Profile For Slim Lou

Slim Lou's Info

  • Location:
    Richmond, VA

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    8 years, 8 months ago

Slim Lou's Bio

On my way to Prime!

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Posted:  8 years, 7 months ago

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Pre-Trip Inspection - My Way! A must see!

I'm current PSD and this is better than what we've been given in our folder or our Prime app.

I started studying this two weeks before I got here. I then took my own pictures once I arrived. My instructor is going to be pleasantly surprised!

My only question is you didn't mention trailer torsion bar.

Posted:  8 years, 7 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

How's it going out there? The main forum has had discussions about finding trainers and my take away from those was to actually seem like you want to be there, treat every one new you meet with the same respect and professionalism as everyone else (don't complain about the training, seem interested, don't bring up taboo subjects like religion, politics, or whatever else. You never know who might be a trainer.) Don't hole yourself up in your room, try to be out practicing pretrip or sims or trying to learn period. Basically it all comes down to be eager to learn and keep yourself visible while you're being eager to learn. Your location can have an effect on finding a trainer sometimes as well. Good luck and let us know how it's going!

I have done all you suggested. I now have an instructor. In three weeks I'll be looking for a TNT driver.

Posted:  8 years, 7 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

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Prime should take so many new students if they can't service the ones already here. People waiting for two weeks for an instructor.

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Do they give you the freedom to practice on the sim or out in the yard?

Yeah. Simulator from 7 to 1130.. Alternate between simulator room and learning lot for pretrip. Then out to print east for the same thing you did for half the time in the morning. Stare at a truck to memorize pretrip.

Posted:  8 years, 7 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

Prime should take so many new students if they can't service the ones already here. People waiting for two weeks for an instructor.

Posted:  8 years, 7 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

Waiting on an instructor.

Posted:  8 years, 7 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

Well, I'm checked in Campus Inn. I have a room to myself until tomorrow. I had to walk from the greyhound terminal as prime security was too busy to pick me up and the shuttle had stop running by 22:45 fourth of July.

I didn't mine the walk. Motel security seems friendly enough. What students I see just stare. I'm all smiles.

Went into the sim lab. The guy running the lab, doesn't have much in the way of people skills, but he has a nice cowboy hat.

Wasn't able to practice in the sim, just had my medical forms printed out. So, today, I'm just waiting for tomorrow.

Need to find food and I'm not a Walmart shopper. Can't take the shuttle as I have no badge yet.

Motel personnel, not security.

No edit feature for post on this forum? Seems it should be a basic feature to avoid extra post like this one just for corrections.

Posted:  8 years, 7 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

Well, I'm checked in Campus Inn. I have a room to myself until tomorrow. I had to walk from the greyhound terminal as prime security was too busy to pick me up and the shuttle had stop running by 22:45 fourth of July.

I didn't mine the walk. Motel security seems friendly enough. What students I see just stare. I'm all smiles.

Went into the sim lab. The guy running the lab, doesn't have much in the way of people skills, but he has a nice cowboy hat.

Wasn't able to practice in the sim, just had my medical forms printed out. So, today, I'm just waiting for tomorrow.

Need to find food and I'm not a Walmart shopper. Can't take the shuttle as I have no badge yet.

Posted:  8 years, 8 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

Well, I'm on the bus! Wow!

It's real now. There's another guy going to trucking school, getting back into it. I think he said he was going to maverick?

I profiled him. He said why do you ask if I'm going to trucking school? Do I look the part? I said I noticed he was the only clean cut guy on the bus like me, so it had to be for a job. We laughed.

Posted:  8 years, 8 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

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Check the following distance of vehicles around you and match what they are doing to keep uniformity in the driving pattern.

This is given as a correct answer to following distance determination in the study guide here.

This can't be right.

Quote From The CDL Manual:

To know how much space you have, wait until the vehicle ahead passes a shadow on the road, a pavement marking, or some other clear landmark. Then count off the seconds like this: "one thousand-and-one, one thousand-and-two" and so on, until you reach the same spot.

Compare your count with the rule of 1 second for every 10 feet of length. If you are driving a 40-foot truck and only counted up to 2 seconds, you are too close. Drop back a little and count again until you have 4 seconds of following distance (or 5 seconds, if you are going over 40 mph).

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Your progress has been temporarily halted because you are 0 for 2 on question #90.

To determine your safe following distance, you should do all of the following except:

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Posted:  8 years, 8 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

Check the following distance of vehicles around you and match what they are doing to keep uniformity in the driving pattern.

This is given as a correct answer to following distance determination in the study guide here.

This can't be right.

Quote From The CDL Manual:

To know how much space you have, wait until the vehicle ahead passes a shadow on the road, a pavement marking, or some other clear landmark. Then count off the seconds like this: "one thousand-and-one, one thousand-and-two" and so on, until you reach the same spot.

Compare your count with the rule of 1 second for every 10 feet of length. If you are driving a 40-foot truck and only counted up to 2 seconds, you are too close. Drop back a little and count again until you have 4 seconds of following distance (or 5 seconds, if you are going over 40 mph).

Your progress has been temporarily halted because you are 0 for 2 on question #90.

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