Wonder What Peoples Opion Is About Running For Swift

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Stephen M.'s Comment
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i am new to the trucking industry i am set up right now to begin running for swift but i have gotten some mixed reactions from my family who are truck drivers for a diffrent company and friends who actually run for swift i have applied to several companies and us express and swift are the two that said they would hire me so if i could get some peoples opions on this matter it would be great

Britton R.'s Comment
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I've heard good things. Its a big company so its probably just as good as any other large company. The variable is you. If you are a good driver with a good attitude you should be able to be successful anywhere.

Starcar's Comment
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Now come on....you musta read better advice that "applying to several companies" on this site...You need to apply to ALL the companies you can find...then you narrow down your choices by what they offer, that fits you best, THEN you harass them unmercifully, THEM meaning a few that you've chosen...call em all, every day...it will show that you are not just interested, you WANT to be a trucker, and you WANT to be THEIR trucker. In the economy today, you have to be proactive...no not just proactive, aggressive..to get where you want to be in the job market. Despite what your family sez, or even other truckers... you have to find the "fit" for you...And you have to stick with that fit for a year...then, and only then, can you apply at other companies that will look at your year of driving, and know that you would be a fit for them !!! This all sounds hard, and over whelming.but just take it in steps...apply like crazy, research the companies, call and call the ones you will consider, pick the one that fits you...and then get on with your adventure...


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Swift and US Xpress are almost a tossup. I drove for US XPress for 6 years and they're a great company but Swift is just as good. We get tons and tons of great feedback from people that come through TruckingTruth and go with Swift.

They're so similar that I seriously think the biggest difference would be the color of their trucks. Because Swift is Western-based and US Xpress is Eastern-based you might find different home time and fleet opportunities (regional, dedicated, etc) based upon where you live.

But I wouldn't sweat that decision too much. You can do equally well at either place.

And be very, very careful about getting advice from truckers about companies to work for - especially from people who never even worked at a particular company but seem to know all about it. Every company in America has tons of freight available for their top-tier drivers. If you go in there and show em you're hard working, safe, reliable, and get along well with people they'll certainly keep you rolling no matter where you work.


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.

ATXJEHU's Comment
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No personal experience with either company, but one of my instructors had obtained his CDL-A through Swift and drove for them 4 years. He said they are a good company and would still be with them, but wanted to get off the road. Also, had a brief visit in a restaurant with a driver for Swift. She had been driving OTR for 18 years, the last 14 with Swift Dry Van and seemed happy to be with them.

When the U.S. Express recruiter came to our school, he gave an impressive presentation about the company. The one thing I did not like was that the company required you to drive Team for at least 8 weeks before you could choose to go solo, but they preferred you to strongly consider driving team for a much longer period. Also, it seemed that they pushed the lease operator option a bit too hard. Good luck to you!


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.


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.

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.


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.

Gordon C.'s Comment
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I am interested in getting into trucking. I spoke with a trucker friend of mine the other day about the business. He was an IT specialist before going to school and driving with Swift going on 7 years now. He likes Swift And loves driving a truck. He was OTR for several years before getting a dedicated route with Sears (driving with Swift). He started with a team trainer to begin with and now drives solo. He said that most of the big company's are similar in schooling and training.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."


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.

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