1). They don't work for Swift or C1. 2). They examine based on the federal standards, not based on the C1 standards. 3). They know what they're doing and what they're talking about. 4). They can't engage in conversation during any test, they can merely give instructions. 5). They can't help you with anything.

The rest of the day was spent waiting to take our C1 pre-trip examination (which included the 4-point brake test). We only had 6 students (out of about 15) pass both the pre-trip and 4-point, including me. I walked a fine line; however, on my pre-trip test. If I had a few more mistakes, I would've failed. It was mostly either being too specific (saying cut instead of damaged, etc) or not being specific enough (saying damaged instead of cut, etc). I am going to spend each day going back over the sheet just to get the specific little words figured out.

Those of us, who passed our pre-trip, were moved to the final classroom, where we will stay until we graduate from C1. Those who failed remained in the other classroom, along with the new class that started Monday.

The instructor, I had, told me that they're hoping to get me out of this class by the end of this upcoming week, which means that my goals and the school's goals align quite nicely.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

Good Evening,

Yesterday we spent the day looking at our classroom tables and going over pre-trip. Brad came in, at 0650, and said he was DOT and was going to inspect our logbooks, since we have to keep log of each and every day, since last Friday. He gave me 100%, on my logbook, but it was a complete and utter surprise how many people did not follow the simple instructions to keep their log and we had one student who didn't even keep log, at all.

I spoke with the lead instructor, Keith, yesterday, and he told me and a fellow classmate that he wanted us to be in the trucks this week but the school director overrode him and said we cannot get into a truck until next week but we will test out on Pre-Trip on Friday. It was rather downing but we kept our heads up.

A buddy, I made at school, fell in the shower last night (at my hotel) and ended up going to the ER and got 28 stitches. He was a trooper and made it in, today, but he did not do anything except sit in the classroom trying not to send his pain into a spiral. When we got back to the hotel, the hotel staff made him do some paperwork (for insurance) and then they moved him (cause he broke the shower). They moved him completely across the hotel, the room farthest from the elevator on the 2nd floor. Poor guy. :(

Today they did roll call at 0650 and at 0700 myself and another student got called out, with Eric, to do our backing practice. I went second and did the straight line backing, off-set and parallel (left). Eric said that you are given three (3) lessons, lesson one being where they hold your hand and walk you through the entire thing, lesson two being where they kind of let you figure it out but help you, and lesson three where you are on your own and they intentionally give you false information to seal your confidence on what you know. Eric said tomorrow was going to be my third day and he is confident that I'll pass the backing, for BMV, on the first shot.

After lunch, I was called, by Travis, with three other students (from my class) to go out on the road. I went third. The two, before me, did not have experience driving anything of this size but they did very well, they should be happy with where they sit driving a truck, like this, for the first time. One of them did their 4-point brake check and did a great job, he just missed some verbiage. Since I have driven truck, before, Travis was pretty lax with me and just gave me some direction and pointers and tips. I also did my 4-point brake check but messed it up because I put my service brake on, first, before letting out my tractor and trailer valves... Travis said he would like a solo hour, with me, to work on gear recovery and a few other things (I missed very few gears and I like to stop closer than 20-feet to other vehicles).

Tomorrow is our pre-trip test. I am ready but I am going to go over it, once more, in the morning and then I will go ahead and take the test. I am very excited that things are rolling now.

On a side note, MrTechit and I have connected, via phone, and he will be starting next week. He is coming in this weekend and we may get lucky and be roomed together (since I don't have a roomie).

Posted:  6 months ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

If you feel like meeting up, and I am still here, feel free to send me an email. I'll give you my phone number through email, I don't wanna have it publicly shared (by accident). I already get enough phone calls from people I don't know. Haha.

alexhandsaker@gmail.com

Posted:  6 months ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

I spoke incorrectly and want to correct the record. I have been told that the way they handle the use of automated manual transmissions is that you can choose to test out, at BMV, with an auto, but they warn you heavily of the restrictions. They want you to try, twice, at BMV first, and if you continue to struggle, and the struggle is shifting, then they will have you use the auto.

