Swift C1 At Indianapolis - A Day To Day Adventure.

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MrTechit's Comment
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Well, here I go. Scheduled for the Indianapolis c1 through Swift. Starting Monday March 25th.

Let me start by saying thanks to everyone here. Because of the knowledge gained here I decided to begin a new adventure.

So. First things first. After talking to *insert generic name here* with Swifts recruiting for the last 3 weeks we settled on the 25th so I could get my Picture Permit in the mail. It arrived today. After I got it, I made the call and she finalized my start date.

I decided to drive down to Indy, for the convenience of NOT needing to wait on the taxi, and go to the store when I want. I asked *insert generic name here* if I could go a day early so I could get settled in and not be rushed. She immediately emailed me a voucher for Saturday night, the 23rd. Awesome!

Now to packing. I am bringing with me: 3 pairs Jean's, 2 pairs slacks, lots of socks, lots of boxers, 5 shirts, a pair of Carolina work boots, a pair of shoes and a hoodie and jacket.

For security of ny paperwork and birth cert and ss, I purchased a simple and cheap "safe" like 20 bucks. It's nice and sized for regular paper documents.

It's a 550 mile trip from where I am to indy, so I am getting the car a fresh oil change and all fluids checked. (If only I got paid miles to drive there haha)

Well. Next update will be sunday the 24th. Also once school starts, daily updates unless too busy.

Again, thank you all for the info given here!

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome to Swift!

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MrTechit's Comment
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Thank you sir!

Lil Triscuit's Comment
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Cannot wait to see what things you are going to experience, just three weeks behind me! Good luck and have fun! Study, study, study.

MrTechit's Comment
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Ok! So days 1 and 2 done. Day 3 right now.

First some tips for the new guys. HAVE YOUR DOCUMENTS WITH YOU. And make life easy on yourself, have your DOT physical done and cdl permit in hand BEFORE coming to training.

Make sure to have your long form physical with you. Drivers license and permit, SS card and Birth certificate.

I say this because many people came here without it and a few got sent home.

Next. LISTEN to the instructors and dont give attitude. I won't say anything more on this.

So. First day was easy, paperwork, paperwork, and more paperwork. Also DOT physical if you need it, and drug screen.

Second day: Demo of pre trip. We are given binders and forms and everything we need to learn. We also did a few tests. We were given time to go out with an instructor and shown a pre trip. We are also given time to do it ourselves a few times.

Third day, more tests, and a lot of focus on helping ourselves. By this point you have found who you are working with. Me and another student teamed up. We are given LOTS of time today to go out and work on pre trip Inspection. See a pattern here?

My advice, dont study pre trip before showing up here. Indiana has a very specific way to do pre trip, and c1 expects it done their way. Learn it here, learn it their way. It's simple, just study it and do it with a partner, correct eachother and learn. Third day down and loving it.

The instructors are here to help, but will not hold your hand. Be respectful, and everything falls into place.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

G-Town's Comment
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Mr. Techit wrote:

My advice, dont study pre trip before showing up here. Indiana has a very specific way to do pre trip, and c1 expects it done their way. Learn it here, learn it their way. It's simple, just study it and do it with a partner, correct eachother and learn.

Sorry,... I do not agree with this advice. Flat out wrong.

The majority of PTI content is consistent no matter what the state.

“A compressor in on a truck in PA is not a Mud Flap on a truck in Indiana.”

Use of your State’s CDL manual in conjunction with the below links will provide a significant set of tools to better prepare a permit holder for school. Never advise against building a knowledge base...

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

MrTechit's Comment
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Then I'll re phrase. Learn what you want. Maybe learn the parts in the pti but expect that some things will be checked differently then In ur state. Do it c1s way....

G-Town's Comment
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Then I'll re phrase. Learn what you want. Maybe learn the parts in the pti but expect that some things will be checked differently then In ur state. Do it c1s way....

To reiterate:

Use of your stare CDL manual (which includes PTI language) in conjunction with this:

...will effectively prepare you and enable your ability to pass not only your school’s PTI test, but also the state CDL test.

I highly suggest and advise anyone preparing for school to use the aforementioned tools to build a reusable knowledge base. It will absolutely put you ahead of every student in your class.

The school will coach on the correct wording when narrating the PTI inspection. The components required for inspection on the tractor/trailer and what to look for is fairly consistent with each state.

There is honestly no “maybe” about it.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.
MrTechit's Comment
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Since I can respect your opinion, I'm done talking about it. . And since There is a walkthrough with this school by Lil Triscuit I am no longer continuing this topic. Thanks all and ttyl

PackRat's Comment
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Good luck.

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