Profile For Bre The Newbie

Bre The Newbie 's Info

  • Location:
    CA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year ago

Bre The Newbie 's Bio

After all the hardwork, tears, restless nights and grinding gears, i can officially join the ranks of all my fellow truck drivers. Thank God i have been upgraded to rookie solo. I am ready to begin this new chapter of my life.

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Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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New lady driver seeking employment after several minor accidents

The beat advice I can give is to apply to as many companies as you can. Your backing accidents might label you as a "risk" for insurance purposes but it doesnt hurt to try. Best of Luck to you!

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Daimler's electric vehicles and autonomous trucks continue real-world testing

That's pretty interesting. I wonder what the maintenance on them will be like. What if a driver has a breakdown of some sort? Will truck shops have the equipment to repair or will they have to be towed into freightliner dealership?

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Passed CDL Permit Tests Today

Great Advice! Congrats on passing General Knowledge and Air Brakes. Now that you know what to look for and study combination will be easier to pass.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Swift decision driving class

I drove for swift briefly but I didnt have to take that course. I understand that your still in training, correct? Did you perhaps get a drive cam incident that is why they want you to take that class? Sorry for assuming if that's not the case but as a new driver I never had to do that course.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Swift road test for experienced drivers.

I'm a former Swift Driver and I'm not sure how it is in Richmond but I can only tell you about my experience here in California. They have you take the test in a group no more than 4. Its similiar to the DMV road test except less pressure. I can advise you that they will not pass you for things that the DMV will fail you for. They are looking to see how well you drive and your ability to control the truck.Please watch your road signs, watch your speed(speeding is a no no), dont jump any curbs, and no accidents. They wont hire you on if you make mistakes that pose a safety risk.You will also do a backing test where they will have you back into a parking space at the terminal. Thats pretty much it. I know For each individual your actual Drive time might be 20mins or less ( i can assure you I would be exaggerating if my actual road test took 15mins) I'm sure you will do just fine and congratulations.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Question for New driver

You don't need to work for a company with a terminal near home. You only need to worry about the hiring area of the company you're interested in. Are you currently attending school for your CDL? After you have your CDL you can use this link to Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. Pay special attention to those that say they hire recent grads.

Bre, sorry to hear you're unable to drive anymore.

Thanks Rob! Pregnancy complications took me off the road. I didnt think it would have been wise or safe( for myself or the public) for me to still drive while taking 2 prescribed sleep inducing medications. I made the choice with support from Swift to Quit. I will be back just have to sit out for a bit.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Question for New driver

Hey Brian I am also from Sacramento,Ca. I Started with Swift transportation last year in May (unfortunately I'm no longer able to drive) but with Swift they have what they call a comfort zone. You can request that you stay in the western region. I was on the reefer division so I dont know how it works with dry van but with reefer i ran alot from CA, WA,OR,ID,UT,AZ,NV WY..maybe sometimes as far as Nebraska but that was if they really needed someone to grab a meat load. Anyway it's possible just talk to whatever company you decide to go with and ask of they have a regional route if that's what you want to run. Also by running regional its alot easier to get you home but it's best to give them advanced noticed and also follow up with them to ensure your being routed home. Best of Luck to You Driver!

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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I Ran a red light but no ticket. Who will hire me?

My ex teammate just went through this. At Swift a certain number of safety points generates a notice and after so many accumulated points you go up for review. My ex teammate was also not involved in the safety meeting it was held without him overall he was terminated for the red light. Trying to get a job with a mega carrier is going to be hard because of insurance purposes however look into smaller companies. He just got hired with one although it had to be approved by the head of safety at his new company they still hired him. So it isnt too much a career killer, it's just going to be an uphill battle but all you can do is try and do better. Best of Luck to you.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Does OTR actually mean OTR

Hello Everyone!

My fiance and I are new to the truck driving industry. He is the driver and I am the passenger. We put all of our belongings into storage and hit the road in hopes of seeing the country; however, it hasn't really worked out that way. Dispatch seems to keep us going through the same couple of states that surround our home state. Is it possible that we just have bad luck and those are the only loads available at the time that he is on board? Is there anything we can do to increase his chances of getting more of a variety of locations? Is it possible they have him mistaken for a regional driver? He hasn't mentioned anything to dispatch because he doesn't want to seem ungrateful or picky. Obviously if the wheels aren't turning he's not earning, so we'll take what's given, but this is not what we had in mind when he decided to become an OTR truck driver. It certainly isn't what I had in mind either when I quit my job and decided to come with him. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

I would follow the advice of others who stated to ask dispatch for a load going to where ever you guys are trying to get to. I was OTR for Swift Refrigerated and sometimes they do keep keep you in a comfort zone (region closest to your home). I live in california so I ran CA,ID,UT,WA,OR alot but trust me once I went team and told my dm I was ok with going a lil further east, I hardly ever seen the west coast again until I came home. Anyways best of luck to you guys and safe travels.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Newbie Here

