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Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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Well it is official I am going to the swift driving academy on June 23rd, called the recruiter today to find out how my application was going and she found the email I sent her with my driving record and DD-214, and said I was good to go. A few minutes after I got off the phone with her I got an email saying congratulations you are scheduled for the academy, and 30 min after that got the email with the confirmation number for my greyhound bus ticket. This just got real. I know that I am well prepared for the permit test as I have gone thru the high road training program twice and continually take practice tests for it. I am a little nervous but excited to learn the actual driving part partly because I have never even been in a truck before but I am so looking forward to this new adventure. I'll try to keep everyone posted on my adventures

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Congratulations, Mav! The pressure to pass at Swift can get to you, but just focus one step at a time.

Where are you taking your classes?

Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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Congratulations, Mav! The pressure to pass at Swift can get to you, but just focus one step at a time.

Where are you taking your classes?

I will be taking my classes in Fontana

Scott's Comment
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Hey Mav, I'm starting in Fontana on the 16th, I'm sure we'll cross paths at some point. See you there.

Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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Hey Mav, I'm starting in Fontana on the 16th, I'm sure we'll cross paths at some point. See you there.

You are commuting right? I'll be staying in the motel they provide, San Diego is too far to commute. can't wait will be an exciting adventure, see you there as well

Scott's Comment
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Yea, I'll be doing the commute. I will start a new diary post once classes begin and I will try to update nightly or at least every other day. Give you a good idea of what to expect that first week, before you begin. Anyhow, have a safe trip up here and we'll see you there!

Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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Hey Scott, How was that first week?

Mr. Smith's Comment
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Hey man congratulations. you'll probably stay wondering what and why yourself to do this.just stick out till the end you might even make a couple lifelong friends in the process. your gonna hear allot of it is what it is and I'm just sayin. Shannon is fun she dresses with a little bit of a punk rock taste she's laid back. it's not elementary school or even a college environment. at least not in our class.... just be confident and try to help your brothers that are struggling. trust me you know more than most of the instructors there already. not all of em but most of em. yes they can tell you where Albertville is or where your going to see some low bridges, but... they're not students of the high road training program. MACK was a dot inspector and drove hazmat and bye likes to honk at girls when out on the road lol Joe?? never quite figured out how to very a straight answer from. i would advise asking someone else lol. Brent hes a real nice guy but he may be more strict now because he was training to get his license to test you. David a night instructor, he knows what he's teaching be knows there's is more than one way just listen and be willing to learn and try 3/4 shoe instead of half and1/4 Slike instead of half if your not getting the offset right and that will make him happy. really do the Pretrip on the trucks. you might find something that needs to be brought to his attention, like the ujoint is barely hanging on.. we had a truck the yolk was broken at the back of the transmission and it was the truck they test in so... really do the pre trip even if they tell you pint in the general area. please know where it's at in real life to... AND HAVE FUN

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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Thanks for the encouagement , I am currently on the grey dog headed up to Fontana from San Diego it is only a short 3 hr bus ride not like those long rides guys take to get to prime, let's get this new career started....

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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day 1

Start at 7am everyone is in a big classroom upstairs and they give you paperwork for the school repayment and take each student one at a time and copy their license SSN card and any permits and med cards you have if you don't have your med card then you redo it with their physician.

While waiting for the physical you sit in the big room and they play different safety videos. Here is a good note before you come make sure you have a good phone number to the office of your primary physician along with a good fax number in case the physician here needs to have your physician sign a paper that you are cleared to operate a commercial vehicle. I had to do this because I am on blood thiners , they just needed to make sure my condition was under control.

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