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Daniel B.'s Comment
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As far as this thread is concerned, it is officially over. I will no longer be updating it with my day-to-days. If I'm not too busy as I trainer I will start a new thread of how life is like as a trainer, but we'll see. My student will come first. My first student will be Jopa from TruckingTruth. This will be my first so I'll have a lot of learning to do!

Folks, you've all read how the days are as a life of a trucker. Long, difficult, frustrating, and dangerous. There are so many opportunities every single day to hit something.

I cannot believe that I am having this much fun at such a young age. Most people my age hate their jobs, but I love mine and am continuing to advance in it.

There is one advice that I haven't ever given you, it is greater than any other advice and greater advice than Brett has ever given. This advice is the sole reason why I survived in trucking and how I haven't gotten myself or anyone else injured.

I cheat. That's right! I cheat. I am at a monumental advantage over the average driver.

The average person in trucking has only two hands on the steering wheel. This job.. its too big.. too risky... you need more hands on the wheel than just two.

I have four on my steering wheel. Two are my own. The other two are God's hands. That is my secret and the absolute, without a doubt, best advice I can ever give anyone. Walk with the Lord.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

This entire thread I've been giving advice and tips. But I saved my best advice for last. I wish you all good luck and I hope you prosper in this tough industry.

Please feel free to comment. I would love to hear how this thread has helped you, especially the people who are reading who aren't active on this site. I know there are many of you out there, feel free to register and leave me a comment. I'll answer any and all questions.

Looking forward to feedback! smile.gif

Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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Congrats on the trainer job. you will be a great trainer. I will miss reading about your day to day life as a truck driver.

Jay B.'s Comment
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Great thread! It took me 3 days to read it all but I did it lol. Are you still training with prime? Will you be my trainer? That's reason enough to go to prime to get that quality training!

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Great thread! It took me 3 days to read it all but I did it lol. Are you still training with prime? Will you be my trainer? That's reason enough to go to prime to get that quality training!

You read it eh? You are now a very wise man!

I'm no longer a trainer with prime. It's just not the right time for me in my life to do that. I'm only 22 and don't want to work like I'm 40 supporting 7 kids. I just would prefer to take life a little easier right now. And Ken C. from this website was my student, and quality training? Damn right, I turned that guy into a beast.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Have a lot of new faces here. Folks, take a look at this thread. Its a summary of the day to day of a driver written by me. You'll learn so much! Its TruckingTruths longest thread in history for a good reason! Enjoy smile.gif

Terry C.'s Comment
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Sorry, I wrote my response in the block quote. Lets try it this way:

So Daniel, when you stopped training, did Prime tell you to turn in your condo? Or did you ask them for a LW? I've talked to 2 prime drivers in the 7 weeks on the road that got a condo truck to train, took one student out and kept the condo cuz they didn't want to drive the LW. I'm curious cuz I'm almost thru with my 40k and will be back in Springfield in a couple of weeks for upgrade. My only issue with the LW is that I won't be able to take my son out with me on trips. However after this winter I"m considering taking the TnT trainer course to earn a few extra bucks and the LW will be a moot point. I trained drivers in the past at a local company in Sac and was successful at it

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.

Joseph C.'s Comment
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Daniel, I have a couple questions for you. Im 21, single, no kids, and thinking about going with Prime Inc.. I will be taking their Sponsorship program. Im wondering how much money i need to take with me, what i would need to pack as in bedding and stuff of that sort, and basically all tha normal questions someone new to the trucking industry would have. Im not totally new to it due to the fact i grew up around trucking (father was a truck driver) but i still have the normal rookie questions lol. great thread by the way.

Sean's Comment
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Great thread! Great info! Great read!

I thought I finished reading this last night (by last night I mean 0445 this morning, it is currently 2257 on the same day) BUT I think I blacked out trying to read it all in one sitting because I realized about 3 and a half hours ago that I still had 10 pages left! But this time I'm positive I read through all 32 pages. Well who knows how many pages it will end up being.

Daniel B. you are one hard working son-o***un.

Justin G.'s Comment
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Hey Daniel,

Thanks for the thread man! Just read all of it. Great info. I sent you a PM with more questions but my main waz, I am thinking about prime and want to flatbed, can you choose what division you go into or do they start everyone in LW trucks? Thanks again man really great stuff

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

J Johns's Comment
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Great diary -- 32 pages of gold. Thanks for all of the hard work you put in ... to document all your hard work, hahaha. I'm planning to start Prime in February 2016 with my partner and was wondering if team-driving means that trip & HoS planning becomes less difficult, or simply different.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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