AT SWIFT, THERE IS MUCH MORE TO A CAREER IN TRUCKING THAN JUST BEING AN EXCELLENT DRIVER. There is also a tremendous opportunity to pass along your knowledge to the next generation of drivers while enhancing your own earning potential. This is the role of a driving mentor.
LIFE WITH MENTEES
After earning their Class A CDL, our new drivers will spend time behind the wheel on a mentor's truck hauling loads, delivering freight, taking care of customers' needs, and most importantly, learning how to safely operate a tractor trailer. During this time, you'll teach them to hone their skills in safe driving techniqueshow to efficiently operate a tractor trailer, to take care of their truck and freight, provide quality customer service and learn how to balance life on the road with life at home. But that's just the beginning.
Our driver mentor program allows us to maintain our safe reputation by helping create capable, confident truck drivers, while also delivering on the promises to our customers. From day one, safety is our top priority at Swift. That goes for our team members, customers and everyone we share the road with.
Check out what some of our mentors have to say about their experiences at Swift.
BENEFITS OF MENTORING
The role of a driver mentor can be extremely rewarding. Not only are you sharing your valuable knowledge so new drivers can begin a safe and exciting new journey—this important responsibility also earns you the ability to boost your earning potential, build connections, and take control of your own career path.
BECOMING A DRIVER MENTOR
As a driver mentor, you'll be responsible for working with Swift Academy graduates and recent graduates from CDL schools, helping them become capable, confident truck drivers. So, we require that our mentors meet important requirements, including a certain amount of time on the road and a solid, safe driving record, to name a few.
Still not sure? Take a look at these frequently asked questions.
1. How do I know if I qualify?
Your Driver Leader, Terminal Leader and Safety Leader will let you know if you qualify based on your experience and driving record.
2. Do I have to train all the time?
You are welcome to train full-time, however it is not required.
3. Should I be concerned about personal space?
When you pick up a new trainee, you should always have a conversation that discusses personal boundaries and cab etiquette. Be courteous and allow for personal space inside the cab for each of you.
4. I enjoy driving alone. Will this be a good fit for me?
Driving solo on the open road can be incredibly peaceful. Therefore, we want mentors to know they don't have to train full-time. You can train part-time, increase your earning potential, network with other drivers—all while still driving solo in between trainees.
5. Can I mentor even though I don't drive OTR?
Yes! However, talk with your leadership to confirm as needs may change. Most all lines of businesses at Swift have mentors, not only OTR fleets.
If you're interested or want to learn more about becoming a mentor, take these steps:
STEP 1: Talk with your Driver Leader about joining the driver mentor program.
STEP 2: If you like what you hear, go to the Driver Portal and apply online.
STEP 3: Upon approval, enroll in Swift University's "Driver Certification Mentor Program".