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Robert's Comment
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Hi I'm Bobby most call me Bobby hill as I look like him in person, and this is my first post. I'm 26, and I just started learning about CDLs and stumbled on trucking truth. I have been looking at truck driving for years, but I never got serious about it. I didn't know where to begin. So I looked up true trucking reviews, and I came across the Pam review trucking truth page. I read it and decided I'll see if there's more...... sure enough after 5 reviews I was hooked on it and ready to start being serious.

The question wasn't when, but who would I choose. I've no CDL nor do I have a permit. That's when I looked back and saw places like Pam paid for training. I was excited to say the least. I recently married 2 months ago on june 10th. We've 2 kids (not bio kids I just stepped up) boy and girl. You could say I live an American dream she's a cheerleader, and he's a football player.

My wife and the kids are the main reason I want to start trucking. Her dad was a trucker then did railroad so she knows the struggle, and is more then accepting of this choice.thank-you-2.gif

So I started the high road training program (sorry if the back story was a bit long bad habit my wife says) to accelerate my learnig and understanding. So far so good. I love that it's detailed yet brakes it down into pages and quizzes and can be redone. I soak up knowledge fast so it was easy for me to pass a few right off (not bragging I swear).

What I think is that this site should be a truckers first stop. I love that there is this forum full of knowledge from experienced people, and non-experienced. It makes the learning curve and expectations much easier and realistic.

You're probably wondering what company I've decided. I'm not 100% sure but leaning to prime inc. If you got info on the company experience let me know. I'm working now and live in KY right of I75 and have questions like...

If I end up out of state to train then off to work must I relocate, or do I work and go home?

Is $500-$700 a week a realistic number to expect in a career with prime, or other companies?

I make $650-$750 a week now but dont like the job as much. I really want to do this and have the drive. Thanks for reading and if you could answer these questions it be a big help deciding where to work.

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.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome Bobby. There is a lot of information on Prime. Use the search bar in the upper LH corner of the page to search on it or anything else that interests you.

One of the best Prime Diaries can be found in this link: Rainy's PSD Experience

When you have a chance you will also benefit from investing time reading the links in the TT starter kit.

Give this a go and come back when you have questions you want answered. Good luck!

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.

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.
Robert's Comment
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I appreciate the reply and info. I will and have already clicked some of these links. Thanks for the welcome and offer about questions. I'm hoping I'll be on the road soon. Im planning to keep a diary myself or vlog it. Thanks again.

Welcome Bobby. There is a lot of information on Prime. Use the search bar in the upper LH corner of the page to search on it or anything else that interests you.

One of the best Prime Diaries can be found in this link: Rainy's PSD Experience

When you have a chance you will also benefit from investing time reading the links in the TT starter kit.

Give this a go and come back when you have questions you want answered. Good luck!

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.

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.
Paul's Comment
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Hey, Bobby. I'm tracking right there with you, man. Just got serious, started researching and found this website which has been an incredible wealth of wisdom. I chose Prime and will be heading to Springfield on the 27th of August. I was surprised at how quickly the ball got rolling once I put in the application with Prime. It took the recruiter about two days to get everything situated--he wanted me to be in next week's class, but that was a bit TOO fast for me.

I don't have much advice for you, we're on the same boat it seems, but I am seriously digging the High Road program and am trying my best to make my 36-year-old brain be a sponge until I head off to training. Hope to see you there!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robert's Comment
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Glad I'm not the only one on here that's just starting. I probably won't start in this month as I want to be sure it's feesable for my wife when I won't be paid until the TNT training. It's hard to leave my family, but hey I gotta pay the bills. Paul I hope to see you there as well as it would be good to meet people new and start making friends and travelling. I know you want be hanging with friends but it's best t o make them then enemies. Good luck to you I hope it goes well. Hope you let us know how it goes.

Hey, Bobby. I'm tracking right there with you, man. Just got serious, started researching and found this website which has been an incredible wealth of wisdom. I chose Prime and will be heading to Springfield on the 27th of August. I was surprised at how quickly the ball got rolling once I put in the application with Prime. It took the recruiter about two days to get everything situated--he wanted me to be in next week's class, but that was a bit TOO fast for me.

I don't have much advice for you, we're on the same boat it seems, but I am seriously digging the High Road program and am trying my best to make my 36-year-old brain be a sponge until I head off to training. Hope to see you there!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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's Comment
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Glad I'm not the only one on here that's just starting. I probably won't start in this month as I want to be sure it's feesable for my wife when I won't be paid until the TNT training. It's hard to leave my family, but hey I gotta pay the bills. Paul I hope to see you there as well as it would be good to meet people new and start making friends and travelling. I know you want be hanging with friends but it's best t o make them then enemies. Good luck to you I hope it goes well. Hope you let us know how it goes.

Yes, make sure your family is squared away first. Going a 4-6 weeks without pay is hard on anybody. I am going a route I don't really like, but am okay doing in this circumstance--cutting down all luxuries and then securing a small loan for the amount of money my family would need to survive on prior to getting a paycheck. I own a taxi, but the cab business is failing and it's just time to move on to a driving job that actually pays something, even if that means getting into a little bit of debt to do it, though I am not fond of debt.

About High Road Training...man keep an eye on that word EXCEPT. Keeps getting me!good-luck.gif

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.

Strongman Trucker's Comment
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Ill be heading out to Prime Inc for orientation that weekend as well! I cant wait to start my new career! I'll see you there!

Hey, Bobby. I'm tracking right there with you, man. Just got serious, started researching and found this website which has been an incredible wealth of wisdom. I chose Prime and will be heading to Springfield on the 27th of August. I was surprised at how quickly the ball got rolling once I put in the application with Prime. It took the recruiter about two days to get everything situated--he wanted me to be in next week's class, but that was a bit TOO fast for me.

I don't have much advice for you, we're on the same boat it seems, but I am seriously digging the High Road program and am trying my best to make my 36-year-old brain be a sponge until I head off to training. Hope to see you there!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Ill be heading out to Prime Inc for orientation that weekend as well! I cant wait to start my new career! I'll see you there!

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Hey, Bobby. I'm tracking right there with you, man. Just got serious, started researching and found this website which has been an incredible wealth of wisdom. I chose Prime and will be heading to Springfield on the 27th of August. I was surprised at how quickly the ball got rolling once I put in the application with Prime. It took the recruiter about two days to get everything situated--he wanted me to be in next week's class, but that was a bit TOO fast for me.

I don't have much advice for you, we're on the same boat it seems, but I am seriously digging the High Road program and am trying my best to make my 36-year-old brain be a sponge until I head off to training. Hope to see you there!

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Be the truck...be the truck!

Good luck to you. By the way...I reside in Pottstown. We're neighbors... I will give you my spam-gourmet email address if you want to meet for a coffee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Paul's Comment
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Ill be heading out to Prime Inc for orientation that weekend as well! I cant wait to start my new career! I'll see you there!

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Awesome, Strongman! You can give me some tips to build some muscles! smile.gif Have a great trip and will look out for you. I'm the giant with a beard.

Strongman Trucker's Comment
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Paul - I'd definitely be down for giving out some tips about building muscle and strength! BTW what time will you be arriving on the 27th? I just got my greyhound confirmation.. I leave Saturday the 26th and wont be arriving until 10:25 pm Sunday night. Unfortunately the greyhound ticket I originally wanted was sold out and would of got me in Missouri at 1:00 pm. So now ill be getting in pretty late.

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