Profile For Adam P.

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  • Location:
    columbia, TN

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    Considering A Career

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    6 years, 7 months ago

Adam P.'s Bio

I am trying to get information from anyone that went thru Prime Time . I am planning on going to Prime Trucking soon and going thru Prime Time in a few weeks. I would like to find out what all I should take with me when I get ready for going to their school. Will I be able to take extra clothes with me and a smart phone and a laptop? Should I start buying ready to eat foods to take with me?? Once I am out with a trainer for the first few weeks , will we stop once and a while so I could shower and wash clothes? And once I get in my own rig what all gadgets do I need to get to make my life on the road more easy?? please contact me at cannonball19762@aol.com

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Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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Quality Drivers update....

I finished my training at Quality Drivers around Thanksgiving, passed my CDL. And I had to do a road test with Celadon, and a 90 degree backing test.. I passed my driving test and did not do so good on my backing test.

I decided to go home for Thanksgiving, since I have not been home since the last week of August.. Yes it took that long to go thru training. I went back up to Indy, and worked on my backing, and I passed everything and went to orientation at Celadon ..

That part did not take too long, I was put in a dorm room at the terminal, till they found a trainer for me, which took a week of waiting..and yes I had a bed to sleep in, a roof over my head, and food to eat, but I was reaching the point to where I was going to jump ship and start calling other trucking compaines since I had my CDL,

I got a call from my driver advocate Friday morning telling me I had a trainer for my 10 ,000 miles of training..I packed up, and waited for my trainer to get there.

I was expecting some road time that day, instead I ended up driving 74 miles to a loves truck stop , so my trainer could go hone on the weekend, and yes I am sitting here in the truck waiting till Monday so I can get on the road..

I should be able to get a load to my home state for Christmas, And stay there for a week while my trainer comes back up here.. That way I will have time to get my CD changed over to my state.

The training pay is going to be 18 cents a mile for 10,000 miles, and after that time I will go back to Indy for another road test, and another 90 degree backing test.

Once I pass that, I will be put in with another student for 120,000 miles or 6 months of team driving where I am going to get paid 15 cents a rolling mile where I am getting paid 15 cents a mile for the miles I drive an 15 cents a mile for the miles my team member drives.

I guess I have to pay back for my free CDL school, my free CDL, my free room and board. Plus all the free food I ate..

I guess we all have to pay our dues, but I am going to count my blessings, I do have my CDL...

So in about 7 months I will have my $7,200.00 training program paid off. And I will be able to get another job someplace else.

But in all since it took me so long to get to this point in time. I lost just about everything that I had..

Until next time I hope everyone has a safe and happy Christmas, and a happy new year😎😎😎

Now. Would I have done it all over again????? Would you?? Let's give a recap .. It took about 10 weeks to get my CDL not 3 TO 4 weeks.. Each week the school brought in 50 to 80 new students.

I had 17 days to where I was not on the list to do anything not including the weekend, and holidays..most of the range trucks broke down often..

And here I sit with all of these other companies that offer more money starting out and tuition reimbursement.... Mmmmm. Makes me want to go talk to other drivers... Have a great one..😎😎😎

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Reports from Company-sponsored training: Quality Drivers Indianapolis IN

I passed my Class A Cdl with doubles and triples, and tanker. In a way I am really glad that I stuck it out all the way . Yes it was a long jounrey, It rained a lot up here but I stayed out on the ranges, and now we are seeing snow , and I will be outside helping others learn thier In cab inspection, 4 point break check, and pre trip just to have something to do till I get my trainer and head out on the road.. I look back on everything I wrote about this place, I can not take back the things I said but I can help them make changes to make it better here for students that decide to come here. I talked to a lot of other students who went to other schools , and heard horror stories of other places. This has become my home away from home, I met a lot of great people and in a way they helped me to live my DREAM.. In closeing if you really want to get your CDL , and you are willing to work for it come to Quality Drivers..Yes it was free !!!!! Free transportation, free food, a free place to stay, and it only cost me some time,,Take care out there and be safe..

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Quality Drivers update....

