Can I Back Out Of Family Dollar Account? Swift Transport...

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Iomis's Comment
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So I have my CDL I got it from going to a private school. Anyway, I got hired on with Swift and was talked into the Family Dollar account and I am set to head to orientation next week. If I ask to switch to reefer will they get upset? I've been reading about the Family Dollar accounts and everyone says backing is hard for rookies.

I wish I knew that before I allowed myself to be talked into taking the FD account. Does anyone have advice for dealing with recruiters and changing accounts?

If this was asked before I apologize.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Tractor Man's Comment
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The short answer is yes you can. They have tons of other positions.

When I read the subject line, I thought you pulled your tractor and trailer in nose first to the docks and wanted to back out!

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Just tell them you feel like the Family Dollar wouldn't be a good fit at the moment and you where wondering what else they had available. You wont be the first or the last person to want off those accounts, and in my opinion it is a wise move, those accounts can be tough which is why they are always trying to fill them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big T's Comment
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Just tell your recruiter you want to switch. You can also bring it up to your driver qualification coordinator at orientation.

My current student got hired on as dry van but is switching to reefer once he is done with training.

The only thing that may be changed is if you were offered any kind of sign on bonus.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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The short answer is yes you can. They have tons of other positions.

When I read the subject line, I thought you pulled your tractor and trailer in nose first to the docks and wanted to back out!

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What? Is there a comment of the year contest going on and I didn't get the memo? TM, very amusing.

Talking about Family Dollar, when I first started driving, I was routed all around the south. It seemed like every little town I went through had a Family Dollar and a Dollar General store. Sometimes these two stores were almost next door to each other or across the street from each other. I would look at these locations and was glad I didn't have to deliver freight because it looked like a nightmare to get in and out. The sheer number of these dollar stores amazed me.

Iomis's Comment
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Thanks for the replies. I've emailed my recruiter and will call them later today. I head out to orientation Monday. I can't wait to get started.

PackRat's Comment
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I will never understand why any company would try to stick a new driver into one of these type of accounts. IMO it is just filling a hole in the fleet, and setting a new driver up for failure right at the start of their career.

Iomis's Comment
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I will never understand why any company would try to stick a new driver into one of these type of accounts. IMO it is just filling a hole in the fleet, and setting a new driver up for failure right at the start of their career.

Yeah, I don't mind the idea of unloading a truck. I've been unloading trucks with rollers for years now, but I didn't think about the backing part of it until I did some research. It just sounds like a nightmare for a rookie driver like me at this point.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Yeah, I don't mind the idea of unloading a truck. I've been unloading trucks with rollers for years now, but I didn't think about the backing part of it until I did some research. It just sounds like a nightmare for a rookie driver like me at this point.

Impressive young grasshopper a lot of rookies chase the money they offer and end up having a short career because of it.

NeeklODN's Comment
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Can you back out? Yes you'll be doing a lot of backing. 😂

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