First Year Pay Totals With Prime

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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Cold hard facts is difficult because everyone's experience is different. two people going to the same company sponsored school could have totally different training due to situations on the road, areas you traveled, the trainer, and the skills you have.

example: Reaper went to orientation, went OTR with his permit and tested like 10 days later. He passed all three driving skills on the 1st try, getting a $250 bonus. Then he started his 30,000 mile phase before going solo. i think he trained in an automatic.

Me? I used the High Road and was the first in my class to get the CLP. I was the only one in the class who knew the pretrip before going to Prime. I had a great trainer with my permit driving OTR but i couldnt understand his backing. i was afraid to test. I stayed out 3 weeks before attempting to test, and to finally get it done it took a whole week. i trained in a stick. My trainer with the permit was great, but he quit due to family issues. so i got placed with someone else...who then wanted a 2 week vacation i couldn't afford to take off so she put me on her friends truck during that time. so i had 3 trainers from september to feb.

christian trained in an automatic but did his 2nd phase of training in on a walmart dedicated account. he had only one trainer the whole time.

so each experience is different. however, do the high road to get the permit. study the pretrip and absorb any info you can. treat training like boot camp


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.


Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Robert S.'s Comment
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Yes I understand that as much, anyone, I had a horrible trainer the driver manager refused to give me a new trainer on top fact I had plans to drive to my terminal and talk to a manager the very day I was gonna get a call stating my family member had issues breathing and she was 8 years old I had to drop everything get down to my hometown and forget everything else. Getting a cab in middle nowhere in Florida to greyhound or plane Was very considering taking buddy mine plane from Florida that he even offered let me fly there. I took a greyhound got there during this process I told the Driver manager I had to take care of this first and would be back in 8 days. When I was 5 days in I received a suit from the company for 8k and a lean on my CDL my attorney brought it down to 1200 and I was not to drive for 52 weeks. That was the deal no big deal because I have other ways from welding to operating a plane. The reason I wanted CDL simple I was tired doing same old thing another thing I will say is you are like me save 20% your paycheck any way you can for savings.


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.


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.

Driver 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.
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