Completed My First Full Year With Prime Inc.

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icecold24k's Comment
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So as the title says I completed my full year with Prime. My actual anniversary was October 5th of this year which also happened to be my birthday. I have been super busy lately and really unable to be on here to give an update. As I posted before I did my first 8 months or so in our flatbed division then made the switch over to our tanker division and haven't looked back. This first year has been pretty awesome full of ups and downs but mainly ups.

I still stand by my opinion 100% that Prime is an awesome company. I do not regret my decision to come here one bit. If I had to make the choice all over again this is the company I would still choose. I feel like I have truly learned so much in my 13 months that I have been an employee here. I learned how our system is ran and how to work the system to my advantage. I run plenty of miles and my pay has been amazing. I feel like a good relationship with my fleet manager and he is always looking out for my best interests. I had a good first year here. Knock on wood I have been accident free and have had zero service failures.

A quick review as far as the pay I think we pay close to the top of the scale for all training companies. The miles are definitely here at Prime as long as you're willing to work and run hard and be smart with your clock. We are supposed to be going into our slow season now here in the tanker division but to be honest I have felt no slow down whatsoever. I am still running at least 2500 miles on a bad week but usually more like 2800-3200.. Like I said I have a good relationship with my fleet manager and stay on top of things. Sometimes when I get close to my customer and still have not got a pre-plan which is rare I am usually sending him a message saying something like hey I am gonna be empty soon.. What's the plan? lol It works though not once have I sat more than 30 minutes without a new load.

As far as our equipment it is truly top notch. Yes my truck is slow like a turtle but that is okay because sometimes the same truck is passing me 3 or 4 times in a day. So he is really being more effective? Na i think not. Anyway it has been a fun ride with Prime I am happy to say my year is complete and I survived it in one piece.. Still no plans of leaving Prime as of now. As huge as we are I am still treated like family and that means a lot to me. Anyway hope everyone else is well and I can answer any questions anyone may have. Stay safe everyone.

Fleet Manager:

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.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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Congratulations. Great to hear you're loving it.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Congratulations IceCold. Be sure to update your profile to "experienced driver". Yup, Prime is an excellent company for sure.

I'm glad to hear you're loving it.

PlanB's Comment
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Congrats on your 1 year milestone!

I'm just a few weeks into TnT in reefer division.

For some reason I am very very curious about tanker division. Something about it keeps me thinking about it. It's nice to see the mileage potential is there. Was I difficult making the switch between divisions? Are there any regions or areas that you find yourself running in more often? Or are you all over the country like reefer?

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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icecold24k's Comment
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Congrats on your 1 year milestone!

I'm just a few weeks into TnT in reefer division.

For some reason I am very very curious about tanker division. Something about it keeps me thinking about it. It's nice to see the mileage potential is there. Was I difficult making the switch between divisions? Are there any regions or areas that you find yourself running in more often? Or are you all over the country like reefer?

No actually switching divisions was pretty easy. I messaged my FM and told him that I just wasn't cut out for flatbed and wanted to try tanker. I ran about 3 more loads and they brought me into the terminal to go through the tanker bootcamp and then issue me a new truck. I run mainly east of the Mississippi river however we do go all 48. I have been out west in tanker like California and North Dakota and such. Our heaviest freight area is a big triangle from Chicago to Newark Nj and Savannah Georgia so about 80 percent of my time is spent inside that triangle.

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.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations

PlanB's Comment
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Wow that makes it tempting. Running up/down 95 between Newark and Savannah would go right past my house.

Although I worked in Newark for 10 years before escaping NJ, so the frequent Newark runs make it slightly less tempting lol

Joshua P.'s Comment
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Congrats, thats one year down and plenty to go! My anniversary was august 1st and it blew by. Keep on rolling, keep the rubber side down, and keep earning that paper

icecold24k's Comment
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Wow that makes it tempting. Running up/down 95 between Newark and Savannah would go right past my house.

Although I worked in Newark for 10 years before escaping NJ, so the frequent Newark runs make it slightly less tempting lol

Yes Newark can be a pain but in all honesty it isn't so bad once you get used to it. Also it is all about timing. All our loads out of Newark are drop and hook so I can go in whenever I want as long as I make my 90 on time. I usually stay at the tank wash in Kearny which is 5 miles from the shipper and roll into there about 3-4 am so that I am in and out before half the city gets moving.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

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