Swift Experienced Driver Road Test

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Josh E.'s Comment
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I've looked on this forum and couldn't find anything on the road test for the experienced drivers. Anyone have any first hand knowledge of what Swift's road test is like? I'm asking because I do grind gears every now and then and still not perfect at backing. Been driving for close to 7 months and not trying to fail a road test lol. Any help would be appreciated.

Oh, and while I'm at it I'd like to say thanks to all the hard working drivers out there that come to this forum. There's other forums out there that is 90% of complainers. It gets very old after awhile. You guys and gals on this forum are very optimistic and tell it like it is. Most of the other forums love to spit out garbage that defies logic...and worst of all they make it sound so believable. And I know truckers are complainers, I do it myself... but to slam companies for things you could have controlled is just nonsense. Anyways, thanks to all you guys/ gals on here!! :-)

Errol V.'s Comment
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Josh, I took the new driver road test at Swift. Granted, coming weather was bad enough to close the terminal , but the examiner took two of us out to get 'er done before the weather got bad.

The examiner made sure we could shift, drive on a busy road, make right & left turns, and pull over safely. Back at the terminal, we pulled a parked trailer out then immediately backed it in, GOAL included. That was it! (No freeways involved)

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Josh E.'s Comment
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Thanks Errol! Was that when you tested out before getting your own truck? How you liking it at Swift? They take pretty good care of their equipment? I read about your first week, I'm sure things are getting easier every week for ya.

Sheffield Mick's Comment
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Hi Josh....I tested out nearly two years ago with Swift after my six weeks training with a mentor. I did go on the highway for a few miles then turned around and came back to the terminal.....had to back the trailer between two other trailers....both driver side and blind side. I failed the blind side. With that I got sent back out with another mentor for a further two weeks to practice my blind side backing. Came back and passed. Then I got my own truck. Swift need drivers Josh......they won't let you go unless your a danger to others on the road......a few problems on gear changing can be sorted out over time. Hope it all goes well. I'm happy at Swift.

Mick

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Josh E.'s Comment
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Hi Josh....I tested out nearly two years ago with Swift after my six weeks training with a mentor. I did go on the highway for a few miles then turned around and came back to the terminal.....had to back the trailer between two other trailers....both driver side and blind side. I failed the blind side. With that I got sent back out with another mentor for a further two weeks to practice my blind side backing. Came back and passed. Then I got my own truck. Swift need drivers Josh......they won't let you go unless your a danger to others on the road......a few problems on gear changing can be sorted out over time. Hope it all goes well. I'm happy at Swift.

Mick

OK OK, thanks Mick. I'll probably be headed over to swift the end of this month. Hopefully they won't send me out with a mentor. I'm not a bad driver, just wondering how much they scrutinize lol because I'm far from a seasoned vet lol.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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