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Paul F. 's Comment
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Anthony. I'm keeping track. I've been to/through

New York New Jersey Connecticut Pennsylvania West Virginia Massachusetts Ohio Indiana Missouri Illinois Kentucky Arkansas Tennessee Michigan Georgia Wisconsin Alabama Mississippi Oklahoma Georgia Florida Texas New Mexico Arizona California Utah Wyoming South Dakota Minnesota Iowa Kansas Colorado South Dakota Idaho Washington Nebraska So far.

I see now how a good fm can be invaluable. The last 2 loads we have done we've waited more than we've driven. Our regular fm is on vacation. I'm sure they're doing the best they can but my data is taking a serious beating.

My first tnt trainer was an a--hat, and called our fm repeatedly and often a fat c--- My experience with her so far is positive. I see now why a--hat got such 💩Ty loads.

I beat up my data but won about 80 million chips playing poker.

Fm:

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.

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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Get used to this type of sitting. Just this week I sat at a Loves in Kentucky for over 50 hours. Some places are not open on weekends, ometimes Sales will give you a large window to deliver a 700 mile run. It happens. Moreso when your solo.

Paul F. 's Comment
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Get used to this type of sitting. Just this week I sat at a Loves in Kentucky for over 50 hours. Some places are not open on weekends, ometimes Sales will give you a large window to deliver a 700 mile run. It happens. Moreso when your solo.

I sure hope it's not always this bad. I'm gunna need miles to make bank. Let dispatch run me to death. I may be the sofa king but I'm not lazy.

A few days ago I drove rt 70 east through Colorado. I thought it was going to be a sphincter puckerer. It was not bad at all. My TNT trainer slept through, I did not wake him as I was comfortable doing it, once I got into it. It was the thought of dragging about 30,000 pounds through vail that made me nervous. Actually Utah was quite beautiful to drive through as the sun went down. I'm really beginning to think that maybe I can do this. My trainer assures me that I can.

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.

Paul F. 's Comment
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I hope I can do this. I know that everything I've read, they say everyone is not comfortable backing. I am firmly part of the "everyone" category. All the forward stuff is ok (most of it). I'll continue to learn on my own as I go. And I know I'm smarter than the average bear, and if some of the people I've seen out there can drive a truck backwards, I sure as heck can learn to as well.

I've got 4101 miles left to upgrade, and we have a pre plan for 915 tomorrow. I'm going to thouroughly enjoy changing my status from in CDL school, to rookie solo driver.

Which leads to the question, how long do I need to drive solo, before I can change that to experienced driver😀😀😀

CDL:

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.
Paul F. 's Comment
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Oh, and I drove Donner pass too. It was daytime, and in summer, and we were not too heavy. Piece of cake.

Just call me super trucker.

That's super (slow) trucker.

Like they taught us in class, you can take the turn hundreds of times to slow but you can only take it once too fast

Paul's Comment
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Oh, and I drove Donner pass too. It was daytime, and in summer, and we were not too heavy. Piece of cake.

Just call me super trucker.

That's super (slow) trucker.

Like they taught us in class, you can take the turn hundreds of times to slow but you can only take it once too fast

Awesome, thanks for the update! Keep up the good work! I'm hoping to be out there this weekend to next week sometime! Never know, may cross paths one day. :-)

Eric G.'s Comment
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Paul I think it's 1year before you can be experienced driver, but don't quote me on that.

As for the backing, I was very bad at it in training. To this day I still have mess ups out there. Once I went solo and it was on me to do all maneuvers it just got better. Like practice makes perfect. Plus all the stress and pressure we put on ourselves in training to learn fast and safe but to get out there and make money for whatever reason we have also plays s part in why we suck in training. At least that's how it was fir me.

Paul F. 's Comment
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Paul I think it's 1year before you can be experienced driver, but don't quote me on that.

As for the backing, I was very bad at it in training. To this day I still have mess ups out there. Once I went solo and it was on me to do all maneuvers it just got better. Like practice makes perfect. Plus all the stress and pressure we put on ourselves in training to learn fast and safe but to get out there and make money for whatever reason we have also plays s part in why we suck in training. At least that's how it was fir me.

I don't think I'll feel experienced until about 6-7 years.

Everyone stresses about backing at first. (So they say). Why should I be different? From what I've heard, at prime 120 or so start every week, and only 20 or 30 make it to solo, so without jinxing myself, (I don't believe in jinxes,except for the commentator saying "he hasn't thrown an interception in XXXpasses", he will very soon after) with 2038 mile to go once we reach Chicago I feel I've beaten the odds already.

I will do this. (A self fulfilling prophesy)

Paul F. 's Comment
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We've been tasked with a load to Florida, when we get there I'll have enough miles to upgrade. 💩 Just got real.

Anthony B.'s Comment
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We've been tasked with a load to Florida, when we get there I'll have enough miles to upgrade. 💩 Just got real.

That's great Paul..I'm about halfway through tnt now...like you I'm still iffy on my backing but it will get better with more practice. I went over donners pass twice and I'm like you I took it slow I didn't care about the super truckers blowing by..as long as I make it down it is a success lol I've been to California 5 times so far and being from Texas there are no mountains so the experience is really helpful..you'll be solo before you know it and just do what you know and like my trainer tells me go with your gut feeling don't second guess it..be safe out there driver

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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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