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    Lansing, OH

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    Company Driver In Training

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    4 years, 8 months ago

Kenneth A.'s Bio

Was a driver for a short time 2001-2002 and decided it wasn't for me at the time after finding out I was going to be a papa but with a recent layoff and hopefully a little more maturity gained I am thinking about doing it again.

Made the jump and I started with Prime Training on 8/25

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Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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I NEED HELP GUYS!!

Unless they have changes within the last 6 months, Prime only does UA testing. They take recent grads. They have a great training program.

Ernie

Just took test with Prime little short of two weeks ago and was only a UA test.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Just about to start my career and go to CDL school

Sent

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Just about to start my career and go to CDL school

Maybe I should try to find a prime recruiter to talk to before I make anything absolutely final. Do you have any suggestions?

As far as not waiting for them to call me, I didn't wait long at all for any of the others haha...they called within 24 hours of me saying I was interested. But I haven't gotten an email or anything from prime with a number to call so I don't know what to do with that.

I will send you my recruiters name and number. She was awesome and one we actually got together on the phone she was calling me every few days for follows to see how I was doing and if I had questions, etc.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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New trucker

hi to all of you,after recently graduate from jersey tractor trailer on june 18,i decide to not go into a train with a big company,i went to a company that thru a friend i got hired,cause i though that i could be struggle in those "big companies train' i had a friend that graduates from same school,and he went to werner xpress,he cried like a baby,they make him go all the 53 states, to get a miserable weekly wave,he lose half of his weight,and much more im not going to mention here,instead i have my own hard time learning with my trucking gps,a map,and calling my coworkers to tell me how to get to places and routs,since day 1 i went alone to what they called "/local" wich for me at the beggining was way to farway,but now i found it near,i found what seems to be imposible,get paid a fair weekly salary,sleep home everyday,work from monday thru friday,no pressure or rushing calls from my boss,and my average week is from $800-$1000,for me,new driver,thats more than i expected as a begginer.

Now,the only thing i want to know is: can i get a better income dealing directed with the broker? did it worth try to finde a good freight load,if i had the opurtunity,im planing to get a truck with a friend of mine,and finde the load thru a good freight load finder,do you know any reliable, all answer and advices are welcome,thanks in advance.

In complete honesty. If you cant answer the question on your own, dont buy a truck. Wait till you have the experience and background built up and when you can answer that question you'll know if the O/O lifestyle is for you.

Good luck to ya sir.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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My Prime Training Experience

Simulators? I would hope it's realistic eenough... I have to think there is nothing like actually being in a truck...

Just my opinion but they are nothing like driving the actual truck physically outside of mechanics too start doing things like building the muscle memory for double clutching and keeping your head on a swivel, etc.

I was talking to a lady earlier though and I do think they might be really goos decision making tools. We were talking about how some of the people didnt seem to care about actually trying to follow the spped limits or dangers presented and were just going through the motions to get through them. Things like school zones and various things can jump out in front of you if your not paying attention. Hopefully Daniel gets a chance to read this as I am curious if the trainers get to review what we did, etc.

As a side note I completed it all this evening.

We also had a very brief class on paper logs and some of HOS changes upcoming, etc.

Tomorrow will be getting my permit transferred and hopfeully if that is done fast enough will get to sit on the pre-trip class being offered for those done with everything else.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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My Prime Training Experience

8/25 - The simulators are a blast. While the people who run it dont appreciate it being called this they really are like big driving video games. I managed to get through 4 out 7 simulations you need to complete during the week this evening. One thing of note for everyone experienced or not. Be prepared to do poorly one the first one. It takes a little bit to get used to the feel of it. I didn't feel I was doing at least okay until the third one. My suggestion would be to get these done as soon as possible. Lots of people have to share the simulators in rotation and there are various people in and out testing at times as well for other things.

8/26 - Received medical card (60 day card due to sleep test thing) and letter of temporary residency today. Lots of people didn't seem to understand at first that if you have an out of state license you must tranfer into MO before you can take your final CDL test. Prime is also now requiring a tanker endorsement. Not that you will be hauling a tanker trailor but there is a chance for portable tanks large enough to qualify for the endorsement may be placed inside the trailor.

Anyhow I am attempting to complete all simulator and computer modules this evening while others are out testing for their permits. Proving a challenge as the Prime intra web seems to be having difficulty today.

