Leaving For Swift School This Sunday In Corsicana Texas.

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Hi all... I've been reading and leerking for over 2 yrs now. I feel like I know a lot of you just from your post. Quick low down, I've passed all 5 written test in Texas and I hold a CDL permit and I'm finally headed off to school this Sunday, needless to say I'm a little freaked out but excited at the same time. I don't want to ramble so here it is... any advice for winter time training or any training would be greatly appreciated. I've got my georgia boots and a duffle bag and I'm ready to do this. Thanks in advance, I really appreciate it. You guys are all great...

Nice! Wishing you all the best. I'm leaving for Richmond this Sunday.

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.
Matt D.'s Comment
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Yes And I leave for Swift richmond on the 1st of decemeber

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Hi all... I've been reading and leerking for over 2 yrs now. I feel like I know a lot of you just from your post. Quick low down, I've passed all 5 written test in Texas and I hold a CDL permit and I'm finally headed off to school this Sunday, needless to say I'm a little freaked out but excited at the same time. I don't want to ramble so here it is... any advice for winter time training or any training would be greatly appreciated. I've got my georgia boots and a duffle bag and I'm ready to do this. Thanks in advance, I really appreciate it. You guys are all great...

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Nice! Wishing you all the best. I'm leaving for Richmond this Sunday.

Thanks!! Good luck to you as well..

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.
Photogirl 's Comment
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Yes And I leave for Swift richmond on the 1st of decemeber

GOOD LUCK!!!!

Matt S.'s Comment
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Yes And I leave for Swift richmond on the 1st of decemeber

I hope to see you down there! :-)

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Hey there. I used to live in Spring. Don't get a lot of winter weather there, do ya? I think it was in '95, maybe '96 that winter it got below freezing and everyone freaked out lol! The traffic signals were hanging down into the intersections, trees were touching the ground from the weight of the ice. I lived there from new years day '95 to about march of '99.

Are you going to school locally, or somewhere there's going to be actual winter weather?

If you've lived there all your life and haven't dealt with snow and the like, you actually might be better off in that you'll be more likely to take it slow and easy, and not have the bravado a lot of drivers have from dealing with winter weather all their lives that ends up leaving them in the ditch, or heaven forbid, killing someone.

I will be going to the Corsicana location near Dallas. Hopefully it won't be to cold.. Yeah, I grew up in Spring my whole life..

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***UPDATE*** I've decided to go with Millis. Just couldn't pass up an opportunity like this. They have more that appeals to me then Swift or KLLM. Thanks again everyone...

Deb R.'s Comment
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Millis started in Black River Falls, WI - 20 miles from where I live! They are not one of my considerations, however, because I can't bring my dog along. Bummer.

Good luck to ya!!

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Millis started in Black River Falls, WI - 20 miles from where I live! They are not one of my considerations, however, because I can't bring my dog along. Bummer.

Good luck to ya!!

Yeah, I don't like the no pet thing either but they have a great training academy. From what I understand the classes are never over 8 people so that leaves lots of driving time and more individual training. They also get really good reviews online.

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Millis has a good CSA score too. You can check that out at https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/SMS/Carrier/46749/Overview.aspx. I ruled out a few companies because of their scores. My understanding is, that if a company is over the threshold, their trucks are more likely to be pulled aside at weigh stations for a closer look, and I would just as soon avoid that. I was especially not impressed by companies with poor vehicle maintenance scores; driver safety I can control, but if they aren't servicing the equipment . . .

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

Fm:

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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