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Jaimie H.'s Comment
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I’m suppose to start with Swift on Sept 16th,2019 for CDL training. Being told to stay clear of them. WHY? Where is the best place for me to go in Texas, Houston for CDL training NO experience once so ever.

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.
Banks's Comment
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I’m suppose to start with Swift on Sept 16th,2019 for CDL training Being told to stay clear of them. WHY? Where is the best place for me to go in Texas, Houston for CDL training NO experience once so ever.

People say to steer clear of every company for some reason or another. What are the reasons you've been given? I only ask so what it makes it's easier to debunk.

Prior to starting my career, I was told to steer clear of Swift, Western Express and CR England. The people telling me this had never driven for any of these companies. What makes them experts? Some YouTube videos and something somebody said in passing.

You've come to the right place for information. There's a solid representation of different companies here.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome Jaimie.

Swift Transportation's paid CDL training program is an outstanding program, and they're an excellent company to work for. In fact, they're the largest carrier in the nation. They have tons of opportunities, great equipment, lots of money behind them, and a ton of experience bringing new drivers into the industry.

I always recommend that you take advice from people who will help you focus on making yourself better. This is a performance-based industry. Those who perform make the most money and get treated the best. Those who don't perform make far less money and tend to jump around from company to company because they always think the company is the problem. They're always out there warning people about bad companies, when in fact it's their own poor performance that's holding them back, not the company.

So ignore all of that baloney. Prepare yourself now for a great start to this career. Go through these resources so you have the right expectations and the knowledge you'll need to pass your exams and do your job when the time comes:

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Jaimie...welcome to the forum.

Please go through with your commitment with Swift. The advice you received is 100% false.

I have driven for Swift 6+ years on a North East Regional Dedicated Walmart Grocery Account delivering to stores, Sams Club and picking up back hauls from various vendors. Swift is a highly successful Walmart Transportation partner and has a 10+ year history in this geography. Do you think Walmart would award, repeatedly extend a contract and expand the territory of a company that a new drivers should "stay away from"? No.

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All kinds of people claiming to be experts will give you advice about trucking; most of them do not have your best interest at heart and typically have no clue about the actual company or topic they are "trash talking". I was trained by Swift at one of their company schools in Richmond VA. Training was top notch and effectively prepared me to pass the CDL tests. Further road-training (Mentoring) prepared be for the rigors of trucking. I have zero regrets with my decision, no intention of looking elsewhere, thus highly recommend Swift to anyone either starting out or even a seasoned veteran.

Happy to provide you additional truthful and accurate information once you've had an opportunity to digest what has been written thus far.

Good luck and stick with us...we are here to help you.

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.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I'll add in my 2¢. I went through Swift's Academy to get my CDL 5 years ago (Memphis, TN). Never had had a problem. After I got "in the groove", I was always driving.

Like Banks and Brett say, the negative voices are the losers - people who one way or another couldn't get the hang of OTR trucking. The positive attitude types are too busy enjoying their job and making money to write anything down (outside of Trucking Truth lol).

Swift takes care of their drivers, their equipment is up to date and well maintained, and best of all, drivers get all the miles they can eat.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Jaimie H.'s Comment
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Jaimie...welcome to the forum.

Please go through with your commitment with Swift. The advice you received is 100% false.

I have driven for Swift 6+ years on a North East Regional Dedicated Walmart Grocery Account delivering to stores, Sams Club and picking up back hauls from various vendors. Swift is a highly successful Walmart Transportation partner and has a 10+ year history in this geography. Do you think Walmart would award, repeatedly extend a contract and expand the territory of a company that a new drivers should "stay away from"? No.

0615245001566332827.jpg

All kinds of people claiming to be experts will give you advice about trucking; most of them do not have your best interest at heart and typically have no clue about the actual company or topic they are "trash talking". I was trained by Swift at one of their company schools in Richmond VA. Training was top notch and effectively prepared me to pass the CDL tests. Further road-training (Mentoring) prepared be for the rigors of trucking. I have zero regrets with my decision, no intention of looking elsewhere, thus highly recommend Swift to anyone either starting out or even a seasoned veteran.

Happy to provide you additional truthful and accurate information once you've had an opportunity to digest what has been written thus far.

Good luck and stick with us...we are here to help you.

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.

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.

Jaimie H.'s Comment
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thank-you.gif This why I came to trucking truth, for the truth. I am reading your book and it has been so helpful thus far. Thank you and everyone that has replied. The honesty is the best.

Welcome Jaimie.

Swift Transportation's paid CDL training program is an outstanding program, and they're an excellent company to work for. In fact, they're the largest carrier in the nation. They have tons of opportunities, great equipment, lots of money behind them, and a ton of experience bringing new drivers into the industry.

I always recommend that you take advice from people who will help you focus on making yourself better. This is a performance-based industry. Those who perform make the most money and get treated the best. Those who don't perform make far less money and tend to jump around from company to company because they always think the company is the problem. They're always out there warning people about bad companies, when in fact it's their own poor performance that's holding them back, not the company.

So ignore all of that baloney. Prepare yourself now for a great start to this career. Go through these resources so you have the right expectations and the knowledge you'll need to pass your exams and do your job when the time comes:

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.
Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Jamie H

I've been with Swift since the end of December 2018. Since going solo, I get more miles sometimes than I can get to. But, not for once being here have I thought of leaving. Most of the time , I have another load being offered to me before I can unload the one I'm on. The academy from what I have been told by many of the rookies I have encountered is a excellent way of getting your license and a good way of making a living. Though I can to Swift with my CDL , if I had to do it over again I would have gone to Swift's academy. Read as much as you can before you go to the academy. Brett's book is an excellent way of knowing what to expect. Do as many of the pre-trip excercises. Get the KNOWLEDGE that you will be that much further ahead than the other students. Sorry to be long winded.

Raptor

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

Jaimie H.'s Comment
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I’m suppose to start with Swift on Sept 16th,2019 for CDL training Being told to stay clear of them. WHY? Where is the best place for me to go in Texas, Houston for CDL training NO experience once so ever.

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People say to steer clear of every company for some reason or another. What are the reasons you've been given? I only ask so what it makes it's easier to debunk.

Prior to starting my career, I was told to steer clear of Swift, Western Express and CR England. The people telling me this had never driven for any of these companies. What makes them experts? Some YouTube videos and something somebody said in passing.

You've come to the right place for information. There's a solid representation of different companies here.

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.
Jaimie H.'s Comment
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Jamie H

I've been with Swift since the end of December 2018. Since going solo, I get more miles sometimes than I can get to. But, not for once being here have I thought of leaving. Most of the time , I have another load being offered to me before I can unload the one I'm on. The academy from what I have been told by many of the rookies I have encountered is a excellent way of getting your license and a good way of making a living. Though I can to Swift with my CDL , if I had to do it over again I would have gone to Swift's academy. Read as much as you can before you go to the academy. Brett's book is an excellent way of knowing what to expect. Do as many of the pre-trip excercises. Get the KNOWLEDGE that you will be that much further ahead than the other students. Sorry to be long winded.

Raptor

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

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