Swift Or Cr England For Training

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G-Town's Comment
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Elmer, we've got quite a few Swift drivers in here who have had a lot of choices offered them, including home nightly jobs during their first quarter at Swift. Don't just trust these recruiters - do your own home work and get the truth.

OS we are on the same clock today...waiting for water at Nestle. I think they all took the day off.

Old School's Comment
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Yeah, I'm sitting at a terminal waiting for a PM on my truck.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

G-Town's Comment
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Yeah, I'm sitting at a terminal waiting for a PM on my truck.

Happy Friday. Enjoy your tea.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

KaoMinerva's Comment
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Elmer wrote:

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I have also just been accepted to Swift and CR England. I think I'm going to go with CR England for one reason....The rep I've been speaking to claims that after phases 1 and 2 (first 6 months) drivers are able to get a dedicated route close to home (if they choose). Its not guaranteed of course, but he claims that I would have choices. Swift basically has you on the road for 13 months with little time off, and no choice in where you go, if I understand it correctly. I know any program is going to have you on the road a lot, especially in the beginning, but I also have a wife and little ones at home, and want to be able to spend as little time away from them as possible. And....with CR England, you are off the hook in 9 months, vs 13 months with Swift. These might not be facts, but its what I've gathered from talking to the reps. Bottom line, it looks like going with CR England is going to give me more time with my kids.

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Elmer, I am not sure who at Swift has given you than information but I can share with you that I was assigned to Walmart Dedicated after three months OTR. Another Swift driver on the forum, Errol was also put on a dedicated route in far less time than a year. Fact.

I haven't driven with swift, but I would go with them over CR any day just based off what ACTUAL TRUCKERS have told me. I'm also from Memphis, TN so the terminals are right there for me. The only gripe I have about swift is the 62mph. If I was limited, I would definitely choose swift over CR.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

Old School's Comment
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I haven't driven with swift, but I would go with them over CR any day just based off what ACTUAL TRUCKERS have told me.

KaoMinerva, be real careful about what you hear from most truckers, I mean I am a trucker, but I don't put much stock in most things I hear from my fellow truck drivers. Unfortunately our industry is chock full of rumors and innuendo. If a person can base their decision on verifiable facts like the pay rate or the home time policies they will be way better off than basing their choices and decisions on unverifiable stories that drivers are passing around among each other.

Now if you could discover that C.R. England's pay rate for newbies was considerably lower than Swift's that would be something to consider, but not what some truck driver told you about an electrical socket in the hotel room missing a cover, or some nasty tasting BBQ sauce that they served at lunch... Know what I mean? shocked.png

C T.'s Comment
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Does anybody know England's starting pay?

Sunrise Driver's Comment
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Does anybody know England's starting pay?

.12 cpm is the starting pay and forced to team drive with another rookie for 5 months under the socalled CAT program. The recruiter will tell your pay is .24 cpm but in actuality once you split it with your co-driver that's only .12cpm. That's not very competitive pay IMHO, even a fresh faced rookie deserves better pay.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

C T.'s Comment
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So its 24 cpm split for 5 months? That would be tough to do with a family. Unless you get great miles, maybe.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Boomshaker E.'s Comment
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i recently got excepted to CR england and swifts driving schools. i would just like to know what you guys think would be a better choice since you veterans have been around both of them. i have 4 small children that i am trying to raise so i need to get the ball rolling thanks.

Go with Swift, they pay more. I just attended a CDL SCHOOL where it was a designated school to train CR England students. They also had am instructor their that worked for CR England that made sure things got done in training. We spent a lot of time talking about his company. I know pretty much all the good and bad with CR England. However, you make up your own mind after further investigating on your part. My vote is go with Swift.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Scott O.'s Comment
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I talked to a guy that was doing OK at cr england as a rookie and we have a member on TT that didn't want to leave cr england after his contract.. Not sure his name but a search for cr england here on TT would find it... Don't base your decision off that small pay... As long as you can prove yourself and get those miles you'll make it anywhere...

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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