Prime Sending Me Home

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Lynn H.'s Comment
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They trained me in house fast and told me to take the test- took me for a test drive and said I did great. Had asthma all night and woke up sick and dizzy. Took a practice drive and they said I did horrible. I failed the test and they are sending me home. They said i need more time than they want to spend. My question is will this be on some record and prevent me from applying for other companies.

Cato's Comment
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It shouldn't be. My brother had a similar issue with Prime and was able to go to PAM without any hassle. Call around you should be able to find something else. Dont let this get you down...

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Well that's a huge bummer. Yes, you'll have to list that on future applications. No, it will not prevent you from applying to other companies. If they sent you home then you're free to pursue the next opportunity and I would do so immediately if I were you. Keep moving forward and don't worry about what's behind you.

I do have to clarify something for anyone considering attending one of these Paid CDL Training Programs. The reason you were sent home is this:

They said i need more time than they want to spend.

Which is fine. It happens. No big deal. You weren't catching on as quickly as they would like.

My concern is that you kind of tried to make it sound like you were doing awesome until you had one bad test drive and suddenly it all went down the drain and they sent you home without warning.

I don't think that's a fair representation of what happened, do you? I just don't want people to be afraid that if they make one tiny mistake or have one bad day they're going to be on a bus going home.

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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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I used to drive for Prime and trained there too. They are very patient with new drivers and they give you multiple attempts. They definitely do not toss someone out because they failed twice.

There is much more to this story.

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.

Lynn H.'s Comment
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That's exactly what happened. I apreciate the honesty of this forum and will clarify if that's a concern. The trainer the day before the test said my driving "impressed the hell out of him." And "You know how to drive," and excited, congratulatory slaps on the arm. The "needs more time" makes no sense, I know. Maybe he'd just been building my confidence. The next morning I did drive poorly due to being ill. He was clearly discusted and disappointed. My error was to drive when I was too delerious to drive well. I.should have insisted on rescheduling but didn't want to seem flaky. .

Well that's a huge bummer. Yes, you'll have to list that on future applications. No, it will not prevent you from applying to other companies. If they sent you home then you're free to pursue the next opportunity and I would do so immediately if I were you. Keep moving forward and don't worry about what's behind you.

I do have to clarify something for anyone considering attending one of these Paid CDL Training Programs. The reason you were sent home is this:

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They said i need more time than they want to spend.

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Which is fine. It happens. No big deal. You weren't catching on as quickly as they would like.

My concern is that you kind of tried to make it sound like you were doing awesome until you had one bad test drive and suddenly it all went down the drain and they sent you home without warning.

I don't think that's a fair representation of what happened, do you? I just don't want people to be afraid that if they make one tiny mistake or have one bad day they're going to be on a bus going home.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Lynn H.'s Comment
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Think what you like. I am perplexed about what is missing from the story as well. Thanks for the info. Take care.

That's exactly what happened. I apreciate the honesty of this forum and will clarify if that's a concern. The trainer the day before the test said my driving "impressed the hell out of him." And "You know how to drive," and excited, congratulatory slaps on the arm. The "needs more time" makes no sense, I know. Maybe he'd just been building my confidence. The next morning I did drive poorly due to being ill. He was clearly discusted and disappointed. My error was to drive when I was too delerious to drive well. I.should have insisted on rescheduling but didn't want to seem flaky. .

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Well that's a huge bummer. Yes, you'll have to list that on future applications. No, it will not prevent you from applying to other companies. If they sent you home then you're free to pursue the next opportunity and I would do so immediately if I were you. Keep moving forward and don't worry about what's behind you.

I do have to clarify something for anyone considering attending one of these Paid CDL Training Programs. The reason you were sent home is this:

double-quotes-start.png

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They said i need more time than they want to spend.

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Which is fine. It happens. No big deal. You weren't catching on as quickly as they would like.

My concern is that you kind of tried to make it sound like you were doing awesome until you had one bad test drive and suddenly it all went down the drain and they sent you home without warning.

I don't think that's a fair representation of what happened, do you? I just don't want people to be afraid that if they make one tiny mistake or have one bad day they're going to be on a bus going home.

double-quotes-end.png

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

G-Town's Comment
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They trained me in house fast and told me to take the test- took me for a test drive and said I did great. Had asthma all night and woke up sick and dizzy. Took a practice drive and they said I did horrible. I failed the test and they are sending me home. They said i need more time than they want to spend. My question is will this be on some record and prevent me from applying for other companies.

I used to drive for Prime and trained there too. They are very patient with new drivers and they give you multiple attempts. They definitely do not toss someone out because they failed twice.

There is much more to this story.

I agree with Daniel here...perhaps something is missing from this story...

That said; part of our professional responsibility is to drive when we are physically able. Which in-part means; if you are too sick to get good night's sleep and awake rested, you are probably far too sick to safely operate your truck. Not trying to be overly critical here, but Lynn at the very least you exercised poor judgment in allowing yourself to take the practice run and attempt the driving test. In hindsight, might have been in your best interest to let them know you were feeling under the weather and didn't believe you were physically able to drive safely.

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

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Lynn, it just doesn't add up. These programs don't take promising drivers and suddenly send them home because they had one bad day.

Regardless, that's behind you now. I would just contact the other programs and take another shot at it. Put this behind you and move on.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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My thought is that it has more to do with the asthma as a medical issue than a driving issue. i had a instructor who taught me in a 2015 Cascadia, i failed the backing with him. he had to go home for family issues

i was placed with Turtles trainer in a 2016 cascadia. felt totally different with shifting and clutch. i passed backing with zero points, then failed the road test TWICE for stalling and impeding traffic. third time i did great however the examiner told me beforehand that if i failed again i could go home and test then come back with my license.

so that leaves the medical issue. if the asthma can affect your performance that much, i wonder if they saw it as a safety issue. did you discuss this with stan or brooke?

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.

G-Town's Comment
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so that leaves the medical issue. if the asthma can affect your performance that much, i wonder if they saw it as a safety issue. did you discuss this with stan or brooke?

Per Rainy's point...did you disclose your Asthma condition on your medical long form and list the medications you are taking to manage it? If you did NOT, that is likely the reason you were sent home.

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