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Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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How to lower blood pressure before DOT physical

Unfortunately your asking the day before so some of the tricks won't help as much but caffeine will increase your BP, so stop right now, and don't have any caffeine until after your physical, cut back on your salt, and drink as much water as possible, will help flush your excess salt, and caffeine, and when your about to take the BP portion, calm down, close your eyes and just breathe slowly, It will help your stress level, and combined you might just slip under the requirements, and worst case they will likely give you a 2 month physical card, and require you to get BP medicine and retake it then.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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About Roadmaster truck driving school

I've narrowed it down to going to Roadmaster school or do the Pam sponsored training I'm leaning toward Roadmaster yet thay are expensive 6500.00 Pam is cheaper but I don't like the idea of a year contract plus I would like to drive a flatbed so any info on roadmaster would be appreciated I just want to thank y'all for the responc on my earlier ? Y'all know who you are the info has been helpful

to me there's no reason to waste your money for training, that said,I was going to go through roadmaster in Orlando Florida, but they couldn't guarantee me a job, and the sales pitch was so try hard, and having to travel daily wasn't worth it, and I went for company sponsored training, and found out that the contract can be broken, and you'll end up paying around half of what roadmaster charges if you do, besides, you really want to stay with a company for a full year, because when you start jumping all over it doesn't look good on you, regardless of the reason you give for leaving.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Low power trucks

Thats tje joy of the casscadoa, the DD15/DD13 lacks power, I find that I must keep momentum as high as I can keep it when aproching a hill, or speed up right before it starts to incline, otherwise I will be put putting up the hil @ 25ish MPH.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Truck stops

Most truck stops that charge a fee do so because either there's no where else for a truck to park without getting towed, or are in an are where real estate values are high, and most rest areas are fine and safe, but if you see people wandering around at night with no real purpose, then you might either want to find elsewhere or stay in the truck until morning, all in how you feel if it looks shady, likely it is.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Companies that do NOT require you go into other countries?

If your are not eligible for a passport I fail to see how they can force you to deliver to another country, and not every company goes internationally, it will be one less thing going for you on your resume, but it will by no means stop your career.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Having a hard time finding local work as a new CDL holder.

Falling in love with otr is a real possibility, but if your looking for otr companies that hire out of fl, then prime mighy be a fit, not the best home time but they hire newbs and haul out of fl.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Prime Company Sponsored School

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So, PR if I'm reading you right, you say it's better NOT to have your permit before you go as you can get it pretty easily at Prime?? I've been looking at this before I go and if it's one less thing I have to do, then I Won't..

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Holly told me I had to have my permit before I went...

do yourself a favor and have it before you go, from what ive gathered from his post he was in between getting his hard copy and paper copy, and not every state requires a cdl physical to get a permit, I guess Georgia is just odd.you literally get a head start and have more free time while there waiting to be accepted.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Prime Company Sponsored School

Reefer drivers will need to purchase a lock set, consisting of Abloy locks and Cuff locks before going solo.

Can you explain those? Thanks

the abloy locks is 2 locks and an air cuff lock, that all use the same key, the air cuff lock is for when you leave the truck for a longer period of time, as well as to be used on high value loads, and the 2 other locks are for the main trailer door, and for the inspection door, it comes as a set, and is required on your truck when you go solo, costs about 130ish dollars and is taken out of your check in payments, as well as whatever else you have primes company store charge to your account when you are stocking up for your maiden voyage.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Permit Before CDL School ?

The first day is re submitting a paper application, drug test, physical, and finger printing, people with permits have so much less to do than those3 without, you may be ready to re take it, but I wouldn't chance it, also Florida (where im from)only issues paper cdl permits now, which are perfectly fine(their going to photocopy it anyway to verify its validity). after, they will bombard you with information, not even really pertaining trucking and you will have 100% less stress to have it ready and in hand than those without, you will be on the simulators day 1 if you have your permit, and your evenings will be yours if you get all of your busy work done first,as the week your there is them checking out your refrances, drug test and work history ect to get "approved" by Thursday or Friday morning.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Questions about Prime - Lease vs Company Drivers

Your welcome, and the fuel bonus is on all company trucks, and having your minimum mpg will qualify you for a low bonus cpm.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Questions about Prime - Lease vs Company Drivers

That's great info Matthew. I take it you are a Prime employee? Maybe you can help me with something else also...

