Prime Inc. CDL training. Springfield, Missouri

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Tastebuds's Comment
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That's a sexy truck Turtle, take good care of it! smile.gif

Hey Turtle, Adam B. thinks your tractor's sexy!

Turtle's Comment
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That's a sexy truck Turtle, take good care of it! smile.gif

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Hey Turtle, Adam B. thinks your tractor's sexy!

^^^ Now THAT'S funny, right there

Turtle's Comment
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That's awesone, Turtle! Congrats! As a Ragin' Cajuns fan, I can only hope I get a vermillion colored truck like that!

Vermillion? Yeah I'll go with vermillion.

As a Florida native and Gators fan, a red & black truck would support my sworn enemy, the Georgia Bulldogs.

Yup, vermillion works for me.

Eric G.'s Comment
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That's awesone, Turtle! Congrats! As a Ragin' Cajuns fan, I can only hope I get a vermillion colored truck like that!

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Vermillion? Yeah I'll go with vermillion.

As a Florida native and Gators fan, a red & black truck would support my sworn enemy, the Georgia Bulldogs.

Yup, vermillion works for me.

As a Athens GA native, the colors Orange and Blue don't exist in my color wheel. Go Dawgs!!!!

Turtle's Comment
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As a Athens GA native, the colors Orange and Blue don't exist in my color wheel. Go Dawgs!!!!

Hahaha touche!! Chomp Chomp!!

Larry K.'s Comment
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This is one of the best threads I've seen chronicling a beginners experience. A good read and very much appreciated. My wife and I are about to embark upon a journey to become a husband/wife team and, while we are likely going elsewhere, Prime is an option and of interest. Congratulations on your well earned accomplishment!

I am curious from you and others if the TNT portion was typical. I was of the understanding that when one begins the OTR portion of the training they'd typically operate as a solo driver with the trainer at their side watching over them, it sounds to me as though you functioned as a team nearly from the beginning. I'm also curious to know if it's typical, once the team stage is reached, for the student to be stuck as solely being the night driver.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

G-Town's Comment
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Larry K wrote:

This is one of the best threads I've seen chronicling a beginners experience. A good read and very much appreciated. My wife and I are about to embark upon a journey to become a husband/wife team and, while we are likely going elsewhere, Prime is an option and of interest. Congratulations on your well earned accomplishment!

I am curious from you and others if the TNT portion was typical. I was of the understanding that when one begins the OTR portion of the training they'd typically operate as a solo driver with the trainer at their side watching over them, it sounds to me as though you functioned as a team nearly from the beginning. I'm also curious to know if it's typical, once the team stage is reached, for the student to be stuck as solely being the night driver.

Larry,...I cannot speak for Turtle and other Primates; but with Swift the first 50 hours of road-training is fully supervised. At that point the Mentor (Swift-speak for trainer) and student driver decide if they are ready to operate as a team. A student driver is required to drive for another 150 hours teaming with their Mentor.

First seat upgrade is achieved after passing another road test and yard skills test. Swift Student drivers are required to have their CDL before beginning the road training portion of their journey.

Every company has subtle differences in how they train. There are several really good training diaries on this forum; Errol's Swift diary and Rainy's Prime diary.

Best of luck to you.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Tastebuds's Comment
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This is one of the best threads I've seen chronicling a beginners experience. A good read and very much appreciated. My wife and I are about to embark upon a journey to become a husband/wife team and, while we are likely going elsewhere, Prime is an option and of interest. Congratulations on your well earned accomplishment!

I am curious from you and others if the TNT portion was typical. I was of the understanding that when one begins the OTR portion of the training they'd typically operate as a solo driver with the trainer at their side watching over them, it sounds to me as though you functioned as a team nearly from the beginning. I'm also curious to know if it's typical, once the team stage is reached, for the student to be stuck as solely being the night driver.

It really depends on the trainer/trainee relationship. In my case, my trainer was in the passenger seat while I drove for the better part of a week. He'd let me drive as long as I could then take over and drive whatever distance needed to stay on pace to deliver on time, while staying legal on the clocks. After a few days, he started taking naps while I drove to gauge how I would handle things on my own. After a week, we started taking team loads with plenty of time on them and working our way to true teaming. As far as shifts go, my trainer likes 12 to 12 with him taking midnight to noon. It's not always like that, depending on the load, but I've driven purely days and purely nights. I'm REALLY happy with how my training has been done, but I have to admit that I can't wait until it's over!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

PackRat's Comment
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Turtle, I really enjoyed reading your thread posts. I read it end-to-end Friday. Looks like you sure sailed under a lucky star with your Prime journey so far. Nice RED truck, too! I got my "new" 2016 truck last Wednesday at Millis.

Kori M.'s Comment
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Wooo finally made it!! Just waiting for the shuttle to get here. So excited for this journey to start.

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