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Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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May or Prime Trucking to Start Out

Hello there! I do not know anything about May but my husband has recently became a Prime employee and is loving the company. He retired from the Navy a few months ago and we were looking for a career that we could do together and driving truck seemed to fit. He just went through their schooling and has his CDL. Once he is done in Sept with the second half of his training I will be going out with him to learn the ropes so that I can start school, get my CDL and we can run as a team. I know Prime allows permanent passengers. We have spoken to so many drivers that came to Prime from other companies and they can't be happier.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Training for trucking

I am currently working on my CDL through Swift Driving Academy in Richmond VA. My only recommendation is to NOT train through Swift. There is blatant favoritism to those with previous military experience, specifically males. Myself and other women are told we are "afraid of the truck", we are "too emotional", and too busy "giggling" to take things serious. My experience here is disappointing at best.

The class sizes are too large for the number of instructors, available equipment, and size of the range. Racism, sexism, and prejudice run rampant, and the instructors use intimidation, yelling, and other verbally abusive tactics as their only repertoire of instruction..when they are actually instructing. Often, students are shown how to do a skill, and then the instructor disappears, and will be seen sitting in a golf cart across the range chatting and drinking coffee. They rarely stay to assist in correcting skills, and when they do, they holler "what are you doing", "ok, do it your way", "stop the truck", etc.

Off-range driving is horrendous. Trying to coordinate actions, be safe and conscientious, while being yelled at, is stressful at best. For example, I missed a gear and had a continual tirade of "get it in, get it in, stop the truck and get it in gear", followed by a disgusted "tsk", and a head shake. The next guy immediately after me (who was military) missed his gear, he got an elbow bump and "it's ok buddy, you'll get it, you'll get it, it just takes time". This is just one instance, unfortunately there are many more. Additonally I've noticed my driving time is significantly shorter than the males I am with.

I used Trucking Truths review of training schools as my guide in choosing a school and chose Swift based on locale, convenience, and price. Sadly, I am now finding that there are other considerations of which to be mindful; specifically ensuring that as a female, you are treated with respect, given equal time, and ensuring you are actually going into a training environment, not just a driver puppy mill.

Thank You so much for replying to my question. My hubby who happens to be retired military is going through training with Prime Trucking Inc . He went to Missouri to do his orientation for 5 days and then once a trainer picks you then your out on the road immediately for 10,000 miles. He has driven truck before so he wasn't intimidated but I have not. He said the hardest things for him were a few of the backing tests but he passed and now has his CDL. He told me that they don't play around and when the DMV person is with you they pick you apart for everything. He failed the one part but then passed then next day Thank God. We were going to train with Swift 2 months ago until a friend of mine introduced us to the terminal manager at Prime and we took a tour and they are an outstanding company so far. He will be finishing up the last leg of his 30,000 mile training the end of Sept and then I will be going out with him to learn the ropes a bit before I go to school in late Oct. The pre-trip inspection, backing and shifting are my main concerns and knowing that there is usually only one woman in a class of 80 its important that I have some knowledge of driving before I even go. As you said military and men get the respect for the most part so I want to prove them wrong about women drivers. I have met a few very successful women and one would love to train me the second half but since my hubby will be with the company 90 days by the time I'm done Prime will let him train me. I am sorry you have had a terrible experience with Swift and hearing this just confirms the reason why we ended up going with Prime. I hope you finish with flying colors and you have a wonderful and safe experience on the road. I know this is a man dominant career but I am determined to get my license and try this new experience with confidence. Thank you again Nicole

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Training for trucking

Hello ladies my name is Nicole and I am planning on being a team driver with my hubby. He has recently retired from the Navy after 23 years of service and had driven OTR in the past. Since he enjoyed it so much we had discussed the possibility of him driving again and of course he won!! I was against it for quite some time since he has been gone so much over the years and I wanted to spend more time together. My husband had brought up a few great points as the months of pestering went on. He had asked me to join him on the road so not only would we be together working as a team but we can make some serious money to help our kiddo, family and friends if need be and to help with our future as well. He is currently training and towards the last leg of it. I will be going out with him for a few weeks to get the feel of what the trucking life is all about and to learn the ropes before I even start school and training. I already have my CDL permit and also just got the tanker endorsement. I want to be prepared especially with knowing the pre-trip inspection, shifting and backing. Since I am very new at this and I do not know any other women who drive, can any of you gals give me advice and helpful hints on what to expect when testing and training or just being on the road from a woman's perspective? I hope you all have an awesome day. Stay safe. Thank You Nicole

Posted:  4 years ago

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Navy wife intrested in driving team with husband and looking for some honest from the heart advice from you ladies!

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Hello my name is Nicole. My husband is Navy Chief who has decided to retire after 21 years of service and we are looking into driving as a team. We are currently stationed in Lemoore CA but as of the middle of June we will be heading back to PA to spend some much needed time with family that we haven't seen in 2 years and to start a new career path. My husband has been gone on deployments and Dets a lot over the past few years and we would really like a career that we can spend time together and that will allow us to make a great income. We have a 17 year old daughter that will be finishing high school and since we are moving back to the home she was born and raised in and with my mom living with us she will be well taken care of while we are gone for weeks at a time. My husband drove truck over 20 years ago and had his CDL but it has now lapsed so we both will need to go through school and get our CDL's. What we are looking for is a trucking company that will pay for our CDL schooling, offer training and that will also pay us well. we have done some research and talked to recruiters from Schneider, Swift and CRST. Overall CRST seems to have the best program and pay rate but I'm looking for honest opinions from people who drive every day and who see and hear first hand whats what in the trucking industry. We are both very hard working people for put our all into our work. I am especially looking for a company that will honor ample home and family time. We will work our tails off to deliver the loads quickly and efficiently and at this point in our lives we want to put our roots down and have a career that we will enjoy together and driving truck seems to make sense. Can and will anyone give me your opinions??? I would greatly appreciate any help and tips you have. Thank you so much Nicole :)

Posted:  4 years ago

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Married military couple looking to driver OTR as a team

Hello my name is Nicole. My husband is Navy Chief who has decided to retire after 21 years of service and we are looking into driving as a team. We are currently stationed in Lemoore CA but as of the middle of June we will be heading back to PA to spend some much needed time with family that we haven't seen in 2 years and to start a new career path. My husband has been gone on deployments and Dets a lot over the past few years and we would really like a career that we can spend time together and that will allow us to make a great income. We have a 17 year old daughter that will be finishing high school and since we are moving back to the home she was born and raised in and with my mom living with us she will be well taken care of while we are gone for weeks at a time. My husband drove truck over 20 years ago and had his CDL but it has now lapsed so we both will need to go through school and get our CDL's. What we are looking for is a trucking company that will pay for our CDL schooling, offer training and that will also pay us well. we have done some research and talked to recruiters from Schneider, Swift and CRST. Overall CRST seems to have the best program and pay rate but I'm looking for honest opinions from people who drive every day and who see and hear first hand whats what in the trucking industry. We are both very hard working people for put our all into our work. I am especially looking for a company that will honor ample home and family time. We will work our tails off to deliver the loads quickly and efficiently and at this point in our lives we want to put our roots down and have a career that we will enjoy together and driving truck seems to make sense. Can and will anyone give me your opinions??? I would greatly appreciate any help and tips you have. Thank you so much Nicole :)

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