Finished Swift

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Retha M.'s Comment
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Well I finished school and got my CDL yesterday. Before going into this I did a lot of research and yes still chose Swift. It has been hard. For the record I am 56 yrs old came from the corporate world and just got tired of people. This school is fast paced. If you are not truly wanting it or think it's going to be easy don't go. We were on the range everyday in 115 degrees, some days it was pouring down rain. The instructors were great. But if you expect them to stand there and hold your hand not happening. I asked one why they stand and watch so much. His answer made sense he said when you get on the road you will have to figure things out at times so we should be able to figure out the backing after being shown. And they show you as many times as you need them to. Of the 34 that started my class 14 made it to testing 12 of us got our CDL. I enjoyed every minute of it and even the bad days. My trainers were great. My road trainer was new and awful but that has been handled. So I would recomend swift to anyone for training. But if you think all truck drivers do is drive you are wrong. So now I am going on to my mentor phase. And see how that goes. Good luck to everyone considering truck driving.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations, best of luck and safe travels! dancing-banana.gif

Jaguwar's Comment
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Congratulations! Where did you train? Sounds like TX or AZ LOL not fun, 115 degree weather, yuck! I mean to start with Swift in a few months, got a few loose ends to tie up first. Best of luck, and enjoy.


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.

Retha M.'s Comment
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Actually trained in Memphis. It was 110 but on the asphalt range it increased. A lot thrown at you in a short time but actually enjoyed myself. The instructors were great. But this is definitely a life style and not just a job. Have a new respect for the ones who have been doing this for a while. A lot to learn and I am just beginning.

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