They are still going to teach you, both on the range and on the road, with the manual but they also let you use the auto if that is the truck the instructor has for the day or if they really need to focus on one thing, such as making turns, and don't want to interfere that focus with the need of shifting.

That is what I was told by an instructor and a student, both, yesterday, so I wanted to clarify.

Sorry for giving incorrect information. I will do better to make sure it is gospel before I run my mouth. :)

Posted:  6 months ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

Evening!

Here's what's been going on.

I spent the weekend in the hotel, since I am here without a vehicle and there's not really too much around here without having to risk getting hurt. I ordered Domino's delivery on Friday and then just studied and relaxed over the weekend. Still no roommate, I was SURE they would give me one but they didn't... maybe I will be lucky and get MrTechit this weekend, who knows.

Yesterday (Monday) class started at 0645. They took roll call and then told us that if nobody calls us by 0715, to drive or do range, then we need to do our own study until lunch and then take lunch at 1100. Nobody out of our class got called so we all worked on pre-trip and watched the other folks do their backing maneuvers. We took lunch at 1100 and returned at 1200. They took roll call, again, and told us that if nobody calls us by 1215, then we need to do our own study until 1600 and then return to the classroom to be dismissed. Nobody out of our class got called, again, so we did more pre-trip and watching other folks.

Today class started at 0645. They took roll call and told us to work on pre-trip all day. I had five separate people test me on the pre-trip and I passed with no less than 95%. We took lunch at 1100 and had roll call at 1200. The instructors were in a meeting from 1200 until 1300 so we too the opportunity to do our 4-point brake test because you're not allowed to start a truck without an instructor unless it's during one of the instructor breaks or during that meeting. We worked on pre-trip for a while, again, and watched other people do backing.

I have to say there is an awful lot of sitting around happening from my class. It's not because we are lazy, it's because we have all tested each other on the pre-trip and we can all pass it both at the state level and the C1 level. The school is graduating people about 4 to 6 weeks, right now but Swift is still telling us it should be about 2 to 3 weeks. We have lost four students (one failed his UA and the others just never showed).

Hopefully tomorrow leads to some drive time and some range time! I know they are training to get the people ahead of us out the door and the instructors are doing their absolute best with what they are given.

I am pushing to get out of here by the end of this week or the beginning of next week, we will see what happens!

Posted:  6 months ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

Good Evening,

I recognize the school is a big interview, I am on my phone way less than a lot of the other students and as soon as an instructor calls for somebody or needs something, I am all over it. I've also got all of my tasks done and have the pre-trip memorized extremely well. I've been going outside and watching people back and do other things (it's made them nervous a few times so I am cautious doing this). There's nothing else to really do, unfortunately.

Manual or Auto? Swift is 99% automatic at this point. With that being said, this school is an independent company. They train students for PAM, Swift, TransportAmerica and a few other schools. The school teaches you in 95% manual trucks; however, they do have a few automatics. They will have you test out, at BMV, with a manual.

They do this because, if you test with an automatic, you get a restriction on your license and you won't be able to drive or train anybody in a manual truck. If you're assigned to a manual truck you're completely worthless (for lack of a better word). So they test you in manual and teach you what you need to know because they want you to be as qualified as possible, plus, I think the school and Swift recognize that you may not want to stay with them your entire career.

I hope this answers your questions!

Posted:  6 months ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

Hey all,

I am sorry for not updating yesterday. I have been kind of down these past two days. There's been a lot of sitting around and staring at my phone throughout the day. I've studied as much as I can and have the stuff I need to know memorized and you can only stand outside, in the freezing wind or 50mph wind for so long so... sitting in the classroom on the phone has been the thing the past two days.

Yesterday we did our MapTrip, Logging, and Math tests. We covered how to use the Trucker Atlas, how to properly log, and how to use recaps and the math associated. Our scores were posted, for the entire class. Lots of people failed tests and, if you failed a test, you cannot graduate. I have an overall of well above 90%. They handed out many packets of paperwork, one of which is an 8-page packet that is due on Monday. It just covers the pre-trip and other things in the binder that they gave you.

