Nervous New Student

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Sarah 's Comment
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Hello all! My name is Sarah, new to the site and new to the trucking industry. I will be starting the Swift academy in less then a week and I'm very nervous. Not so much about the new career change as I have taken awhile to determine this is what I want to do, more so what to expect in training, testing and overall. Any advise, or info on how the Swift Academy day to day is like is much appreciated. Thanks all

Rob T.'s Comment
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Welcome! What school of theirs are you going to be attending? We have a portion of our forum that is CDL Diaries that may be worth reading. If you cant find anything about the location you're going try using the search bar above that will pull up results from this site. Please stick around and if you feel so inclined to create a diary of your own experience in school it will help others know what to expect. We have quite a few swift drivers here, a swift trainer and even a former instructor of the west Memphis academy that will be able to help you answer any specific questions you may have.

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.
Sarah 's Comment
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Welcome! What school of theirs are you going to be attending? We have a portion of our forum that is CDL Diaries that may be worth reading. If you cant find anything about the location you're going try using the search bar above that will pull up results from this site. Please stick around and if you feel so inclined to create a diary of your own experience in school it will help others know what to expect. We have quite a few swift drivers here, a swift trainer and even a former instructor of the west Memphis academy that will be able to help you answer any specific questions you may have.

I'll be attending the academy in Corsicana TX. I looked and couldn't find any diaries from the tx location. I will definitely keep a diary so others will know what to expect. I have found a lot of helpful info on here so far

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Here are a couple diaries I found for Corsicana but they're a couple years old so some things make have changed but it's likely to be similar. Aco475 diary Bwr5000 diary

Unfortunately neither of those members are still active here so they wont be able to answer any questions you may have, however the other schools likely run things very similar.

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.
Sarah 's Comment
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Thank you. I will check them out.

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