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Posted:  4 hours, 3 minutes ago

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PSD/Orientation With Prime Inc., Springfield MO

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Update.

Stopped at Pittston yard and got a shower, our load didn't deliver till Sunday evening and it was Saturday morning.

I went to the driver's lounge with my laptop so he could sleep. When it was my turn I was like hey let me get sleep. He was like cool. Then an hour later came to truck and turned in the heat.

Half hour later it was over 90 degrees in tip bunk and I could sleep. I finally just grabbed my stuff at 1145pm and went back to driver lounge.

Fast forward to today and I'm driving, he opens curtain and is like "change effing lanes!" I I'd as told. Middle lane was just as bad. Mind you I've had maybe 6 hours sleep in days. Then I get to fueling location and he tells me to park he can't sleep because of the bumps.

Now I'm sitting in the subway wasting 5 amd a half hours of driveline.

I hate this. I just want to get these miles out of the way. Not sure why this guy wanted to be a trainer.

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Mark,

I think of you (and your plight) often. A friend of mine (whom I met on here) had a similar situation with Kerry's current company. It didn't end well. Email is in my profile, if desired.

His lack of sleep, similar to yours, will probably prohibit this candidate from ever driving a semi again. It's all good, things worked all for the better, but still. He's now a handyman . . . running his own business with a dear friend of HIS on board; all's well that ends 'WELL.' (Or.. shall we say, ends 'okay?') I'm just really concerned. I've been with a 'sleep deprived' guy ... in his early days; and there would be times he had a 34, and I would literally send our young kids to the NEIGHBORS' homes, so he could SLEEP. Yep. To this day, HIS sleep is paramount. The rest of us'll work it out.

https://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/SafetyPlanner/MyFiles/SubSections.aspx?ch=21&sec=59&sub=109

Sorry, it's not clickable .. .no clue why.

I literally showed up at a hearing (or 2) for said person citing the FMCSA 4.1.4 continuum . . . memorize this; please. ML didn't.

Best wishes always, good sir!~ KNOW YOUR RIGHTS, man!

~ Anne ~

I'm not worried about a critical incident, or ticket. I've spent a long time in the military and other environments with training that I can stay alert.

What bothers me his seemingly complete lack of care whether I get sleep or not. Its his lease truck, his business.

I'm over halfway through I think so I should nake it. Trust me when I say if I can't do it, I'll stop the truck and sleep.

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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Update.

Stopped at Pittston yard and got a shower, our load didn't deliver till Sunday evening and it was Saturday morning.

I went to the driver's lounge with my laptop so he could sleep. When it was my turn I was like hey let me get sleep. He was like cool. Then an hour later came to truck and turned in the heat.

Half hour later it was over 90 degrees in tip bunk and I could sleep. I finally just grabbed my stuff at 1145pm and went back to driver lounge.

Fast forward to today and I'm driving, he opens curtain and is like "change effing lanes!" I I'd as told. Middle lane was just as bad. Mind you I've had maybe 6 hours sleep in days. Then I get to fueling location and he tells me to park he can't sleep because of the bumps.

Now I'm sitting in the subway wasting 5 amd a half hours of driveline.

I hate this. I just want to get these miles out of the way. Not sure why this guy wanted to be a trainer.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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PSD/Orientation With Prime Inc., Springfield MO

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Well not much to say about TNT other then you drive. Try to sleep on the bumpy roads, which is rough.

Learning macros, paperwork, real world backing. How to accept loads and talk to shippers and recievers

Pretty good stuff. So far picking up what I need to know.

Feeling good and still loving the job.

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Thank you for the updates Mark! Could you clarify, are you doing TNT pulling a flatbed? I haven’t heard you talk about securement or other flatbed specific details. I am about a week away from testing for my CDL in Salt Lake City (they are incredibly backed up here!) and it sounds like I will be doing TNT on a reefer, then return to do bootcamp and some additional flatbed specific drive time after that. hearing all of the same talk about shortage of trainers that I am working on this thread. What is true? Who knows!

