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Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Brooklyn and nerves

So,figured I would update on the trip into Brooklyn. I was freaked out about traffic so I went in around 11 pm. Good choice as far as getting in there, not so much as far as being In Brooklyn! Seeing road signs was a joke, thank goodness my GPS showed them. Managed to have to go through some kind of nightclub area ,man the foot traffic was crazy, road construction sent me on a journey. As far as the flow of traffic and narrow streets,once I got into the idea that I was just going to have to do what everyone else was, I was good. Parked at my receiver, so I thought. Was actually 2 , like half blocks away on wrong side. Across from a scrap yard! Uhhh they start up at 0500. I was blocked in,semi's double parked. People driving on wrong side of road tapping the horn. Had to go around block back into construction traffic, down a frigging one way with garbage trucks setting up to enter this transfer station. However, I made it. Got unloaded and headed off the island and into Pa to get reloaded. Crazy but awesome experience.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Brooklyn and nerves

First trip to brooklyn,500 miles away and nerves are shot. Any advice,help

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Update on the Prime inc journey

I never wanted bad for him, just couldn't believe the training,

But I've learned prime keeps meticulous records of student complaints. They dont want to can a driver or prevent them from training without real proof. They counsel and retrain trainers on dealing with students. They give them a few chances, which to me is good. They didn't fire me when I screwed up... so how coukd I expect an immediate termination unless criminal activity occurred.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Update on the Prime inc journey

That's the thing, they make you feel welcomed , whether you are in training or out here getting after it.

I love it . I used my time in sprimo to get phone numbers of experienced drivers and wrote in my phone if they drove nights or days. This gave me 24/7 resources to contact I'd I have a problem. There are awesome trainers and experienced drivers here.

Today I was waiting in the tire bay and another truck pulled in and the driver jumped in front of me to get worked on. He then a apologized and after I talked with him and his wife for a bit, they gave me their numbers and told me to call anytime I need help. I had my truck in for an electrical issue and to deal with the steer I blew the other day.... the mechanic explained everything and treated me with respect not like some crazy woman who doesnt know crap. He then gave me his name again and told me to be sure to bring it in anytime i have issues. "We need to make sure you guys are rolling safe and without problems. We appreciate your hard work gives us jobs". I even thanked him for not being condescending since I'm a woman and he said "I wouldn't want anyone treating my wife like that."

Love this compnay and it's people. The bad ones are out there.... but not for long.. they usually get found out and fired. The majority of drivers are willing to help each other. The in house employees are great too.

I love my FM and can honestly say this is the best job for ME.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Update on the Prime inc journey

I spoke up at upgrade to logs, which I had to meet mandatory because of how bad my logs were, then to fm, for 6 weeks I botched about how much I did not know. He still trains , and I am generating more weekly Rev than him, so , it's all ok. Just wish he never trained again. He wen t 2 weeks without trainee and was struggling so bad he requested to come back in and grab a trainer

Congrats on the achievement, something that disturbs me lately is I've been reading to many posts about trainers that are failing to do their jobs. It is a shame you didn't speak up. That's one of the ways prime finds out about rouge trainings. Being an instructor myself it really is not what I like to hear. I'm happy you have found success and that you've made great strides on your own. Be safe!

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Update on the Prime inc journey

Wow, how do you like it so far?

I went solo the same week!!! ;)

I'm in sprimo now. Great to hear you're doing well and hapoy

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Update on the Prime inc journey

I went through psd and tne tnt program with Prime. I upgraded on Feb 17 . I will say this , I am happy with my choice. 6 months has gone by since I left their yard in my freshly leased 2016 Freightliner. Yes, I chose to go lease, and yes, it was brand new. Looking back, I would do it again. I am 46 years old and worked enough jobs in my life to understand the nuances of beginning a new job and ebb n flow. I had a horrible trainer, ok , maybe I chose to not speak up. When I upgraded, I had NEVER, backed under a trailer, nor drove to a shipper or receiver, didn't know a damn thing about running logs. Had I known all I didn't know, choices may have been deferred. Anyways, here it is 6 months later, 67k miles and a decent revenue avg later. As you all know, Prime pays lease ops 72% of Linehaul. They also have bonus money , tarp pay, yada yada, Oh yeah, I went flatbed. During this 6 months I generated 86k in revenue, avg 1.32 cpm been home 3 weeks . I am not sure if this is decent money or not, but, I love what I am doing and see no real issues with Prime. I started this journey right here in your high road program and am thankful for all you guys do here

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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About to finish up Psd with Prime!

If a person is in the 30k mile tnt phase and has 9k left and backed up 2x , what exactly is the point in going another mile? I am tired of feeling like I am being taken advantage of

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Well...I rocked the boat......advice please?!

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Holy crap, I figured it was just my trainer. I am choosing to keep my mouth shut and get it done, however, i can absolutely see why 5 out of 7 trainees have quit on this guy. Quit notjust the company,trucking altogether. The pressure put on trainees in this particular cdl training program by trainers is just insane. 3 weeks on the road,no backing,said it would confuse me in regard to testing. 4 hours on practice pad backing and cdl skills test next day. Guy says that his family needs me to pass first day so they can use the bonus money for xmas. Anyways, I can certainly see your point in asking off the truck. Just figure,especially now,they are all about the same. 20K more miles until i upgrade😄

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What company are you with? It sounds like our situations are a bit different as I already have my cdl and am hired on with the company already. Is your cdl training and company training lumped together somehow?

