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TonyTheNewGuy 's Comment
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Good to know brother yeah I wake up really early and get ready I did bring some decent clothing here so I should be good physocal thanks for your advice I'm at Concetra taking another physical

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.

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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.

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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.

Geo's Comment
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I'm just starting myself, with my physical scheduled for a week from today. I was planning on talking to a prime recruiter, and potentially a few others, but I have to ask; does it really need to be a Utah permit? I was going to get mine here in California. If that's the case, I may need to rethink prime and go with something more local.

TonyTheNewGuy 's Comment
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I got my physical done in California and when I got here they took us on the very first day to their dot physician and he then goes over everything you get done in ca but prime has a standard of body mass they enforce 39%

I'm just starting myself, with my physical scheduled for a week from today. I was planning on talking to a prime recruiter, and potentially a few others, but I have to ask; does it really need to be a Utah permit? I was going to get mine here in California. If that's the case, I may need to rethink prime and go with something more local.

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.

Eric G.'s Comment
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Your permit can be from your state. Once you pass they will let you go home and switch your liscense over.

Geo's Comment
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That's good to know, thanks both of you. I've definitely found the training diaries, especially recent/ongoing like yours, very useful for knowing what to expect.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Eric G.'s Comment
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Do update while I sit here in the drivers lounge in Salt Lake waiting on my trainer to arrive so I can continue my training. 19k more miles to go and I'll be ready to upgrade.

So last week was very eventful so to say. We got back in Salt Lake on Tuesday afternoon 4/25. Our delivery date was for 4/26 right around the corner from the terminal. So I got off the truck did my laundry ran some errands, and got a hotel for the night. The next day I met with my trainer we delivered and then back to the terminal and I was off. Spent the Wednesday and Thursday at the hotel. On Friday 4/28 I left for Sprimo to get there for my sleep test. Got held up Friday in Wyoming in the snow and ice and black ice. I slept in Cheyenne in my Dodge Ram. Saturday I drove the rest of the way to Sprimo. Hit in around midnight. I stayed st the campus inn Sat night through Wednesday. Monday I went to the millennial building to make sure I knew where the trinity healthcare was located. Before I take the test I need to have my 3rd DOT physical dive to get a prescription for the sleep test. They only take a prescription from trinity healthcare. On Turdday I took the physical my BP was 160/120 too high to get a med card without taking meds. So now I'm panicked that this is going to be an expensive trip and money is not much that I have right now. It all goes to bills. I decide to continue with the sleep test as scheduled instead of dealing with my BO at the moment. They test me for 2 hours and my spneas are off the chart. High is considered 30 in an hour where you stop breathing. I had 106 where I stopped breathing between 20-40 seconds at a time. Very severe. So the rest of the sleepstudybthe hook me up to a cpap to see if that helps. The rest if the night I averaged 6 apneas an hour, much better. Wednesday I return to the doc to go over options for my BP, but I want them to text me one more time. Hoping that Tuesday's two tests were flukes. My BP measured in at 138/90. Passing, so it appears my high BP is driven from my sleep apnea. So I get my results later in the day, and my cpap. The doctor wants to talk to me the next morning after I have used the machine for a night on my own. Thursday morning I speak with the doc. Apparently like 28-30% of men have sleep apnea. Anything over 5 apneas an hour is considered to be diagnosed. With exercise I may. S able to get off the cpap. Anyways I go back to trinity to get the results to them, they give me my 60 day med card. I have to return to go over my 60 day results with the doc. I have to use the machine at least 4 hours a day. If I don't it doesn't count. The DOT could shut me down I think or prime does. Anyways, in the 60 day review I have to have 80% or 48 days of 4 hours of use. I need this to get a one year card. If I'm at 70% I get a 3 month card. If it's 60% I get another 60 day card or a 30 day card. Anything below 60% Prime will shut you down. 1st shut down is 3 days, 2nd is 7 I think, and 3rd is for 30 days. So yea great trip over all. (Sarcasm) To top it all off there was $100 dollars of mine taken out of my wallet. I'm not sure who did it so I can't blame anyone, but my wallet was not with me for the sleep study. It was on a desk away from me, and a few times in my room when I went out to my car, or to run tithe front desk. So shame on me ft being so careless. Overall this trip cost me about $800 out of pocket for gas, lodging, and food. And will cost me $1200 for the doc visits, test, and cpap. So Thursday I got to head back to Salt Lake remember how I said money was tight, and that I'm $100 less than expected. Well I only made it to elm creek Nebraska Thursday about 500 miles. It was 7:30 at night I had to shut down because I had no more money for gas until I got paid on Friday. So Friday morning I woke up around 6am central. I got gas and headed the rest of the way back to Salt Lake. I got in around 4:30 pm and checked into the Ramada inn hotel that prime did cover for me. Luckily my trainer was not back until today, so I was able to spend Cinco de mayo with some friends not drinking anything stronger than a Mountain Dew. It's was good to relax for a bit. However afte that week I'm ready to get these wheels rolling and make some cash.

