Changes - Fond Memories Of Swift

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∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Sometimes, things happen in our lives, that force us to step back, and consider things, and our options, to better place ourselves, to deal with those changes. This has recently happened to me, and my family. I will not get into details, but suffice it to say, I made a change. It happened at the end of my 4th month. The very first thing I did, was go to my Terminal Leader, and lay out my situation, and he graciously gave me the time, and even the routes, to get me home as often as possible during that time. Then things started changing at the DC, and in the chaos, it became harder to be home when needed, to deal with things. I DO NOT blame Swift at all, that is just the nature of the business, and stuff happens. Thankfully, my need to be home as often resolved itself, shortly after.

After talking with my wife, and really exploring my options, I contacted Billing, and a few other departments, just to make sure that they had done everything they could, within their power to help me resolve the few remaining issues. I am beyond grateful for everything that Swift did for me, and tried to do , to help me, but their hands were tied. I could not continue to drive for Swift, and deal with the financial side of things, as a result. But what I could do, was pay off the remainder of my loan, by cashing in on a few CD's that I had, that recently matured. So I paid off my loan to Swift, and started searching.

Meanwhile, I kept getting good routes, and enjoying my job, even though they knew my time there was eventually coming to an end. My last 2 weeks, I asked if I could do a "farewell tour" of all my favorite stores, and they hooked me up. Turning in my truck, was bittersweet. I literally gave it a "Hug" before I got into the car with my wife, and we drove out of the DC.

I know that this sight encourages everyone to stay with their first company at least a year, and I still agree with that. However, sometimes, as in my situation, after every stone was turned, and every option exhausted, In order for me to take care of my family, I had to make that switch in my 7th month with Swift. I took care of ALL of my financial obligations with Swift, and I have an open door to go back, if ever I want.

Swift is an Amazing company! I strongly recommend any prospective driver, to give them a close look, and consider starting, and possibly even finishing their career with them.

Now, I have just finished my first week with my new company,and I Know I have made the right decision. I will post more on that company in another thread. the company is DON HUMMER.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
icecold24k's Comment
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Yes I have to agree sometimes things do happen and you can't fulfill your year obligation. It seems to me you did the right thing and you did handle things well and even left on good terms with an open door to return if you ever choose to. Best of luck to you at your new company. I see a few Don Hummer trucks running up and down the road sometimes. Definitely keep everyone updated on how things are going there.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Big Scott's Comment
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Congratulations. Keep us posted.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Yes, sometimes "life" gets in the way and we do what we need to do.... Perfectly understandable and you handled it extremely well and professionally. I'm sure Swift would gladly take you back if the opportunity presented itself.

That said, best wishes for success at your new company. I'm anxious to hear about it when the time is right.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Thank you I've, Scott, and Susan.

Susan, I never realized how many companies have a Terminal in the Cedar Rapids area. It's nuts.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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You will be an asset to any company you drive with, Daniel. Nice job exiting from Swift with grace and professionalism, instead of burning the bridge on your way out the door.good-luck.gif

G-Town's Comment
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Good Luck Danielsahn!

JuiceBox's Comment
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"Rehire" looks good to other companies as I am told. Goodluck to you

Susan D. 's Comment
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Yes it is, Danielsahn. Apparently Cedar Rapids is THE place to be lol. I'm currently killing time at our terminal here. Trainee is doing laundry and she gets to deliver this load to Pepsi, downtown in the morning. That'll be interesting. It's a *little* tight up in there.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Danielsahn, I hope it all works out real well for ya! It sounds like you did an outstanding job for Swift, and I'm sure they are wishing they could have pulled a few strings so that you could stay. I know you've seen my ideas on commitment in trucking and how important that is, but commitment to your family is always a weightier matter. I am confident that you know what is best. Keep us posted, I've always enjoyed keeping up with your success.

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