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Shane H.'s Comment
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Hello everyone. I've lurked on here off and on for the past couple of years weighing the decision of taking this leap. I didn't want to be one of those people who jump in it without an understanding of how life changing it actually is.

After months of reading and researching using the tools provided here I'm really set on Swift. Mainly because of there presence all over the nation and the variety of freight that they haul.

My wife and I were planning on relocating to the South or Northwestern US during my training. Her mother passed away this past year and this area is a constant reminder.we plan on using my pay plus my GI bill for the costs. My question is would it be possible being located in Kentucky to be trained at a school of theirs in the west? If so what kind of issues would I run into as far as licensing etc? Also, I have gaps in the past three years of employment. Mind you most we're out of necessity. I've been taking care of her grandfather until recently while she worked. We live in a very rural area and only have access to one vehicle. Would this be something that could be overcome or should I look somewhere else? If so any direction would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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You’ll never know until you apply...and I’d expand your inquires beyond Swift. Cast the net and see what jumps in...

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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.
Shane H.'s Comment
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You’ll never know until you apply...and I’d expand your inquires beyond Swift. Cast the net and see what jumps in...

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So I took your advice and put in as many apps as I could. I ended up choosing Prime and start training Feb 17. I'm going to be doing flatbed with them. I know they are mainly a reefer company but it seems like better fit for me mainly because of the extra physical stuff that goes with it. I know a couple of people on the forum are with Prime in this division so any advice would be great. Any insights as to what to expect for training are very welcome. Thanks in advance.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Turtle's Comment
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Welcome Shane. Congrats on getting picked up by Prime.

I spent nearly 3 years as a flatbedder with Prime, and I have nothing but good things to say about them and the division. You can do very well there if you go into it with some gumption.

Things to expect in flatbed:

- You will occasionally need to climb up on a load. It's just unavoidable sometimes. If you fear heights, you may want to rethink this division.

- You will sweat. Alot.

- You will get dirty. Very dirty.

- You will work in rain, sleet, snow, and driving wind.

- You will puff your chest out with pride when you conquer the above conditions and drive away with a tight secure load.

Good luck, man. Let us know how it's going. There are a couple other Prime knuckledraggers in here as well. Any of us will be glad to answer any questions you have.

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