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    MO

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    3 years, 11 months ago

Nomad Novelist's Bio

Rookie Flatbedder & Fiction Writer.

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Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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A PSA for those considering Prime Inc.

Sadly, yes. Unless you stop taking it immediately, and "forget" to list it on your medical questionnaires, which you'll hand in on Day1 of orientation. Ritalin allegedly clears the system in 24 - 48 hours, so you might get lucky. Allegedly.

I'm a flatbedder with Prime right now, but I had to wait a month and then come back to orientation with a note from my doctor saying I could function without the meds.

I miss a few exits now and then, but the pay is still good. ;)

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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New CDL holder. Woot!

I just trifecta'd my CDL today at Prime. I did the accelerated local night program instead of PSD. I hit the road with my flatbed TNT instructor tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM.

Thanks again to everyone here on Trucking Truth. The information has been invaluable. After I upgrade to solo, I'll start blogging / posting / YouTubing more frequently. For now, gotta focus!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Anybody at Prime waiting for a PSD/TNT Trainer...?

Half Doberman, half Chihuahua...

;)

Actually, I have no idea what he is, but when he talks to me, he definitely has a southern accent of some kind. Could be southern MO. Could be Texan...

"You either *FUR* us, or against us."

Hmm. Leaning toward Texan.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Anybody at Prime waiting for a PSD/TNT Trainer...?

Nice! Another German Shepherd guy...

Hey Ken, he can't be all that bad... LOL!

JJ

I'll have you know, that is a rare, Ozarkian, Dober-uahua. :)

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Anybody at Prime waiting for a PSD/TNT Trainer...?

Hi Ken. I'm starting at Orientation this coming Monday, April 4th. Not sure if you're looking for PSDs or just TNTs. Also, my heart is set on flatbed...does it even matter what you train on during the PSD phase? Or only for TNT?

I've read through some of your posts here, and you're obviously a helpful guy. So I'm interested, if you are. If not, no offense taken.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Daousts New Adventure

Thanks for the tips, J. Johns. Much appreciated.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Daousts New Adventure

Hey Daoust!

Thanks for sharing your journal. I'm interested in that accelerated program when I come back on the 4th of April. Just got cleared to return today. You'll probably be on a trainer truck by then, but maybe I'll bump into you.

Any words of wisdom for getting invited to the accelerated program?

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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A PSA for those considering Prime Inc.

I get your point, Brett. And I don't necessarily disagree. It was merely a review of the literature, after all. But then, if I was trying to write a research paper here (not my intent), I would have found more studies.

That said, I'm still inclined to believe what both the doctor *at* Prime, and a member of *their* Orientation department told me: "This is all about liability." The doctor also told me that she didn't personally believe Ritalin should be banned there, but that it wasn't her call.

Safety. I get it. And I'm 1,000% for it. But this is about litigation. I take zero unnecessary risks in life. Life is too short, too precious, and I've got a lot left to accomplish before I die.

As I've said before, I'm frustrated, but not necessarily with Prime. It's a societal thing.

And just because you've done something safely doesn't mean it's safe to do.

Lawyers are making the call about safety in this case, not doctors. Because I had note-in-hand from my doctor stating that I'm completely safe to take Ritalin and drive a CMV without risk.

Anyway, I respect your opinion. I hope this response isn't viewed as stirring the pot. Not my intent. The conversation never seems to go well when someone has a different opinion than the moderators.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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A PSA for those considering Prime Inc.

Interesting *science* on Ritalin:

"Results

Current data support the utility of stimulant medication in improving driving performance in younger ADHD drivers."

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2277254/

Fortunately, for me, I wasn't taking Ritalin for anything driving related. I had a perfect driving record prior taking Ritalin, a perfect driving record on Ritalin, and I'll likely have a perfect record off of it again. It's just sad that our litigious culture is actually causing companies to ignore what the science says, so they can avoid potential lawsuits in the event of an accident.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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A PSA for those considering Prime Inc.

See, this is why being a girl has its advantages. We get a more derogatory term than "curmudgeon", but it comes with no age limitations.

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Nice.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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A PSA for those considering Prime Inc.

Most days I am grumpy, contrary, and enjoy debating most any subject. However, I like to chalk it all up to the romance of transforming into the classic curmudgeon that society loves. An old curmudgeon can get by with a lot of behavior, that a younger person would never be allowed, and most people think it is funny and cute.

Just another opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade.

Thanks for sharing this, Dutch. It's a great perspective. One I'll adopt... But I have a quick question for you:

Is 40 old enough to get away with being a curmudgeon? confused.gif

I still get carded most of the time. :)

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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A PSA for those considering Prime Inc.

Nothing to bash them for at this point.

For the record, I'm not bashing Prime, either. I'm happy with them. They're a great company. And I'll be back.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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A PSA for those considering Prime Inc.

Thanks for the support here on TruckingTruth. I'm with Miss Miyoshi on this: I'm not quitting Prime unless they force me to (which they're not going to do, unless two different people lied to my face; I think they're better than that).

So after sleeping on it last night, I've decided to go ahead and abide by their "no Ritalin" policy, even though I think it's misguided, unfair, and a few other flavors of @#$% I'll keep to myself.

