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    New castle, DE

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    Company Driver In Training

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    4 months ago

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Left prime

I will tell you what old school, you are the problem. For 20 years I worked for the same company climbing poles as a line man. Cleanliness and grooming standards were a must, men died not following the rules. I have buried 6 friends that got hit when 100k volts. To throw the fact that I will not work on filth is bull****. This company is bringing in over 100 people a week and throwing the **** against the wall to see why stick. I am not some millianial cry baby wanting a free ride. I am a 50 year old man that demands minimal osha standards. So if you got a problem with me calling out a cdl mill for there bull****...

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Left prime

I know there are a lot of happy prime drivers here this is only my experience. I flew home yesterday, after the disaster with my first tnt trainer I was given a second one. Was told he was their best. Maybe at one time but not anymore. Truck was filthy with rotting food and smells that I haven’t encountered since I left the family farm. When I brought this to their attention my fleet manager Steve Benz and the training manager Steve Tassin both berated me saying I wasn’t cut out to drive. That I needed to lower my expectations and health and sanitary conditions. Mr Low should be ashamed of what his company is becoming. Do not choose prime they have turned into cr England, they are now a cdl mill. Only let me post one picture I have more.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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No apnea

Got the results of last night’s study and like my family doc said, no apnea just a big neck. Got my full med card on more hurdle crossed.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Switching trainer

Well it’s been a weird couple of weeks. I ended up switching trainers since mine didn’t abide by the no cell phone rule and almost drove us off the road in the Arkansas mountains playing a game. My new FM called me this morning and asked how I only have 4400 miles in 3 weeks, well he picked me up on a Wednesday we grabbed a load, 36 hour reset on sat-sun then dropped the load and went to his house in Arkansas for 10 days because he didn’t want to drive anymore. And now at the mothership getting my sleep study while my trainer is at a wedding and won’t be back until Monday or Tuesday. New FM just said wow that’s wrong on so many levels. So I am moving from being a skateboarder to a broccoli jockey but on the plus FM says my new TnT has to be yelled at to take home time he prefers the road.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Am I a wimp? (UPDATED)

Thanks for all the advice. I tried something of a lost art talked man to man. So far seems resolved

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Am I a wimp?

46500 miles just started. Took two weeks to get picked up because there wasn’t a load to his liking in my area of the country. I just wanted to run that by others. I’m in the sleeping north holding fast so I don’t get tossed out

The lack of sleep and the stress sound perfectly normal.

The tablet, cell phone usage, and tripping over the **** bottles do not.

My trainer spends most of his driving shift on the phone, but he has a hands-free headset and never takes his eyes off the road. In my opinion it’s unacceptable for a trainer to be setting this example.

Also, while I don’t disagree with the sentiment that you should be stressed out now so you can handle it solo, there’s also this to consider:

1) you’re going to be stressed out solo too 2) he shouldn’t be yelling at you unless there’s an immediate danger of hitting something and the yell is a warning

How much time left do you have in your TNT?

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Am I a wimp?

Running into some issues with my tnt and would like to know if it’s normal suck it up and roll or make changes. I do no day driving I have the night shift while he sleeps which wouldn’t be a big deal except the lack of sleep. My trainer is constantly on the rumble strip because one eye is on his phone or tablet, got about 3 hours sleep today got woken up and tripped over his **** bottles getting into the passenger seat to have a smoke. This morning I had to finally pull over with 1:20 left on my drive clock because I started to nod. Was so tired had to do 2 straight backs to get into a spot. He started yelling at me, his theory is stress the trainee out while with him so we can handle it solo. If this is normal rookie whining please let me know or should I say something because I also don’t want to be a rat. Just not feeling safe or confident right now

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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What are your personal positives and negatives regarding jockeying a rig for a living?

Lay off the 70s trucker movie lingo.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Drug testing

Sitting on a 34 so I could read up. If the company reported it to the clearinghouse you do have the right to contest the result and if you are clean it will be removed which gives you a clean slate with them but not with that company. BUT there is a diminishing timeframe, example you tested for coke and try to wait for it to clear out of your system it aint gonna work. My cdl is my most prized possession my dr knows I’m gonna ask about false positives for everything . I had a tooth extracted and got a note from the dentist about the amount of codiene pills the dose and timeframe. Yes I am a little overzealous but confident on every random. And I have had 3 so far at prime. Pretty sure that’s a new record for a trainee

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Prime Inc: getting to n from terminal during training?

