Swift CDL Training

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Josh Hacker's Comment
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I'm signed up for Swift CDL training academy in Corsicana, TX. Anyone out there gone through swift at that location, for CDL school? any tips or info would be greatly appreciated!!

I thought about Knight, Maverick, and Prime but Swift is the only company that kept in constant contact with me and even paid the full price for my DOT physical. I know they're probably not the best company but they have good perks for veterans and they have treated me well so far. thanks for the info 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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Josh, it's great to hear from you!

If you'll put "Swift Corsicana" in the search bar at the top of this page, you'll get a nice list of diary entries from our members who've been through that particular academy. You'll find a lot to read.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I know they're probably not the best company but they have good perks for veterans and they have treated me well so far.

Hi, Josh, welcome to Trucking Truth. I wonder where you got the idea that Swift might not be the "best company". Swift is the largest common carrier in the US with over 23,000 trucks. They must be doing something right for all those drivers!

I consider "best trucking company" to be an argument like whether Fords are better than Chevys. People might "go outside to discuss which is better", but actually that's a non-question. Overall Swift is a very good company to drive for.

I'm a vet, and I took advantage of their veteran's benefits. Not to worry, you've made a good choice. As long as you understand what trucking is all about, from a driver's point of view, you'll do well with Swift.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Welcome to the forum Josh!

I attended and graduated from Swift’s Richmond Academy coming up on 7 years ago mid-March 2020.

I’m still driving for them, no intentions of looking elsewhere.

Please review these Trucking Truth links to help prepare you for school:

Good luck!

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.
Josh Hacker's Comment
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Thanks for the info!! I am looking forward to attending the swift academy, just heard see a lot of hate towards swift online and from people I've talked to. But Swift has done me right so far and I'm looking forward to starting this new career with them, thanks!

Delco Dave's Comment
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As other wise men have said above, all the negative you hear about companies comes from people who failed and can’t accept the blame. Swift also gets a lot of attention due the size of the company. I believe they are the largest in North America with 20,000 + trucks. They wouldn’t be that successful if good drivers didn’t want to work there.

Swift is my 1st choice due to there opportunities in my area. I am hoping to follow in G-Towns footsteps and haul goods for Walmart in the eastern PA, NJ, DE region

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Jay F.'s Comment
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The school I went to, was used to train swift drivers. They took good care of their students. Put them up in a nice hotel, and none that I talk with had anything bad to say. They are a great company. You don’t get to be that large by doing it wrong.

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