Is the office slammed busy?? I am having a lot of difficulty getting anybody on the phone. I have left numerous messages for my recruiter that doesn't return, won't return emails, and when I call the main office to request another recruiter, I get nothing there either.

What's the best way to get ahold of a human at Prime?? LOL

I had an awful time trying to get ahold of my recruiter,  they dont work on weekends,  and are on central time zone, and usually dont get in till 8am at the earliest,  and usually are gone by 5, the fastest way of getting a response is by email,  but a trick I used is to send a new email instead of replying to one, they seem to put replys low on the priority list for some reason, also our clases every week are usually 70 to 100 people ,so they go through 100s of apps a day, and are focused on getting the people who they have not communicated with to fill slots, so be patient,  and persistent,  thats basically what trucking is about.

also light weight

Lightweight truck at Prime Inc Transport silver

full sized

Prime Inc Transport full size blue freightliner

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Questions about Prime - Lease vs Company Drivers

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I believe Prime is a very good company. I applied for them and they did not contact me, but I had placed them in the lower echelon of companies I wanted to work for anyway, mainly for this reason. The pay is really good if you are willing to drive the lightweight, but I am a big guy, and a full sized tractor is small enough. Also, 57 mph is awfully slow especially considering HOS regs. At 62 to 65 mph, you are quite a bit further down the road after a full ten of driving under HOS than at 57. In seven days, that mileage adds up. I emailed some of their drivers, and asked about the lightweight trucks. I was told that Prime wanted to get away from removing the passenger seat that a lot of their drivers do to accommodate a small fridge. I am not sure that they will follow through on that though.

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Yea, that thought occurred to me also, governed @ 57 vs say 62. It's only 5 mph, but like you say, after 70 hrs , thats 350 miles difference. Of course, with the better pay rate, it might even out ... I'll have to do the math

re: lightweights being used for regional only .... does anybody else have any experience or insight into this factor?

we do have a walmart dedicated which light weight trucks are required, as well as the NE regional trucks are required LW as well, from what I was told we really don't do any other regions , just otr.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Questions about Prime - Lease vs Company Drivers

from what ive seen in our light weights they aren't made from anything different than a newer cascadia, just that the cab is tiny, theres 2 seats, which yes you can have them remove it, for much more space ,it has no storage other than what is under the bunk , and the back of the seat touches the bunk if move tue seat fully back, their on a ful sized frame so they dont handle any different, their governed at 62mph with cruise on, and 58 if your using the peddle, they can carry more because they are lighter, as well as our "eco 49" trailers are lighter, which you cant always get a hold of.

the handling isint something that you should be worried about, its still 80k gmvw, and chosing the proper gear and speed will keep you out of most issues.

prime is one of the only companies that stands by apus being the future, so your truck wont leave the yard without one.

also you can elect to take a full size, as our truck prosses is handled by success leasing, is the company that the owner owns, and is where all of our trucks are from, during the week that you are upgrading you go into that office and tell them your going company and that you want a full size, simple as That.

I went in as a PSD, got my cdl, did my TNT phase, upgraded to an A seat, got a full sized company truck, and am now teaming with my wife. solo I was doing 2200ish to 2600 ish miles a week, no touch refer freight.

my trainers were the ones that mentioned leasing, not any of my fleet managers, and they didn't preach about it in any of the classes I was in while getting my cdl.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Laptop or I Pad

To me, a laptop is worth the weight and space, I find that that there is alot more that you can do with it vs a tablet be it apple or other, they are correct in that truck stop wifi is awful, and it costs alot more than its worth, if you like silly apps, then go with a tablet, if your more technically inclined I would get a laptop and invest in a ALFA adapter http://www.data-alliance.net/servlet/-strse-158/Alfa-AWUS036NH-2000mW-1000mW/Detail. youll be surprised what you can pickup at some shippers anf receivers, and most McDonald's have free wifi well as alot of chain restaurants, that you could easily get signal from your truck in the parking lot of a walmart. but thats just me.

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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Trucking Companies with APU

Prime inc has apu's in every truck in their fleet, and good starting pay if you are just starting out.

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