Today we were released to start our parallel backing and offset backing. We did that from 0700 to 0900. We were supposed to have a BMV examiner in the class, at 0900, to talk to us about the test and what to expect, but he did not show. From 0900 to 1000 we sat in the class while people re-did their tests. At 1030, we were ushered into another classroom and told that is our new home. We took lunch at 1100.

At 1200, they started taking more people for their backing maneuvers and road demonstrations. During that time, I worked on pre-trip and played on my phone until about 1530. I was taken for a road demonstration from 1530 until 1600. The instructor covered shifting, operating the vehicle, and several other things (including specifics on the road test and 4-point brake test).

I hope you guys have a great weekend!

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

Day 3 is complete.

Class started at 0645. Most folks were on-time, there were still some stragglers who showed up late, again. We started off by turning in our test from last night and taking our DOT Test and Entry-Level test. I have a word of wisdom... make sure you have all of the test questions in your book. Ask Brad how many questions are on the test and make sure you have that many. My book was missing a page and I didn't answer the questions and it hurt my grade. We went out to the pad at 0915 and stayed out there working on pre-trip until 1100.

We went to lunch at 1100 and returned at 1200. Everybody was on-time except for one person, he enjoyed his 1:20 lunch, I am sure, until he got pulled by the school.

We did the MapTrip section and took the test. This took until 1515. We then covered the pre-trip, in detail, in the classroom. Brad covered every single detail and how to study for the pre-trip. The goal is to be ready to test, for the pre-trip, by next Wednesday.

Brad gave us study material to cover logging and math, which is the majority of tomorrow's class. Class ended at 1600. I went, with a friend, to do some pre-trip practice and breezed through the entire pre-trip in 23 minutes. I was pretty stoked.

I hope you all have a great evening!

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

Second day has been completed!

The day started at 0645. There were about half of us in our seats when Brad started taking attendance. He said he had quite a few people call in sick (for their first day of training?!) and he did not know where the rest of the people were. They showed up intermittently between 0700 and 0930... not good.

We had a few new handouts. The first was the C1 pre-trip study guide. This gives you pictures of what you're looking for with arrows that point and describe the part. It includes those items you need to know for your state exam and reference items. We were also given a binder with all of the exams we will be taking (those binders stay in the classroom).

The morning started off with those with a Permit being ushered outside (in 25 degree weather) and watching an instructor (Dion) do the pre-trip inspection. We were then broken up into groups of six (2 groups) and he went over the in-cab inspection and 4-point break check with each group individually. We then went and started straight line backing, one group with Dion and one group with Ed. Those with no experience got two attempts and then tested out for straight line backing (Dion's reasoning was that they are trying to eliminate test anxiety early on). Those with experience got one attempt and then tested out for straight line backing.

Those without their permit did things in Brad's room. I don't know what they did, I am sorry. I do know one person failed their first test and quit then and there. I would provide the insight and words of wisdom that anything you are trying to accomplish is going to require dedication and is going to present a challenge. The EASIEST thing to do is quit. Don't do the easiest thing, push through it. The reward ALWAYS outweighs the easiest course of action.

We were sent to lunch at 1100 and told to be back in Brad's room at 1200. I returned at 1135 (McDonald's is in the C1 parking lot).

We returned to find two copies of our DOT physicals and a copy of our contract. Dion took those who had not completed their straight line back and completed that with them. While we sat with Brad, he covered specifics on the pre-trip inspection and gave us tips and tricks. Brad also reminded us that the trucks are available for our use anytime, 24/7. We are not allowed to start the trucks without an instructor present but we can pre-trip them as much as we want. During lunch and breaks we can start them without an instructor, but no other time.

Dion took all of us out to the range at 1315 and covered off-set backing and parallel parking. It looks very intimidating but Dion breaks it down. Take notes and listen. Dion sent us back to Brad at 1415.

Brad went over more fundamentals of driving with us, as well as Tanker. We took our Tanker test (even those of us with the endorsement had to take it because it's required for C1 graduation). I was called back to Emily's office to have my hair cut for my hair drug test. I do not have a lot of hair on my head so she cut my arm hair and she took quite a bit. Another student had parts of his beard trimmed off.

