Should I Go?

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PackRat's Comment
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I mean my comment for thr OP. Definitely a high maintenance possibility there.

Indalecio's Comment
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Thanks, you have helpful replies. I'm probably just feeling a little over anxious due to such a life changing career move. The grass is always greener and there is no guarantee Maverick would be better.

I actually think prime has put together a great process, and all of the instructors are very personable. I'm fairly determined to stay at prime for at least a year, more than likely two, then re-evaluate.

Just a little antsy.

Ah. so you just completed orientation, not any sort of training. You have $200 advanced on your Comdata card for food etc.

My last SIM class was on Friday and I met my CDL instructor on Tues. Hang at Ptime East doing pretrips. Meet people at Millenium and ask around.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Your best bet would be to redo your whole mindset. The entire process is a job interview. You need Prime more than they need you. Which brings more benefit to the table, yourself or Prime?

C T.'s Comment
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Meant to comment on this earlier but didn't have much time. Anyway, you have to look at what you're considering. You'd especially starting all over aging if you left prime right now. Correct me if I'm wrong but you don't a cdl yet right? I'm with maverick and last I checked they don't hire you unless you have one, or they put you through school. School plus orientation means you'd be setting yourself back a month or so, defeating the purpose of trying to get on the road. And about the whole race thing, I'm black too, haven't had any issues with maverick or any shipper or receiver. I doubt prime is checking the race of each student and treating them differently. They can't make money and get a return on their investment with you stuck in a hotel, so that does them no good. Just be patient man and you should be fine.

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.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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Hey, just relax. I'm not with Prime. Prime is a great company with great training. If you can get racism out of your head, life will be better. Many people wait for trainers. No company has enough trainers. Like everyone said, go hang out and look for trainers. Rainy D is a go getter. Read her training diary and posts. She is a top driver in her fleet. She has also been solo for about two years. She knows Prime and how things work. Jumping ship now is like getting off the boat before it leaves the dock. You have barely begun this journey. I wish you all the happiness and success I am having out here. Also, judging by the variety of drivers I see out here, I have met mostly people of a diferent race than me. People care more about how you act than what you look like. Good luck. Keep us posted. We are all on your side.

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