Swift Orientation In Memphis

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Half-step's Comment
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I will be attending Swift 2 day orientation starting on Monday 4-8-19. I have one big question if anyone would like to answer it would be appreciated.

I graduated truck school through Celadon back in 2015 and haven't been in a truck to drive since due to life circumstances. I do have my cdl and dot card.

With that being said, I'm super worried about road test at memphis terminal.

Can anyone tell me a current experience with that at the memphis terminal? what happens if i fail the road test at orientation with being an inexperienced driver?

Any advice or experience stories would be great :) And please no negativity.

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.

Terminal:

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.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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It’s likely you’ll be required to at least take a refresher course and road train for 200 hours with a Mentor.

Good luck.

Turtle's Comment
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Welcome Rachel. We don't do negativity here. Don't you worry about that.

There are many swift drivers who will be along shortly answer your questions. In the meantime you can try using the search bar above for topics related to Swift in Memphis.

Half-step's Comment
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I am very excited to say I'm scheduled to leave out for training today after the last two days of drug testing and orientation!

Stay safe.

Turtle's Comment
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Awesome Half-Step, congratulations!

Tractor Man's Comment
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Do you have any driving experience? Or did you just complete driving school? Any time with a trainer/mentor? Did you ever go solo?

The reason I ask is that I attended the Swift Driving Academy in Phoenix in May of 2016, 5 weeks with a Mentor,and about 9 months Solo. Left in February of 2017 due to family issues. Returned to Swift Phoenix in February of this year. Was required to do a 50 hour "refresher" with a Mentor. My road test at Orientation consisted of about 20-25 minutes. 6 or 8 right turns, 3 or four left turns, back to the terminal , alley dock between two trailers. Your previous driving experience will determine the amount of training required. I am very happy with my decision to return to Swift. I am now on a very well paying Walmart Dedicated account. Good Luck, and welcome to the forum. BTW....... We don't do negativity here, we leave that up to the other guys down the road. Spend some time here with your questions. This is a great group of Drivers dedicated to helping rookies get the proper start in this daunting endeavor!

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Terminal:

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Rachel...

To add to Tractor’s reply; I trained with Swift 6 years ago. Stayed with them; Dedicated to a NorthEast regional Walmart Grocery Account performing store deliveries and vendor backhauls. Love my job, no immediate plans to change anything.

This link may also help to support your decision now and also later...

Working for Your “Starter Company” Beyond the First Year

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

PackRat's Comment
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Good luck with your training this time at Swift.

Splitter's Comment
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I am very excited to say I'm scheduled to leave out for training today after the last two days of drug testing and orientation!

Stay safe.

Sure didn't half step that one. How did you do in the driving test or has that not happened. Congrats on getting that much closer to your goal. Best of luck going forward.

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