I am with prime, did the cdl training program with them and was hired on 12/14.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Well...I rocked the boat......advice please?!

Holy cow, I figured it was just my trainer. I am choosing to keep my mouth shut and get it done, however, i can absolutely see why 5 out of 7 trainees have quit on this guy. Quit notjust the company,trucking altogether. The pressure put on trainees in this particular cdl training program by trainers is just insane. 3 weeks on the road,no backing,said it would confuse me in regard to testing. 4 hours on practice pad backing and cdl skills test next day. Guy says that his family needs me to pass first day so they can use the bonus money for xmas. Anyways, I can certainly see your point in asking off the truck. Just figure,especially now,they are all about the same. 20K more miles until i upgrade😄

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Leasing A Truck: My Journey

Well idk if the silence answers a lot of questions, but I'm going to be hopeful and this k that he just hasn't had a way of updating this in a while.

I would like to point out 2 things though. Im a rookie company driver for prime and since I've been solo my paycheck after taxes, the deductions for chains, supplies, school loan thing, insurance etc. I have brought home between 1100 and 1300 a week so in reality I have brought home more than he has by his numbers of what he repay ed himself, and he hasn't paid taxes yet.

I am not knocking this thread or anyone as a person just stating my personal experience.

I am just starting my tnt phase, and am curious of the miles you are getting? I was considering leasing when i finish,however,this thread certainly rattled my cage. My figures lead me clearing around 900 a week as company driver

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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About to finish up Psd with Prime!

I stand corrected. Thanks.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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About to finish up Psd with Prime!

They are making me do the sleep study when I go back to test for my CDL. My bmi is in the 40's. I knew I would be pegged for the study before I went. I have no problem with it at all. From what the lady in the sleep study meeting said years ago a Prime driver fell asleep and killed a family of 4 and since then Mr Low is strict about the sleep study and I totally understand.

The info they told us is a BMW of 36 and over will flag you. I could be wrong about the exact number. 36 or 37...somewhere around there. Also male neck size of 17 and female neck size of 15.5 will flag you. She said over 40 years of age is a factor but I believe that is only part of it cause not everyone over 40 was chosen for the study. My roommate at Campus Inn went for the sleep study and he was 300 pounds and snored loudly. He did not have to get the machine. I watch a YouTube video from Mark Staite. He said after using the machine you would have to fight him to get it off his truck. He claims he sleeps better and has more energy during the day and does not get tired as easy. My brother has used it for over a decade and he likes his too. I'm kinda looking forward to the study.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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About to finish up Psd with Prime!

Due to myneck size and bmi , i have to do a sleep study to see if I have sleep apnea, if so, i get a cpap machine to use

I hope not to pry too much with this question, but do you know the particulars about these? I'm currently looking into becoming an otr trainee and my bmi is roughly a 32, which puts me in the obese category. I haven't measured my neck, nor do I know the relation between neck size and sleep apnea.

When you do your d.o.t physical, if they feel you are at risk for sleep apnea due to your bmi, they measure your neck,read a chart and sign you up. They said that the neck is measured because of the risk of your neck actually decreasing the air passage further increasing the risk of sleep apnea

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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About to finish up Psd with Prime!

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Update, Got into Springfield today to test out Sunday.😊 My PSD instructor has decided to take me on through the tnt phase of training! Not sure if this is a good thing or not, but we leave Weds morning after my sleep study results.

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I believe that's good news about your instructor becoming your TNT "instructor." Sounds like you're well on your way to a rewarding career with Prime.

Regarding the "sleep study," what is that? I've never heard of one, so that's the basis for my question.

On a related topic, I hope you get a good night's sleep tonight AND that you achieve the TRIFECTA tomorrow.

Good luck!

Steve

Due to myneck size and bmi , i have to do a sleep study to see if I have sleep apnea, if so, i get a cpap machine to use

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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About to finish up Psd with Prime!

Update, Got into Springfield today to test out Sunday.😊 My PSD instructor has decided to take me on through the tnt phase of training! Not sure if this is a good thing or not, but we leave Weds morning after my sleep study results.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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About to finish up Psd with Prime!

I'm with Prime also. Sitting at a Walmart DC waiting to be unloaded right now. End of day 4 of my PSD. I have almost 1k miles as of today.

Dang! 1K in first 4. Jealous. Thought I was doing pretty good. And I have been out a week longer than expected. Good for you, hope you n trainer are getting along

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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About to finish up Psd with Prime!

Good Luck Don.

Thanks. Which school are you in?

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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About to finish up Psd with Prime!

I hope Don passed his test!

Don, are you still here? When did you take (or when do you take) your CDL Exam?

Best of luck,

Steve

Still out on my psd portion, well over 3k miles under my belt. Scheduled to test Sunday for cdl.fingers crossed

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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About to finish up Psd with Prime!

Yep, they let the cat out of the bag during my orientation about the auto trans. Heading out first thing tomorrow is awesome. Friendly advice, listen,listen listen! Try to leave distractions outside the truck. Don't take itpersonal. If your trainer corrects you,listen and re group as quick as you can or it will snowball rapidly. Took me a few days to stop focusing on my mistakes. Good luck! 14 days fly by

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