Others here have pointed out issues and reasonings around this topic that make sense. Much of which I agree with. While I definitely have a lot more to say on the topic, I'll keep it to myself. I want this job; I'm sure folks here can understand my reticence to be more vocal than I already have.

I will touch on whether DOT banned it, or Prime banned it, though: Almost certainly, it was Prime. DOT lists this medication as "at doctor's discretion." I checked that three months ago—because if it was banned by DOT, then I would have had plenty of time to go off of it / find alternatives. That's what's so frustrating...I was as proactive as I could have been without "forcing" Prime to tell me it was banned...which they won't do, because of potential legal repercussions.

I'll keep everyone posted. Odds are, I'll be back at Orientation on April 4th. In the meantime, I can get a few more things done around the house.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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A PSA for those considering Prime Inc.

There are alternatives that are approved. Unfortunately, the one they mentioned (Strattera) was what I was first prescribed, and it made me very sick.

This is frustrating. I'm not going to lie. Prime is a great company, and I'll probably just suck it up and play ball with them. I do, however, find their policy very unfortunate. I'm having ZERO adverse side effects on this medication, and plenty of benefits.

On the bright side, it doesn't matter too much if I'm a little less social when alone in the cab of my truck, so I guess I can make due.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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A PSA for those considering Prime Inc.

First off, after two days of Orientation, I can tell you that Prime appears to be a great company. It's well run, the people are friendly and knowledgeable, and the equipment is top of the line.

But, if you plan to work for them, make sure you're not on any banned medications...

What is the list of banned medications?

I don't know. And they won't tell you. For legal reasons. They said it would be "discriminatory." Their contracted medical provider (Trinity Health), however, *can* and will disqualify for you for banned medications...

What I can tell you, is that Ritalin (methylphenidate) is banned. Probably Adderall, too, since they're very similar.

The (sort of) good news is, I can come back next month if I go off my medication and have my doctor say that I can function without it. This is what I'll probably do, since Prime is a very good company, and I liked what I saw so far at Orientation.

Still, it's frustrating. I've been ready to attend for more than a month. I obtained my permit ahead of time, with *all* endorsements. A heads-up would have saved me a lot of time and some money. And now, if I want to work there, I'll have to grapple with a reduced quality of life. I can certainly get by without Ritalin; I did for 27 years, and even obtained a Masters degree in the process. But, I will be a grumpier, less social, and more scatter-brained person without medication. Doable, but not ideal.

Anyway, I don't owe them any money, and they'll waive the next Orientation fee if I come back next month. I just hope this post helps someone avoid a wasted trip.

Though I'll likely continue with Prime, if anyone KNOWS of another company that doesn't care about prescribed Ritalin (or if you're a driver who takes it and got it cleared), I'd love to hear about it. PM me if you don't want to advertise your meds.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Hurting Hands, Hurting for Advice

Good tips, above, but I'm going to give you something different to focus on: Sugar intake—specifically, minimizing it.

I've found that too much sugar causes me inflammation and joint pain similar to what you're describing.

By cutting out all simple sugars (candies, soda, and juices) and also minimizing starchy carbohydrates (breads, pastas, crackers, and snack foods) you'll greatly reduce the levels and number of spikes of insulin in your body while reducing inflammation.

So, if you've got a sweet tooth, or if you eat a lot of starchy carbs, try cutting way back and replacing those calories with leafy green vegetables, healthy fats (like coconut oil and butter and bacon and nuts), and protein (like steak and eggs).

I wouldn't be surprised if your hand pain disappears after trying this for a week or two.

Just note that you'll probably feel lethargic for a few days eating this way, until your body adjusts. Just bear with with. After 4-5 days, you'll feel amazing.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Flatbed clothing

Given that flatbed drivers will be out in the elements often, getting dirty / sweaty while securing loads, I'm curious if anyone's come up with a combo of clothing that works well for them (one for hot weather, another for cold)?

Do you change into a loading / tarping set of clothes you'll get dirty, and then back into something clean when you're ready to drive? Or do you wear coveralls over the same clothes you secure a load and drive in?

What about rain? Do you carry dedicated waterproof rain gear (like a motorcyclist would), or do you just change into dry clothes later?

Footwear? I keep hearing steel toe boots are a must...but do you change into something more comfortable when driving? Do you wear rubber boots when it's raining / snowing?

Do you carry extra pairs of gloves and hats for when it's wet outside?

Sorry for the dumb questions, but I feel like more thought has to go into this when you can't simply go inside and sit in front of the fireplace when you're driving a truck.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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High Road Training Program - Thanks!

as well as a completed TSA background check for HazMat.

I missed that step... How do you get the TSA background check ahead of time?

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Prime Inc.

Hey Craig. You are living the life. Good on you.

I'd love to hear your travel tips. Are you at Prime?

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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High Road Training Program - Thanks!

I just took and passed my CDL-A learner's permit, and obtained all possible endorsements.

The only thing I studied was the High Road Training Program">High Road program here on the website. I didn't even do the review questions for some of the sections; just read the material.

Thanks, Brett! Good stuff.

I look forward to digging into the cargo securement, logbook, and weight & balance sections now.

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