CDL test was pretty easy, dont sweat that!

No im reefer, decided to do this first and see what's what. Never have driven anything bigger then a humvee so I wanted my first timenti be easy.

And yeah they are short on trainers, that being said only took a week to get mine. And I got paid for that week.

Good luck man! Hope to see you out there!

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Well not much to say about TNT other then you drive. Try to sleep on the bumpy roads, which is rough.

Learning macros, paperwork, real world backing. How to accept loads and talk to shippers and recievers

Pretty good stuff. So far picking up what I need to know.

Feeling good and still loving the job.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Bet you have a lease trainer, right?

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Yeah, and I want to make him money and treat his equipment with respect.

But I also have to learn.

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Well, most of these guys I've met don't know jack about anything except they believe they are running a successful business. Don't concern yourself "making him money!" If he wanted to make money he should have stayed as a company driver.

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The RPMs are not going to hurt or damage anything under about 2400, so you're doing fine. These engines have safety features built in nowadays to prevent over revving the motors. The higher the RPMs, the more effective the engine breaking will be.

As for smoking any brakes, the way to prevent this is to control your descent ahead of time, keeping the speed lower. You're not using stab braking, either. That what you do when a deer jumps out in front of the hood. You're doing normal, controlled braking.

My method: When descending a long grade, start at the top about 20 mph below the speed limit while utilizing the Jacobs Brake feature. When you have noticed the speed climbing to about 7-10 mph faster, get on the brake pedal for a steady pressure for about 5 seconds, decreasing that speed. Repeat as needed to maintain a comfortable and controlled descent and adjust the engine braking as needed--low, medium, or high.

Speed kills, and overheating the brakes can kill you, too. If you can't get fully stopped in a quarter mile distance , while maintaining complete control of your rig, you're coming down the hill too fast.

All hills are different, just the same as all loads are different. This will take a bunch of driving experience to figure it out for yourself, so for now take it slow and safe.

Yeah I think my trainer is still stuck on I should have learned all this in phase 1. While everyone at Prime in phase 1 said I should learn it in TNT.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Bet you have a lease trainer, right?

Yeah, and I want to make him money and treat his equipment with respect.

But I also have to learn.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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So been on my TNT truck for over a week. Put in at least 5k miles.

Today we are bringing a load from Los Angeles to Colorado. Trainer says nothing to me about how to use the Jake brake.

Now I know a little about it, but last week down a hill was using it and trainer got mad at me for going to 1.8 to 1.9k rpm.

Today I kept it at 1500 to 1700 but had to keep using stab brakes. Well they started smoking about when the downgrade ended.

He says I should have learned all this before tnt. I did tell him that I learned how to pass the cdl in PSD, and everything else i learned was verbal.

Luckily it looks like his truck brakes are good, but the trailers are wrecked. I think they were before. They didn't smoke at all, but I'm no expert.

Anyway, just thought I'd post an update.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Got a trainer, on his truck now at a truck stop. The top bunk area is sure tight! But all my stuff fits up here.

So far trainer is alright, nice guy, seems willing to train and also is a lease operator. So I will hopefully learn as much as I can about lease op.

Havent driven yet, but he says tomorrow will work on backing and maybe drive some!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Some trainers haver 4 or 5 students!! They have so many students, Im guessing because of high turnover and need. They showed us some financials and said Prime turns down thousands of loads a week because they dont have the drivers or trucks. Not sure whether that is true or not, but if its even partially true then they need all these students.

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My fleet manager called me the end of last week asking me again to be a trainer. He said there are 40 students waiting for trainers just in the flatbed division.

By the way congratulations on passing the CDL test.

Now it's time for the real learning in the grueling TNT phase.

Keep your head up, stay safe, and don't let the *******s get you down.