Tomorrow I will transferring my license to MO and hopefully getting into the pre trip class as well.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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DOT physical

Holy typos...I know why people have struggled with posting from their phones now...lol

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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DOT physical

So I passed my CDL permit tests even added tanker to it just cause I knew the info. However I cannot get my permit until after I have the DOT physical done. How do people get their permits then get the physical at the school?

Pretty sure this depends on the state your from. Some states will let you "self certify" until you get to your school the get one officially on the record. Sounds like your state does not so this so would do a search for DOT physicals in your state and should get a listing of approved physicians you can make an appointmwnt with.

FMSCA site info

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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My Prime Training Experience

8/25 - Orientation. Must be in the assigned room at 7 AM on the spot. Roll call is done and you get a presentation by a gentleman for being more healthly. Seems like a good program and something I should definitely look into but at some point down the road but for now will have to pass cause I definitely cant afford the personal coach thing right now. Anyhow the rest of it is pretty much like everyone has described. Hurry up and wait. Got the drug test, physical, and interview (basically just goes over your paperwork and collects the $100.00 admin fee) out of the way and had some lunch. Some people have wondered about the free meals. I forgot to picture breakfast but it was plate full of biscuits and gravy and a bottle of apple juice for me. Plenty to fill me and I am a fairly big guy at 6ft 324 lbs according to the physical. I did get a picture of lunch though to give you an idea. Didn't cost me anything.

delicious dinner of chicken-fried steak at truck driving school

Hmm.. think I need to look at how my online storage is cropping the pics but hopefully you get the idea. More than enough to keep you going.

Oh and for those that have been wondering I have been tagged for the sleep study (apnea) on Thursday. I will be attempting to document this as much as possible since there have been lots of questions on this.

Oh well off to study some more until we get our intro to the simulators this afternoon.

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Too Much Baggage to Take To Prime Training?

Did you get lucky enough to get a room at the Ramada next door? A few do every week and they have a pool and a small gym and free breakfast. After your first week at the campus you have to buy breakfast yourself, or with the 200 dollar advance

Unfortunately no...but I am told we can swim over there but havent bothered with it myself

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Too Much Baggage to Take To Prime Training?

You'll be fine, that's nothing compared to what I've seen people come here to the Ol Campus Inn with. Some trainers say not to bring anything but a sleeping bag but they are just kidding. Daniel you need a student?? Get to the Campus lol 58 students waiting to go out, not counting those showing up this weekend

Campus Inn is completely full now apparently.....lol

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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My Prime Training Experience

I know there have been a few journals done with Prime so far but everyone has a different perspective and/or different experiences so I thought I would go ahead and throw my two cents in there to maybe help someone else.

8/23 - Boarded the Greyhound at 2:45 PM EST. Bus was little bit over half an hour late. Not usually an issue but I had the wife just drop me off instead of sticking around and did not know the franchise office for my pickup had recently closed. No one to check on the bus status with. Needless to say what was already a highly stressful situation (leaving wife and kids) that little bit almost caused a panic to set in. Knuckled down and took a deep breath. I eventually found someone that was able confirm that Greyhound still picks people up across the street but that I would be able to get my ticket in Columbus, OH and only had to give the driver my ID. So waited awhile for the bus to show up outside this little business

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I will skip the normal bashing of Greyhound and say that it was unpleasant as I expected. (ie sitting next to two different people with severe halitosis)

8/24- Anyhow get into Springfield, MO training place and get checked in about 7 AM Sunday morning. Spent the morning filling in paperwork for tomorrow orientation as best as I can, got a shower, and went to this place up the road called Ziggies I think for breakfast since free meals don't start till dinner time. Took a nap then and was intending to just sit in the room and review Hazmat which I will have to test again when I tranfer to the MO license but decided to walk around and familiarize myself with the area instead. Almost 100 degrees here today but its nothing since there is so little humidity as compared to home.

Anyhow got back to my room and finally met my roommate who is an older gentleman from PA who was a bus driver before coming to Prime. I think he said he is of Kenyan decent and I already feel bad for having to ask him to repeat himself so much due his accent being so thick. C'est le vie.

Now we are almost up to present time and I am watching some TV while typing this and trying to put my thoughts in order. Going to force myself into some review time and then maybe a walk up to Walmart for some drinks and snacks to keep in the room with me once the sun goes down. Don't wanna test my statement about the temp not being bad while carrying some groceries....lol

Btw Tango is an awesome video chat app that I used today to talk with my daughter and we even played a few games. Very little in way of data used for a 15 min call (11.32 mb) in which I got to see wife and the kid. Not the same as being there but all the same it was as good as I could expect. smile.gif

Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Are Peterbilt's hard to drive?

