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Barry L.'s Comment
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Eric G., I've really enjoyed tracking your progression. Congratulations on the TRIFECTA, and best of luck on the rest of your training journey. Please update us when you can.

Eric G.'s Comment
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So let's see, it's been a bit since my last update. We got to NY, drop and hook , however it was a Friday and a holiday weekend our next load did not come until the next morning. So we spent the night at the receivers. (Pay close attention you'll see a thee here) we next headed for VA to pick up our next load. We took that out to AZ. Again we got there in plenty of time. So again we dropped at a drop yard. We got a load for the next day pretty quick, but with little info. So we spent the night in the drop yard. We headed out to the next load right near the Mexico border. And we have taken this load to NJ. I already feel like I need a spray tan and some lasagna. It's been 10 days or so I have completed almost 8k miles of the 30k. Me personally I have driven about 4100-4200 miles. In 10-11 days with a 0 mile day in there too. Not too shabby, I think this career will work out. One of the best things was the other day driving through Kansas on I-35. No it's not the wind I'm referring to. The rolling hills, cattle out grazing, right around sunset. It was majestic. This is why I want to do this job.

Now my rant time. I had such a great PSD trainer I think I got spoiled. My TNT trainer was the PSD trainer for a fellow classmate of mine. So going in I knew of the struggles he had. I have had some of those struggles as well. I will say this, the guy is a source of knowledge, but I'm not sure training people is right for him. People can learn from him, but not in such a confined space for a lengthy period of time.

I will be headed back to SLC on the 28th of April. No fear I'm not taking time off,my trainer has hometime. So I'm driving to Sorino to take the sleep test, then back to finish TNT. I'm so ready to be on my own.

Until I find time again. The Griz,

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

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.

Eric G.'s Comment
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So we had some quick changes in the last 4 days before I got off my trainers truck for a week. We left NJ headed to pick up in Long Island, I was stoked I was going to get to do NYC with my trainer which is how I wanted to learn. I was to drive the night shift so I passed out and missed all of NYC. When I awoke there had been changes and we were outside of Pittsburgh. So apparently the load was canceled last minute, but we were already on the Washington bridge. My trainer was st that point stuck trying to figure out how to turn around to get us out if NYC. So we did get another load shortly after and it was to pick up outside of Columbus. Hence why we were in Pittsburgh. So I got us to the shippers, checked in, amazed our load was ready. We aren't scheduled to load until the next day. So I dropped our empty and picked up our loaded trailer. We decided to stay overnight st this shipper since it was already 2 am and we were really early. So we had to disconnect from our trailer and park in the overnight section. My trainer got up in the morning then drove us half way to our receiver. I picked up and finished the rest. Got to the receiver around 11 at night for a delivery the next day. Checked in when the place opened and again we have drop and hook. By the time we got done with everything it was noon and we started at 9am. So we got our next load bringing us back to Salt Lake. We still had about 23 hours until we loaded and had about 300 miles to drive. So we arrive at the shippers, stay at a wal mart overnight. The next morning I call at 6am to check and see if our load was ready for pick up. It was just starting to get loaded. A few hours later we were headed to our shippers to pick up. We had 2 pick ups on this load. So we crushed the next 200 miles to get to our second shippers. We had to be live loaded there and that took forever. We checked in by noon/1pm and did not leave until around 7/8pm. We then left for the receiver. Just over 800 miles away, my day was five so my trainer drove the first half and I picked up in the morning. I got to drive all if Wyoming in April. Just high winds 45+ mph, ice, snow, and a sunny day. All in just under 500 miles. Safe to say it was s bare knuckle driving day. We stayed at the terminal that night and delivered the next day. Then I was off the truck. Now I'm headed to Springfield to do the sleep test. Then back to finish my training.

As for a trainer update, things in the last 4 days he has been more personable. He has been more patient with me, and less judgmental. However he still has his moments. I passed this info on to the FL, but I have decided his change, a week off will be ok for me to stay on his truck. Plus it is better to deal with what I know.

Until next time.

The Griz,

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

TonyTheNewGuy 's Comment
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How does failing primes physical work and they issued you a 3 month permit ?i will be leaving California Sunday to make it to orientation Tuesday in Salt Lake City but I'm nervous about the physical I dropped 13 pounds since my last dot physical which was 2 months ago. I want to make sure how this works at the physical.

So Day 1. As you have seen with most Prime Day 1's no matter the location. We did orientation paperwork, drug screening, and the DOT physical again. This seems a bit redundant. I got my physical 7 days ago, then Prime had me do it again. Kind of a waste of $150 for me. This time though I did not pass the blood pressure. I did have 2 cokes and McDonald's yesterday before I knew I was going to do this all over again. I also have to stop in Sprimo during my PSD to get the sleep study done. So I currently only have a 3 month card, but not sure if that one invalidates my 2 year card my doc gave me. Anyways, after that we had lunch and then spent the afternoon doing computer training modules. I liked how the first module states that you can pass with 80% but the training program wants you to pass with 100%. If you don't get 100% the module will remain for you to redo.

Well that's all for today. I will try and keep this going.

Thanks to all reading and cheering me on.

