Can Anyone Tell Me Swift Transportation?

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Sterling W.'s Comment
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I'm currently working for a flatbed company, but I really want to go to van. I have a recruiter from Swift that keeps calling me, but I just want to know more before I commit. I hear both good and bad things about them. I hear they give good miles. I've also heard that they treat drivers bad, and they'll leave people in locations for 2-3 days before giving them another load. Help me out somebody.

Scott O.'s Comment
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I'm currently working for a flatbed company, but I really want to go to van. I have a recruiter from Swift that keeps calling me, but I just want to know more before I commit. I hear both good and bad things about them. I hear they give good miles. I've also heard that they treat drivers bad, and they'll leave people in locations for 2-3 days before giving them another load. Help me out somebody.

You already have your cdl so you should know that you get what you put in to it.... What I mean by that is if you start at a company and you prove to them that you are a safe and reliable driver and that you will do whatever it takes to get the load their on time and build a strong relationship with your dm/fm then you will have no problems at whatever company you choose... I started at swift and only worked for 2 months with them cuz my cdl expired bit my dm never let me sit... My honest opinion swift is a great company to work for....

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.

Dm:

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.

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.

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.

Scott O.'s Comment
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There's a Search engine at the top of this site and a lot of people that work for swift now so just type in swift and read all the info you find about them here.... Just want to say welcome to the forum and this site is the best trucking site on the internet...

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I agree with Scott 100%. Swift is a excellent company and they'll definitely keep you rolling if you prove you can handle it and get along with people in the offices. They have a ton of opportunities in all different areas - dry van flatbed, intermodal , dedicated, regional , OTR - you name it, they probably have it.

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.

OTR:

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Dry Van:

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.
Sheffield Mick's Comment
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Hi Sterling....and welcome to the site. I've worked for Swift now for nearly two years. Yes I do have days when I get frustrated and confused with the way things are handled at Swift.....its a big company with lots going on.......its going to happen. With a company this size there are lots of different divisions which means you can have choices as to what you want to end up hauling. (Flatbed, Reefer , Dry Van , Dedicated, Exhibition, Auto Division..... and then some). I'm currently with the Canada division which means I'm home every weekend......and I still get plenty of miles during the week. It suits me just fine. Best of luck with it all my friend.

Dry Van:

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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