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Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Info on permits and testing.

If you're coming to Prime don't take a DOT physical beforehand. You'll just have to get another one here. Unless you're really worried about something then I'd hold off.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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A HUGE thank you!

Lol, no worries!

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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A HUGE thank you!

Well, I'm a guy first of all lol! I get that a lot though with my name. I wanted to teifecta, but for in my head to much the first time in the blindside parallel.

Today i got the drivers side parallel, hit it first shot.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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A HUGE thank you!

Thank ya Daniel! May see ya around the basketball court one day!

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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A HUGE thank you!

Short of heading to the DMV in the morning and making it officially official, today I became the very proud owner of a class A cdl!

Thank you to everyone for the kind words, encouragement, and motivation! Thank you Brett and crew for the high road training program!

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Will be looking for new student soon

Well crap, I'm testing out this week going into tnt! Curses!

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Prime DOT physical

I can tell you yes they do. I've got to schedule mine this week after just getting back from my PSD with my trainer. During your first week and your physical, by the way it doesn't matter of you just had one you will take another if you're PSD, they will send you to a small meeting. They let you go out with the trainer on the road for your first phase but require you to test when you return.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Asking all drivers

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What is the biggest misconception people make when considering driving?

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This is the biggie right here. Expectations. Most people think they know what it's going to be like getting started in trucking. When everything turns out to be completely different than they had expected it throws them off terribly. More careers are ruined before they even get started because of false expectations than anything else. It's not the shifting, backing, navigation, and other rigors of the job that prevent most people from finding success in this industry. It's their attitude and approach.

When the company recruiters turn out to be salespeople that will say just about anything to get you onboard, which is their job of course, people begin to think they're being swindled and start mistrusting the system.

When the training is faster-paced than they expect and the instructors seem to be a lot less gentle and patient than they had hoped for they begin to think nobody cares about their success and become cynical towards the process.

When their time on the road with a mentor turns out to be less like a gentle hand guiding them through the rigors of the road and more like a boss pushing them to perform they again become disillusioned with the entire ordeal.

The best approach I can think of is the same way you would going into the military. You don't know necessarily know what challenges you're going to face, but you know there will be a lot of em and you're just going to handle it one day at a time. Getting your career underway is super tough and everyone faces a long list of challenges along the way. Just keep a great attitude, work hard, and learn all you can.

Everything here is right on the nose. I've talked to several psd students that are falling into this. I'm back getting ready to test out, and I'm hearing these complaints over and over. Like was posted before. Don't panic, do what your mentor or instructor tells you, amd it'll be fine.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Flatbed drivers, you have my respect!

Yup, i got a lot of extra pounds to lose! So far i like it, minus the heat! We seem to load quicker than the reefer side.

Brett, your right in shifting too slow. Plus I'm all heavy footed in the double clutch.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Flatbed drivers, you have my respect!

So I'm out with my trainer, thought i was going reefer but I'm out on the flatbed route! First load was a few coils, and let me tell you removing the yard tarp then pouring ours on in the heat was not something I was prepared for! Coils delivered and onto our next pick up. 17 truck beds! Getting those boogers strapped was an adventure in itself! In the Oklahoma heat, yeah that was something too. but I'm out, I'm doing it, and loving driving! Now, if i can just get through the lower gears on take off as well as i do 8 through 10 I'll be set!

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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SWIFT TRAINING NOT SO SWIFT

Like Greenhorn said. The YouTube videos are just one side of the story.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Coming to Prime? some advice for you

Thanks y'all! I just don't want anyone caught unaware.

On a side note, GOT MY TRAINER TODAY! Headed out tomorrow! Flatbedders here I come!

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Coming to Prime? some advice for you

I was planning on doing a training diary, but time has been short! There is so much to do! Amd such a short time to do it.

My one big piece of advice for anyone coming to Springfield is to have all your medical stuff buttoned down. What I mean by this is if you take any kind of medicine that may be questionable as to whether or not you can drive GET A DOCTORS RELEASE!

For example, I take a medicine for anxiety. I've had to have my family doctor fax a release up here before I can get my medical card. It's now here, but I'm still having to wait before I can shuttle to the DMV and grab my permit. So save yourself the time and get that before you get here.

Take some of your limited free time and knock out all your CBT'S (computer based training). Don't wait until the last minute or you'll go cross eyed staring at the monitor.

Take the simulator seriously! It's not a video game, don't call it that. For me, it was a great way to learn the shift pattern.

Finally, get and study the Missouri manual for the tests. I went through the high road training here and it well prepared me for the tests, but there is some wording in the Missouri manual that might throw you, so to me it's worth the time to study that as well.

I've gotten so much good advice and support here I wanted to give back a little. Now I'm off to wait on my med card, DMV trip, and testing out on the simulator. Y'all be safe!

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Made it to MO

Tomorrow starts the beginning of a realization of a long time dream. Sitting now at the campus inn in Springfield MO. Finally jumped, got on the bus, and got here! For the record, if i mention taking a grey dog ANYWHERE again someone please bump me with a deer guard. I think the experience with that would be much more pleasant! I'll start a CDL training diary over in the other forum, if that's cool. Hey we go!

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Is Prime short of instructors

I'm headed there today as well. See y'all there! Jeremy, no offense but i hope you've found an instructor and I don't see you!

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Oops!

Not the type of rock and roll I like.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Medical update

Thoughts amd prayers with ya!

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Leeeaving....on a Greyhound...

Now i don't feel as bad :)

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Leeeaving....on a Greyhound...

Guess I better get the camera rolling! 22 hours on the dog.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Leeeaving....on a Greyhound...

Yup, headed to Prime. Thank ya Ernie, I'm the type of guy who would be early to his own funeral (not sure that sounds right). So I'll for sure heed this advice!

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