I just got my permit and know what school I'm going to so I'm looking for companies that do tuition reinbursment. (because I'm broke) TMC is one of them, and they have a fleet of Peterbilt's. I'm thinking to myself, how can you see over that box-hood? The visability must be terrible. Should new drivers try to avoid these?

http://www.tmctrans.com/drive-for-tmc/why-tmc/pay.aspx

They are no more difficult that any other truck.

Some of those trucks with the more curved lines could very deceptive in where they actually end. You know that flat box ends an inch or two past that corner. Just an example.

Any truck you drive will take a day or so to start getting used to its individual quirks.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Trucker Toys - Why Pay Full Pop At The Truck Stop?

I know Cell Phones are small but do any of you use the Trucker GPS apps? i was just curious and looking into them and found several with high reviews and some even have you put the weight and size of your trucks in.

The one i found "SmartTruckRoute" runs off google maps so its updated quite often...

I'm still new to all this starting the process with SWIFT as it seems to do what i need as far as schooling goes and i meet the requirements.

Actually was kind if curious about this one as well. Its got a tin of reviews and the screen on my Note 3 is pretty comparable in size for some GPS units

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime gives all drivers a raise!

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Here's the information on Prime Inc's Company Sponsored Training Program which includes minimum requirements, hiring areas, pay, benefits, and the training schedule.

I believe Prime hires from all 48 contiguous states but they only hire a limited number of drivers from Florida. They are also pretty tough to get on with as far as your driving and criminal history goes.

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do you know anything about their work history requirements???? I have not worked in a long time due to helping out with elderly and ill family, most have passed away now that is why i am open to the idea of trucking.

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10 years. Anytime not working will need a notarized letter explaining the gap in time. That is how it was explained to me anyhow.

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thanks for that info... however i was just told by a Swift recruiter that i did not need notarized letter saying why i was not working... I guess something has changed with Swift. I was told by her just to say i was taking care of family and that would be fine.

Honestly you had better get in writing to that effect. I havent seen a company that hasn't want it documented yet.

I drove over 10 years ago and am recently getting back into it and its been the same thing the entire time.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime gives all drivers a raise!

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Here's the information on Prime Inc's Company Sponsored Training Program which includes minimum requirements, hiring areas, pay, benefits, and the training schedule.

I believe Prime hires from all 48 contiguous states but they only hire a limited number of drivers from Florida. They are also pretty tough to get on with as far as your driving and criminal history goes.

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do you know anything about their work history requirements???? I have not worked in a long time due to helping out with elderly and ill family, most have passed away now that is why i am open to the idea of trucking.

10 years. Anytime not working will need a notarized letter explaining the gap in time. That is how it was explained to me anyhow.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime gives all drivers a raise!

That just put an even bigger smile on my face for when I start there on the 25th dancing-banana.gif

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Are there any companies that train in New Jersey?

Hi--Love the site, it's been very helpful and informative.

I'm 24 and looking to get started as a truck driver, and I was wondering if there are any companies in New Jersey that will pay for CDL training and then hire me. All of the companies that I've looked at on this site have training facilities in other states, but I can't feasibly leave the area for 3-5 weeks to get my license. Anyone have any insight?

CR England had a training site there in Burlington, NJ about 10 years ago. Not sure if they are still there but couldnt hurt to call and ask. Be very careful and read up on them though before choosing CR England.

CR Review

CR England Overview Chart

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Thank you

Glad I was able to help! You'll do just fine, especially with that kind of score. If you have any questions about Prime give me a shout.

One question. Feel like training again?

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Bluetooth earpieces

Hello fellow drivers. A quick poll for ya`all. I'm looking for an inexpensive Bluetooth earpiece or light headset that is: not gaudy with a huge boom covering your face like a football helmet, that's light, loud so you can hear the person on the other end over road/engine noise. And can hear you and not road/engine noise. Under $100 is preferable, but if I have to pay more to get what I need, then so be it. What do you use?

I was reading some driver reviews on this one the other day that spoke very positively about it.

Blue Parrot Headset

Its not a full headset but you have to have some boom on the mic you plan on anyone being able to hear you after the noise cancelling does its job. The amazon reviews kinda go back and forth on it so I have been holding up on trying this one as of yet.

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