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jakecatt22's Comment
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How is everyone? Been a long time....sorry I am not around much, seriously Brett, my CPU doesn't like this new forum!!!! BUT I think I got it fixed(who woulda thought you could have bad cookies in your cpu?????)

Anyways, thought I would let everyone know I am not dead, and still driving, and should be around more.

Lucky13's Comment
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How is everyone? Been a long time....sorry I am not around much, seriously Brett, my CPU doesn't like this new forum!!!! BUT I think I got it fixed(who woulda thought you could have bad cookies in your cpu?????)

Anyways, thought I would let everyone know I am not dead, and still driving, and should be around more.

Hey Jakecat! Great to see you returning. I've been gone awhile myself. Still driving, fortunately! In fact, I'm switching away from Swift again-hopefully for good this time! How ya been? Are you still with Schnieder?

Kevin B.'s Comment
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What's wrong with swift? and may I ask why you are leaving them, again and for good?

Sorry, They were just on my radar...

Lucky13's Comment
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What's wrong with swift? and may I ask why you are leaving them, again and for good?

Sorry, They were just on my radar...

I just thought that I should clarify my comments. I drove for Swift for 2 years and for that period of time they were good for me, and I was good for them. I went to Swift Academy and had a Swift mentor that was pretty good as trainers go. I wouldn't turn any new driver away from them. I just think that as an experienced driver, there are many more options available for me that offer better pay and better equipment. For new drivers, those opportunities are not yet available. Many small to medium sized trucking companies now will not hire drivers with less than 2 years experience. Therefore, new drivers simply have fewer companies to choose from when starting their careers. That doesn't mean that Swift or any other company that trains new drivers are bad companies. They're not. I just felt personally that I had gone as far as I was going to go where I was, and was ready to move on. I'm glad I'm doing that. At the same time, I'm glad for what I learned and grateful that the folks at Swift treated me well. When you feel like you're traveling down the same path over and over, it's time to find a new one, so that's what I meant. Hope that makes what I said a little clearer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Glad to have you back Jakecatt!!

who woulda thought you could have bad cookies in your cpu?????

This forum is actually very light on resources. What browser are you using? Internet Exploder? If you're not using Google Chrome, you should be. That's the way to go.

jakecatt22's Comment
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How is everyone? Been a long time....sorry I am not around much, seriously Brett, my CPU doesn't like this new forum!!!! BUT I think I got it fixed(who woulda thought you could have bad cookies in your cpu?????)

Anyways, thought I would let everyone know I am not dead, and still driving, and should be around more.

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Hey Jakecat! Great to see you returning. I've been gone awhile myself. Still driving, fortunately! In fact, I'm switching away from Swift again-hopefully for good this time! How ya been? Are you still with Schnieder?

Yes, I am still driving for Schneider. I was set to leave and join a more local company, but SNI offered me a 5 on 2 off Monday thru Friday home every weekend gig to get me to stay, so I stayed. I leave Monday around 8 AM and get home Friday around 8PM, have been home on time every weekend but twice in the last almost year.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

jakecatt22's Comment
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Glad to have you back Jakecatt!!

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who woulda thought you could have bad cookies in your cpu?????

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This forum is actually very light on resources. What browser are you using? Internet Exploder? If you're not using Google Chrome, you should be. That's the way to go.

Brett, I use Firefox, could not get use to Chrome, but I think I have it figured out. Can you help me with one thing tho? Is there any way I can get the forum to leave me logged in so I don't have to log in everytime I come back?

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Would be awesome if we could stay logged in at least on the smart phones. It really is a pain to have to log in every time I come to the forums.

Not sure what changed recently but every time I open Chrome up I have to relog in.

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Andy H. aka AZ Scooby's Comment
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Hey Jakecatt, I see you're driving for Schneider. I'm giving them serious thought since I received a pre-hire from them. Just wish they had a company sponsored training program. Paying out of pocket for school will be difficult for me but I really wanna drive a flatbed in the western region and they offer that. How long have you been with them? Have they been good about getting you home when you've requested? What division are you in (reefer, dry, flatbed)? Any advice for someone like me? Thanks in advance and good luck in your position!

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Kevin B.'s Comment
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Guyjax, I can stay logged in on my smart phone. I have a galaxy s2 and I never have to log in.

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