I Did It!

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Big Ben's Comment
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This post is a little late but here it is. I hit my 1 year as a professional driver! The road was long and hard, but I overcame the obstacles. There were times when I was scared and wanted to quit but I didn't ( Texas panhandle ice storm in November 2015) my truck was sliding and I honestly thought I was done but I calmed myself down and luckily did not crash. There were times where the loneliness would get to me and honestly I would break down crying because I missed being home and missed My family but I always got through it. It's all about the attitude you have, if you are happy and cheerful and have that can do attitude you will prevail. If not, you're probably not going to last. I hit my 1 year on August, 26, 2016 with Swift and I am glad I didn't quit, I have an awesome dedicated account and driver manager that will bend over backwards for her fleet. I did it....Now what lol

Thanks for reading

Big Ben

Driver Manager:

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.
JakeBreak's Comment
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Congrats now for year 2 good-luck.gif

Tractor Man's Comment
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Congratulations Ben! That is a HUGE milestone. I'm starting my 3rd month solo with Swift. I have nothing negative to say about them. I am getting good miles. Pre plans before I deliver my current load, an Awesome DM , and plenty of other real good People that I deal with at the Phoenix Terminal. Your post gives me confidence that my experience will only get better! I cant believe a Company that sucks so bad, treats so many People so well!

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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.
Jim A.'s Comment
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This post is a little late but here it is. I hit my 1 year as a professional driver! The road was long and hard, but I overcame the obstacles. There were times when I was scared and wanted to quit but I didn't ( Texas panhandle ice storm in November 2015) my truck was sliding and I honestly thought I was done but I calmed myself down and luckily did not crash. There were times where the loneliness would get to me and honestly I would break down crying because I missed being home and missed My family but I always got through it. It's all about the attitude you have, if you are happy and cheerful and have that can do attitude you will prevail if not you're probably not going to last. I hit my 1 year on August, 26, 2016 with Swift and I am glad I didn't quit, I have an awesome dedicated account and driver manager that will bend over backwards for her fleet. I did it....Now what lol Thanks for reading Big Ben

Congrats.... I also just finished my first year in trucking with swift. So I know how you are feeling. Be safe

Driver Manager:

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.
sculpy's Comment
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Congratulations Big Ben!

I cant believe a Company that sucks so bad, treats so many People so well!

Well that statement just perfectly encapsulates one of the main philosophies at this site, doesn't it? The drivers with the best attitudes and work ethic will always get the best treatment, regardless of the company. Just another example of the veracity of a different phrase I believe in; "you make your own luck."

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Congrats man! Reaching the one year mark with the company that hired you is indeed a very big deal and we're always proud when someone reaches that milestone. Very awesome!

I went and changed your status in your profile from "rookie solo driver" to "experienced driver" - that's gotta feel great!

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Deb R.'s Comment
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Yea! That first year can have some mighty rough patches, eh? You made it!!

Pianoman's Comment
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Congrats Big Ben!! When I first was looking into trucking, I thought it was kinda silly that on TT it's considered this big accomplishment to get through a whole year at your first company accident-free. I just passed my seven-month mark (from upgrading) with Swift and I get it now. This is tough. Seriously man, hats off to you. That's a big deal and you should be proud of yourself. Well...I mean, not too proud lol. Keep that great attitude and you'll continue to be successful no matter what you do.

Bravo Zulu's Comment
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Congratulations Big Ben. From everything I've read, this is a huge accomplishment!

Big Ben's Comment
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I went and changed your status in your profile from "rookie solo driver" to "experienced driver" - that's gotta feel great!

Thanks Brett, that does feel awesome, and thank you to everyone else, it is a huge accomplishment in my book. Thanks again

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