OTR/Dedicated great learning experience, Mentor with you OTR 1st 200/hours driving
OTR/Local Dedicated Driver (Former Employee) – Lathrop, CA – January 7, 2018
OTR days were no more than 12 hour work days, started with mentor on the road for first 200 hours driving for the company. Easy going management & easy/flexible to work with +shower, laundry, food, & tv at terminals. Enjoyed long hauls especially at night through the country learned lots of ways to handle tight parking & how to maneuver through tight areas with my 49ft-53ft trailer like in cities including the traffic & how to avoid city traffic.
It was mainly hard to work or switch trucks considering it is your second home, then to find out your engine brake would cut out when coming to a complete stop or shifting down to first 5 gears. Every truck has its differences and not every one of them was perfect but you can still manage without certain functions.
Dedicated account was great to be home every weekend, backed into very tight areas to unload 30k pound trailers by hand with rollers in one day which would leave me working past the 14 hour work day limit which was not fun, the dedicated account management seemed to care more about the loads than the drivers when OTR had the drivers come first.
Overall Swift Transportation is a great company to work with and would refer any new driver to them for the gain of experience in a fast pace environment based off the pay while staying safe on the road.
Comdata Card for fuel which gave me credits for showers, Swift Academy 3 week training to obtain license
Some mechanical failures and working over 14 hour work day limit