Profile For Brian D.

Brian D.'s Info

  • Location:
    Casey, IL

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 9 months ago

Brian D.'s Bio

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Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Limited Shifting

I don't believe either run autos but you don't want one. Shifting is a valuable skill to have in the industry and just in general. You will get it, it takes time.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Learn how to drive truck in the mountains.......

Ok I drove the entire length of I-80 both directions through WY last week so I must have transversed this "mountain" twice without even knowing and I was just a student so how did these guys mess up?

WAS a student, trifecta yesterday :)

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Adventures of a brand new OTR driver.

Well, since I obtained my permit before coming I am finished for the day.

Finished simulator training yesterday and computer based lessons today. Went over logbooks this morning. Today was much better then yesterday, I arrived at 3am Monday morning and had to be at orientation at 7 so it made for a rough and long day.

Anyway, I'm enjoying the experience so far, tomorrow is , according to the schedule, nothing but pre-trip all day. I read we had to obtain our passports and TWIC's somewhere but no one has said anything about it yet and its not on the schedule.

Guess I'll head out on the town and try to find something to do.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Adventures of a brand new OTR driver.

Sitting here eating lunch, arrived this morning and got my drug screen done. Physical is halfway finished and the line for the interviews is huge so I'm waiting.

Rest of physical at 1 and simulator training at 4.

So much waiting lol.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Diving in with PRIME

Hope to see you there Brian!

I believe I was sitting right next to you lol. Navy EMS Tshirt for breast cancer awareness.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Question about HazMat endorsement.

So I have my Illinois PERMIT with tanker and I'm wanting to just go ahead and get EVERY endorsement so I'll have no limits as to what I can drive.

Do I need to do my prints, and all the hazmat stuff just to take the written? Or can I go ahead and take it and just not actually get the endorsement until its all done?

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Diving in with PRIME

Cody P.

I also start Prime on the 18th.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Average starting pay, years one through three?

I have no experience and don't even have a CDL but Prime is starting me out at 0.44/mile hauling a tanker once I obtain my CDL through them. I start August 18th.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Adventures of a brand new OTR driver.

Well, I joined 4 days, 7 hours ago...and that was the first time I started studying for my permit. This website is the only thing I've used...that's it, nothing else...and yet I was able to go in today very confident and score a 100% on my GK, Combo, Air Brakes and Tanker tests.

Yes, 100% using only the material provided and quizzes after each page this website provides. If that don't speak volumes about this website and forum, nothing does. I did not even touch my state book lol although I will in order to continue learning and brush up.

So I'm all set for the 18th to arrive. Thank you Brett for such an amazing website, it is able to single handle prepare a person with zero knowledge on CDL training to test in less then 5 days. and pass with a perfect score.

Thank you! Can't wait for the 18th.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Lot Lizards.

it took all the willpower I could muster to keep from getting out of the truck and pounding them into the parking lot. " !!!!!!

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This came across so wrong lol.

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Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Averitt Express on Tennessee US 231

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A number of trucks have a dashboard full of garbage and many are driven by grimy looking slobs. Then along comes a sharp red Averitt truck with a clean-cut driver dressed sharply. Who do you think is more likely to get inspections and often times tickets?

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But can't i do the same thing with my own sexy clothes.

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you don't get it do you?

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Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Adventures of a brand new OTR driver.

Hey Brian, Welcome to Trucking Truth!

Thanks for posting your training diary, I can assure you it will get well read by other new folks trying to get started.

Just wanted to give you a heads up about your medical certification - Prime will make you do it again, but hopefully they will pay for it. Each time you get hired in this industry the new employer is required to get a new medical certification on you.

Yup thanks, I found that out today and the exam is included in the $150 admin. fee.

Also I'd like to point out some discrepancies between this website and what I've been told to try and clear up which is correct.

This website states new drivers start at .33cpm and can't even touch tanker for a year however my recruiter has told me I'll come out the gate solo at .44cpm and I'm going straight into the tanker fleet from day 1 at Prime. I'm trusting my recruiter on those 2 points but can't anyone confirm?

Thanks and nice to meet you Old School.

P.s. I've been reading through Daniel B. 'S thread and am loving it.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Adventures of a brand new OTR driver.

Well my recruiter called me today and everything has been finished and I'm ready to go. However I opted for an August 18th start date instead of the 11th. This will give me a little more time to prepare and get my permit before I show up and will also allow me to bank one more paycheck from my old job so its a win-win.

Anyway, back to studying for my permit.

P.S. Nice to meet you Larry, I look forward to the career and posting more here.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Adventures of a brand new OTR driver.

Name: Brian Age: 24 (1990) Home state: Illinois Exp: None Start training August 11th.

Hello, my name is Brian. I'm 24 and slated to report to Springfield, Missouri on August 11th to start training with Prime Inc. in the tanker division.

I'm brand new to trucking and am really looking forward to the experience. I have absolutely no experience whats so ever in the profession lol expect for the countless hours I spent riding with my brother during summer breaks in Jr. High and loved every minute of it.

Anyway, I'm starting this thread in all honesty just to track and record this chapter in my life for my own personal satisfaction although hopefully it will bring some entertainment to members of the forum as well.

Like I said my first day in Springfield, Missouri is August 11th. I'm currently studying for my CDL permit because I want to obtain it before I even arrive in Springfield. I already have my DOT physical and certification out of the way and am good for 2 years. I plan on testing for my permit either Tuesday or Thursday of this week. I'm also going to be packing sometime this week, I used lists I've obtained from this website to finish purchasing and gathering everything I'll need to take with me, I'm good to go just need to pack it all away.

Anyway, I look forward to the experience and keeping a record of it all here!

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