Why You Should Always Check Your Fifth Wheel.

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Big Red (Mike)'s Comment
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One of the things I tell my students is right or wrong you have to do your job better because people are always watching for a Swift driver to screw up.

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I'm showing my inexperience here, but why is there so much animosity towards Swift? I see and hear it in a lot of different places.

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I'm showing my inexperience here, but why is there so much animosity towards Swift? I see and hear it in a lot of different places.

They are the largest trucking in the country, so they have a lot of former drivers with a axe to grind usually because they couldn't make it for what ever reason. There is also some people who do not like them simply because they are the largest, so they like to mess with their drivers. Plus countless other reasons.

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Big T's Comment
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Bob pretty much hit it on the head.

We are the largest company out here that trains new drivers. It is cool to rag on training companies and when you're the largest you get a bigger target.

It is not all unwarranted though. We are involved in our fair share of fender benders. Even though our rating is better than the industry average; when you have 16000 plus trucks a small percentage is still a lot of wrecks.

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One of the things I tell my students is right or wrong you have to do your job better because people are always watching for a Swift driver to screw up.

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I'm showing my inexperience here, but why is there so much animosity towards Swift? I see and hear it in a lot of different places.

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Operating While Intoxicated

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Pulling a prank (no pun intended) like that is close to attempted murder. Someone could get killed. I have a question. Why are Swift trucks targeted? Just curious.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Sorry Big T- that you had to endure such childish pranks. But lesson learned.

Susan- I never thought about doing it that way but it is a good way to prevent them from doing it. We had drivers that pulled pranks on us but mostly they would put grease on the outside door handle or put tape on the passenger mirror.

Navypoppop's Comment
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It is something that is done by a handful of insecure and unprofessional people that have no business holding a CDL or have a place in our industry. Way back in the 70's-80's it was a more common occurrence when there were strikes either by the Teamsters or Independent O/O's that were upset because some drivers were still driving when they were on strike. A very dangerous practice. Always set your trailer brakes first and then pull forward against the pin and set tractor brakes. Works every time.

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G-Town's Comment
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Harry shares the wisdom of a veteran trucker...

Always set your trailer brakes first and then pull forward against the pin and set tractor brakes. Works every time.

No batter way to thwart the egregious and criminal act of pin pulling.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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It's outrageous, but a reality that has to be dealt with.

Dealt with? Yes, indeed. With group counseling! Off the wall to wall variety.embarrassed.gif

Navypoppop's Comment
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Another good practice to get into is actually look at the fifth wheel jaws with a flashlight before getting into the cab. Then just slightly tug against the pin to be sure you do not shoot out from under the trailer like a bullet.

Big T's Comment
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Harry that is my routine every time I leave my truck. That is how I found it.

Another good practice to get into is actually look at the fifth wheel jaws with a flashlight before getting into the cab. Then just slightly tug against the pin to be sure you do not shoot out from under the trailer like a bullet.

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