Swift Edwardsville CDL School And My Journey Through OZ.

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I'm also discovering that Swift's kiosk are usually not working properly or at all. I've got some training stuff I have to do on them and the two here don't work

You can access all of the training through Swift's driver portal. Driver code and last 4 of the SS# gets you in. I haven't used the kiosks in years...

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I'm also discovering that Swift's kiosk are usually not working properly or at all. I've got some training stuff I have to do on them and the two here don't work


You can access all of the training through Swift's driver portal. Driver code and last 4 of the SS# gets you in. I haven't used the kiosks in years...

Been having issues from my phone due to flash player no longer being supported but so many sites still use it. Think I got it and then some. The site seems a little confusing to a rookie like me. From the development plan, the top has some courses but in the section below that's says assigned courses it doesn't show any or any completed on that page. The ones list at the top never clear out. My transcript shows what I've done though. I'll get the hang of it in time.

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Today started early...ish. I wanted to get up so I could take a nap later in the day and use the restroom before I would be to far from one.

Since I'm still resetting I just hung out and did some Swift University stuff on my phone. I'm realizing that the 12v outlets in this truck don't put out a lot of juice. Not enough to charge or at least hold the charge while on my phone or even if it's just playing music. I went ahead and plugged into the inverter with my fast charger and had it charge while I was doing the Swift University stuff. I'm pretty sure I've got them done.

We had a live load of some Bose somethings on a JIT run to a Costco DC in Maryland.

I got some sleep, surprisingly, since I wasn't sure how I'd sleep in the sleeper of a moving truck and since I had slept last night. Made myself some PB&J. Now I'm just waiting to finish my reset and him finish his drive. Which time nicely with each other.

Nothing to exciting going on. I've pretty much kept my distance and limited my interaction with my mentor down to only what's necessary. Mr. "I'm not a sleeper sleeper" (another thing he repeats) has me concerned that he'll just hang out and micromanage. He has a spot he wants to fuel at, which is fine since the cost is his. Which makes me wish I had a company driver for a mentor. Seeing the differences that an O/O can do compared to what a company driver has to do. Makes me wonder how much of my training it's going to ruin. Oh wells. I'll do what I can to own my training and control what I can.

For now, onward to Maryland.

Until tomorrow.....

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I figure it's time for an update. I swore I would see this post through to the end.

I didn't make it. I've felt ashamed that I didn't so this part has been put off for a while. Between living in a shoe box with someone I can barely tolerate only for short periods of time and being homesick, I didn't last. So I came home.

Still wanting to drive and now heavily limited on options, I began my search with extreme determination and severe limitations. These limitations made it difficult. I had many many offers but it was all OTR. All the local stuff (I say all but it's really more of an all that I saw) required a 6 month minimum with most requiring a year or two. I had originally started looking at regional stuff. Something that would get me home on weekends seemed ideal especially being new to the field. Turns out the wife wasn't keen on that idea. She would accept it but would prefer I didn't. So, searching became increasingly limited.

I did manage to find a local courier service that has a few tractors that I would be able to fill in for when the occasion arose but, most of what I would be doing is non-CDL type stuff. However, while I was on day one with these people I had received a call about a local company I had applied for. They move mobile homes. They also have roll offs trash bins and portable toilets that they rent out. I'll mostly be on the mobile home side of it but, there will always be something to do.

I have just started with this company and I am still in training. For now, I'm just learning the ins and outs.

So that's my story for the last month. I'll update some as time passes. So, until tomorrow....or later........


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.


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.


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.

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