I Passed!!!!

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Mr. T's Comment
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I know I haven't been on here in a while & I apologize for not keeping my diary/journey with Swift Transportation CDL training up to date. I have been studying hard & practicing a lot so I haven't had time I've been busy. My head has been overwhelmed. But today I tested & I passed!!! Man it was a long journey & stressful but I did it! I can answer any questions on it if anyone has any. I wanna thanks everyone on this site Especially Brett, Errol, & G-Town! These guys had great info & we're really helpful!! Thanks a lot!

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Congratulations, Theron! Now the fun begins!

G-Town's Comment
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Yeah Buddy! Congratulations and safe travels Theron! Let the adventure begin and when you have the time please keep us posted.

Mr. T's Comment
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Congratulations, Theron! Now the fun begins!

Right! & I can't wait! Thanks a lot I appreciate it! Orientation starts Monday so I have 4 days off to sight see here in Salt Lake City, Utah & eat plenty food of course lol. Not gonna lie that Parallel backing maneuver nearly killed me! Jesus must have taken the wheel from me & backed it in for me. We had to straight line back, parallel, then offset backing. I passed the backing portion with only 1 point to spare! I feel so relieved now! I do remember you saying that if you can back into that tiny 12ft space they have you back into then everywhere else will maybe seem like a football field! One question I have for you tho is what is the most common backing maneuver you will use on the road at shippers? & swift didn't teach us alley dock such as 45 or 90. Is that something hard to learn? Or will it come with time?

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Mr. T's Comment
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Yeah Buddy! Congratulations and safe travels Theron! Let the adventure begin and when you have the time please keep us posted.

Thanks a lot! I really appreciate it! & I sure will!

Errol V.'s Comment
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Theron, the most common might be a 45° "alley". You will do something like that often in truck stops. It's the only way to park at Swift's Memphis terminal!

For fun, search here for "Backing Practice". I've been posting dock backing "problems". So far there are 05 of them. Persian Conversion did one for a nearly impossible flatbed delivery.

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.

Mr. T's Comment
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Theron, the most common might be a 45° "alley". You will do something like that often in truck stops. It's the only way to park at Swift's Memphis terminal!

For fun, search here for "Backing Practice". I've been posting dock backing "problems". So far there are 05 of them. Persian Conversion did one for a nearly impossible flatbed delivery.

Ok thanks! I'll look into that!

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.

Sunrise Driver's Comment
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Congrats family!!

Backing will be situational depending on space an time. Sometimes it will be pull throughs and straight line back. As the day get later and the spots fill up you will most certainly have to do a 90 to get in the last few spaces. 90s and 45s are key at shipper and receivers, because sometimes you'll have to dock between two trucks in tight spaces.

Don't worry you'll get practice.

Be safe and keep it in between the lines.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Theron!

You got the easy part done! HaHa, I'm kidding in a way, but trust me there are a lot of challenges ahead of you. You will get plenty of chances to learn the different backing maneuvers while with a trainer, and during your first year solo. I like to think of that first year as a training experience - there is so much to learn. Don't sweat it too badly if you are not making really great money during that first year, just concentrate on being on time with your deliveries, getting to each location safely, and remember that golden piece of advice: Don't Hit Anything!

Building a good safe record for yourself during that rookie year will mean a lot to the future success of your career. Hang in there man, and keep up the good work!

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Congrats on an awesome accomplishment.

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