Swift/Central/TDA School

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So no computer for 3 weeks but here is the recap.

Week one was mostly about other people getting permits, drug tests, physicals etc. Surprising how many people had issues and hadn't taken care of them prior to arriving. Eye tests, blood pressure and other things. Classroom and this stuff until Wednesday when everyone was off to DMV for permits. I already had mine so a day of videos and studying,

Thursday was yard day and mostly Pre-trip and air brake test studying. 12 rigs varying in make and 53 foot trailers. Most were in the 5-6 year old vintage and in fairly good shape. Instructors were varied in approach and demeanor.

Friday was our first day doing skills practice. Parallel, offset and straight line backing. Pretty fun and three stations to use. Good advice on what to look for when turning including the famous Half Shoe. Day started at 6 and we were done at 4:30.

Saturday was more of the same and lot's of pre-trip practice. Sunday was day off.

Monday through Saturday was finally over the road and pretty pleasant. Exception was Mid Week when a new group from another TDA showed up. Couple scary moments driving and thankfully I dropped out of their group Friday.

Over The Road:

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.


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.


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.

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