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    Upstate, NY

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    Experienced Driver

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    5 years, 6 months ago

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Posted:  3 days, 17 hours ago

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Old unpaid tickets prior to cdl

I could not get my CDL at Prime orientation due to an unpaid surcharge stemming from a traffic citation in North Carolina some 20+ years prior. The citation was paid way back then, but the unknown surcharge slipped by me, and Missouri wouldn't give me my CDL until I resolved it.

Get it taken care of.

Posted:  1 week ago

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General question about endorsements

Hmm, y'all got me rethinking the cost now. According to NYS.gov the current fee for fingerprinting services is $101.75 through Identogo.

I just renewed my CDL with endorsements two weeks ago. The cost is still $5 to retake the written Hazmat test, and $172.50 to renew.

I still feel like they had their way with me...

Posted:  1 week ago

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General question about endorsements

I guess so. $175 for me here in NY. Lousy communist state

Posted:  1 week ago

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General question about endorsements

No, you don't necessarily need the endorsements. But for the paltry sum of $5 apiece for each written test, why not go ahead and get the simple endorsements, making yourself more versatile and marketable in the process?

The background check for the HazMat endorsement will cost upwards of $175ish, however. Still a small price to pay for the increased potential, in my opinion.

Just another angle to look at it from.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Sleeper and Off Duty Time

As long as you are not on the driveline for at least 30 consecutive minutes, the cumulative effect of any combination of on-duty, off-duty, or sleeper will satisfy the 30 minute break

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Prime's physical test for flatbed division

There were other parts of the agility test, as well. Such as climbing 3-4 rungs up a ladder and back down 3 times in a row, followed by a heart rate check. Of course, this was like 5 years ago, so things may have changed.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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First at fault accident

You never reverse. Ever.

This

You'll be fine. Acknowledge your fault and determine to never do it again.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Prime's physical test for flatbed division

I started my driving career as a flatbedder at Prime.

Picking up a box that weighs 100 lbs and lifting it to your chest

Yes, a weighted milk crate, but it wasn't 100lbs. More like 50lbs, if that. Nothing to worry about, females do it too.

taking a rolled tarp off a 6 ft shelf, putting it on the ground, then putting it back on the shelf?

Yes, but the shelf is only around 4'6, the same height as a flatbed deck.

How much does the tarp weigh?

I can't remember exactly, but I recall it being 60-70lbs. With proper lifting technique it isn't a problem. The trick is in keeping the momentum of the lift all the way up to the deck. Firmly grab the sides of the tarp, lift with your legs, and then use one knee or the other to assist your arms for the remaining boost up to the deck. All one motion. It's all about the momentum.

The agility test isn't as much about testing your strength as it is to see if you're using safe lifting techniques to avoid injury.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Back To The Walmart Account

Nah, I was just saying my DC was the place to be man. That's all. But since you mentioned it, jeans, sneakers, and a collared shirt hardly constitute a uniform.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Back To The Walmart Account

Nobody said you had to wear a uniform. Dedicated drivers don't, unless of course you count the tracksuits and flip-flops I often see.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Back To The Walmart Account

DC 6096 Johnstown, NY is where it's at fellas. Just saying.

Congrats, Jamie

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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HOS Rules; New 8/2 or 7/3 Split

Bobcat, yours is a company policy put in place to conform to 2021 Illinois state labor laws requiring employers to provide a 30 minute meal break to any employees working beyond 8 hours in a shift. From a legal standpoint, there is nothing requiring you to take that break off-duty. FMCSA has clear guidance on this. However, you must still follow your company's policy, of course.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Got a microwave/air fryer/convection oven

Don't know about the microwave, but I'll have to taste some of that lasagna for um... Quality control

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Companies that train felons?

They won't know it's only CBD. They test for, among other illicit drugs, marijuana, from which CBD is derived.

Most CBD products will have trace amounts of THC, the chemical which will cause you to fail.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Life360 app (some might consider stalking with permission, LOL)

I tried that a few years ago, right after I started driving, for us orientation buddies to keep track of each other. I found that it drained my battery way too quickly, and uninstalled the app soon thereafter.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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How to survive training

Take a breath, put on a fake smile, and do your job. You'll get through this.

Unfortunately a lot of trainers are ill-equipped for the job. The training is such a short time that will be over quickly with a little perseverance.

Kill em with kindness.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Just a little bumed out

The applications ask about issues 3 to 5 to 7 to sometimes 10 years ago.

I've never seen an application ask about a criminal background in such a manner. Every one I've seen asks: "Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony?"

This is likely the reason you were rejected, not the misdemeanor itself. People with old misdemeanors and felonies get hired every day. I know because I'm one of them.

I agree that you must move on, just be very careful with answering the applications correctly and truthfully. Pay very close attention to how the questions are worded. One oversight on your part can make it appear as if you're trying to hide something, which leads to instant rejection. Good luck.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Just a little bumed out

Did you disclose it on the application?

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Just failed offset backing manuever...help

Hi Dollie, the backing maneuvers can be tough, especially in a testing situation.

If you look here, I give a pictorial demonstration of the offset. It may not always work in a real world situation, but it'll hopefully get you through the examination. Of course it helps to have lots of practice first. Good luck!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Safety question -

It's usually far easier to back in from the street than to back out into the street. My advice would be to pull over and walk up to assess the in/out situation before doing anything. I learned very early on in my flatbed career to not even think twice about blocking a lane so that I can better plan my attack and exit.

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