I am still here doing everything. I can do to get thru the first part of training. I asked each instructor what all I need to do so I can move on to the next phase of training. .. . The most important thing that I was told was to slow down and take my time on the range and while driving. I needed to know Where I was at in the lane at all times plus I needed to learn how to make each angle better while I am doing my backing and pull ups. . . Plus I talked to each driving instructor, and told them that I needed help on my down shifting and my double clutching, and I am glad to say that I am showing improvement. .. . I know that I am not ready to test out yet, and in a way I am glad that I came up here now instead of being rushed all the time and not really learning everything that I need to know beforehand, and being forced to test out and not make it.. . . It takes time to learn something correctly, especially when I plan to be out on the roads,I want to be able to do my job in a safe manner... .. So. Quality. Drivers. Turned out to be the best choice that I made.I really feel that They can help me reach my goal on obtaining my CDL,and I know they can help others as well..If you come here just give yourself some time and everything will work out.... . Until next time....

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Reports from Company-sponsored training: Quality Drivers Indianapolis IN

Hi, I saw this add online about this place that first seemed like it was what I was looking for. Free transportation, free room and board, free CDL Permit testing, Free DOT medicial, and free food while I was in training. And I was hooked on the pictures of this place . There was a great looking gym, nice place to eat, a couple pictures of the driving range with nice looking trucks. There is a room with a few tables and flat screen tvs to watch. and the place looked clean by the pictures. I came up here 30 something days ago really thinking that I made a good choice, hey I would have my CDL in 3 to 4 weeks, and then I would be able to go to the next step of getting a trainer for 6 weeks, and then I would go back and I would have to start teaming with another student for either 6 months or a year and drive for Celadon. As soon as I got to this great city I was told to call the office and they would send someone out to get me at the bus station after driving 6 hours on the Hound. Not too bad, my bus got me here at 5 30 am on a Sunday morning, I called the office and did not get anyone on the phone till after 8 a.m. when I was told that someone would be here after 10:30 a.m. but as soon as I got here to the dorm they would check me into a room and I could unwind. Well to say the least , I waited till after 5 p.m. to see about getting a room at the dorm ,and found out that I was going to be bussed about 20 miles away to a hotel and I would have to ride in a van back in forth. Gee what a rude awakening I had to people acting like morons shoving and pushing and just acting like they were on a playground. And it just got worse as soon as I made it to class the first day. It seemed like a small class of about 60 people, I thought it would be a piece of cake. I really needed help with just backing and double clutching. I all ready had my CDL permit before I came up here and a DOT med card, but I found out that I would have to retake everything regardless plus I would have to start all over and take this States full driving test like I was going to drive a car. By the time I had to go and see abot my new Medicial card, my blood pressure was way too high from having to deal with all the playground kids up here, plus hearing the horror stories of people being up here up to 12 weeks before they test out. I did not have high blood pressure till I got up here. I was put on some pills to bring it down but I would have to wait a whole week before they processed my permit. That was on Tuesday of my second week. I waited till the following Monday just to be put on the roll call and to see if I would be going outside for backing in the lot. Now just because my name was on the list did not mean that I would get much backing in, or even a turn. We had to deal with no one getting fuel in the trucks, to trucks breaking down and not getting any time in the seat. Heck we even had to deal with other students not even being on the list breaking line or being the teachers pet so they could get some extra time backing and if you were luckey that day you might get about 15 minutes of seat time after waiting about 4 hours. But it get worse, they take out 4 students at a time for road time now this is like a 4 hour period of time, but we all have to do the 4 point break check, and in cab inspection which cuts drive time down, and once that is over you would be lucky to get about 30 minutes of drive time behind the wheel. I am trying to keep my head above the water to say the least, I ran out of happy pills so there is no smiles on my face, and I am one of the few that belives that there should be no drinking while in training. Now if this place would go around and test everyone to see if they have been drinking,and get rid of the people that have, things would move faster. I drove with someone else for over a month but without learning how to do all of the backing in order to pass my CDL, I would not be here. And since I drove before, I have to bring myself down to a lower gear while clutching. Good luck all

Things are getting a little bit better around here, they have been making it easier for others to test out and get thier CDLs . And I have been doing everything to get in line and show everyone that I am serious about getting my CDL as well. My main problem is backing. I was having problems in finding my cones and knowing which ones to aim in which mirror and which ones to drive towards. But I am getting the hang of it all..

