I Ship Off To Prime Today. I Have Never Been So Nervous.

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Indalecio's Comment
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I'm leaving to begin paid CDL training with Prime Inc and I have never been so nervous!

This is a life changing decision.

I will not see anyone I know for a long time, and very sporadically after that. I have a son whos 7 and I love, and he will miss me greatly. What if I get there and something from my application disqualifies me, and then I don't have enough money to get home? What if my blood pressure gets too high from lack of sleep on this huge bus ride with 8 layovers?

This is a decision that has the potential to change my life for the absolute better, but when I look at my bed, I know I will miss it. And the showers. I will be 1000's of miles from home. The truck could break down. Ill be stuck in a truck with some smelly trainer for 3 months. Geez.

Yet I am DETERMINED to make it work. I HAVE TO. Its been too long coming, for me not to succeed.

Someone make me feel better.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PlanB's Comment
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Just take it one step at a time and you'll be ok. I'm just a couple months ahead of you and started in the exact same situation. I have a house, two young little girls ( 3 and 1 years old), and my wife is a stay at home mom. My old job was miserable and didn't pay enough to survive. I had to quit my only source of income to make the jump/gamble into Prime Inc. It's been very tight and stressful, but it's all working out. Since I've left cars and home appliances have broken down and I've had to troubleshoot from thousands of miles away. It's been hard on my wife and I but we are a team working through this together.

I miss my wife and kids a ton as I haven't seen them since I left in September, but I'm working towards forging a better life for them.

Just study for your permits and concentrate on your tasks at hand. Take advantage of the High Road Training Program on this site. Stay focused and you'll be successful.

I was in your exact shoes in September, now I'm a week away from graduating my training and upgrading to a A seat driver.

You can do this.

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.
Turtle's Comment
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No worries my friend, you've got this. It wasn't that long that I too was in your shoes. My first grandchild was born a mere 3 weeks prior to my shipping off to Prime, so it's been extremely difficult not being around her as much as I'd like. Leaving a well-paid established career wasn't easy either.

It's tough, but you're making a decision and sacrifice that will be of great benefit in the long run. Keep your head straight, study hard, and pay attention to everything they tell you at orientation. If you haven't heard this already, remember that the entire orientation/training process is one big job interview. Enthusiasm, dedication, and a strong yet humble willingness to learn will go a long way.

PackRat's Comment
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It's normal to be apprehensive and worried about a life-changing event like you're beginning. No need for fear, though. Most everyone on here was in your shoes at some time. You'll succeed if you concentrate and put your mind to it. Life is an adventure. This is just the latest for you.good-luck.gif

Susan D. 's Comment
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It really is going to be okay. CDL school and Company training is stressful but doable. Keep your eye on the prize and remember this will all be temporary.

When you complete everything and upgrade to an A Seat or 1st Seat driver and are issued your very own shiny truck you'll realize how worth it was getting through all this and succeeding is. You'll be on top of the world.

We are all right here ready to cheer you on. You CAN do this and do well. You have to believe in yourself. When the going gets tough, pick yourself up and hold your head high. Don't give up.

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.
Big Scott's Comment
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First, breath. You can do this. If anything goes wrong and Prime can't fix it, they'll get you home. To make your life easier, have you seen this? High Road CDL Training Program Prime is an excellent company. Also, make sure you check out our Training Diaries section for an idea of what to expect.

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.
Reyn R.'s Comment
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Starting by creating obstacles that don’t exist only leads to more stories & worse plot lines. I can’t imagine your situation but it’s not like we haven’t overcome challenges WHEN they present themselves. By living in what ifs, maybe that, maybe this is setting yourself up to be even more miserable. Remember the reason why you set this wheel in motion, prepare with all the resources available to you (especially all the links on this site!!!) ask questions of everyone here, look for silver linings rather pitfalls & obstacles. Nothing in life comes easy. Work your tail off. Reap the rewards AKA a paycheck that you can keep growing with more experience & first hand knowledge. You can do it. Hopefully I will join you as your finishing your TNT.

PS. Congrats PlanB

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Indalecio's Comment
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This forum is awesome, thanks guys! I actually do feel better. Yes I'm currently doing the high road training, it's really good. I got this.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Ill be i the springfield terminal wed or thurs. maybe we can meet up and ill take you to dinner or something. put your mind at ease.

good luck. i did it, so can you.

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.

Indalecio's Comment
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So the grey hound ride was completely the worst thing ever lol. Not doing that again. I'm less homesick than I was a few days ago.

Passed cdl permit test on first try due to the high road program. Did exceptionally will on Sims. Gonna meet company owner Friday and be with instructor in today by Saturday.

Man, moving really quickly. But overall just really grateful

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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