Swift Training Academy Memphis

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Robert M. (Opey)'s Comment
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Update. I know it's been awhile since I've been on here just been so tired when I get in every day a lot to learn in a short time.

Made it thru skills week boy was it hot out on that range. We have been on the road this week made it thru the week and passed my road evaluation.

DMV test next Tuesday I feel pretty good about it I know the pre trip like the back of my hand. Just have to remember no bone head mistakes. There is one turn on the road test that makes me a bit nervous and still have a little trouble with the 90. Practice some more on Monday and Tuesday morning.

Then hopefully I will be in orientation the following Tuesday at Greer. I've been told they have flatbed at that terminal and it's only 3 hours from my house.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Lemmy_Lives's Comment
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I know which turn you're talking about. Been there done that. Lol

My best advice to you is DO NOT let the tester pressure you into turning before you're ready, because they will try. Just explain that you can't safely make the turn without using the opposite turning lane and you'll be fine.

Good luck!

Alex H.'s Comment
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I'm currently doing the Infinit-i program. (I hope you know what I'm talking about lol)

After that, If everything goes well, I will go get my permit at the local OMV and then get my physical. Then I'll be off to Memphis.

Robert M. (Opey)'s Comment
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Thanks Lemmy, yeah my road trainer told me the same thing. It is a wicked turn... I know I can do it, but like you said you can't safely make it with a vehicle in that turning lane.

Alex when you get your physical make sure you or your Dr. marks yes on the CDL and class A, if you are coming to swift you will get another physical if it isn't. Swift Academy in Memphis is excellent. It is very fast paced but all instructors are willing to help. I have had a good experience here and would recommend it to anyone...

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.
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