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Firehog's Comment
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Headed to Prime CDL training. Was set for 08/05/2017 but a Root Canal benched me. Prime recruiter was concerned my followup would be in middle of training so kindly reset my entry to 09/05/2017.

I recently sold my business after 30 years and retired. At 53 years young I will be starting a new career. I want to thank the TT, it's creator and all members for the valuable information I used to pursue this path. I will document my path as to provide for the next persons journey.

A few of my friends and some of my Family members think I have lost mind but they also never understood why I would take off and ride my Harley all over the country for weeks and sometimes months at a time by myself for years. The mapping, planning, and road scenery have always been what I have enjoyed. It's hard to explain to them but clearly I read it and identify it when I see it in the post on this site. (say that sentence 3 times real fast)

Thanks Again,

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.
Peter M.'s Comment
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Congratulations, that's great.

Firehog's Comment
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Ok, headed to prime in the morning for sept 5th start. Fyi to anyone who got delayed and rescheduled,like I did, remember that your application has to be reapproved after 30 days even if you have been confirmed for reschedule. Luckily I called to verify and found this out 4 days before leaving.

I will try to post as often as I can because I know other post have helped me a lot.

Prior to today I have done the following recommendations from post:

1. Spread sheeted the top5 companies that met my needs eneded in tie prime and palmer. Gong Prime 2. Read the TT Book 3. Read hundreds if not thousands of post on TT 4. lost 60lbs. 30 years of office job I was very out of shape. 5. Drank 500 gallons of beet juice "yuck" get BP down. 6. went from no excersise to riding 16 miles a day on elipticle cycle 7 studied all the test i needed on TT 8. studied the state MO CDL book as well 9. Took TT test as well as MO CDL app test sveral times, HAZMAT as well

Thanks to TT and all posters for giving me a fighting chance at this. I would have been very unprepared if not for this site🙈

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Firehog's Comment
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Day 1, Arrival. flew in last night so no bus ride stories. Accommodation are just great. Seeing all the trucks here at the facility is making me more eager. You can check in as early as 6 am and I did at 7am. Walmart next door block away and gas station store across street if need something quick. Had roommate when I got here already so went next door to the holiday in to sit a table in there atrium and refresh my studying. Very quit and empty, heck they don't know your not staying there. Another can of beet juice to keep blood pressure down and ready for my 5:45 am wake up call. smile.gif

Firehog's Comment
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Day 2 start day. Starting on a holiday week Tuesday was awsome and a fast pace. Agility,physical,drug test,interview, all on first day lousy sim training. Really pay attention to your blood pressure. I lost 60 lbs before completely g to get mine down and passeddancing-banana.gif I am 249lbs but a lot of people in perfect weight are failing test and very shocked because they never thought to check. You can check at machines at sams,Walgreens and most groceries stores so do it! Food great, room great, I am. Wry impressed with the work ethic of staff here and I mean all staff.

The DMV will actually give permit test on site today, very nice deal. You can take anything you fail today 3 times today. If no pass you then have go to DMV on later days to try again. Shuttle provided

More tonight.

One more thing, people this is an interview for Gods sake dress like it!! Look at what Brett is wearing in picture, pants yes pants! I have never seen so many flip flops and shorts. Save them for sleeping in truck.

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.

Firehog's Comment
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Day 3 Training. first let me correct day2. should have said at lastly sim training not "lousy".

Today took permit test and finished CBT required work today. You get up at 5:45 to start your day and can go as late as 11 pm.

DMV came on site today for testing, you can take test 2 times on site if need 3rd must take shuttle to dmv Thursday and friday. I Used the TT Trainng and testing then the "DMV Gene" test app specifically for MO. Past all fout test in 20 minutes and used thoser tools to study. If you have past medical issues or surgerys make sure you make a list with date and procedure and your age at that time. Very helpful as well as doctor and contact number and Fax number very Important.

Still Very impressed with the Prime Staff. They really care and want to help you succeed.

You get plenty to eat here. Make sure you bring an original birth certificate with raised seal ful size not wallet copy, seems to be an issue for severl people who only brought a copy. Or just a current passport if you have one will work.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Firehog's Comment
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Update end of last week, nothing new just continued to work on sims and practice Pre trip on a truck they have in parking lot. Still feeding me good. Training staff is awsome.

sLEEP APNEA!!!! I had a test in the past and had an issue but had tonsil and uvula surgery to correct problem and did not require a CPAP machne after that. So I was not allowed to get my med card and permit eventhough I past all the test in two days. I will have to take another sleep test and if fail get a cpap machine and pay for it upfront cash or credit card before I can get my med card to get my permit. $500 for sleep tes and $1200 for CPAP machine if I fail. Luckily I have the money or I would be sent home. I take my sleep test today so all in all it will delay me about a week. Is What it is! just be prepared.

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.

Firehog's Comment
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Correction sleep test is $500 and CPAP is $700 for total $1200.

Today practicing pre trip some more. Finally got it all down. Actually great company to be at if delayed like I am. Full gym weights room and excellent food.

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.

Paul's Comment
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Hey Firehog, I'm glad you're doing good. I'm curious about the sleep apnea issue. I started orientation two weeks ago today and have been on the road with my trainer for one week. We are in Salt Lake City now, about to head back to Springfield for me to test for CDL. I got slated for the sleep test as well, but I was written a short term med card and was able to get my permit first. I take my sleep test after I earn my CDL , and they will deduct the amount out of my settlements in payments. Was this not an option for you? I find it odd that you weren't given a med card and have to pay up front.

Either way, it sounds like you have it all under control. I'm happy for you! Good luck out there.

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.

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.

Firehog's Comment
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Hey Firehog, I'm glad you're doing good. I'm curious about the sleep apnea issue. I started orientation two weeks ago today and have been on the road with my trainer for one week. We are in Salt Lake City now, about to head back to Springfield for me to test for CDL. I got slated for the sleep test as well, but I was written a short term med card and was able to get my permit first. I take my sleep test after I earn my CDL , and they will deduct the amount out of my settlements in payments. Was this not an option for you? I find it odd that you weren't given a med card and have to pay up front.

Either way, it sounds like you have it all under control. I'm happy for you! Good luck out there.

Paul yes most did like you. One other and I fell into a liability issue because we had past sleep test done then they consider you a risk until you do the test here. So They hold the med card until you complete the test. My last test was 17 years ago but I was being honest and disclosed it on my health form I had surgery to fix the problem. Since i never needed a new test after surgery because I was fine the only test on my record was the bad one i took. you are considered to possibly have sleep apenea and I was considered all ready proven to have it, thats the differeance. I took it las night and got out this morning. They said i needed a new physical within 3 days but that was bad information. when I got there they said I was good to go since I had a physical last week. Tomorrow they will sign med card so should go DMV and get permit tommorow. Not to far behind because 1/3 of my class still waiting on PSD road trainers. FYI you will need to retake your physical when you do your sleep test. Also please remember this !!!!!!!!! Make them turn down the ac in the room, it must have been 50 or lower and I shivered for 2 hours and they counted that as episodes. They went over my test and it did show i was awake but they still counted it. I already named my CPAP machine iwii pronunced (eewe). (is what It Is) cost of doing business.

Lukily had plenty time to do pre trip, I can do it blind folded. stay safe

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.

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.

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.

PSD:

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.
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