Tractor Man Is Back!

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Tractor Man's Comment
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Greetings TT Family old and new,

Just a brief background for the folks that have shown up here in the last 2 years. I attended the Swift Academy in Phoenix in April of 2016, received my CDL in May, was with a Mentor in May and June, went Solo at the end of June 2016. Drove until the end of February of 2017 when I had to come off of the road due to my Mom's failing health. ( Ok, everyone is caught up!)

As many of you know, I got a local job delivering for the local Coca Cola distributor in March of 17. Unfortunately, it was short lived as I herniated a disc in my neck on May 1st. Without going into all of unnecessary details, the last 1 1/2+ years have been quite trying. May thru November lots of Physical Therapy, Steroid injections, Dr. appointments and taking care of my Mom. Was released to return to work in November. Mom Passed away on November 20th 2017. Spent the next couple of months taking care of Mom's affairs and estate, including selling Her house. House was scheduled to close on March 1st of 2018. Planned to go back to OTR in March 2018. Neck injury recurred in February and have been dealing with Workers Comp, Doctors, Lawyers all over again. Finally cleared to return to work again at the end of November.

I contacted my original Recruiter at the end of December ( I was surprised She still worked there to be honest ). I have been approved for rehire, done all of my paperwork online, and did my pre employment drug screen locally in Tucson last week. Urine and Hair. Swift is going to pay me a $100 orientation bonus for doing it ahead of time. I would have done it ahead of time for nothing as it would be one less thing to deal with at Orientation. I start Orientation this Monday. Two days of orientation, Road Test, followed by 50-100 hours "Refresher" with a Mentor. I will update as things move along.

I just want to note a couple of IMPORTANT details 1) I gave Swift a 2 week notice when I left. 2) I thoroughly cleaned my Tractor before returning it to the Terminal. 3) I paid my Student loan in full within 6 months of resigning. 4) I had 100% on time delivery, no tickets, no accidents.

In other words, I did not burn any bridges and the rehire process has been flawless up til now.

It's good to be back on the TT Forum and I am excited, and a bit nervous, to get back on the road.

Tractor Man smile.gif

P.S. Brett, would you please assign me a new avitar to replace the Coca Cola truck? Anything you use will be fine. Thanks


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.


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.


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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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And you thought it was okay to not say "hey guyz, i'm alive and miss you"????

Sorry about your mom...glad to have you back. I got.blamed for throwing you in the dungeon but i have never been to Tucson hahahaha.

Leave again and I will do it.


thank you and kisses for returning


Operating While Intoxicated

Rob T.'s Comment
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Welcome back! Sorry to hear about the trouble you've had. Hopefully things continue to improve for you.

G-Town's Comment
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Tractor... is ... in ... the ... House !!!!

Welcome back!

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Welcome back. Sorry to hear of your trying times.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Thanks Guyz!

For Rainy, and everyone else......"hey guyz, im alibe and miss you".

Rob, G Town and LDRSHP, thanks for the welcome back. Also, Rainy....where the hell is Tuscon...I've never been there either!

Turtle's Comment
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Wow welcome back T-Man! Good luck on the restart.

Yours wasn't the only mysterious disappearance surrounding Rainy. There have been rumors...


Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Old School's Comment
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Oh wow! I just woke up, and this news was a great way to start my day. Welcome back sir!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey, very cool to see you back! Fantastic.

You can update your avatar real easy. Just click on your name next to your comments or choose "My Profile" in the menu and you can upload any picture you like.


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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Nice to meetchya, as they say in the midwest. smile.gif

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