Well that's my update for now. Until next time.

The Griz,

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.

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.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Eric G.'s Comment
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So it's been another week. We left early Sunday morning to pick up a load in Idaho. I didn't hear the Qualcomm so we started an hour later than we should have, it was one of those we had a load Saturday night, but no assigned pick up time yet. So we had to sit and wait for sales to get a pick up time or window. We made it just in time I mean rolling into security with seconds to spare. Dropped our trailer and picked up and we were off. Well after an hour of training we were off. Took the load south to AZ, dropped a day early. Got a new load right away to pick up in California. We stopped outside of LA, to rest for the evening, train, and shower. Plus my trainer had 2 days of driving in me do I would do full days to his half to catch up. We picked up the next morning and then we were off to PA. Well this is where the adventure begins. In Vegas there was a auto accident that shutdown I-15. The signs warned us, but only said take Alt route. I thought this meant there would be a detour. Nope, I could not have been more wrong. So after sitting in deadstop traffic for 2 hours. And having to scramble to find my own detour(which dont do what I did kids using my phone while in the drivers seat. Even if I was at a dead stop.) we made it around the closure. I made it to the truck stop just in time with only minutes to spare on my 14. The next day was even more fun. Going through all three mountain passes in Colorado. Now I have driven through rain, snow flurries, wind, and fog. But not all 4 at the same time. Well now I have. I went down the first pass, starting at 45mph we are carrying about 36k of product. By the time I got to the top of the next pass I decided to stop and check the brakes. I used them a bit on the first one, so I wanted to make sure. As I thought too much braking. They were smoking, yet I could grab the drums and brakes with my gloves, no issue. I sat for 10 minutes let the smoking go away and went into pass 2. This time starting at 40mph. Only had to use the brakes 3 times, so that was better. I didn't stop to check on the top of the third, I probably should have, but I felt that the rain water, plus lack of using them was sufficient. Again kids( referring to first year drivers like myself) learn what not to do from me, and maybe what to do. I was determined for the third pass to get it this time. I started at 35 mph. This time down the hill I also used the high gear on the exhaust break. My trainer says he hardly ever used it if at all, but I needed it. No braking required this time. Excited I was to figure this out only left me to get. Aight in the Denver rush hour traffic. So onto yesterday. Our delivery window is set and it is a tight one. In fact we have to send a message to try and get it pushed back it's so close. They push it back an hour. Not much time at all, and all I have to do is make it as close to PA as I can while make my it through Chicago rush hour traffic. No biggie, in reality this was the easy part. The tough one here being that the 80/90 exit off of 94 is closed. So not trying to repeat Vegas all over again. I jump off of 94 find my own route again. (Same as before bad Griz) but I make it around the shutdown. Only to land in Indiana construction hell. Miles of 45mph zones and one lane. Stopping with 16 minutes on my 8 fir my 30 minute break to carry on. I actually stopped last night with 5 minutes on my 11. But we had 6 hours to get to our appt. and only 300 miles to go. We missed our appt. by 19 minutes. What I learned is that the time I keep losing like 10-20 minutes hear or there because I don't manage the Qualcomm properly could have made us on time. We made our delivery, but we had product rejected so here we sit awaiting word on what to do.

As for things with my trainer. They started out the same on Sunday. However Monday we had a talk and I think now he understands me more, and I understand him. It has been a really good past three days.

Well until next time, stay safe lots of craziness out there as the weather gets warmer.

The Griz,

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Han Solo Cup's Comment
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I think your posts might just be one of the best on-the-road training entries. I love the whole "learn from me" approach. One request though, please throw in some hard returns to make it easier to read. I also like the "same as before, bad Griz". Haha

As I read every one of your posts, I'm nodding along and saying "yep, that's me" and "I know exactly what he means". You get yourself out of one fire, feel good about things, and whamo... another traffic jam. We read so many 100% success posts that it's actually very, very refreshing to hear how things don't always work out. Does that make sense? It makes you feel human to the reader. You missed the time by 19 minutes; I've narrowly missed deadlines. This is something we can all related too. It's how you admit to running into the proverbial wall and then picking yourself up and trying again. Very admirable.

I really appreciate your posts. I have one question. You sometimes mention stuff like "Well after an hour of training we were off". What do you mean by that? Is your trainer going over securement, etc with you prior to heading out of the day?

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.
Eric G.'s Comment
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The training stuff varies. We go over securement, backing maneuvers, how to research mybDOT record plus the companies record. What type of violations are people getting cited for in my company. How to put on chains. Random stuff all the time.

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.

Big Bad Wookie's Comment
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So far, how is the prime trucking training experience? I am looking at going to prime once I get my family stuff situated.

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