If you decide to come up here , bring plenty of warm clothes and a extra blanket and whatever you need. The weather is changeing regardless . They did open up another Test sight so more students will be able to test out sooner, and the instructors are starting to be more open if you have any problems with what you are not getting right. I made some great friends up here and with thier help I know that I can get thru this part of training....

I will stay in touch from time to time , It is time for me to step on a few toes and get in line for some extra backing time if that is possible.. Keep on trucking Yall !!!!!

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Reports from Company-sponsored training: Quality Drivers Indianapolis IN

Hi, I saw this add online about this place that first seemed like it was what I was looking for. Free transportation, free room and board, free CDL Permit testing, Free DOT medicial, and free food while I was in training. And I was hooked on the pictures of this place . There was a great looking gym, nice place to eat, a couple pictures of the driving range with nice looking trucks. There is a room with a few tables and flat screen tvs to watch. and the place looked clean by the pictures.

I came up here 30 something days ago really thinking that I made a good choice, hey I would have my CDL in 3 to 4 weeks, and then I would be able to go to the next step of getting a trainer for 6 weeks, and then I would go back and I would have to start teaming with another student for either 6 months or a year and drive for Celadon.

As soon as I got to this great city I was told to call the office and they would send someone out to get me at the bus station after driving 6 hours on the Hound. Not too bad, my bus got me here at 5 30 am on a Sunday morning, I called the office and did not get anyone on the phone till after 8 a.m. when I was told that someone would be here after 10:30 a.m. but as soon as I got here to the dorm they would check me into a room and I could unwind.

Well to say the least , I waited till after 5 p.m. to see about getting a room at the dorm ,and found out that I was going to be bussed about 20 miles away to a hotel and I would have to ride in a van back in forth. Gee what a rude awakening I had to people acting like morons shoving and pushing and just acting like they were on a playground. And it just got worse as soon as I made it to class the first day.

It seemed like a small class of about 60 people, I thought it would be a piece of cake. I really needed help with just backing and double clutching. I all ready had my CDL permit before I came up here and a DOT med card, but I found out that I would have to retake everything regardless plus I would have to start all over and take this States full driving test like I was going to drive a car. By the time I had to go and see about my new Medical card, my blood pressure was way too high from having to deal with all the playground kids up here, plus hearing the horror stories of people being up here up to 12 weeks before they test out.

I did not have high blood pressure till I got up here. I was put on some pills to bring it down but I would have to wait a whole week before they processed my permit. That was on Tuesday of my second week. I waited till the following Monday just to be put on the roll call and to see if I would be going outside for backing in the lot. Now just because my name was on the list did not mean that I would get much backing in, or even a turn. We had to deal with no one getting fuel in the trucks, to trucks breaking down and not getting any time in the seat.

Heck we even had to deal with other students not even being on the list breaking line or being the teachers pet so they could get some extra time backing and if you were luckey that day you might get about 15 minutes of seat time after waiting about 4 hours. But it get worse, they take out 4 students at a time for road time now this is like a 4 hour period of time, but we all have to do the 4 point break check, and in cab inspection which cuts drive time down, and once that is over you would be lucky to get about 30 minutes of drive time behind the wheel.

I am trying to keep my head above the water to say the least, I ran out of happy pills so there is no smiles on my face, and I am one of the few that beleives that there should be no drinking while in training. Now if this place would go around and test everyone to see if they have been drinking,and get rid of the people that have, things would move faster. I drove with someone else for over a month but without learning how to do all of the backing in order to pass my CDL, I would not be here. And since I drove before, I have to bring myself down to a lower gear while clutching.

Good luck all

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Quality Drivers Celadon.....