Yeah I was told a week, week and a half or longer. But hey Im getting paid "ready to dispatch" at the house. So hopefully it happens quicker, Id like to get on the road and start getting those miles under my belt.

But patience is a virtue!

Now just the waiting game.

Posted:  1 month ago

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PSD/Orientation With Prime Inc., Springfield MO

Day 13

Few hours on the pad, aced the alley dock, got the blind side parallel ok, screwed up the offset initially then got it on the second try.

Other then that was just talking through the PTI and getting high fives from the trainer for looking ready to pass the test.

Day 14 TEST DAY!!

My training partner got through PTI and Backing, then went out on his drive. Like he had done on all the times our trainer took us out on the road, did not pay attention to road signs. Sat at a yield sign for 5 minutes, 3 light changes. Examiner finally just had to fail him. I would be more sad for him...but...

I PASSED EVERYTHING! I got my CDL-A, examiner said I didnt miss a thing and that though my parallel was a little dirty, it was full passing dirty with no points. So Im done with PSD! Now just in my room waiting for a call from the trainer, or the call to go home and wait there.

Thanks everyone for helping me out here, this online training on this forum and your words of encouragement helped me alot!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Day 12

Alot of sitting around my room and memorizing my PTI. Didnt have pad time till 1700 hrs and then we spent maybe an hour an a half at most on the pad.

We did blind side parallel parking and though I got in the box twice, it was UGLY as hell. But ugly as hell passing is passing dangt!

More pad time tomorrow hopefully, and maybe we can get our trainer to bring us out on the road again on the path the examiners will take us.

Anyway, easy update!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Glad things are going well, Mark! And glad to hear that "drama" cleared up so you can just focus on your training. Thanks for the updates. I'm assuming once you get your CDL and move on to TNT, it'll just be you and the trainer (not 3 or 4 of you in the truck)?

Yes sir, just me and the TNT trainer. I cant wait, getting ready for that test on Friday!

Posted:  1 month ago

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PSD/Orientation With Prime Inc., Springfield MO

Day 11?

Im losing track of days, just training, training, training.

So my fellow trainee had a come to Jesus meeting with the big boss and everyone in training. He wants to stay, and was nice all day.

We got pad time and did parallel parking for the first time, was great actually. I nailed right side, but left side ate me and my fellow trainees lunch. We finally got it the last time we did it, my problem is overthinking and moving steerwheel while rolling.

Gotta clean that up the next few days, test on friday and I REALLY want to get it done and on the road. Im still really excited about this job!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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PSD/Orientation With Prime Inc., Springfield MO

Excellent update, Mark!!!

Aren't those caves awesome ?!?!?

Man, I'm surprised that your trainer even KEPT your fellow trainee AROUND, after oversleeping UNTIL NOON from 0800 planned !!!

Is this common, in Prime PSD to have two trainees? Is this fairly new? Hmmm.... maybe I missed the concept, in the past. I'm gonna have to go watch some of Truckin' Along with Kearsey's videos, to stay in the know, haha!

Sounds like you are doing awesome, man. Keep it up!!

~ Anne ~

Some trainers haver 4 or 5 students!! They have so many students, Im guessing because of high turnover and need. They showed us some financials and said Prime turns down thousands of loads a week because they dont have the drivers or trucks. Not sure whether that is true or not, but if its even partially true then they need all these students.

My fellow trainee has now made 3 comments about how he thinks that my trainer is a racist. Have to talk to the higher ups in the training department tomorrow morning. I hate that this guy put ME in this position, Im an unemployed trainee like him. There is no reason for him to put that on me.

Hopefully its all settled and I can just concentrate on learning and getting past this CDL test.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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PSD/Orientation With Prime Inc., Springfield MO

Day 9

This was a terrible day. We got to the pad around 1400 and was there till 1600. I screwed up every back I was doing, couldnt even do straightline and was getting really frustrated. I know my trainer was getting really frustrated with me. But my fellow trainee was catching more heat, talking trash about how he could do these but then not performing either.

