Where's The Love For Swift??

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JoAnne EC's Comment
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I feel like every time I see something about Swift, it's surrounded by negative connotations. What did Swift or its drivers ever do to the general public to make them such a target for ridicule? I saw this on FB and the second I saw that it was a Swift truck I knew the comments section would be full of comments like "Swift drivers do this on dry pavement all the time" and "well it's a Swift driver, so..." (and it is)

This is an honest question. Why do so many have such a negative view of Swift???

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C T.'s Comment
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It's a visibility thing. Swift has thousands of trucks and drivers across all 48 states. They also hire and train lots of newbies. Inevitably, you're going to see someone make a mistake at some point no matter who they drive for. But since swift is suge a big company, they're easily recognized and Bubba Jeb immediately pulls out his phone to record or take pictures. I doubt that on a per truck basis swift is any worse than any other carrier.

PackRat's Comment
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I was surprised he was able to drive out of it. Swift has lots of trucks and lots of drivers, so there will be lots of mistakes. Like every other company, I'm sure there are plenty of good drivers and everything in between. Back in the 80s and 90s, JB Hunt was the butt of the jokes. Things worked out pretty well there, though.

Errol V.'s Comment
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C.T. is right: the largest Truck Load freight company has the most trucks on the road, so by the numbers, "Swift wins". They also hire and train so many new drivers, and you know they'll make boo boos like any other rookie will.

Makes for an easy target.

Maybe this will help your understanding:

Why Hitler Hated Swift

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.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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Maybe this will help your understanding:

Why Hitler Hated Swift

I cannot thank you enough for the enlightenment, Errol! (absolutely needed that today!) thank-you-2.gif

Rob T.'s Comment
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Maybe this will help your understanding:

Why Hitler Hated Swift

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Dave Reid's Comment
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Funny video!

But here's what I want to know:. why are fingerless gloves so often ridicule? I've been wearing them while driving for many years. Before cell phones, I wore baseball gloves for driving but switched to the fingerless with the electronic devices these days. Otherwise, I would get sunburn on the backs of my hands due to my very light skin.

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C.T. is right: the largest Truck Load freight company has the most trucks on the road, so by the numbers, "Swift wins". They also hire and train so many new drivers, and you know they'll make boo boos like any other rookie will.

Makes for an easy target.

Maybe this will help your understanding:

Why Hitler Hated Swift

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.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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As I portrayed, that was a funny video!

Turtle's Comment
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Errol wins. He wins the internet today.

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Tractor Man's Comment
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JoAnne, This would make a great homework assignment for youas an aspiring driver. All of the safety ratings for Trucking Companies are available online for the whole world to see. Go to the FMCSA website and compile some factual information and post it here on TT. Compare all of the Major Carriers on crashes and fatalities based on number of trucks, number of miles driven, etc. We need percentages. I think the results my be suprising and eye opening to many of us. This is your mission, should you choose to accept it. CAUTION: You will be graded, critiqued, and possibly challenged on your findings.

Are you in???

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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.

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