Swift company trucks are governed to 62. What that means is that's all you'll get out of the throttle. It has nothing to do with gravity and doesn't mean the brakes will automatically engage if you go above governed engine speed down a hill. They won't. Also, the jake might not be able to hold that speed either. Just because it's engaged and working, doesn't mean your ground speed can't creep up on you.
Part of your job is to control your downhill speed. That involves watching your speedometer and tachometer, choosing an appropriate gear, using your brake as needed and maintaining overall control of the vehicle. What you did was ride your load or "float" down the hill. Lots of drivers do it. It's a pet peeve of mine. I watched an apathetic 15-year experienced driver kill five people in front of me immediately after floating down a hill past me and losing control of his trailer. He had nothing left to pull the trailer back in behind him.
This issue has raised some arguments on these boards in the past. There are drivers who have been floating down hills their entire careers. Some have been driving almost as long as I've been alive. None have ever been able to convince me of the safety of floating down hills. They start telling me how awesome they are at it and my mind goes back to a tractor/trailer on top of a sedan and five people inside the car, screaming from the pain of being burned alive. That's a sound you don't ever want to hear.
Yeh. Definitely a pet peeve of mine. If I was in the Safety Department, the first and final warning any driver would get would be in Orientation before ever touching a Swift truck. Probably good I'm a driver instead.
Swift company trucks are governed to 62. What that means is that's all you'll get out of the throttle. It has nothing to do with gravity and doesn't mean the brakes will automatically engage if you go above governed engine speed down a hill. They won't. Also, the jake might not be able to hold that speed either. Just because it's engaged and working, doesn't mean your ground speed can't creep up on you....
Some, maybe all, of the new Swift company Freightliners have the "Smart Pass" system installed. It is meant to prevent the "Elephant races". In certain situations a company truck can be accelerated to 67 mph to pass trucks governed or traveling close to Swift's speed. The problem (or blessing to some) is that it limits the amount of time that the system can be used to 30 minutes a day.
The normal speed of the truck using the pedal alone is 60 mph. With the cruise engaged you can get 62 mph. With a few taps on the pedal you can get 65 mph, and then re-engage the cruise to get to 67 mph.
Remember when you were learning to drive? You feel everything is happening very fast because you are actively thinking and focused on so many things. I'm the same way, if the turn says 45 then I like go 30-35 just to be safe (additional speed reduction is because I don't know the roads in the Mid-West). If the truck was limited to 62 on gas, I was going 61 the first few days because I didn't want to have the motor cut off. Now I just floor it.
And not all Swift (company trucks) are governed at 62.
I think some O/O (L/O) trucks are not at 68 either.
Unfortunately, no one at the orientation told us any of this, or went to any technical details about driving or operation. For example: we had a 5 min video on how to use the Qualcomm, still not clear on all the MACROs we have to do. (But it's coming to me, it's not that difficult)
Trainers (I had 2) did not mention about this either, when I got the warning I figured it out. I don't like coasting either down the hill, I don't think you have any (speed) control until either fuel or brake is applied to the motor.
But when you have a trainer that tell you 'don't go above 1 mph over' then I'm watching the gauge all the time, and drifting in the lane, not scanning the mirrors, etc.
(He's didn't say that, but I know he's looking at the gauges all the time. One of those trainer that tells you every little details about turning left or right EVERY TIME).
I'm his first trainee.
Like I said, I think he's trying too hard (I am too).
They start telling me how awesome they are at it and my mind goes back to a tractor/trailer on top of a sedan and five people inside the car, screaming from the pain of being burned alive. That's a sound you don't ever want to hear.
Yeah, it does stay with you once you've heard/seen it.
Also, the heart-wrenching cries of a driver trying to crawl under his rig that's sitting on a car that's crushed damn near flat..... screaming "maybe they're alive" while you're trying to hold him back.
There are nightmares out there in this life we've chosen.
This is not something you can just tell someone to do or try. It may take months or more (when you are by yourself and really focus on those sounds).
Sometimes all I hear is: turn right, RIGHT! STAY LEFT, close to those lines, now SHIFT DOWN, give gas, watch the lights, ignore the limits - follow traffic, give gas, stay at the RPM, now shift up, NO! put in 3rd gear,...
Well, you get the idea.
Sometimes, I think I'll drive better when I listen to ME.
EDIT: I've not hit anything and did not go over anything that I should not have (that we noticed and I stay in the lane far better than many trucks in front of me. Well, maybe a white line here and there ...).
I get why some guys bi*ch about Swift. I see what some drivers do, and I'm not perfect either.
Swift is not perfect by any stretch of imagination, and from the inside view, it needs lots and lots and lots, and lots of work to be decent company.
But, by seeing how it operates, anyone can tell where the value for Swift lies. Once you get that, Swift doesn't seem like it's any worse than others (not that I know anyone else).