Question On Testing

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B T Y's Comment
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Hey there y'all, I'm looking to head down south in California to get started with the Swift trucking school. I've never done any marijuana or anything of that sort, however I did turn 21 this month and I had some drinks in that span of time. I was just wondering if the drug testing checks for something like that? I've been a bit concerned of it so I wasn't sure if I should wait a little longer or go ahead and head on down.

Thanks for your help!

Army 's Comment
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Hello

So let me try and get more information. You are concerned that a SWIFT driving school is going to know that you have been drinking alcohol?

I think people will need more information. Did you drink alcohol within hours of testing, have you already tested? Normally I believe the testing is looking for illegal drug use, and drug use not prescribed to the user.

Big T's Comment
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Don't show up with alcohol in your system and don't drink while in school.

Swift has a zero tolerance policy and they mean zero. .01 and you will be unemployed.

I have watched drivers have a celebratory drink at the hotel after passing and Swift found out and terminated them.

Spoonerist 's Comment
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I concur. Don’t drink while at school.

A few drinks during your birthday will not show up after 3 days. They don’t really test for alcohol, but they also have a zero tolerance policy and could breathalyze you if they suspected that you have been drinking.

Good luck in school! Please consider keeping a training diary.

Cheers,

G

B T Y's Comment
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Hello

So let me try and get more information. You are concerned that a SWIFT driving school is going to know that you have been drinking alcohol?

I think people will need more information. Did you drink alcohol within hours of testing, have you already tested? Normally I believe the testing is looking for illegal drug use, and drug use not prescribed to the user.

Thank you all for your responses, I mean to say I've had drinks leading up to heading down for the school. I'm hoping to head down Sunday morning with a test on monday, last drink I had was yesterday (tuesday). I reckoned the alcohol concept is that we arent meant to drink while on or close to when going on duty. I was just nervous on it as it's a pretty big deal to make sure I pass!

Rob T.'s Comment
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I've always heard 12 hours from bottle to throttle. Personally, I don't drink within 24 hours of going on duty. Keep in mind if you're responsible for the truck your company doesnt want you drinking at all. As nice as it sounds, DO NOT have a beer with that steak dinner while out on the road even if you'll be parked 34 hours (for a reset).

Rob D.'s Comment
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Regulations and BAC Tables Below:

CFR Alcohol Prohibition

BAC Time Tables

B T Y's Comment
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Thank you all very much, I'll see if I can start up a diary once I get down there. Appreciate helping relieve a bit of my paranoia.

Jamie's Comment
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I sometimes drink during my home time, but generally I will only do that the first day I'm home, so it'd be another two to three days before I return to work, and I have no responsibility regarding the truck since its parked at a company yard. Of course that was when I was OTR with Schneider, I haven't had a home time yet with Crete.

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.

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