Starting With Swift

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Tom's Comment
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I'm starting monday with swift cdl training I leave on the big grey dog saturday morning for a long 36 hour hour bus ride it will be a lot different from my previous job as a railroad conductor but training is a lot shorter I'll try to keep a brief description of my training here lll try to update daily if I can

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.
Spoonerist 's Comment
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Congratulations and welcome!

The High Road training program here really helped me.

Cheers,

G

Tom's Comment
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It's been a few days since I last put something on here but to update

I started my swift training monday it was a little different than expected we started off with 6 guys in class by our first break we was down to 5 the first day was going over rules and discussing hours of service on the second day Tuesday we had 2 guys not show up for class so now we are down to 3 we watched videos and learned a little about pre trip inspection we did our drug test and had a new physical done even if u already had one it's just basic stuff right now the other 2 guys dont have their permit yet so its alot of getting them ready to go to the dmv on friday I'm not sure what I get to do that day since I already have mine

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

PackRat's Comment
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Great update on making positive progress, Tom. You are already in the top 50% of the class, and haven’t even driven yet!

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Tom's Comment
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Day three in the books took the hours of service test today it was a fairly simple test got all 49 right aent over the Utah cdl book a little bit for the 2 other guys in my class since they dont have their permit yet tomorrow we start trip planning then friday while the other 2 guys are at the dmv getting their permit I get to go out and learn about chains so far it's not too bad very informative

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Tom's Comment
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Day 4

Watched some videos went over trip planning and that was about it

Day 5

My two classmates went down to the dmv to test for their permit I already had mine so it was just me at that time went down to the range and talked with the students that were Bout to test out and was able to watch the backing maneuvers and learned a few tricks to help out when I get there starting monday also signed our school contracts on that day so far so good but next week starts the driving part

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

PackRat's Comment
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The driving part is the fun part. Listen to the instructor, don't get frustrated, learn from your mistakes, watch other people-what they do right or wrong, and have fun!

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Tom's Comment
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Okay new week new adventures started backing monday started off with straight line then moved to offset then to parallel went good I'm not the best but with only 2 of us in class now we gets lots of practice on tuesday we did 90 and so far that was a good one did well on it then they decided since we was doing so well on the rest of it they decided to teach us the 45 not so good there got a lot of learning to do on that one today we are going out on the road for the first time and with only 2 of us and 2 instructors that means we dont have to switch out at all so we will get in lots of driving practice so far all is going great at swift academy in utah

PackRat's Comment
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Can't beat that one-on-one ratio! You really lucked out.

G-Town's Comment
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Man...that’s great. Take full advantage of the ratio. Practice, practice and more...practice.

Good luck!

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