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    Upstate, NY

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    Experienced Driver

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    3 years, 8 months ago

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Posted:  1 day, 17 hours ago

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? concerning my DOT physical

I too suffered with white coat syndrome during my orientation at Prime. Any other day, my readings would fall in the normal range. But that day I hit 160/100. It had to be my nerves.

Not to worry though, they'll give you other chances to pass. They may have you come back later that day or the next and try again. They'll even let you lie down for 10-15 minutes so you can relax and let the stress go before taking another reading. That did the trick for me, bringing my pressure down to an acceptable level, and they issued me a 2-year card.

So don't sweat it. They want you to pass, and will help you do so.

If interested, you can read about my orientation experience in

Turtle's diary

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Does anyone work for McElroy on here

I know we once had someone from McElroy, but for the life of me I can't remember who it was.

Posted:  2 days, 2 hours ago

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Drivers who speed up when you Pass

I'm not talking about holding up lines of traffic. I agree that in a high-traffic situation it's best just to stay in the slow lane. Far safer to just stay out of the way until traffic clears.

But even if there is a mile of open road behind me, when I pull out to pass someone, some 75mph Super Trucker will storm up behind me whining that I don't belong in that lane. I dont care. No I'm not going to pull out in front of someone that's obviously faster than I am, but if I see a shot I'm going to take it.

It's the world we live in with governed trucks, and it's not going to change. There will always be slow trucks, as there will always be faster trucks. One will always want to pass the other.

Who gets to decide when one should pass or not?

The faster truck wants the slow truck to just slow down more instead of passing. The slow truck wants the fast truck to just slow down and wait for the pass to happen. Who's right?

In the big picture, having to slow temporarily won't negatively affect either truck in any measurable way.

As mentioned earlier, if the truck being passed would simply lift off the throttle for just a couple seconds, allowing the pass to happen, things would go smoothly for everybody. As one of the slowest trucks on the road, that's what I always do. Bump off the cruise for about 10 seconds, and everybody is happily on their way. But unfortunately many drivers don't do that.

My point was that getting annoyed is not going to help. It's not going to change anything. We will still get where we need to be.

Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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CRST Training days

Good stuff, Steve! Keep it up!

Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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Drivers who speed up when you Pass

I never flash my high beams to signal another driver. At most I'll turn my low beams off and on as a signal.

*Annoying is driving a 75mph truck behind a 65mph truck passing a 64.5mph truck.

Annoying to you perhaps, but the 65mph truck has just as much of a right to pass as anyone else. The 75mph truck isn't entitled to any special treatment. If you let that kind of stuff get to you, you're in the wrong business.

Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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Tools needed?

dry vans have a wooden floor that sometimes get securement nailed into it.

Flatbeds have wood slats that run the length of the trailer as well, where cleats are often nailed. Receivers will remove the cleats, but the nails usually stay stuck in the floor, creating a very dangerous tripping point. Imagine a nail catching the edge of your boot, sending you over the side... A lot of guys will simply bend the nails over, but my brain won't allow me to do that. I have to pull all the nails.

Posted:  2 days, 7 hours ago

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Accident Over Three Years Old

Welcome to the forum, Dallas.

On applications, you only answer the questions asked .

Q- Have you been involved in any accidents within the previous 3 years?

A- No

Q- Have you received any traffic violations/citations within the previous 3 years?

A- No

You'll be telling the truth when you answer with a No. If they were to ask about the previous 5 years, then yes you would have to disclose the accident and citation.

Answer all questions truthfully, but don't offer any additional information.

We're always happy to help. Good luck.

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

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My Truck Has Been Sold...What!?

We have a file on you...

Posted:  3 days, 4 hours ago

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Be considerate turn off your lights

Also agreed.

Yeah some trucks nowadays don't give you the option of turning the lights off.

Posted:  3 days, 4 hours ago

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5 weeks into Prime PSD Training. Frustrated, unsure, going broke.

40Days, and incredibly unfortunate set of events placed you here. This is not a typical situation. The whole permit thing came as a surprise to many. Stick it out, brother. You are so close to getting it done.

Posted:  4 days, 5 hours ago

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CFI Training in Arizona with Trainco

Good stuff Loa44. Best of luck to you. Keep us updated.