I drove my personal vehicle to Pittston so they sent me home to get my cdl. It took two weeks because of the storms a couple of weeks back ended up at home for two weeks. However that is not the norm, I am flatbed most of the reefers in my orientation went right out on the road

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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I passed

Thanks yeah I didn’t put it together either. Since I was so close they had me go home to picked up my cdl

Congratulations, John! I just realized I was talking with you yesterday at the pad while my student was testing. The Ohio State shirt you are wearing in your photo finally allowed me to put two and together. Good luck to you, sir! Your positive attitude and experience with working outdoors on the lines should allow you to be great at this job.

-Mike

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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I passed

I am in the flatbed division.

Congratulations. Are you going reefer, dryvan or flatbed?

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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I passed

I got a trifecta on my test with Prime. Would like to thank everyone that gave me advice and eased my anxiety, especially fellow Prime drivers. Finally home for a day or two to get my hard copy and then back out.

Posted:  3 months ago

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I hate snow

Now I know why Jack went crazy in The Shining lol

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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I hate snow

Stuck in the Pittston holiday inn hotel, my instructor was planning on me testing out this coming weekend but looks like Mother Nature had other plans, hopefully the pad will be clear. Need a lot of backing practice, I did take my first load with him on Thursday. I have a whopping 385 miles driving now lol. But loving every minute at prime. I can’t believe the will pay me to do this.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Prime PSD Day 4 1/28/21

Sorry got back to the hotel last night and passed out. So got cleared yesterday, been at the pad going over pre trip. With the wind can get one done then go inside and once I can feel my fingers out again. Got a text from my trainer I am meeting him at 0530 in the cafe tomorrow and taking a load to Philly and back so will be at the hotel still. Everyone has been amazing from instructors to driver, giving words of encouragement and advice. If you are still on the fence about which company to choose I can’t recommend Prime enough. I already feel like this is my extended family. I hope I can post tomorrow night after my first run. I am nervous, terrified, and have a healthy respect to the 80k bull I’m about to climb on all at once.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Prime PSD Day 2 1/26/21

Got cleared around 1530 and went out. Been there all day pre tripping

I saw a bunch of students at the pad this afternoon (around 13:30). I spent the night at the pad bc parking at the terminal wasn't an option by the time I got there. We're you with that group? I ran inside to get some coffee before heading out, but the machine was in the dreaded "cleaning mode".

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Prime Drug Testing

I did a drug test last week before I left for Prime PSD training. I took a second drug test today. There is no mistakes when it comes to drugs and trucking, if you put yourself in a bad situation they are going to find out and if you pop positive it’s all over now with the clearinghouse. As Kearsey mentioned I would take some time to clear out your system but also make the decision that if you choose trucking there are no oops.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Prime PSD Day 2 1/26/21

Finally got a good nights sleep last night. Completed all 46 computer based training by about 8 o’clock did an hour of pre-trip studying and passed out. Today was simulator day ended up passing with 78 points he said I did pretty well for not ever being in a big rig, I did jackknifed the truck once in a blizzard but after the instructor explained what I did wrong I was able to pull out the slide the next time. Now it’s sitting and waiting to be cleared through all the different departments. Got to the terminal early this morning around 530 talking to drivers that were there in the cafe. That’s when I knew I made the right decision not one driver said anything bad, they all welcomed me and said I was with a great company and a great program. That goes really far with me most places when you’re in training everybody looks at you and says hurry get out while you can. The only thing that I have found that I did not like is the whole clearing process, I paid my fee almost 3 weeks ago in my personal opinion I believe all employment, background, and other nonsense needs to be completed by these other departments before I gothere. I could’ve sent them any and all information and they could’ve asked me. I should’ve been able to give my vital documents, my med card, and my CDL and that be the end of it. Still haven’t heard back about the one supervisor that is questioning my background check that my recruiter is ticked off with. Hopefully I should be clear tomorrow which will definitely lower my blood pressure because of course I’m still a little worried that I could be sent home relying heavily on my faith and prayer to get through that. But other then that I have no complaints with this program it is outstanding they really show that they care and as I’m finding the motto is around here everyone has a little skin in the game.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Prime PSD Day 1 1/25/21

Sorry Prime at Pittston

Great first day update.

I can't help but wonder what company and where is this terminal?

Thanks!

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