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Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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How long does it take for a company to contact you after they receive an application ?

Fyi I've called Prime, Werner, Schneider, PTL, WEL, May and countless others without them complaining about calling them. Navajo was the only one that asked me to call back later that day. And Swift was a pain at reaching but i knew who my recruiter was right after my first phone call.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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How long does it take for a company to contact you after they receive an application ?

So make them look at it. Once your app goes in it's tagged to a recruiter. They are always being sent applications kinda why there are always 10 to 25 guys/girls sent to orientations weekly. The funny thing is their job is to do one thing. Recruit. Don't wait 2 days. Call them Once your app is in (during office hours obviously). What's the worst that is going to happen? Nothing. Nothing bad what's so ever is going to happen.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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How long does it take for a company to contact you after they receive an application ?

I've called about twenty minutes after sending an app online. They have the information instantaneous. And most companies will have you fill as electronic app even if you've done the paper form.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Leaving for Prime training Saturday, some questions

Yeah that makes sense Deb. I knew there would be some things i would mix up. Thank you. :-)

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Leaving for Prime training Saturday, some questions

Haha yeah i know its a long video, unfortunately that's how long it is when youre walking around learning it and when you're testing on it. But when you're in your own truck it will be a lot easier. Which reminds me just remember not all truck/ trailers are the same. Some semi trailers are without abs. Some trucks have gear driven or belt driven engine components (the alternator, water pump, air compressor, gear box* ) i just started myself so there might be more or less that i forgot.

And the acronyms that Road Hog mentioned are really important too. When you do the break lining think DOG dirt oil grease. ( i would check to make sure there is no dirt, oil, our grease.) Lol

Front tires are no less then 3/32nds debt, no recaps allowed.

The other tires are no less then 2/32nds. Recaps allowed.

You would check tire stems with a air pressure gauge.

Serpentine belt is no more then 1/4" of play (im not confident in my answer.)

Break lining is no less then 1/4"

Marker lights shine

Flashers flash

Clearance lights are white in color

Marker lights are yellow

When you're doing the the air check proper level is between 100 psi to 120 psi. Your buzzar and indicator will come on at 60 psi. And the spring breaks will come on between 20 and 45.

The fire extinguisher needs to be rated 5 bcu for non hazardous material, 10 bcu if you're carrying hazardous material. It needs to be fully charged, mounted, and it must have a gauge.

You need three reflective triangles.

Spare electrical fuses.

*Again i just finished so if your instructor says different follow them. I'm pretty confident in my info, but maybe I'm mixing things up. There's a lot of information you have to know. Break it down you have a long time to remember everything. If you haven't gotten your permit yet don't worry about this yet. Read the tool on this site. (I don't know what it's called.) And grab the book from your dmv/Secretary of state. You won't need this until after you get the tip

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Leaving for Prime training Saturday, some questions

Check out "Heavy Metal Truck Training Inspection" by hmtt2012 watch it over, and over, and over again. The beginning is the engine compartment the end is the in cab.

I used to use a treadmill and just watch this video before class. Then at lunch i would eat and watch this video. Lol there's a lot of info you have to absorb so take it in pieces (i would watch the first portion back to back in case i missed something). Good luck

Pre-Trip Inspection On A Tractor Trailer

This video shows a pre-trip inspection being done on a tractor trailer by an instructor at Heavy Metal Truck Training in Minnesota.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Trying to get a job

From my understanding most companies want at least a year of otr or at the very least 6 months. Just keep chipping chief. I know it's a bummer but the more leads you put out there the better off you are. When you talk to the recruiters ask regional positions. I know Werner had those classic Dollar General accounts. But be warned I've heard time and time again that this loads are a giant task. You might have to compromise.

I first applied at the companies that used "intelliapp" because most of the info was already there. Then made a word document with the stuff that dropped off. I was doing an average of 6 apps a hour. Then I went back and did the companies that used different application methods.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Can't get hired...

Wait so put it on or don't. Lol But I'll probably still put it on. I don't need my past biting be in the butt.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Can't get hired...

The second incident doesn't come up on the mvr. At least I didnt see it on there. But i know it would be suicide not to mention it.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Can't get hired...

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Furthermore I had an accident (besides one in 08) or moving violation before. But because I recently was involved in two accidents rerecently I'm given a no. Thats plain dumb. Had they happen a year ago I would be fine and was "encouraged" to reapply in 9 months.

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Its the company saying no, its the insurance. They can't put a person who has had two accidents within a short time get behind the wheel of an 80k lb rig. thats got lawsuit written all over it.

Don't give up, keep working on safe driving, get the 9 months they ask and then go for it again.

That make a lot of sense, I see what you mean. Thank You!

Posted:  5 years ago

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Can't get hired...

Furthermore I had an accident (besides one in 08) or moving violation before. But because I recently was involved in two accidents rerecently I'm given a no. Thats plain dumb. Had they happen a year ago I would be fine and was "encouraged" to reapply in 9 months.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Can't get hired...

I took blame bud. On the first accident I had the cruise control on sitting at 65 mph. In wet conditions you should never have the cruise on. And coming from south Texas to Michigan I never connected the two. That wasn't a malicious act but an ignorant one. And on the second act I took the blame again (read the fourth paragraph). Before I got my license I operated a over head crane that lifted tons and 4000 casting machine that could blow 1250¤ mag everywhere. Safety is my middle name. I don't need to justify my maturity to anyone.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Can't get hired...

I understand where you're coming from. I've had a friend that was hit by a car in a hit and run. She lost three months to a coma, and then another year to rehabilitation. This was three years ago and she's still recovering from it financially and physically.

