TNT With Prime Mean Trainer Need Advice

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Brian M.'s Comment
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Sorry I'm a little late in this story. I'll just say if you need help let me know. I am an instructor at Prime and may be able to help out ninefourone nine7nine 0two8six.

John B.'s Comment
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Thank you so much for the offer, Brian. I'm at the terminal right now. My trainer was very angry when he found out the plan was for me to ditch him. He cussed me out and told me he gave me a bad report... I left a few things in his truck that I forgot including my medical. I asked for them after he yelled at me and he didn't want to give them to me so I had to get security. He gave security an attitude and hung up on them. Security called him back and demanded that I get my stuff out of his truck. I'm so tired and it has been exhausting. Have not slept in two days. Unfortunately, there is some kind of convention in Springfield so campus inn is full. Prime put money on my card to go to the hotel across the street but that hotel is booked too. every hotel in Springfield is booked lol!!! Going to wait one more hour until my fleet manager comes in. Hopefully this can all just go smoothly. Will keep updating.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Pianoman's Comment
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He cussed me out and told me he gave me a bad report...

Well, thankfully for you, he just exposed his bad attitude to everybody by getting angry and hanging up on security. So you have nothing to worry about. Keep your cool and it will all work out. Maybe you can get a day off before going out with another trainer so you can get the rest you need.

Good luck and thanks for keeping us updated.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Thank you so much for the offer, Brian. I'm at the terminal right now. My trainer was very angry when he found out the plan was for me to ditch him. He cussed me out and told me he gave me a bad report... I left a few things in his truck that I forgot including my medical. I asked for them after he yelled at me and he didn't want to give them to me so I had to get security. He gave security an attitude and hung up on them. Security called him back and demanded that I get my stuff out of his truck. I'm so tired and it has been exhausting. Have not slept in two days. Unfortunately, there is some kind of convention in Springfield so campus inn is full. Prime put money on my card to go to the hotel across the street but that hotel is booked too. every hotel in Springfield is booked lol!!! Going to wait one more hour until my fleet manager comes in. Hopefully this can all just go smoothly. Will keep updating.

Do keep updating.

Glad you managed to get back to SpringMo and get off this guys truck without (too) much hassle. Sounds like he showed his buttocks enough that his negative report won't have any impact. I'd get with the security guy also, and have his little incident with the trainer (regarding getting the rest of your stuff off the truck) noted for the record.

I doubt this guy will be training much longer. And chances are - he probably used training as "slave labor" to help make his lease payment, so he likely won't be able to keep his truck without being a trainer.

Sorry for your hassles. It's difficult enough to get a leg up, and get trained and up to speed enough to run solo - without encountering a trainer that you have to go through the wringer with like this guy.

Best of luck to you. Keep us posted on your progress...

Rick

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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I'm sorry you went through all that. But be assured that jerk does not represent prime. He probably won't be there much longer either if he gave security such issues. The FM will work it out even if they have to give you a bunk room at millennium for a couple days. Not supposed to but this is special circumstances. Heck they could give you a car rental for a hotel in next town or shuttle you to another town for the hotel. Weekend and night dispatch don't have the same resources as an FM.

I promise you..,it will all be worth it in the end. The frustration you are going through now is nothing compared to what you would have if you stayed on the truck.

You also probably wont t be put on a new truck immediately. Mostly likely it will take a couple days for the new trainer to come get you which means you can rest. And while at the terminal be sure to meet drivers and get their numbers so you have resources for help later.

Keep us posted

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
John B.'s Comment
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Thank you so much, rick, Paul, and everybody!!! I just now got off with dispatch . He told me that security already informed them about the situation earlier. They already have me set up with a new trainer!!!! dancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing.gif looks like I don't have to go through any more complications with my last trainer. He dug his own hole with his attitude. Lucky for me. Dispatch said my next trainer is a really good guy!!! I told them about being interested in flat bed just now as I haven't had the chance to call them again about it the last few days due to being kept busy as a slave even on my 30 min breaks by my last trainer . I Feel very bad about this and really don't want to be an inconvenience. however the person whom I talked to said my fleet manager was not in today and pushed me in a really nice way to just go ahead and talk to the new trainer.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
G-Town's Comment
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That's great news. Best of luck moving forward and past the anger and negativity.

Try to keep us posted.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Here's a thought... Why not finish out the training as reefer. Then upgrade. After a couple months alone....since you had a bad experience....you could go back out with a trainer for 30 days for flatbed. This way you are trained in both divisions and have a choice and are more marketable. Just a thought.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

John B.'s Comment
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I spoke with my fleet my fleet manager because he wanted to make sure it's what I wanted to do. I went ahead and stayed with the reefer division and plan on transferring to flat bed later on down the line. Thank you for the advice, rainy. I took it before I even saw your post. embarrassed.gif Prime has been very helpful as well as patient with me even though I have been an inconvenience . They are very understanding towards new drivers like myself and I really admire how their business runs and how the staff treats their employees and new drivers. It's a great company to start a career with. They set me up in a room and I'm waiting for my next trainer. Ready and excited to get back on the road again!! I would like to thank everyone who has replied and all of the members of Trucking truth and the forum itself. I accidentally stumbled upon this forum just trying to figure out the truth of what being a truck driver is all about. And It really helped me step into this industry with confidence. I am definitely proud to be a member of Trucking truth!!thank-you-2.gif

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Kim S.'s Comment
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John B - Now that you are a year down the road from this thread...are you still driving? How did things end up? My husband and I head to Springfield later this month. Hope your nightmare trainer is long gone!

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