I returned to the classroom to a lecture on HazMat. Again, even if you have the HazMat endorsement, you still have to take the C1 test to graduate. Brad sent us home with the HazMat test and told us to have it complete by tomorrow's class.

I am off to study, take this test, and then relax and eat. If you guys have any questions, just ask! I know this curriculum is brand new (to the C1 staff). I will do my best to answer questions.

Have a great evening!

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

You're welcome! We are projected to graduate on the 29th so I am sure we will run into each other at one point or another! Good luck if I don't see you, though. They'll set you up for great success!

Thank you for this! I start my class for Swift at Indianapolis on the 25th. I will be keeping a close eye on your posts!

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

First day complete, everyone!

Here is what happened in the quick summary format: 1). Class started at 0600. I called the taxi at 0530 and they were here at around 0540, it's about a 15 minute drive. I got there at 0555. 2). We were introduced to Brad (the classroom instructor) and we were given our Pre-Trip Handout and our Binders (with everything we need to know). You're told that if you're a non-permit holder, start studying the General Knowledge, Combination, and Air Brake portion of the Binder. If you're a permit holder, start studying the Pre-Trip handout, especially during the waiting periods today. 3). Swift Students and Independent students (those students with no company or a company not recognized by C1) were separated from the PAM Students. 4). Swift and independent students did their DOT drug screens. They split up your specimen and are checking for THC, COC, PCP, OPI, and AMP. I recommend doing no drugs before coming to the school, just because it's the common sense thing to do. They send your specimens straight to the lab so there is no faking it. I was done at 0755. 5). PAM students did their drug screens, next. Same thing. 6). Both sets of students, without their DOT Physicals, did their physicals. Those who already had a DOT physical did not have to do another, nor did we even see the medical staff. 7). At 1100, we all started our contracts. Each group signs their contracts separately (more on contracts below). They are very protective about who hears each other's contract details so I cannot touch on independent or PAM contracts. 8). We were released for lunch at 1145 and told to be back at 1300. I came back at 1230. 9). More sitting and waiting (studying!) until 1345 when we were ushered back to Brad's room. Brad covered the basics of a school (rules, regs) and the School Director did a presentation as well. The hotel had a staff member do a presentation. 10). We covered general option of the CMV, turns, and how dangerous the brakes are on the CMV (especially when empty). We also briefly touched on what's going to be covered this week. 11). Tomorrow, the non-permit holders are going to BMV to take their tests. During that time, permit holders are going to the range and going to start going over pre-trip with an instructor (this is a new curriculum and we are the guinea pigs). 12). Class starts at 0645 from this point forward, opposed to 0600 for the first day.

Attendance: You cannot miss more than one hour over the training, per Swift. They understand things happen and take things case-by-case, if you're going to miss a day; however, generally, no absences. You can only be tardy twice before they excuse you. Don't be tardy, otherwise Swift may not be too happy.

Contracts: If you complete your training and attend Swift Orientation, you owe Swift $6,000 (plus $750 if you use the hotel). This will result in approximately $114 being deducted, per check (if you use the hotel) for the first 27 weeks. You are "reimbursed" approximately $40, each check, meaning you only pay approximately $74 per check for the first 27 weeks. Once the hotel fees are paid, you only pay approximately $40, each check. At the 53rd week, from my understanding, you pay approximately $1,800 as the final "payment". If you stay longer than one year, you are still "reimbursed" that $40, per check, to pay back the amount they took out of your check, originally, as the Tuition Reimbursement. By the way, the Swift interest rate, during repayment, is 0%.

If you complete the training and do not attend Swift Orientation, you owe C1 $5,995, to be paid within thirty (30) days of the date you finish training. They do not offer any type of payment plan or anything and their interest rate is 8%.

There are other clauses that are within the contract, like cancellation, etc. If you are interested, let me know and I will reply. You get a copy of your contract.

I am off to enjoy my evening and study. I am confident on my pre-trip skills, especially since I've already taken a pre-trip and passed (99%), but you can always learn one new thing and there is still 1% more that I need to get to 100%.

By the way, the hotel has a fitness center. I will be using it to run every evening to stay somewhat conditioned.

