What An Achievement

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Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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As of today I no longer owe anything to swift. I started out on this journey to become a truck driver a year ago, swift offered me a veterans scholarship where they paid for my training and all I owed them was one year of service in return. Well today is my one year mark as a solo driver with swift. I am proud to say that this year was accident free and all deliveries were 100% on time. I have heard in this forum that within your first year of driving that there will be days that you feel like throwing in the towel and quitting, well I never felt that way this entire year in fact I really enjoy this occupation, I do believe being in the military aided in the ability to spend time away from the family. I can't wait to see what year two has in store...

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey congrats man! That's an awesome achievement and even better is the fact that you're enjoying it. If nothing you encountered that first year made you want to quit then obviously you're cut out for this in a big way. And the military most certainly prepared you for pretty much anything you're going to encounter out there so that's a huge plus.

So what are you doing with Swift right now? Are running OTR , regional , or did you get on with one of their dedicated accounts? I see it's been a year since you've posted last. We have quite a few Swift drivers in here now. For a while it seemed a lot of people were going with Prime but an awful lot go to Swift these days and people are pretty happy over there. A couple of our moderators are on dedicated accounts over there and they're quite happy with it.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations on your success. Accident free in year one is indeed an exceptional achievement.

Best wishes for continued success. Safe travels.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Way to go, Mav! It's great you were 100% your whole year. Like Brett says, something or other "gets" to some people - same routine, loneliness, cramped living space, time pressure, and so on. You obviously handled all those easily.

True, military experience goes a long way to prepare a veteran for "life". I do believe it makes a big difference in how people handle the things Life throws at them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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So what are you doing with Swift right now? Are running OTR , regional , or did you get on with one of their dedicated accounts? I see it's been a year since you've posted last. We have quite a few Swift drivers in here now. For a while it seemed a lot of people were going with Prime but an awful lot go to Swift these days and people are pretty happy over there. A couple of our moderators are on dedicated accounts over there and they're quite happy with it.

I got the opportunity to test drive the target dedicated account as part of the surge during the Christmas rush last November and December here in New York, I really liked it and got tired of sitting entire weekends because of "slow freight" so I knew where freight wasn't slow and am now permanently on this account. And am now living the dream here in New York

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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So what are you doing with Swift right now? Are running OTR , regional , or did you get on with one of their dedicated accounts? I see it's been a year since you've posted last. We have quite a few Swift drivers in here now. For a while it seemed a lot of people were going with Prime but an awful lot go to Swift these days and people are pretty happy over there. A couple of our moderators are on dedicated accounts over there and they're quite happy with it.

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I got the opportunity to test drive the target dedicated account as part of the surge during the Christmas rush last November and December here in New York, I really liked it and got tired of sitting entire weekends because of "slow freight" so I knew where freight wasn't slow and am now permanently on this account. And am now living the dream here in New York

I have a good friend who runs Swift Target Dedicated out of the Chambersburg PA DC. He loves it too. I run Walmart dedicated and never sat without a pre-plan for more than 4 hours, and that's rare. Best wishes for continued success.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Pianoman's Comment
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Congratulations on your achievement! That's amazing!!

I live in Colorado and have been thinking about eventually trying to get on Target dedicated. I take it they keep you pretty busy?

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