Swift: Nothing, CRST: Hmm...

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Jessie G.'s Comment
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I got another call from Swift and they had no idea that someone else from there had talked to me. I have been trying to get in touch with them and told this new guy about it, he said he would see what was up, another waiting game. CRST called me yesterday, on phone app, background/MVR check went good with the exception of a Misdemeanor from 2007 that she said "Shouldn't" be a problem. Only thing about CRST is that I will be sent to Iowa for training...anyone from here with CRST? Maybe you can give me some info on them. I got their packet and read through it, sounds like a good company but you never know.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Michael S.'s Comment
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From the company profile here, CRST is "predominantly a team-operated dry-van company". This means that you'll be driving and living in the truck with another person. This for many is either a plus or a negative. Only you can decide.

If you go to CRST without having partner lined up they'll assign you one. Heck, I'm not sure if they allow two newbies to drive together, you best ask questions about their current policy.

This is a very informative post on the first three months at CRST.

Eckoh's Comment
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I can give you my recruiters info she never lied to me and answered all my questions. That is you are interested in swift still.

Jessie G.'s Comment
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I'm just trying to find the fastest way into trucking whether it be Swift, CRST or whoever. I just dont like the idea of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas in Iowa...

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I'm just trying to find the fastest way into trucking whether it be Swift, CRST or whoever. I just dont like the idea of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas in Iowa...

Jessie, I'm raising my eyebrow at this.

You just want to find the fastest way into trucking? Why not choose the company that will fit you the best instead of running into trucking head first. Slow down! Trucking will always be here.

You're debating between two companies that are very different from each other. Do you want to hurry up or do you want to make the right decision so you're not regretting it for a year?

If you don't like the idea of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas in IA then wait until after the holidays. What's the difference between spending it in AR or IA? Who cares? I'm spending my entire day at a rest area in NE today, it's just a part of the job.

Have you applied to ALL the companies out there? Don't just limit yourself to these two. Honestly, it sure sounds like you don't want to go to CRST and that's fine. If team driving isn't for you then don't force yourself. There's a ton of companies desperate for drivers so don't put yourself through a company that you'll struggle being happy with.

I think you need to take a step back and think about this. Ask yourself what you want out of your first company. What's most important to you? Don't rush in, believe me you'll be surprised at how hard trucking will frustrate you if you're not prepared.

Be sure to check this link out: How To Choose A Company

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.

Jessie G.'s Comment
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Well, some of the companies on this site say I'm not qualified. Swift, CRST, Melton and one other I think were the only ones that accepted my app. Main reason I'm looking to get into trucking "Fast" is because I'm not making any money now and I need to be to help out here at home. I'm not looking to get a few days of training, get my CDL and get on the road (Not stupid lol ). I should have put more info on that post than I did but it's done now lol

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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Alright, fair enough.

What do you want to haul? Dryvan or flatbed?

If dryvan then Swift or CRST.

Do you want to team? If yes, then CRST. If no, then Swift.

If you would prefer flatbed then go with Melton.

CRST is a team company and you will be team driving.

Swift pays more than CRST and they offer plenty of regional opportunities. With a regional opportunity you might be able to get home more often.

Melton does flatbed and has a great Hometime plan, they also pay more than both of the above.

It's up to you. But these three companies have many things going for them. It's up to you to choose.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Dryvan:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

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.

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