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G-Town's Comment
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03/19/2017 1902hrs Cleveland, OH

Yeah I know it's been a little bit since I last posted. I can't say its because I haven't had the time, since I did. Truth is I just got lazy I guess.

I survived my first week solo. The thrill of running my own show was counterbalanced by the fear of... well... running my own show.

One load in particular almost got me screwed up.

I was to pick up four metal coils, totalling 47k pounds. When I got there, the loader operator dude asked me how I wanted them loaded onto my trailer. I answered him as honestly as I could:

"Umm I'm not sure, this is my first time."

As embarrassing as it was to say that, it was the truth, and I sought his advice on what was standard. Now don't get me wrong, during training I did haul steel coils twice. But each time they were just put on our truck and we secured them. I don't recall ever being given the option of loading them suicide, shotgun, or eye to the sky. Didn't occur to me that we would have the option how they are loaded. I was basically just following my trainers lead.

Now it's on me. No room for error. I know how to secure coils, but I just didn't know which way would be best to load them.

So after I showed him my ignorance, he kinda smiled as if this wasn't the first time a newbie showed up to his warehouse. He showed great patience explaining the different ways he could load them, and what most drivers normally do.

In the end I got em loaded and secured like a pro, and learned a valuable lesson: Never be afraid to ask for help. You probably won't be the first to ask. When it comes to securing a load safely, I won't take chances.

After dropping off this load, I was sent home for home time. Spent a few well earned days at home relaxing and setting up my truck. I planned to ship out on Tuesday morning, but that big storm that hit the Northeast had other ideas. Once I figured out I couldn't get out ahead of the storm, I messaged my FM to request a couple extra days to sit it out. He said no problem, good call. It made me feel good to know he agreed with my desire for safety.

The load I'm on now was scheduled to deliver Friday, but delays at the shipper put me just enough behind that I couldn't make it by close of business Friday. Therefore I'm now babysitting this load until Monday. So now I'm just sitting at my 90, waiting till they open up tomorrow morning. I could have sat at our terminal , or a truck stop for the weekend. But by waiting here, I'll get in a 34, and be unloaded and dispatched on a new load before ever starting my clock.

Oh yeah, the best part of being on my own truck now? My wife is with me! We are finally living out our dream together. It's been a long road to get here. But the rewards are oh so sweet. I don't know what the future holds, but at the moment we're loving life. That's worth something.

Peace

Turtle this is a real gem,...priceless information on knowing limitations and asking for help. Required reading for anyone posting or lurking on this forum. A big ego in this business rarely gets you anything good.

Great job Turtle and a great example to others.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Kori M.'s Comment
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Yay!!! Your wife is with you. How are you two liking life on the road together so far? Congrats on your first week of running your own show! Woooo

The Transporter's Comment
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I hope to have my gurl ride with me after TNT. Finishing up PSD now. She's a Princess tho. I dunno how shes gonna handle some of these wonderful truckstops and not taking two showers a day. I might have to trade her in for a dog.

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PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

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.

Turtle's Comment
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I hope to have my gurl ride with me after TNT. Finishing up PSD now. She's a Princess tho. I dunno how shes gonna handle some of these wonderful truckstops and not taking two showers a day. I might have to trade her in for a dog.

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Ha! Yeah it takes a special someone to hang in a truck all day, and frequent some of the places we go.

I'll be rolling in to Sprimo tomorrow for a few hours. They're gonna turn up my governor so I can do 62 like the rest of the fleet. I guess the 2018s all came set at 58, so Prime has to boost em all up. At least those of us that complain about the snail pace of 58.

It's funny, you wouldn't think 4mph is that much of a difference. But is sure as heck is. I wont be in everyone's way as much, and it also comes out to approx $100 a week or more increase on a full week.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

The Transporter's Comment
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I'm so excited to find a porta potty fit for a Princess at the Prime store. I think it will work out after all. If only I could get a 2018 Cascadia with the deluxe dining table that pops out from the bottom bunk. The new ones are suhweet!! By the way... upstate NY. I know it well. I had a girlfriend in Buffalo and I attended Woodstock '99 in Utica. Good times. I'm from Hartford, CT. originally.

Turtle's Comment
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03/26/2017 0930hrs Troy, IL

I think maybe it's time to bring this thread to a close. After all, my intentions in the beginning were to shed some light on training through Prime.

Although I'll never stop learning, the training phase is over. Anything new that happens will be typical for any company, and will perhaps be better discussed through the general forum.

I sincerely hope some have gained a little insight through my ramblings, and I also hope some of you are in a better position to succeed as a result of any knowledge acquired from this diary.

Once again, I want to thank yall for reading, and for your continued support throughout my training. It's been fun sharing the experience with ya. Knowing I had a whole TT family behind me made it somewhat easier.

I do love this job, and I'm so happy I stuck my neck out there to learn through Prime.

Be safe out there, everybody. Keep the shiny side up. Be kind to one another. I'll see you over in the general forum.

Above all:

Peace

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OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Han Solo Cup's Comment
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I loved reading every entry, Turtle. While I'm still many moons away from becoming a trucker, your diary has helped me immensely. Please continue to post in the forums about your adventures and lessons learned. Thanks.

918Girl's Comment
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Thanks so much for taking the time to post your complete journey! It's very much appreciated by those of us contemplating life changes!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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It's been my pleasure. I'm still at it, and still loving it!

Han Solo Cup's Comment
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I'm with Nicole in saying "thanks". I've read every page and I'll be making the transition from computer programming to truck driving in about 0-18 months... just waiting for my sign. It'll be along eventually as I've seen it before. I've grown tired of the layoff stress that goes with 25 years of federal contracting. I hope the sign is closer to 18 months away but I'll accept it when I see it. I can so relate to your stress of "one call and I can be back to my old job".

See you on the road sometime maybe.

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