100k Check In

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MC1371's Comment
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Just noticed that I recently tripped the 100k mark!

Big thanks to Brett, Errol, Rainey, OD and the rest of the TT group!!

Highlights from my first 10 months solo.

Just about completed the X but missed Maine... Maybe later.

Went from nearly starving out west in Feb to a solid performing regional driver making about the top of the tier for new drivers at Swift.

Learned, the following:

Always check the kingpin!!!!!

Yes the position of the 5th wheel really can make a difference.

Do a through Pre-trip the second your truck leaves the shop for any reason.

When you hear your trailer skirts giving a steady moan, you're in a 25+ mph crosswind.. Look for a place to park.

When your cab faring is wailing your butt should already be parked.

Don't step in puddles at truck stops.

There are more, but those just jump to mind.

Best compliments:

My DM "You're one of 5 or 6 guys I don't have to worry about".

Random driver: "I was going to help guide you back, but then saw you knew what you were doing."

All in all, not a bad year. (I went to the Swift Academy in Memphis Oct 14 2016)

Think I'll stick with it for a while longer.

Again, thanks for the support and occasional sanity check.

P.S. forgive any formatting oddities, posting from my phone.


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.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


Operating While Intoxicated

Pete B.'s Comment
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Congratulations, those are great accomplishments, hitting 100k and achieving top-tier status!



Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pianoman's Comment
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Great job MC! Keep it up!

Your quote from the random driver reminded me of a time I was helping a fellow driver back in the Decatur terminal. He seemed confused about where I was parking and I offered to help guide him in when I was done. He didn't speak very good English so I was having a hard time figuring out exactly what he needed. Long story short, I thought I was teaching him how to back better and then he stuck it right in the hole first time without my help. I was so embarrassed--felt like an absolute imbecile hahaha.


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.

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations on the milestone!

Parrothead66's Comment
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Congratulations and yes by all means avoid the truck stop puddles

Susan D. 's Comment
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Congratulations. Glad you are loving it out here.


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