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What will a good driving instructor tell you?

Apparently there are some good driving habits to have when driving a big rig such as reading every road sign as you drive. What are other good bits of information that a good instructor would most likely teach?

always look back at our tandems when making turns "ALWAYS CHECK THEM TANDEMS"

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Thoughts on prime

I'm headed to Prime here soon and I've been talking to a lot of drivers and the non prime drivers are dissing prime wicked hard while the prime drivers that I've talked to really seem to enjoy working for them... my thought process is that they are a good way to get my foot in the door and get my class a for ''free'' ... I'm going regardless of what people say but I would like some options


Hi , I personally never drove for Prime Inc before but let me tell you this , I was in training for Central Refrigerated before they were bought by Swift. I parked next to 6 or 7 Prime drivers and they were having a ball and ask me to play cards with them . long story short I wound up talking with them and many were solo drivers and showed me they trucks and told me about how much they were getting paid . I even spoke with a trainer and his trainee ,.......lets just say this , Primes trainees were getting twice as much a week as I was before I went solo. Central paid me $300 a week during training , while Prime trainee was getting $600 a week , this was in 2013 . I didn't make the switch because I'm loyal and at the time Central was treating me fair and never lied to me like CR England . If I decide to go back over the road again , Prime Inc will definitely be my #1 pick . I don't know if the training pay rate is the same in 2015 or not but the truth is and "I'MMA KEEP IT 100" ......the trucks that they showed me at Prime were more advanced and had more sophisticated equipment than my trainer's truck & the truck that Central gave me after I completed my training : I personally don't have anything bad to say about Central Refrigerated , they were a good company to drive for (but let's be real here) I would have got a lot more money training at Prime Inc . I went to truck driving school at CR England (the training was decent) and I have nothing bad to say about them "AS FAR AS GETTING MY CDL IS CONCERNED." but after we received our permits , someone walked into our class and to give a welcome speech and pep talk . He said "EVERYONE OF YOU IN HERE IS GOING TO MAKE $50,000........THIS YEAR!"....when I heard that , that didn't sit well with me , it's like my mind just couldn't believe it/sounded too good to be true : since I had no way to find out if he was lying to the class in our faces or not , I just made up my mind to leave CR England as soon as I get my CDL and bite the bullet (to pay back the tuition). I just couldn't comprehend a rookie truck driver making 50 stacks in his/her very 1st year on the road . If that person was "telling the truth about the $50,000".....then I guess I missed out on all that money lol . When I came back to Chicago , I had about 10 to 20 trucking companies calling me and I only had time to screen out 5 . I chose Central because they screened me out the fastest and it was pretty much "1ST COME 1ST SERVE"......whoever can get me ticket the fastest , wins the prize "ME" haha . just wanted to share my experience

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