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Bolt's Comment
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When I first got serious about trucking Swift was always on the very bottom of my list. My reasoning was very solid: It was based on the wonderful reviews and reputation from the internet, truck stops, and any other place two or more truckers were gathered up. After being on Trucking Truth for almost three years and doing a lot of research, listening to those that actually drive for Swift, and opening my mind to new possibilities Swift has become my company of choice.

As a veteran I am getting my training paid for without any repayment plan as long as I stay with them for a year. As I going through their online assignment I noticed that the student is responsible for their room. When I questioned my recruiter about this again as a veteran that is handled for me. So basically it will not cost me anything more than food and licensing fees to get my cdl. That is awesome.

If you are looking for a company definitely give Swift a look see.

CDL:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Susan D. 's Comment
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Yes, Swift is an excellent company.. not only to begin your trucking career but for a long term choice. Everyone loves a good Swift joke. They're simply an easy target because there are SO MANY OF THEM (for good reason. Very successful)

Chris M's Comment
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Right now is a great time to get started with Swift. There are lots of us who have been with Swift from the start of our careers and are perfectly happy.

Over the last few months, they have really put an emphasis on improving life for their drivers. Starting next month, all company terminals will have free laundry. That might not sound like a huge deal, but when it's $3 to wash and $3 to dry a single load at the truck stops, that adds up.

I've actually heard alot of drivers say "they're only doing these things for driver retention". Uhhhhh duh? They spend alot of money to train drivers, and contrary to alot of the online reviews, they don't want to screw you out of money and miles until you get tired of it and quit. They want their drivers to stay and be assets.

Everyone at Swift is aware of their reputation, and I honestly feel like there is a push going to legitimately try to improve that reputation.

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

G-Town's Comment
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Swift has definitely exceeded my expectations.

No regrets; made life long friends, work on a great account, drive great equipment, and have tremendous professionals supporting me and driving along side of me.

Bolt's Comment
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Swift has definitely exceeded my expectations.

No regrets; made life long friends, work on a great account, drive great equipment, and have tremendous professionals supporting me and driving along side of me.

G-town you and Errol and all the other positive feedback concerning Swift is what changed my mind. Im excited about this. I should be in Memphis on July 9th.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Thank you for your service. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Swift. If they are not the largest trucking company, they are in the top 3. They have OTR , dedicated, local, dry van , flatbed and refer divisions.

All companies need to retain drivers. Right now the economy is booming and so is freight. All companies are doing things to retain drivers. CFI has announced a pay raise to start July 22nd. We are supposed to find out the details Monday.

I believe all companies have special programs for vets. There are many companies who offer Paid CDL Training Programs, that do not make you pay anything back. For example, at CFI, they pay for all transportation, food and hotels. They reimburse for the cost of your permit, medical, hazmat background check, CDL, hazmat and tanker endorsements. After one year solo or 6 months team, you owe nothing. You only have to pay them if you leave the company before your contract is up. I don't know CFI's policy for vets. My understanding is in your second year with Swift they start paying back the money paid for school. Good luck.

CDL:

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
G-Town's Comment
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Thank you for your service. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Swift. If they are not the largest trucking company, they are in the top 3. They have OTR , dedicated, local, dry van , flatbed and refer divisions.

All companies need to retain drivers. Right now the economy is booming and so is freight. All companies are doing things to retain drivers. CFI has announced a pay raise to start July 22nd. We are supposed to find out the details Monday.

I believe all companies have special programs for vets. There are many companies who offer Paid CDL Training Programs, that do not make you pay anything back. For example, at CFI, they pay for all transportation, food and hotels. They reimburse for the cost of your permit, medical, hazmat background check, CDL, hazmat and tanker endorsements. After one year solo or 6 months team, you owe nothing. You only have to pay them if you leave the company before your contract is up. I don't know CFI's policy for vets. My understanding is in your second year with Swift they start paying back the money paid for school. Good luck.

It's not always about CFI Big Scott. IMO this is one of those times...

Making a decision on where to start a trucking career is a difficult one. Bolt made his decision, lets all support him in that triumph, help him to carry through on his commitment and save the commercial for the folks actually soliciting our input.

Good luck Bolt! Be safe in all that you do.

CDL:

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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It's not always about CFI Big Scott. IMO this is one of those times...

Making a decision on where to start a trucking career is a difficult one. Bolt made his decision, lets all support him in that triumph, help him to carry through on his commitment and save the commercial for the folks actually soliciting our input.

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Good luck, Bolt! You can do very well at Swift. They didn't get that big by chance. Let us know how it's going.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bolt's Comment
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Thanks guys for the responses. Big Scott I appreciate your words about CFI. I know you are passionate about them as you plug them ever chance you get. LOL. Growing up just a few miles from Joplin I have had several friends who have driven for them over the years. Once I get into training I will start a training diary. I was looking through them the other day and noticed that nobody has started one on Swift recently.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Philip N.'s Comment
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I am scheduled to attend the SWIFT training in Richmond on July 9. I met a gal who said she loved driving for them. I was supposed to go to the Schneider paid training (only 6 mos commitment) but I haven't been sure about passing the pre-work screen tests. Schneider would train me on an automatic in two weeks, than 3 weeks of orientation with one OTR in the middle week. I would prefer Scheider because of the auto trans.

When I first got serious about trucking Swift was always on the very bottom of my list. My reasoning was very solid: It was based on the wonderful reviews and reputation from the internet, truck stops, and any other place two or more truckers were gathered up. After being on Trucking Truth for almost three years and doing a lot of research, listening to those that actually drive for Swift, and opening my mind to new possibilities Swift has become my company of choice.

As a veteran I am getting my training paid for without any repayment plan as long as I stay with them for a year. As I going through their online assignment I noticed that the student is responsible for their room. When I questioned my recruiter about this again as a veteran that is handled for me. So basically it will not cost me anything more than food and licensing fees to get my cdl. That is awesome.

If you are looking for a company definitely give Swift a look see.

CDL:

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.

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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