Paying Bills When Doing Swift Road Training

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Tony's Comment
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Hi all. when doing the Swift 200 hour road training do they give you time at home. the reason i ask is when the monthly bills come in i want to be able to pay them on time.

BillTheSlink's Comment
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Hi all. when doing the Swift 200 hour road training do they give you time at home. the reason i ask is when the monthly bills come in i want to be able to pay them on time.

I don't know the answer to that specific question, but I may have a solution. Do you have a trusted friend or family member you can either add to your bank account as a trusted signer and have them either pick up your mail or forward it to them. For added protection you can designate two people as Power of Attorney that can act on your behalf but must both sign off on everything. In Ohio you can limit the scope of their powers and the powers are laid out in an itemized list. You can get a POA form at your local office supply store.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Sorry, Tony. On your road training, your time at home is not on the menu. If your mentor take his/her home time, you get a hotel room nearby.

Your bank probably has a phone app you can use to pay bills. That's what I used, and still do while I'm OTR. You might also arrange for those bills to be automatically paid.

When & where are you going for Swift?

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tony's Comment
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Thanks Bill, and Errol, I can pay most online accept for the place i rent only takes checks. I am going to Swift in Rochelle, IL at the end of February.

Tony's Comment
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I almost wish i did not have a place because i won't see it much and wasting money paying rent. lol

Errol V.'s Comment
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Thanks Bill, and Errol, I can pay most online accept for the place i rent only takes checks. I am going to Swift in Rochelle, IL at the end of February.

Those bank bill pay things will be sending a paper check. You might want to plan to order the check two weeks ahead (processing and mailing).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tony's Comment
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Ok will do. another question is does the trainer let me store food in the truck or do i buy food on the daily?

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Thanks Bill, and Errol, I can pay most online accept for the place i rent only takes checks. I am going to Swift in Rochelle, IL at the end of February.

I used to send rent checks to my landlord through my bank's bill pay service. Now I can email or text payments. You may want to try to work something out with your landlord.

I most cases you will have limited room on your trainers truck. Remember you will be living in their home. If you have a chance to speak with your trainer ahead of time, you should ask about that. You'll want to know if there is room for anything that needs refrigeration. Good luck.

Tony's Comment
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Thanks Big Scott. i will talk to the landlord. i will also ask the trainer. I think we meet our trainers on the 3rd day of orientation but we go right out on the road.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Remember your mentor/training ride is about 5-6 weeks. Your mentor should allow you to store grub of your own, and maybe have some space in his cooler. (My mentor's cooler was broken so I need to buy "cool" stuff often.) We would often stop at Wally World for 30 minute breaks, and do shopping.

Also, the bunks in the sleeper are very long. I kept a small duffle bag at the foot end of my bed. It never got in my way while sleeping, and I'm 6'2".

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