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Yes. Having a misdemeanor or felony does not automatically disqualify you for a job with Swift Transportation.
Swift hires and employs drivers from all of the lower 48 states.
However, they do not necessarily hire from all areas year-round. It varies depending on if they need drivers from areas at the time.
Eligible after 30 Days with Swift+ 6 Months of Experience
A driver can qualify to be a mentor after at least 30 days with Swift if they have 6 months of previous driving experience.
Starting pay is 36 cents per mile + bonuses. We’re still seeking confirmation about what the pay rate is for driver trainees.
You’ll get an increase to 38 cents/mile after 1 year and then increases every year for up to 15 years.
You may read elsewhere that Swift does not allow pets. We’re pleased to say that has changed. Swift now has a dog policy. You can request the paperwork to bring your dog on your truck with you during orientation.
Swift also allows service dogs.
It is unclear at this time whether or not there are any deposit fees for having your dog; check with your recruiter beforehand and get it in writing.
You are only allowed to have 1 rider at a time with you and they must be at least 12 years of age. If the rider is under 18, then they may not ride while school is in session.
Females cannot be knowingly pregnant and ride in the truck.
An annual $100 insurance fee is deducted via payroll deduction on a monthly basis.
Most drivers remain in the OTR division for 6 months to 1 year. Some students get lucky though. However, drivers may choose a “comfort zone” meaning that Swift will try to keep you within a 1 to 2 day trip from home and remain in an area drivers are more comfortable with.
Swift does not have forced dispatch to New York City.
Swift doesn’t force dispatch their drivers. That being said, rejecting a load will place a driver at the end of the line for another load.
OTR drivers earn 1 day off for every 6 days out. You’ll be expected to remain on the road for 3 weeks before taking home time.
Regional drivers tend to get home weekly while dedicated accounts vary.
Over 85% of Swift freight is drop and hook.
You can qualify for benefits after the first day of the month after you’ve enrolled and completed 30 days of continuous full-time employment or after 60 days of continuous full-time employment.
After 1 year drivers receive 5 days of paid vacation at $400
At 2 – 4 years drivers receive 10 days of paid vacation at $1,000
After 5 years is 15 days of paid vacation at $1,800
Swift offers company drivers a way to get a college degree while employed. Swift partnered up with Southern New Hampshire University. Drivers can earn an associates or bachelors degree. Tuition is fully paid.
Late-model Freightliners and Volvos. Swift claims that 92% of their trucks are less than 5 years old.
Yes. Every major carrier is required to use them now per the ELD mandate by the FMCSA.
Yes. They are governed at 63 on the pedal, 65 on cruise, with pass smart options of 67 mph.
Swift uses 1800 watt inverters and Smart Idle systems.
Indeed they are. They’re only outward facing though. The cameras cannot see the interior of the truck.
Swift operates 11 fully-functional CDL Truck Driving Schools in the following cities:
Jurupa Valley, CA
Kansas City, MO
Inver Grove Heights, MN
West Valley City, UT
Swift Academy’s tuition costs $6,000. Additional costs vary based on the location, ranging from $154-$400 plus basic living expenses (e.g., hygiene gear, food, etc.).
Yes. You will need to fill out some documentation though. Swift does not do credit checks.
Yes. Your lodging is provided for you by Swift. Students will share rooms with each other. You could share a room with 2-5 people depending on the location.
The program is 3 weeks long. If you decide to do the permit class, then it is an additional week. Be aware that the time it takes to graduate the Swift Academy depends on you completing your test and earning your CDL A license.
About 10 days are spent both driving and practicing backing maneuvers. The exact amount of time spent practicing backing up alone varies.
A minimum of 40 hours are spent in the classroom. In addition, some students may complete an online training module from home before heading to the Swift Driving Academy.
The length of the training period is based on driving hours. Trainees need a minimum of 200-300 hours before they can run solo. This typically takes about 5 to 6 weeks.
For the first week or so trainees are dispatched on solo freight. Trainees will begin driving more and more each day. It’s up to your trainer to decide when you’re ready to switch over to driving like a team.
Their setup is 1 trainee per trainer.
No they cannot. You’ll have to sleep in the bottom bunk while the truck is in motion.
Of course. If none are available you may have to wait until one is though.
Trainees are required to call their assigned Driver Manager at least once per week to check in and discuss the progress they are making in the training program. If you have any issues then you should bring them up then.
You may also call the main dispatch line to talk about any issues at any time. Disputes are handled on a case by case basis but you’ll get a new mentor if one is needed.
Swift is now nationally approved for the Military Apprenticeship Program. This means if you are eligible for these benefits (such as the G.I. Bill) then you can use them and get paid while training for your CDL.
It depends on where Swift sends you to school and the state you are from. You may need to take an online course and obtain your CDL permit before you go to the Swift Academy, but not all locations require it.
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