Swift Orientation Road Test

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Mike L.R.'s Comment
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I got an invite swifts orientatio in memphis tn on tuesday. That day we will be also taking our road test. I am currious if anyone here has taken it at the location amd if what is it like?

Eckoh's Comment
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I got an invite swifts orientatio in memphis tn on tuesday. That day we will be also taking our road test. I am currious if anyone here has taken it at the location amd if what is it like?

it varies from terminal to terminal and tester to tester.

I did my test at the Richmond va terminal which has the strictest most analysis test out there, he fails you if you going the gears at all. However other terminals do not care if you hit curbs as long as you do not hit a car or do any damage to anything.

Basically if you drive safely and correctly you should be fine. Just make sure you GOAL at least 2 times when backing.

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.

David L.'s Comment
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I tested out at Memphis. A quick drive out if the terminal and a few left/right turns and back to the terminal. We then navigated back to the trailer boneyard and I did a u-turn, a couple if sharp close turns, and then used a pre-positioned truck to pull out and do an alley docking maneuver between a couple of trailers. Pretty east, but the evaluator says he gets a lot of backing failures...

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.

Mike L.R.'s Comment
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May sound like an obvious question but if you dont pass does that mean they wont hire your?

Mr. Smith's Comment
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I got an invite swifts orientatio in memphis tn on tuesday. That day we will be also taking our road test. I am currious if anyone here has taken it at the location amd if what is it like?

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it varies from terminal to terminal and tester to tester.

I did my test at the Richmond va terminal which has the strictest most analysis test out there, he fails you if you going the gears at all. However other terminals do not care if you hit curbs as long as you do not hit a car or do any damage to anything.

Basically if you drive safely and correctly you should be fine. Just make sure you GOAL at least 2 times when backing.

at the California terminal they go by the CA DMV standards, if you get out and look too much they start docking points...

so for those in CA make that no more than two instead of at least 2.

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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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May sound like an obvious question but if you dont pass does that mean they wont hire your?

Yes, it's a question to ask. Swift gives you three chances on each phase.

1. The first time you take it.

2. One week "Academic Probation" which is simply an additional week to practice. No extra tuition or extra charge for the hotel. (I did this part for backing.)

3. You come up with $750 that's actually paid to your tuition account, and you get an additional week. (Since the $750 is paid to your account, it's still not an additional charge. They just want to be sure your serious.)

I did the probation, and as far as I can tell, all it means is you get hired a week later than the others, nothing more, no asterisks next to your name or anything "bad". (I'm solo driving for Swift now.)

J. Snow's Comment
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The recruiter that came thru our school said that if you start orientation within 30 days of graduation there is no road test. *shrug*

Errol V.'s Comment
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The recruiter that came thru our school said that if you start orientation within 30 days of graduation there is no road test. *shrug*

There is a road test (again) before you can go solo. Drive in traffic, left turns, right turns, and the infamous pull-the-trailer-out then put-it-back alley dock.

I don't know how important shifting is anymore, since Swift is moving to automatic. But there are still plenty of manual transmission Swift tractors still running around.

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