The Griz,

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.
Eric G.'s Comment
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This is what I have gathered from the orientation guys. If you get a 3 month it won't stop you from training. When training is done and you have to renew your med card. You can use your doctor when you have to renew it. So I have not had to renew mine yet, but that's been the answers to my questions.

How does failing primes physical work and they issued you a 3 month permit ?i will be leaving California Sunday to make it to orientation Tuesday in Salt Lake City but I'm nervous about the physical I dropped 13 pounds since my last dot physical which was 2 months ago. I want to make sure how this works at the physical.

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So Day 1. As you have seen with most Prime Day 1's no matter the location. We did orientation paperwork, drug screening, and the DOT physical again. This seems a bit redundant. I got my physical 7 days ago, then Prime had me do it again. Kind of a waste of $150 for me. This time though I did not pass the blood pressure. I did have 2 cokes and McDonald's yesterday before I knew I was going to do this all over again. I also have to stop in Sprimo during my PSD to get the sleep study done. So I currently only have a 3 month card, but not sure if that one invalidates my 2 year card my doc gave me. Anyways, after that we had lunch and then spent the afternoon doing computer training modules. I liked how the first module states that you can pass with 80% but the training program wants you to pass with 100%. If you don't get 100% the module will remain for you to redo.

Well that's all for today. I will try and keep this going.

Thanks to all reading and cheering me on.

The Griz,

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DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.
Han Solo Cup's Comment
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Griz, I think you made an extremely intelligent decision regarding your trainer. The changes you've seen in him plus, as you mentioned, the time off will help both you guys. And that leads into the most important thing you said "better to deal with what I know". If he hadn't made any changes, then a new trainer would be the right option... the crazy you know is the same as the crazy you don't know; you might even get someone better. However, since he's trying to change, I think you're right to pick the crazy you know. It could suck to roll the dice and get a trainer that's way worse than what you have now. Good thinking!

TonyTheNewGuy 's Comment
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Any pointers on the test as far as the drive that you feel could make it more easy and to be aware of for me thanks and also it's late to say but congratulations

And.... you guessed it Trifecta. I'm at the DMV no switching my permit over. I got all Pre-trip questions correct. I did perfect on the backing maneuvers. In the city drive I received 10 points. I missed the bridge height sign, I kept my blinker on too long had a few issues not looking far enough down the road on my turns and I stalked coming out of the emergency stop. Thankfully I was not in the middle if traffic.

Overall it has been a great experience. I will call tomorrow and see who they have for TNT , but I'm glad to finally be a primate.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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.

Eric G.'s Comment
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If you had Rob as a trainer listen to everything he told you. Just be calm and focus on minimizing the points you will get. If you get caught in a bad situation take the out that has the least amount of points.

Any pointers on the test as far as the drive that you feel could make it more easy and to be aware of for me thanks and also it's late to say but congratulations

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And.... you guessed it Trifecta. I'm at the DMV no switching my permit over. I got all Pre-trip questions correct. I did perfect on the backing maneuvers. In the city drive I received 10 points. I missed the bridge height sign, I kept my blinker on too long had a few issues not looking far enough down the road on my turns and I stalked coming out of the emergency stop. Thankfully I was not in the middle if traffic.

Overall it has been a great experience. I will call tomorrow and see who they have for TNT , but I'm glad to finally be a primate.

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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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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.

TonyTheNewGuy 's Comment
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Tommrow will be my first orientation day Okay I will kee that in mind

If you had Rob as a trainer listen to everything he told you. Just be calm and focus on minimizing the points you will get. If you get caught in a bad situation take the out that has the least amount of points.

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Any pointers on the test as far as the drive that you feel could make it more easy and to be aware of for me thanks and also it's late to say but congratulations

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And.... you guessed it Trifecta. I'm at the DMV no switching my permit over. I got all Pre-trip questions correct. I did perfect on the backing maneuvers. In the city drive I received 10 points. I missed the bridge height sign, I kept my blinker on too long had a few issues not looking far enough down the road on my turns and I stalked coming out of the emergency stop. Thankfully I was not in the middle if traffic.

Overall it has been a great experience. I will call tomorrow and see who they have for TNT , but I'm glad to finally be a primate.

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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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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.

Eric G.'s Comment
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Ahhhh I should see you by the end of the week. I'll be back at the terminal getting ready to go back out.

You will learn all you need. Just remember this is a 3 week job interview, and don't be late for anything. I went into everyday, even now in TNT training, they will not be waiting on me to start the day. If the trainers see you putting in the effort they will help you all they can.

Tommrow will be my first orientation day Okay I will kee that in mind

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If you had Rob as a trainer listen to everything he told you. Just be calm and focus on minimizing the points you will get. If you get caught in a bad situation take the out that has the least amount of points.

double-quotes-start.png

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Any pointers on the test as far as the drive that you feel could make it more easy and to be aware of for me thanks and also it's late to say but congratulations

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And.... you guessed it Trifecta. I'm at the DMV no switching my permit over. I got all Pre-trip questions correct. I did perfect on the backing maneuvers. In the city drive I received 10 points. I missed the bridge height sign, I kept my blinker on too long had a few issues not looking far enough down the road on my turns and I stalked coming out of the emergency stop. Thankfully I was not in the middle if traffic.

Overall it has been a great experience. I will call tomorrow and see who they have for TNT, but I'm glad to finally be a primate.

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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.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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.

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