Congratulations

Posted:  3 months ago

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Reefers

Im apart of the refrigerated division at my company and it's a sound you get use to overtime. It's quite embarrassing to admit this but one night at a rest stop I was sleep and didnt hear the reefer running. I couldnt remember what load I had and as rookie driver my heart starts racing thinking omg how long has the reefer been off? will the load get rejected? will I be fired? etc. I jumped up put on my warm clothes and ran outside to check the reefer. One thing I forgot. My company needed help with a dry load that day, and I had a dry van not a reefer. I felt so stupid I had a hard time falling back asleep. I guess you can say sometimes drivers depend on hearing that noise to sleep. I'm one of them lol.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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New Mentor

Congrats...and welcome to the Swift Team. When I was in training I had the same mentor but we went from a volvo to a kenworth and maybe it's me but the kenworth feels like it has more pulling power through the mountains (or I could just have a biased opinion since our volvo kept breaking down). Anyway congrats again and be safe out there.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Update

Congrats Cece! I hope you some how some way you can get a trainer sooner than that. Also I agree with Pacific Pearl. Try going to your local truck stop and watching the drivers maneuver and set up for backing. Also if you know anybody who had a truck that can let you practice driving and backing that would be great. I am happy that you made it through. I cant wait to hear about your adventures in trucking!

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Well, here I go again...

Congratulations and safe travels!

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Passed my CDL test!

Congratulations! Whatever company you decide to go to I wish you nothing but the best and safe travels.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Females attracted to trucking (news story)

I must disagree with you, Bre! I have transported loads of really useful things in my trailers over the past few years. Useful items I could really see myself using: Zero-turn mowers, John Deere UTV's, Tractor Supply loads, literally tons of pet food, racks of clothing, sporting gear, canning jars, guns, and even two loads of ammo.

I could have become highly attached to those needful things.

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Since you put it that way yeah there are quite a few loads I could have got attached to lol..Thanks for the laugh!

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Females attracted to trucking (news story)

Thanks for sharing. It's nice to see more and more drivers in general joining this field. Before truck driving, I was a trained emt, then I did non emergency transport, and after I worked as a driver for a senior nursing facility. I got attached to alot of patients, and seen alot of them die and that took a toll on me.With trucking you cant get attached to freight and I happy that I made this decision. Hopefully more and more people(male and female) would get inspired to drive trucks.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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PRIME INC TNT Student in need of new trainer...

I hope everything works out for you. I'm not at prime but I can tell you my time with my mentor was tough. I got through it the best I can. At this point you really need proof to back up what your saying. I'm sorry your having a hard time. Try to stick it out if you can and if not dont be discouraged, find a way to keep rollin. This may or may not help but when my mentor was being difficult I just did my job and gave him the silent treatment unless we absolutely had to communicate about something other than that i was quiet, no small talk or nothing, and finally he changed his ways. Again I wish you the best and be careful.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Applying to Swift, Question

Hey George..I completely agree with G-Town be Honest and Do Not Lie. The question ask "If YOU ever used an Illegal Substance? If you have I would still disclose it. I had a lady that was in the academy with me at swift tell them about her substance use years ago after she had back surgery. She was still allowed to stay but she left on her own to find another training program. Dont be discouraged but be honest. Please dont rely on a recruiters word. They are there to recruit. There are decent ones who will be honest and upfront and some not so much. I wish you the best and good luck.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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You and the equipment... Don't be that guy!

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I got frustrated when I had to pick up a trailer from an after hours drop yard that was dropped low( I assume and i could be wrong but the driver used airbag dump and lowered thelanding gear just a little that's why it was so low)..It was not fun trying to crank up a loaded trailer..41000lbs meat load in Nebraska..in order to back under it

I too call in trailer repairs..also I did not know that upon pickup of a preloaded trailer at a customer because I run reefer..if it is not running properly..im not suppose accept the load or move the trailer..just little things I learn each day.

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That's common Bre...every week I deal with this at least once...

You could have reversed the same process by dumping your air bag suspension, locking your differential (so in essence you have all the drive-wheels working for you, thus spreading the torque) and creeping under the front lip of the trailer with the 5th-wheel blades. Once under, reintroduce the air into the suspension bags before engaging the kingpin, enabling the truck to-do the heavy lifting for you. At the very least reduces some of the cranking.

By the way... "major kudos" on checking the height BEFORE attempting to get under it. If you were to "skewer" the front of the trailer. it's an easily avoided preventable...

Great job!

Thanks G-Town! That is awesome Information to know. I actually wrote that down in my notebook. Unfortunately I have a 2020 freightliner cascadia, in which I have the differential lock but no button for air bag dump, so it's always going to be a struggle for me. Thanks Again !

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