But there's a definite line between a jay walker and a pedestrian whom is legally walking.

We were going west bound. The light was red, then turned green. He (the pedestrian) had just gotten off a public transportation bus that was going North. Instead of going threw the crosswalk he went to the median line. The first car went forward when the light had turned green. The rest of us began to roll forward. I glanced at him looked forward and bumped the car in front. There were three cars total. One the white suv that stopped, a brown impala that was between us, and myself. My car had absolutely no damage, and neither did the impala from the rear. But the Impala's headlight went out and the suv's rear bumper was caved in. The suv fled the scene. And I stayed with the other driver. I got no ticket but was at fault.

I cant argue with receiving the ticket. It was my fault. But she shouldn't have fled or stopped for the pedestrian. It's not like we were riding in the right lane. If that was the case then yeah she had to stop for the guy crossing the street legally. But he wasn't. So for that he's a jaywalker and she's dumb. lol

Laws and rules are there for a reason. Just like being held liable for an accident by waving a driver into a parking lot, and then having them be hit by another car going in same direction as you but in the next lane over.

But in all seriousness I'm sorry to hear that about your wife, that's very unfortunate. It's insane how one quick incident can change the course of someone's life so quick.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Now I'm Worried

Some things don't pop up on the dmv report because they haven't had time to process yet. I pulled my report 2 days ago and an accident from August wasn't on there. But it will be eventually.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Can't get hired...

Yeah I'm hoping Prime will pluck me up. I got a no from a Werner and TMC. But I'm definitely hoping for the best. I got my CDL last month on the 10th and know that companies don't like hiring recent graduates after 30 days. So idk... the extreme worst case scenario is working a municipal position. But that would blow everything since all they use is straight trucks.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Can't get hired...

Yeah they were. Back in March when I was working in the steel industry, and recently in September on my way home from the library.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Going to be at Primes Springfield terminal tomorrow.

I'll be getting into Springfield late tonight. Coming in to test out. I'll be there until next week sometime when I leave for TNT. I'll keep an eye out for you're truck. My instructor will probably keep me pretty busy tomorrow and Sunday though, preparing for the exam out on the pad and whatnot.

That's another thing. If anyone is in Springfield and is ready for an instructor but doesn't have one yet, here is a little TT insider info! My instructor is pretty awesome, I think I got lucky. We'll be out on the Prime East pad practicing at some points on Saturday and Sunday in a red flatbed. He'll be looking for a new student to take out on Monday or Tuesday, and he's usually looking for someone who is out there on the pad and really showing initiative with their pre-trip. Maybe even come up and say hi, don't be shy.

Originally I was going to go with a Prime affiliate but Daniel convinced me otherwise. Now I'm waiting for Tabitha in recruiting to give me a call on how my app is going. (Fingers crossed) But if all goes well I'll definitely look him up. I wanted to go with TMC but they denied me. Kind of a bummer.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Can't get hired...

I finished school in November and still can't get hired. I haven't had an accident since 2008 (literally since the month after I got my drivers license for the first time) until this last year. I was in one accident in March due to weather conditions, and I went into a ditch. And the other in August because some dumb broad stopped for a jay walker and I didn't stop in time. Im still waiting to hear from Prime but I don't think it's going to turn out well. This is compete bull. Two accident in 6 years and because they weren't too recent. Smh this whole thing was a waste of time and a lot of resources.

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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10 Speed transmission question

I was told it messes up the synchronization on the hi/lo switch. When i did it i hit the switch in neutral and started to grind the gears when i tried go into the gear. I had to go back into neutral hit it back, and then go back into the gear. I'm not sure of all the steps it kinda happened quick, but it definitely engraved to not hit the switch while I'm in neutral. Lol

Posted:  5 years, 1 month ago

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Downshifting/backing

I'm in my final week of school and wanted to give some advice that I feel was never told to me. First off if you have never drove manual double clutching will be easier to pick up because you won't have to relearn clutching. What won't be easier for you is the sequence of movement. What i mean is that down shifting is not like up shifting and the reason i believe people have trouble is their not used to mechanics of moving their body and recognizing where they need move the tachometer. Every time I drove when I came to a stop I choked half way thru the shift. Last Friday when the class was doing their VSI i walked away and practiced the movement of downshifting in a truck. I pretended i was driving at 45 miles an hour then did these steps with my feet and arms. Break Clutch/shift to neutral Accelerate Tach to 1300 Clutch/shift to seventh And then repeat to sixth and so on.

When it came to drive everything changed I could actually focus on my tachometer and speed because mymuscle memory was way better. Bruce Lee once said "I'm not afraid of the guy who has practiced 100 kicks, I'm afraid of the guy who has practiced one kick 100 times."

Up until now the only time I backed up anything was backing my cavalier into my driveway. Listen to the basics your instructor is telling you. You won't be able to back anything up if you don't realize that A) if your truck is far to one side of the trailer (the left for 90° alley dock sake) You won't be able to make any other direction until you are straight in front of the truck (or underneath it). So even if you turn it all the way to the left its going to go right. You need to understand that so you can account for it continuing in that direction. B) Take your time. C) Take your time. D) Take your time. Seriously my instructor can do it all without stopping the truck once to adjust and won't have to pull up at all for the 90° alley dock. He's also been doing it for 30 years. The other guys in my class can move effectively but still have to pull up to repair themselves. Another guy and myself were the only ones that set it in without having to pull up. Its not a knock on the other drivers after all they're very effective. What I'm trying to say though is if you're having trouble just slow it down.

May the Force be with you!

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