So I Checked Out The Swift Academy In Fontana...

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Xnihilo's Comment
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And I be impressed!

I've been narrowing down the choices for CDL sponsored companies and Swift just seems to have all the best options for me. One of the best is they are a 45-minute drive from my house to Fontana, so no Motel6 for me. Yay!

From the brief tour I was given by Carlos the director (they were very busy), they seem to have a really great program. Large practice lot, new tractors (all auto...BOO!), nice classroom, and meeting a few of the staff they all are very friendly. I told Carlos that I will be doing my DOT physical and getting my permit in the spring, but he said don't. They do it all there with DOT doctors and DOT instructors on campus. Nice! One-stop shopping. I like that.

Swift has a lot of internet haters, and haters can hate all they want. But if there ever was a doubt in my mind about Swift there is one word that keeps me in line.

G-Town.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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And I be impressed!

I've been narrowing down the choices for CDL sponsored companies and Swift just seems to have all the best options for me. One of the best is they are a 45-minute drive from my house to Fontana, so no Motel6 for me. Yay!

From the brief tour I was given by Carlos the director (they were very busy), they seem to have a really great program. Large practice lot, new tractors (all auto...BOO!), nice classroom, and meeting a few of the staff they all are very friendly. I told Carlos that I will be doing my DOT physical and getting my permit in the spring, but he said don't. They do it all there with DOT doctors and DOT instructors on campus. Nice! One-stop shopping. I like that.

Swift has a lot of internet haters, and haters can hate all they want. But if there ever was a doubt in my mind about Swift there is one word that keeps me in line.

G-Town.

In all reality; that's MY plan next year, when my son 'ages up.' The 'one stop' is awesome, agreed.

Kudos, & congrats!!!! Yeeha!

Bite the bullet on the Auto. I'll bypass that somehow, or .. retest to remove it at home.. no biggie!

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~ Anne ~

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Zach 's Comment
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And I be impressed!

I've been narrowing down the choices for CDL sponsored companies and Swift just seems to have all the best options for me. One of the best is they are a 45-minute drive from my house to Fontana, so no Motel6 for me. Yay!

From the brief tour I was given by Carlos the director (they were very busy), they seem to have a really great program. Large practice lot, new tractors (all auto...BOO!), nice classroom, and meeting a few of the staff they all are very friendly. I told Carlos that I will be doing my DOT physical and getting my permit in the spring, but he said don't. They do it all there with DOT doctors and DOT instructors on campus. Nice! One-stop shopping. I like that.

Swift has a lot of internet haters, and haters can hate all they want. But if there ever was a doubt in my mind about Swift there is one word that keeps me in line.

G-Town.

Good luck, I start with SWIFT in a couple of days. I know a lot of drivers that jumped over there from the same company I'm coming from that are really happy there. They have some really nice equipment too. As far as the whole automatic thing goes don't sweat it, I haven't touched a manuel since the 10 speed I learned to drive on at school.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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I start with SWIFT in a couple of days.

Good for you Zach!

  • Take on a whole new attitude as you take on this new job.
  • We are here to help.
  • Be confident in yourself.
  • Learn to depend on your own good sense.

Don't expect your dispatcher to be your boss. He's just there to give you the basic information of what you need to accomplish. You are the one who determines how to accomplish it. That's how trucking works. It's not like the military. We don't need or have someone giving us orders or telling us what and how to accomplish it. We handle the details. We solve the problems. It's that simple, and that hard. You are certainly capable of doing it.

Dispatcher:

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.
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