Swift Speeding The Trucks Up!!

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Serah D.'s Comment
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I am a Swiftie....they know l hate driving at night, though l have to sometimes. For me, the extra miles l can add in the daylight hours we have now makes a big difference for me.... So yes, am happy for the "extra speed".

Brett Aquila's Comment
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OMG you guys are just killin me with this.

Walking pace! 3 mph is walking pace.

Not to worry Chris, I'm with you 100%. I think a few of these guys might wanna consider switching to Decaf. LOL!

So you're excited about a 3 mph increase in speed but I'm the one who needs Decaf to calm down a little bit? Is that your best trucker logic?

So obviously we can see that Swift will get more recruits and keep more of the drivers they have by simply increasing the speed of their trucks by a difference of walking pace.

You people can convince yourselves of anything.


Susan D. 's Comment
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LOL, my current trainee came from Swift. What you're getting instead of your current 62mph on the pedal, you're going to have a whopping 63 on the pedal and 65 on cruise.


Rob T.'s Comment
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Couple of our trucks bumped governor up to 67, from 65 and a few guys act like its Christmas. I don't understand the logic....

Turtle's Comment
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No, it probably won't make any noticeable difference. But the big question to me is why does it matter to any of you? If the guy wants to be happy about 3mph, let him be happy! Jeez

Susan D. 's Comment
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It doesn't matter to any of us. But the way they're talking, it's clear that many really don't understand the difference. Sure they can be happy, but we don't want them to be mislead that this will make any significant difference.

Swift is a fine company and this is a marketing "tool", (apparently successful) if you will, to help their driver retention numbers, which at EVERY COMPANY, (not just Swift), is much higher than anyone would like.

C T.'s Comment
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If they really want to retain drivers they could just bump the pay.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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No, it probably won't make any noticeable difference. But the big question to me is why does it matter to any of you? If the guy wants to be happy about 3mph, let him be happy! Jeez

I already said what my concern was. If these guys are jumping for joy because they're going 3 mph faster, they're going to fall into a deep depression and start looking for another job if they reduce it back down to 62 mph. I don't want to see that happen because 3 mph makes no difference!

People have a propensity for believing things even when there's absolutely no evidence to support it whatsoever.

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This industry is rife with misinformation and in fact Old School just wrote an article about it today called The Hardest Part About Starting A Trucking Career where he talks about all of the baloney and misinformation that's out there.

Our job here is to set the record straight about anything related to trucking and that's what I set out to do every single day. I literally named the site TruckingTruth because of the incredible amount of misinformation that's out there about trucking. I just couldn't believe how many lies people were telling and how many falsehoods they not only believed, but made major career decisions based on.

For example, I got an email the other day that said:

I got in touch with Swift but it seems like they're the butt end of all the jokes on Youtube and on the internet. It would be great to find a company that truly cares about people.

See??? People mock Swift all the time and look at the impression it gives people. They think Swift doesn't care about their employees, yet we have quite a number of Swift drivers here that are very happy, treated well, and making really good money.

Take this for instance:

For me, the extra miles l can add in the daylight hours we have now makes a big difference for me

I mean, come on! You're almost certainly talking about a difference in the end of less than 15 minutes a day. That's not a big deal at all. It's completely negligible. And even those 15 minutes can be made up in all sorts of different ways, like starting 15 minutes earlier if you want to get parked sooner.

So I don't care what the topic is, if I find that someone has convinced themselves of something that's simply not true I'm going to express my opinion about it. I don't care if one or two people want to kid themselves about something negligible being important. Enjoy your delusions.

What I'm worried about is the thousands of people that are going to read this stuff and unknowingly believe something that simply isn't true. People use the information they get here to make major life and career decisions. I don't want someone mistakenly choosing one company over another because their trucks go 3 mph faster than someone else's trucks after hearing how important it sounded to people.

That's why I said something. If people want to cry because I rained on their delusional parade then so be it. My job isn't to be the feel-good cheerleader for people's delusions. My job is to give people accurate and helpful information so they can make smart career decisions. That's the value we provide here. To say that 3 mph is an important difference is simply delusional in my opinion so I'm going to let people know that.


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Tommy's Comment
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Seriously that 3 mph is important. After you’ve been passed by so many trucks and you have to slow down to create the following distance, that 62mph feels more like 55mph. But if you can go as fast as the traffic, then that extra 3mph will feel more like 10mph (because you don’t have people cutting you off every 5 minutes and sometimes trigger that collusion detection and makes the truck break hard)


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Old School's Comment
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Well, the rookies are taking us to school on this one Brett! smile.gif

Look guys, we're thrilled if you are happy about it, but there are a lot better ways to improve your income at this with simple time management principles. I promise you that you could put an old hand at this in a truck that was governed at 55 mph, pay him the same CPM rate as a Swift rookie in a 65 mph truck, and he would come out way ahead of you at the end of the year.

You guys can focus on that speedometer all you want, but it will not advance your career.


Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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