After my last mishap with another Trucking Company a few months ago that promised to teach me what I needed to know in order to pass my CDL and get a good job. I ran across a add online for quality Drivers the school for Celadon trucking that promised the world in a hand basket. Gee lets see I will have free room in board, free meals, free bus ticket to get here, I would not have to pay anything to get my Permit, or pay anything to get my DOT HEALTHCARD, and I will be able to get my training in 4 weeks...... I kept looking at the add online and I even called up here a few times to find out more. The place looked really nice online and I thought that I would give it a try. I had a bus ticket sent to me, I left Nashville Tennessee around 10:45 P.m. on a Saturday night, and I came to this great city around 5:30 a.m. the next morning. So I started calling the school to see about someone coming to the bus station to pick me up. 5 hours later they sent a small van to try and pick up about 25 people and thier gear. I was suposed to get a room in the dorm upstairs as soon as I got to the school but instead I was bussed out to a hotel 20 miles away from the school that only had small vans to get the students back and forth which was about 100 students at this hotel. The first week I had to atend classroom training of 40 hours which was the norm. I had to wait till the following week to see if I could get my Blood Pressure down with the Meds I was given, which helped. I went the middle of the next week to get processed out inorder to get my permit. And I stood around like Casper waiting to get my name put on roll call and to see if I was going to get range time any that week. Up here now this is not what they tell you when you call is that most of the people up here stay a avarage of 10 to 12 weeks to finish training. And to tell you the truth, it is nothing but a big play ground. Everyone thinks that they are the best at everything .Lol. I do have some time behind the wheel of a Simi Truck, and the real reason why I came up here was I needed help backing,and double clutching. Now in order for anyone to learn anything they need range time and driving time. The student trainer ratio here is about 20 students to 1 trainer, and there is always a truck having problems. This is my 4th week up here and this week I got to have range time for backing for 10 minutes, and road time with 3 other students where we got to drive 15 minutes each, and the rest of the time I spent helping other people learn thier pre trip inspection, in cab inspection, and 4 point break test. How can someone learn how to back a simi if they only get 10 minutes behind the wheel while thier instructor is too busy with some chick in clothes that makes her look like a lot lizard , instead of them helping you learn what you need to know?? I am already here and I plan to try and stick around in order to get my CDL and get my job and work 6 months and then go to a real trucking company. Unless something comes up because I spoke the Truth about this place, I just Thank God that there is a plasma donateing center near by so I can make some extra money to pay for the other things that I need... If I am still here after this is posted I will contact you all more and let you know how things are going. Now the best question to ask you all is this. If a school is telling you that it is a 3 to 4 week training coarse online, and it even states it in the contract that you have to sign that states that you will be able to test out for your CDL in 4 weeks, and they do not stand behind that , If I decided to quit now since my 4 week period is over, would they be able to charge me for the full amount of $7,200.00 ?? Or since it has been 4 weeks now and I am no where near getting my CDL, Would I have to pay anything?????? I guess I am a Die hard I want to finish the training here but I do not want to have to wait 8 to 10 more weeks in order to get my CDL. The bad thing is that they keep bringing in new students every week , and hardly no one gets thier CDL fast enough. So we are on top of each other , and they even try and get other students out on the range to help the students in the truck as they are learning how to back. The blind leading the blind.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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I need training and a job who should I go with

I need to find a companey that will hire me , and train me to get my CDL. I went with P@@@@ and I was not pleased with thier training. I was out with a trainer for a month where I drove thier truck , and they got paid for the miles that I drove ,and since I was in training, I did not get paid anything. I went back to thier yard for trying to get enough training in backing for my CDL exam along with 30 other drivers . I was not able to learn how to do the backing in order to get my CDL.. I want to go somewhere that will train me first and then put me out on the road and pay me as I drive. Please help

Posted:  6 years, 6 months ago

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What do I need to pack when I go to Prime Trucking School

Hi, I plan to go to Prime Trucking School in a few weeks. I would like to hear from anyone that has been thru Prime Time, as far as what do I need to pack?? Will I be able to carry enough clothes to get by for a few weeks? Or once I am out with a trainer , Will I be able to wash my clothes once in a while and take a shower?? Would I be able to take my laptop and smartphone with me so I can talk to my wife back home? I have thought about taking a duffel for my clothes and a small footlocker for my laptop and some oatmeal, and cereal for my life on the road. Would there be any room in the trainers truck for that stuff or would I have to wait till I am done with all of my training to get my own rig and carry extra food??? Thanks for any help.. Adam cannonball19762@aol.com

Posted:  6 years, 7 months ago

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Newbie what to take with me while I go to atend classes for prime truck driving school

I plan to go to Prime Trucking in a few months . I plan to save some money first, so I will have pocket money. I live in Tennessee and I will be traveling on the hound bus with a free ticket and all. How much clothes should I take with me?? Should I plan to stay out for a few months durning my training? Would it be better if I go and get a training book for my CDL first and study it? I would like to know anything that will be helpful. Thank You for any help...

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