Any questions? Feel free to reply, I'll let you know as much as I can.

Have a great evening!

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

We arrived into Indianapolis last night at about 2245. We had to drive through some really bad storming weather in Ohio and just over the border in Indiana.

We stayed the night at the Red Roof Inn near the Indianapolis International Airport. It was just under $60 for two adults and one infant, one king bed. This is one of the nicer Red Roof Inns I have seen and the staff was super helpful and the room was good quality.

I arrived at noon to the Extended Stay America, today. There were a bunch of Police Officers and over general conversation, with one of the Sergeants, I discovered that a poor woman and her baby had been beaten pretty badly bad her significant other just before I arrived. I went to Walmart with the family to get some things and then tried to get into my room to find out my room was locked and I couldn't get in.

I was reassigned to a new room and got in just fine. Got all unpacked and about an hour later I called to get the WiFi code to be told that I was in a Werner room and was going to have to move to a Swift room. The woman I spoke with came up about five minutes later and told me she was making this room a Swift room and that I would be getting a roommate either today or tomorrow, which I am fine with and was expecting from the get-go. I got the WiFi code after waiting about another hour.

The rooms are nice. We have small kitchenette with two burners, a dishwasher, a nice refrigerator, a microwave, and some storage. We have a nice little living room with a nice TV (the remote doesn't work). There are two full beds that are really comfortable (well one is, I dunno about the other one). The bathroom is really nice, only the toilet uses maybe half a gallon when you flush... hopefully the Chinese food you eat doesn't strike you too badly.

I am getting ready to do some more research on this school and how to taxi works, in the morning. I may even call the taxi company and get the low-down on how things work.

I will update y'all tomorrow as to my progress.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

Good Morning y'all,

Today's the big day but we made a change. The bus ride from Charlottesville to Indianapolis was expecting to be around 22 hours with two stops but I do not know where and for how long.

We decided to go ahead and drive me up to Indianapolis because it is only an 8.5 hour drive, opposed to the 22 hours, and just to stay the night up there, tonight, and then check in to the hotel that Swift has allotted me. We've checked the weather and looks like rain and, so long as my wife and son jet out of Indianapolis quickly tomorrow, they should be in the clear and miss the snow (if any).

I will let you know what tomorrow is like, once we get there.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift C1 Training - Indianapolis, IN

Hi Trucking Truth!

My name is Alex and I am going to be attending Swift's CDL Sponsored Training at C1 in Indianapolis, IN starting on March 11th, 2019. I will be traveling from my temporary home in Virginia to attend this school so I leave this Saturday, the 9th. I am super excited but, just like others, dreading the bus ride.

I will be leaving out of Charlottesville, VA at 1330 and I will be on a bus for 22 1/2 hours, arriving in Indianapolis at around 1130 (before the time change, 12:30 after daylight savings). My school starts Monday at 0600.

I have family who have been in trucking for a long time and after spending some time doing research on the various carriers, training schools, and how to obtain my CDL, I decided to go ahead and pursue trucking. I reached out to a lot of the main carriers and spoke to a lot of different recruiters before settling on this opportunity.

In November, 2018 I was attending a Community College's CDL program when, on day three, I hit a deer with my car going about 70mph. I was not injured and my car only sustained body damage. I had to drop out of the classes and decided to hold off on my CDL until my family and I got some things squared away from that accident.

The time has come for me to go back to my pursuit. I have been working with Megan Aubrey, at Swift, to get on with them. She has been super helpful and very forthcoming with information. I will be joining Swift on the Kraft contract (hauling refrigerated) starting on the East Coast and then I will transfer to the West Coast (where my permanent home is) sometime in May or June hopefully landing a new similar line of business.

I am starting this training diary to give incoming students an idea of what to expect. There are plenty of diaries and YouTube videos out there but we all know how things roll, changes are constantly about and updated information is never bad.

I plan on updating this thing at least every other day while I am at school and then as often as possible while I am doing my driver-mentor training.

I am always open to feedback and support. I have added my Facebook profile to the forum so please feel free to stalk my Facebook page and add me, if you wish.

Have a great night and stay safe everybody.

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