A Year In Swift Land.

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Big T's Comment
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I am coming up on my year mark since upgrading here at Swift.

Some basic numbers: 145,301 ranked miles 100% on time record 0 service fails 0 accidents or incidents

I have been on the otr reefer division since I upgraded. I've only had two DMs since I started.

I really have no complaints about this company. Sometimes there size and the neccessary bureaucracy gets annoying but that's it.

Keys to success (which shouldn't come as a surprise if you pay any attention to these forums) :

Open communication is critical. If there are any problems I am immediately informing my DM and customer service. I also let them know I am running early so my dm and customer service can work on moving up my appointment or tcalling my load.

Honor your PTAs. If I tell my DM I will be ready for dispatch at noon then I am ready to roll at noon. The company knows this and that means more load plans.

I don't turn down loads. I don't care if it is 5 miles or 3000 miles I do the run. The only time I will turn down a load is if I'm going home and the load is going the opposite direction. Even on those runs though I will offer to pick up and tcall for another driver.

I hope this helps those worried about working here.

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.

Dm:

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
tarheel59's Comment
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Thanks Big T, Swift is definitely on my short list of companies to start my career with.

G-Town's Comment
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Well done Big T. Time flies, doesn’t it?

You must be at or close to Platinum on the bonus level.

Regardless,... congratulations, you beat the odds!

Big T's Comment
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It helps that this wasn't my first rodeo.

Yes I am a platinum driver. The only time I dip below is if it is a home time week.

Well done Big T. Time flie, doesn’t it?

You must be at or close to Platinum on the bonus level.

Regardless,... congratulations, you beat the odds!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey congrats Big T! Wow, those are some crazy mileage numbers. You sure do love to run hard.

Folks, once you get out on the road you'll hear 10 jokes about Swift for every joke about any other company. If you did a survey amongst the general population of terminal rats at truck stops and other trucking forums I would bet Swift would be near the top of the list of companies they are unimpressed by.

Yet Big T is consistently turning as many miles as any driver can legally turn, even during his first year at Swift. G-Town has been there for years on a dedicated Walmart account, has made fantastic money, gets treated really well, and has loved it from day one.

We have quite a few awesome Swift drivers here at TruckingTruth and they all have great things to say.

Swift is the largest regular truckload carrier in North America. Another way to say that is simple - they're the most successful trucking company out there. So when you hear people mocking Swift, think of it the same as when you hear people talking trash about the New England Patriots, The Yankees, or for you old schoolers, Dale Earnhardt Sr.

A champion in any sport or industry is always the biggest target of ridicule from those who aren't fans of that champion.

Dale Earnhardt Sr used to get the loudest cheers from his fans, but also the loudest boos of any driver out there. He used to say, "I love the cheers and I don't mind the boos. As long as they're screaming something when they call my name I know I'm doing something worth yelling about."

Swift gets all the talk, both good and bad, because they're the largest out there. All of the large carriers get a lot of ridicule and trash talk from the terminal rats. In my mind it's simple - if I'm going to join a team I want to be part of a proven winner. If you don't think being part of a big time winning team is for you then I won't be mad at you. I might scratch my head and wonder what's going on in your brain, but I won't waste more than a few seconds thinking about it.

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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.

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 T's Comment
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I'll admit I was one of those rats that talked crap even though I had not worked here before.

I do run hard. I constantly try and move appointments up if possible. My philosophy is simple. If I'm not going to be home with my wife and little one then I should be putting as much money in the account as legally possible.

Thank you Brett.

Hey congrats Big T! Wow, those are some crazy mileage numbers. You sure do love to run hard.

Folks, once you get out on the road you'll hear 10 jokes about Swift for every joke about any other company. If you did a survey amongst the general population of terminal rats at truck stops and other trucking forums I would bet Swift would be near the top of the list of companies they are unimpressed by.

Yet Big T is consistently turning as many miles as any driver can legally turn, even during his first year at Swift. G-Town has been there for years on a dedicated Walmart account, has made fantastic money, gets treated really well, and has loved it from day one.

We have quite a few awesome Swift drivers here at TruckingTruth and they all have great things to say.

Swift is the largest regular truckload carrier in North America. Another way to say that is simple - they're the most successful trucking company out there. So when you hear people mocking Swift, think of it the same as when you hear people talking trash about the New England Patriots, The Yankees, or for you old schoolers, Dale Earnhardt Sr.

A champion in any sport or industry is always the biggest target of ridicule from those who aren't fans of that champion.

Dale Earnhardt Sr used to get the loudest cheers from his fans, but also the loudest boos of any driver out there. He used to say, "I love the cheers and I don't mind the boos. As long as they're screaming something when they call my name I know I'm doing something worth yelling about."

Swift gets all the talk, both good and bad, because they're the largest out there. All of the large carriers get a lot of ridicule and trash talk from the terminal rats. In my mind it's simple - if I'm going to join a team I want to be part of a proven winner. If you don't think being part of a big time winning team is for you then I won't be mad at you. I might scratch my head and wonder what's going on in your brain, but I won't waste more than a few seconds thinking about it.

smile.gif

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.

Dm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Old School's Comment
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I constantly try and move appointments up if possible.

I love this statement Big T!

I hear drivers say, "Now I'm a runner, but I just can't get my dispatcher to give me the miles." If more people understood how and why moving their appointments up will increase their income, we would have a lot more truckers making good money.

Your killing it Big T, and I am proud to see it. dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Dispatcher:

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.
Big T's Comment
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Thank you Old School I appreciate that.

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I constantly try and move appointments up if possible.

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I love this statement Big T!

I hear drivers say, "Now I'm a runner, but I just can't get my dispatcher to give me the miles." If more people understood how and why moving their appointments up will increase their income, we would have a lot more truckers making good money.

Your killing it Big T, and I am proud to see it. dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Dispatcher:

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.
Bolt's Comment
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Question to Old School, I have heard you guys talk about moving appoints up. Does that work well in the skateboard division? That's where I want to go when I get out if training.

Bolt's Comment
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I'm glad to see this post. Good job Big T. As a future swiftie it's nice to see what can be achieved.

Keep the wheels a spinnin and the beavers grinnin

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