We ended with Pre-Trip Air brake test and in cab, and I knew alot more then my fellow trainee. BUT still not good enough. My trainer said I would have failed it. I ended that day by going to get some Cracker Barrel, got it to go and my order was wrong. Was just in a bad mood all night. Fell asleep hoping the next day would be better.

Day 10

Woke up late, got almost 9 hours of sleep, was pretty happy about that. Got to the pad and we got a spot and started alley dock. I nailed it TWICE, felt so dang good!! We got a new guy for a few days who already has his CDL from Texas just needed some extra training. Great guy. We also picked up a 4th who had a trainer but not enough time with him so joined us.

We learned the steps for the parallel parking and will hopefully do it tomorrow. Hoping to continue to do well with these maneuvers.

So far really helped my confidence with the maneuvers to get one right twice in a row. Felt amazing. Now just gotta nail that pre trip and do all the maneuvers correctly in a row!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Been so busy! Sorry for not posting, been driving and all that!

Day 7

We went to the main facility and picked up a load headed for Clarksville Arkansas, then my fellow trainee drove it down. Stopped at Sams and I gave my trainer a few bucks to buy a few things, was nice. Once we unloaded we found a clean empty and I drove it back to Springfield. Pretty easy day, got some PTI training in as well. Love driving the truck so far!

Day 8

Fellow trainee did not answer a text sent to him by Trainer at 8am until noon. Text basically said we got another load leaving at noon. I was downstairs ready, had replied at 805am. Trainee said "I have nothing to wear, I turned off my phone, Im not ready to go!". Trainer just said whatever sit down and relax, dont worry about the job or training. Picked me up and we went to the caves with an empty to pickup a load at Pepsi down there, REALLY FREAKING HEAVY! 75k total weight.

Once we got the load I drove out of there and parked it at the facility, we did some pretrip and then I went home and relaxed. Actually I have my car here so I went to Target and popeyes, was a decent night off for the most part.

Before dropping me off me and trainer decided to meet at the facility at 545 am, which was a good thing because...

Day 9

Trainer picked me and fellow up at facility at 545am, hooked and inspected by 630am and left for Iowa. I drove that heavy bastage up there, it was awesome. Learned the JAKE brake, learned how to keep speed up and down hills etc. Trainer said I did really well.

DISASTER! - I miss our turn. Trainer instructs me to turn into a parking lot, he thought it was bigger and wider then it was. After redecorating some stones, curbs and decorative rocks, losing a mud flap the trainer got out of the mess. Was so stressed out, but the Trainer was like "Hey I told you to turn into that lot, thats my bad." Made me feel a little better, but really ****ed I missed the turn. Though it did make the point of not paying attention so much to the GPS.

We get unloaded, then drive 90 miles to get the trailer cleaned out. I screwed up my setup on the backup to the door, but fixed it and bam was in.

Drove 10 miles to the picked up, which was 30k pounds of eggs! We were dropping our trailer and picking up a preloaded one, and after getting an OK setup I finally hit the backing manuever, was really happy about that.

Fellow trainee drives us back to Springfield, we arrive about 2am. Rough, long day but satisfying.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Day 6

Met trainer at 8am, he had a student testing at 10am and met him as well, seemed like a good guy. The student. The trainer also seemed really cool, was nice and gave it to us straight. Started out by saying in two weeks you will trifecta your CDL test and we will get you into TNT. That sort of confidence was nice to hear!

From 930am or so till 1430 we did pretrip training and ate lunch. Met our trainer in the cafeteria and he told us his last student trifecta'd and we could go out to either the pad or off campus to practice some backing.

FIRST TIME IN A TRUCK WAS AWESOME! I think Im going to love this job. I did ok, still getting mixed up on where my trailer is going and which way I gotta turn the wheel. I did a few perfect straight backs, one ALMOST clean Alley Dock Back.

