Swifts Current Idle Policy

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Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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I know this has been asked before just looking for updated info. What is Swift's idling policy?

Thanks JJ

Tractor Man's Comment
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Jim J. Are u out with your Mentor yet?

Gladhand's Comment
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The trucks have automatic shut off, just turn on cruise control to keep it running. They rather us not idle that much, but they want us to be comfortable. As long as I am sitting in the truck and it is hot I will idle.

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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Jim J. Are u out with your Mentor yet?

Yes, we were in Phoenix a few days ago and we are on our way back right now. Right this minute actually. LOL

Pianoman's Comment
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Their policy is essentially not to idle unless you have to. Right now my overidle is about 30% and they haven't said anything. I usually try to keep it well below 20 but it's been difficult with this hot weather. I once apologized for idling so much and my DM told me (on the Qualcomm) that she cared more about me getting my rest than about the overidling, since it's a safety concern if I'm not resting properly.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

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.
PPGER's Comment
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The Swift recruiter told me that their trucks have bunk coolers. Was that a fib?

Pianoman's Comment
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The Swift recruiter told me that their trucks have bunk coolers. Was that a fib?

Bunk heaters, no bunk cooler just normal a/c. He/she probably just got mixed up.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Possum sez:

Bunk heaters, no bunk cooler just normal a/c. He/she probably just got mixed up.

Depends on your definition. The bottom bunk has controls for the bunk heater and controls for a/c. The a/c cooling comes from the front/driver controlled but the bottom bunk occupant does their own temperature and fan. Top bunk gets a vent only.

So there's no independent a/c in back but there's cool air available.

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