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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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


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.



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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