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Big Scott's Comment
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17:00 On bus number two. Smelly person next to me. Fun.

Big Scott's Comment
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23:04 central time. In Nashville waiting for bus to St. Luis.

Big Scott's Comment
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4-20-17 07:00 central time. Sitting in the bus terminal in St. Louis MO. waiting for my bus to Joplin. What a long trip. However, I have slept most of it.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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Finally got to the hotel around 16:00, got a quick bite, took a swim and shower. Now I'm settling in for the night. FYI, The bus station in Springfield is around the corner from Prime.

G-Town's Comment
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Hey Man...all the best. Good luck, stay focused and be relentless in your effort to learn.

Big Scott's Comment
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Hey Man...all the best. Good luck, stay focused and be relentless in your effort to learn.

Thanks. That is my plan.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Big Scott!

You survived the first rite of passage - the ride on the dirty dog!

We're all pulling for ya!

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Thanks

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4-21-17 So far today we started with drug tests at CFI HQ. We then met someone from training, then our recruiters. The recruiters went over the contract and explaind the process from now through orientation and TNT. Then they fed us lunch. Now I'm waiting for a Greyhound to Sprinfield and school which starts Monday. The people at CFI have been fantastic. I know I am with a great company. Everyone I met including a gew drivers is very happy working for CFI. If you want to go through CFI's training call their recruiter line and ask for Annie.

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 14ยข 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.

Han Solo Cup's Comment
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Are you going to document your school and training under the "CDL Training Diaries"? Please do. I read all the updates everyday.

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.
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