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Turtle's Comment
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For those of you following my diary, you already know this. But yeah, I'm testing tomorrow for my CDL at Prime.

I'm pretty sure I got it in the bag, but any positive thoughts you wanna throw my way will be mighty appreciated. A lot of time has gone into this! Thanks for your support thus far!

Rich

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rainy D.'s Comment
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You got this!!! I did it..and you're a guy. Lol

Yeah I just went all sexist...but if it helps give you some support...I'm sexist today. good-luck.gif

Tastebuds's Comment
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Here's a positive thought, you will positively do better than I did on my first try! HAHA

Good luck bud!

Patrick R.'s Comment
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You got this!!

Bob O.'s Comment
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Go hang out at a truck stop for an hour. Realize that you are smarter than 97% of these mouth breathers. You'll do fine, brah.

Miss Rose's Comment
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Yup, I've been following your diary and got the solid impression that you are dedicated to learning the skills and getting that CDL. No doubt you'll have it in your hand very soon! good-luck.gif

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Good Luck, Turtle. You will have this in the bag. Git Er Dun!!!

Rick S.'s Comment
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You've been here - you've been prepping long enough.

You got this - no probs...

Rick

Hayden D.'s Comment
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Hey Turtle. I'm coming out to PRIME on 1/7/17. 22 hour bus ride :\ I really appreciate you posting recent ''what to expect'' diary of the PRIME training program. A lot of my questions and curiosities were answered about the actual in's and outs of PRIME ! I"m really happy to hear about the Christmas party ! I love good food ! Also getting some, hard to come by, details about trainer selection, and tests (wouldn't have expected pre trip to be that daunting )

Let me ask you something, Have you noticed a difference between company trainers vs owener-op trainers ? From reading the forums I'm getting the idea that an ''enthusiastic desire to teach personality'' you might just end up as free labor, and not get the recommended time practicing backing maneuvers, parallel park, pre trip etc.... (pre trip you can kinda do on your own, I think )

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hey Turtle. I'm coming out to PRIME on 1/7/17. 22 hour bus ride :\ I really appreciate you posting recent ''what to expect'' diary of the PRIME training program. A lot of my questions and curiosities were answered about the actual in's and outs of PRIME ! I"m really happy to hear about the Christmas party ! I love good food ! Also getting some, hard to come by, details about trainer selection, and tests (wouldn't have expected pre trip to be that daunting )

Let me ask you something, Have you noticed a difference between company trainers vs owener-op trainers ? From reading the forums I'm getting the idea that an ''enthusiastic desire to teach personality'' you might just end up as free labor, and not get the recommended time practicing backing maneuvers, parallel park, pre trip etc.... (pre trip you can kinda do on your own, I think )

Hayden...hi. I advise you insist certain things. Demand to do all of the backing. Demand to fuel a couple times, demand to scale out ...don't just be someone who drives. And by demand I don't mean order the trainer or be offensive, I mean take command of your training. If there is something you know, then concentrate on things you don't.

Ask questions in my opinion the hardest thing to learn was the backing and it is better to get that practice with a trainer who can spot you.

And don't let them tell you how to turn the wheel. Otherwise without them there you won't get it in the hole..cause you learned to rely on them rather than get a feel for the maneuver.

My mistake was believing I was going to stay on the truck and team with the trainer later. I thought I would have more backing before I went solo so when she would say "this is too tight...let me do it" I would let her.

Problem was she basically never let me do it cause I took too long. So when o went out on my own I had to learn real fast.

As for the difference between company and lease trainers...the difference can be "I don't know how fueling works as company drivers". You learn that stuff at an orientation before you upgrade to solo.

Lease ops are sometimes more worried about time cause they have the pressure of paying those bills. But as long as someone answers your questions and let's you learn who cares?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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