Profile For Carter

Carter's Info

  • Location:
    Ellsworth, ME

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 10 months ago

Carter's Bio

I spent nearly 20 years in corporate America before getting behind the wheel of a truck at 43. Now I couldn't imagine doing anything else.

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Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Another Topic Just For Fun - What was your last load? How much did it weigh? How many miles?

Almond milk 42k lbs 1013 miles Woohoo...😁

Posted:  5 years, 3 months ago

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It's finally official!!!!

Congrats David, now quit banging your cup behind me in class, I'm trying to sleep until I can go get my truck...

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Orientation 13 April

I may be at the Pittston terminal for my upgrade.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Does prime trucking do hair follicle drug test?

Carter did you have to have your tanker endorsement before going to orientation? If so did you need your hazmattoo?

I got both of them when I got my license, so not sure if they would have made me get them, or not. That's a good question.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Does prime trucking do hair follicle drug test?

Also the recruiter told me that all meals are paid for. U get loans while in training I think she said $200 and that I I make $700 when I reach my mentor phase of training. Is any of that tru ?

I had my CDL when I came to Prime, so I didn't do the first phase. My understanding is that you get a $200 weekly advance that you have to pay back at a rate of $50 per week when you finish training. the 3 days I was at the Pittston terminal all of my meals were paid for.

Here is the thing about pay once you move to the mentor phase. Yes, as long as you are running every day, you will get $700 per week. Home time (yours, or your trainer) is not paid. Now, and this is important, if you and your trainer bust your humps and rack up the miles, you will make more than $700.

I'm in my last 2 weeks of training (I chose to stay longer because there are still things i need to learn and my trainer is happy to have me racking up miles) and my last check was over $900 before taxes and such.

I have yet to hear of any company that even comes close to touching that for people still in training.

Hopefully someone else can fill in the details on the PSD portion of training.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Does prime trucking do hair follicle drug test?

My father passed away 3 weeks ago and I smoked twice before that I haven't smoked in 5yrs and I really want to drive for prime trucking.. I leave in May and wanted to kno if the drug test was hair follicle or your urinalysis? Plz help!!!! (Recent grads or current student reply)

No, urine only. I'm just about done with my training and went through testing at the end of January.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Skid pad training

Or, you could do what I did the other day and get skid off ramp training. God I love Wyoming... Not.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Getting Hired - Advice Needed

Honestly, anyone that would judge you for this isn't really worth your time, or worry.

Be honest on your application. My past is waaaaayyyyy seedier than taking my top off to earn a living (I would have gone broke btw) and I can't tell you how great it is too sit in orientation with no worries at all because you disclosed everything and were still powered the position.

Don't put yourself in a position to have to stress out that something will be "found out"

Just my $0.02

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Trucking stories

 I was talking this morning to a retired driver who remembers sending postcards home from the road. Can you imagine?

I send my little girl (she turned 5 yesterday) a postcard from every new place I go. I talk to her on the phone, but this little bit extra makes her feel special

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Passed my test

Congrats! It is a whole new world out here. Enjoy it, even the bumpy parts.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Lumper Fee's

Hey Sue,

I think it depends on the company. With Prime, from what I've seen so far, they either pre pay for the fee, or you can get a com check for the amount authorized by the company. Either way, no money comes out of your pocket.

Other companies may work differently, so your mileage may vary.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Truck Drivers Road Music... favorite songs for favorite stretches of highway

Hey Brett, this might be an example of a thread where a "like" button would work. There are some great examples here!

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Don't fall asleep on your bus ride

No worries Errol. I give myself 2 days, 7 hours and 12 minutes (give or take) before I do something twice as bad.

I tell Satan that I'm not real bright, but I try hard. This could be a bad combo for me...smile.gif

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Truck Drivers Road Music... favorite songs for favorite stretches of highway

Cruising through Idaho listening to the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band album "Trouble is..." Mountains, a little stormy and some blues. Yeah, that'll work.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Unity

Nope. I think it is that we read it, shook our heads in united misery and moved on before we said something evil.

Some people's kids don't know when they are saying something offensive and probably wouldn't understand if you explained it to them.

How much do you want to bet that when you said that and drove off, your friendly Mensa candidate said "What's his problem?"

Yup, these are the people we deal with.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Coded today Gone Tomorrow

Go get 'em Mikki! When you are coherent and feel like logging on instead of going back to sleep, would love to hear how it's going.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Truck Drivers Carrying $4 Million In Gold & Silver Robbed At Gun Point

My Spidey senses are tingling... something tells me that the "breakdown" wasn't random and that it is possible that the driver, or one of the guards wasn't terribly surprised.

Just sayin

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Truck Drivers Road Music... favorite songs for favorite stretches of highway

Just arrived in Twin Falls, ID and got a chance to check out all the responses. Some great selections in there, Seger definitely travels well, and Tom Petty has that common man thing going.

The great thing about this is that there is no wrong answer, in fact the answer can even change depending on mood. I have an example from my first week of training.

Driving east through New Mexico we passed through Albuquerque, NM one night (awesome view). It was week 1 for me and the weather in the area had been bad recently. Marginally icy roads and I was heading to the mountain pass on the other side. Of course as soon as we get in there...fog. lots and lots of fog. Satan (my trainer) was in the jump seat attempting to talk me through it.

I don't remember exactly what I said, but it was something like "if sounds don't stop coming out of your face hole, I'm going to stab you in the neck with a pen...I'm trying to concentrate here!" So, not my finest moment. After molding my fingers into his steering wheel, we came out the other side.

Satan was gracious and just laughed a little and called me a pansy (which, I explained to him are very tough and hardy flowers actually. It's true, look it up) and went back to his bunk.

I turned on the radio and heard Kylie Minogue, can't get you out of my head. I couldn't help but do a little chair dance and I now associate her with that stretch of highway heading east.

For some reason, that same stretch of road heading west gets the Spotify treatment with Fall Out Boy, my songs know what you did last summer.

Go figure.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Truck Drivers Road Music... favorite songs for favorite stretches of highway

Nice I love both of those!

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Thank you trucking truth!

Wow! That's fantastic.

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