Training period is based on a combination. The Prime Student Driver (PSD) Program consists of the following:
Once you obtain your CDL in the Prime training program, you will earn $700 per week guaranteed as long as you are available to drive during training.
During the first phase of training with your permit, the truck is run like a solo truck, and the CDL Instructor must be in the passenger seat awake and alert any time that the trainee is driving. Once you obtain the CDL, the second phase of training is team driving.
No, training trucks are always one student per one trainer on one truck.
Yes, Prime has a very strict policy against anyone sleeping the top bunk while the truck is in motion.
Yes, you may choose either smoking or non-smoking trainers.
Apprentice drivers speak weekly with their assigned fleet manager and discuss their progress and any issues. They may also contact a dispatcher 24/7/365 for any emergency issues. If a new trainer is needed, one will be provided.
Trainers for Prime must have at least 9 months professional driving experience including winter driving experience, at least 60 days at Prime as a Lead Seat Driver, no DOT reportable accidents in last 12 months, and meet additional safety and service qualifications.
The training program at Prime is slightly longer than the industry average, but the pay is also above the norm. This does appear to be a high quality training program and is right on par with what we'd expect from a company of its size.
Solo drivers for Prime start at the following rates:
Prime offers health, life, dental, and vision insurance plans to all company drivers along with vacation pay and a 401k plan with company match.
Insurance costs vary depending on the type of coverage.
90 days after hire.
You can view more details about company benefits at Prime.
Compared to other companies we've researched, the starting pay at Prime is above average. Generally, refrigerated carriers pay a bit more due to some of the hassles that go along with refrigerated freight, but the pay is even above that of other refrigerated carriers.
The benefits also appear to be about average and competitive when compared to the industry standard.
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