So far I like the guy, sells us straight and seems nice My fellow trainee told our trainer that "I should do it my way, it will probably work better." Then failed horribly at doing it. Trainer was unhappy. I just stood there quietly waiting for my turn!

All in all a great day, still very excited to be here. Even more excited that I got into a truck and LOVED it!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Day 4

8am got a class on the Qualcomm and also what is expected of us as students. 9am got a basic tire class, then a quick runover of company vs lease op. 10am we got our hands on trucks to start doing hands on pretrip, was really helpful to me! 5pm we were done and moving on to eating and relaxing

So Day 4 several people were called by there trainers and slowly our class got smaller, was good to see. I didnt get a call on Day 4, which was fine with me because I was learning really well the pretrip on the practice trucks.

Went home feeling good about my choice of not only company but career choice.

Day 5

7am Free Breakfast! 8am Driver safety meeting attended, thats why we got free breakfast. The cafeteria here is really pretty good. 9am Tour of the campus, at least the large Millenium Building, its nice here, alot of amenities. 1030am to 1130am More Pretrip practice on the pad! Lunch 1pm to 5pm More pretrip practice on the pad.

6pm was eating dinner with some other students and MY TRAINER CALLED ME! Yay!! I get to meet him saturday morning.

Several students are already going out on the road for PSD, pretty excited for everyone.

So far this has been a great experience, Ive slept in worse places, and eaten worse food and had terrible experiences with other employees.

Here alls Ive had are kind words, encouragement and pushing us forward towards what everyones goal should be. Get your CDL A and get out there on the road! Im really excited if you cant tell, I think I will really like this company and the job.

Thats it for now, will update more after I meet my trainer and see whats in store for me going ahead!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Hearing some bad stories of 40 students waiting for trainers at beginning of week, talked to a guy who has been here two weeks waiting and that he has just done PTI for 10 days, finally got on the Pad to drive.

Thats not good news

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Hey Mark, you wanted to be a truck driver. You are just now learning what it takes. This whole business is performance based. The very best thing you can do right now is to not listen to all the stories circulating among your fellow students. At Prime you guys are actually competing for trainers. Have you noticed how some people are waiting longer than others? The trainers are looking at you guys on the pad and they are picking up on who appears to be the go-getters who have great attitudes and want to be successful truckers. They are also noticing the ones who seem dispirited and uninterested. Hold your head high and act like you want to be a champion at this. You are going to be meeting trainers out there at the pad. They are looking for guys or gals who have a proclivity for success. They make money off of really great students. If they can find a new driver who can do a trifecta on their tests they get some great bonus money for training them.

Stop listening to the whining and complaining. Make yourself available. This is your big interview - Don't blow it!

Stop The Fear And Doubt - Focus On Your Own Success

Oh I have, Im not letting any of that in my brain. Im just moving forward, working hard on my pretrip and making sure to surround myself with other students who want to learn.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Day 3 was done pretty quickly actually!

Got my badge around 1130am, they talked us through the card and when money was going to hit it, when I should activate it etc.

Then at 1400 (2pm) they sat us down and showed us the schedule for the "Pad"/Terminal until we find a trainer, get a trainer or whatever its called.

Hearing some bad stories of 40 students waiting for trainers at beginning of week, talked to a guy who has been here two weeks waiting and that he has just done PTI for 10 days, finally got on the Pad to drive.

Thats not good news, I understand you dont have trainers but get me in a darn truck. I want to practice my backing, and parking and all that. I want a ton of practice, I want to feel as comfortable as I can. Now was he telling us the truth? Who knows. But it sounds terrible.

Now just gotta get up nice and early in the morning to get to Campus Inn from my hotel which is 15 minutes away from there, so I can park my car, so I can get a shuttle to the Pad lol

Its a hard life out here :D

Not much to update, other then I passed all my checks, got my badge and ready to get to that PSD!!

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