Posted:  4 days, 6 hours ago

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My return to work

Eek, spider bites on your first night!

Continued good luck to you!

Posted:  4 days, 7 hours ago

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Dry van securement

I'm hooked to a stepdeck right now though heading to Denver and life is good.

I'll be rolling to Denver myself in a few, likely only long enough to get unloaded before i boogie to Pueblo.

Posted:  4 days, 7 hours ago

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Heading to Swift in Menasha, WI Monday 9/23!

Good news, Marc. Congratulations!


Posted:  6 days, 22 hours ago

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Home time and rookie driver

Home time every 3 weeks or so is the norm. As you build a solid relationship with your dispatcher, flexibility in home time options will come. An opportunity may arise for an unplanned stop by the house, or you may choose to stay out longer than usual. It'll largely be up to you as long as you're getting it done.

You'll find what works best for you. It may be 3 weeks out and 3 days at home, or 6 weeks out and 6 days at home.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Hit the Driver Appreciation cookout Trifecta.

Psh, the best I could score was a free safety vest from one of our shippers. Another shipper brought in free t-shirts for us, but some jackwagon was seen toting about 30 of em back to his truck.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Prime PSD training, from a trainer's perspective.

I need to get better at phrasing my posts.

I don't intend to underestimate the PSD phase.

I knew what you meant, Rob. There isn't a doubt in my mind that you take this very seriously. My reply was more directed at anyone else reading this in the future.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Enrolled in CDL Training need advice

Welcome Country.

Forget about what one guy said or didn't say about TMC, or McElroy, or any other company for that matter. They are ALL mega-successful companies with proven results. You can be equally successful at any of them.

Search for companies based on your criteria. Such as:

- Type of freight

- Hometime options

- Hiring area

- Areas of the country they run

Etc etc.

You can find reviews for a whole bunch of companies in our Trucking Company Reviews.

When you get your list narrowed down, apply to them all. It's possible that one or more of them aren't interested in you at the time. They may not currently be hiring from your area, or some other reason. So spending a lot of time researching a company might prove fruitless. Apply to them all, see who takes a bite, and fine-tune your choice from there.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Prime PSD training, from a trainer's perspective.

It seems like the quality of the trainer makes the most difference in the TNT phase. My PSD trainer will just teach me how to pass the test, maybe a little about securement.

I get the gist of what you're saying. However, don't underestimate the importance of the PSD phase. You have to crawl before you can walk.

In addition to learning how to pass the test, you're thrust into a crash course of how to handle an 80,000 pound rig in a real-world environment. You absolutely have to be in the right frame of mind to keep your cool in any situation. A good trainer, although appearing relaxed, is hyper vigilant in watching and assessing your traits as a driver, and modifying teaching points on the fly.

PSD is vital to your long term success. Good habits learned there will carry into your every day routine going forward. Bad habits can end a career prematurely. Without the basic fundamentals taught by a quality trainer, you'll enter the field without the skills you need.

TNT is definitely geared towards honing your driving skills, while also paying special attention to the business end of how to be a safe, efficient, productive truck driver. Lots of opportunity there to really learn the tips and tricks. Yes, I could really dig in and teach some good stuff there. Stuff that just can't be explained here in print.

As is always the case, the majority of your real learning will come after you go solo. It's on you then, and you have to come up with ways that work for you and your style. What works in TNT team driving doesn't always work when solo.

You'll get plenty of opportunities to load and unload at customers. Sometimes it'll be during your shift. Other times your trainer will wake you up to see a certain securement technique. Yet other times you'll wake up to find you've already unloaded/reloaded and are now 500 miles away from where you went to sleep. The appointment times will fluctuate from mornings to evenings. I won't lie, it'll be a crazy time full of ups and downs. Part of your trainer's job will be to keep you rested and focused.

I have no doubt you'll do well. All of the research you're doing now will be a great help when the time comes. It'll get very real, very soon.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Prime PSD training, from a trainer's perspective.

40Days and I were literally just a few days and one toothache away from him getting on my truck to complete PSD training. Timing is everything, and it just wasn't there this time.

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