Joing Truck Driving School At Swift In Phoneix Az ~nervous Jitters~ Is It Normal

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Jacob C.'s Comment
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Just got everything situated about to head to training for swift. Jan 28th Little nervous new to truck driving. I have thought about it off and on....sense 2007 I got nothing going on in my town and money is slow. I'm positive I have done a lot of research about trucking schools. I love to travel i use to take trips to the east coast on the greyhound. any advice? that anyone can give as well as maybe even changing number for encouragement?

Scott O.'s Comment
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High Road Training Program study study study and make sure to study lol just pay attention and have a positive attitude and you will do fine

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.
Jared McClure's Comment
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Best of luck to you at the academy, Jacob. I should be starting there myself again in February. I unfortunately had to purchase a new CPAP machine in order to complete my DOT physical, as the one I've been using for several years didn't have data capabilities to prove my compliance to using it for at least 4 hours a night. Frustratingly, I have to use it for a minimum of 30 days before I am able to continue at the academy, despite the fact that I NEVER sleep for even 5 minutes without my CPAP. I am so used to it that I can't even fall asleep without that mask on my face. Guess that makes me a true hosehead. :D

Are you certain its the 28th that you're starting on, though? The classes start on Mondays, and the 28th is a Wednesday, unless you already have your DOT card and your permit (in which case you'll start training on Thursday morning at 5am, so you must mean you're going to check into their hotel on the 28th?). I'm hoping to get back in there by February 9th myself, or even sooner (Thursday the 5th) if I can get my permit. Maybe I'll see you there, though I probably wont be staying at the hotel, as I live in the Phoenix area. Though it being a 40 minute drive one way, it is tempting to use their lodging service anyways.

I'll at least have those 30 days for studying and going through the High Road Training Program, but I'm not yet sure if I can take the written exams before I get my medical card. If anyone reading this happens to know the answer to that, please let me know! :)

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.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Scott O.'s Comment
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Best of luck to you at the academy, Jacob. I should be starting there myself again in February. I unfortunately had to purchase a new CPAP machine in order to complete my DOT physical, as the one I've been using for several years didn't have data capabilities to prove my compliance to using it for at least 4 hours a night. Frustratingly, I have to use it for a minimum of 30 days before I am able to continue at the academy, despite the fact that I NEVER sleep for even 5 minutes without my CPAP. I am so used to it that I can't even fall asleep without that mask on my face. Guess that makes me a true hosehead. :D

Are you certain its the 28th that you're starting on, though? The classes start on Mondays, and the 28th is a Wednesday, unless you already have your DOT card and your permit (in which case you'll start training on Thursday morning at 5am, so you must mean you're going to check into their hotel on the 28th?). I'm hoping to get back in there by February 9th myself, or even sooner (Thursday the 5th) if I can get my permit. Maybe I'll see you there, though I probably wont be staying at the hotel, as I live in the Phoenix area. Though it being a 40 minute drive one way, it is tempting to use their lodging service anyways.

I'll at least have those 30 days for studying and going through the High Road Training Program, but I'm not yet sure if I can take the written exams before I get my medical card. If anyone reading this happens to know the answer to that, please let me know! :)

I'm pretty sure you have to have your med card and long form before you take the written tests

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.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
David's Comment
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Its been a little over 2yrs since I went through there . but the trainers there are good. There's a trainer there that was a Navy Seal, good guy listen to him if he's there still. I had a lot of fun there, there's also, if he's there still, an older gentleman named Jerry, he did the cdl test out and is a great guy too.

Good luck to ya.

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.
Woody's Comment
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Jacob I would only be concerned if you had said you were not nervous at all. You SHOULD be nervous!!! This is a tough career with a lot at stake for you and everyone on the road with you. Being nervous or having the jitters shows you understand this and are taking it seriously.

Everyone that I have ever spoken to had the nervous feelings when they were starting out, it is normal.

Woody

Bill R.'s Comment
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Jacob I would only be concerned if you had said you were not nervous at all. You SHOULD be nervous!!! This is a tough career with a lot at stake for you and everyone on the road with you. Being nervous or having the jitters shows you understand this and are taking it seriously.

Everyone that I have ever spoken to had the nervous feelings when they were starting out, it is normal.

Woody

Exactly!

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