Profile For Turtle

Turtle's Info

  • Location:
    Upstate, NY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 3 months ago

Turtle's Bio

Originally from FL. At age 19 I went to visit friends for the summer in upstate NY. On my first day there I met the woman I was destined to marry and never went home again. 30 years later and I still live in New York, with the same beautiful wife. Of course I do get back to Jax a couple times a year to visit the family, but I've made a nice home in NY.

Also at age 19 I got into the flooring business as an installer apprentice. After a couple of years I acquired enough experience and knowledge to branch out on my own, running my own successful flooring sales and installation business for the next 27 years.

In 2015 I finally began to tire of all things flooring. There was no passion left in what I was doing, and I began to feel like a mere robot mindlessly going about my daily routine.

With my son now grown and out of the house, I saw an opportunity to finally do something I've only thought about up till then. Driving a truck has always been on my bucket list. My dad and grandfather both drove trucks, and so I knew a little about the business.

My wife was totally on board with the idea, and she's now rides with me full time. This experience has been better than expected. The rest as they say is history. We're still rolling.

Thanks for listening.

Email Rtlang69@gmail.com

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Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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Throwback Thursday - Photos From Back In The Day

I'm right there with ya OS

Circa 1988. I'm the one in the middle.

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And more recently, 2011 ish. Note the custom drink holder in front of me :)

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Posted:  1 day, 14 hours ago

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Prime PSD training, from a trainer's perspective.

It truly is a feel-good story of immigration working the way it should. He's worked hard to reach this point. His U.S. citizenship should come through in a few more months, and you can really see the appreciation he has for all he's accomplished.

Working with him really has been a great experience. I haven't gotten over how polite and respectful he is. His eagerness to learn and work hard is going to be one of his biggest strengths.

We return to Pittston tomorrow to get him tested out, and they already have a new PSD ready to hop on my truck.

I just may like this training thing...

Posted:  2 days, 22 hours ago

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SpriMo Bound for Prime Orientation... Anyone Else?

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Posted:  2 days, 22 hours ago

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Prime PSD training, from a trainer's perspective.

What's happening with PSD training?

Well, I'm actually glad you asked. At first, I wasn't going to bore you guys with the details of another student. He's been with me for just a few days, and the training has largely gone the same as the last student.

Although he came to Prime with a CDL acquired through a driving school, I suspect the school just "pushed him through". He can drive ok, always safe and aware of his surroundings. But his backing skills were lacking, and pre-trip knowledge was nonexistent. Following driving school, he drove an expedited straight truck for Panther. In his own words, they just threw him and another newbie into a truck as a team, and sent them on their way.

Aside from that, they paid him as a 1099 independent contractor, and he soon found out it was not working out to his benefit. Not that I'm trying to knock Panther here, just relaying the story as it was told to me.

Anyway, we've had several days to dive deep into practice, and he's improved dramatically. As I mentioned before, this trainiing is condensed, intended only to mold him into shape for an in-house exam, scheduled for Friday. I'm confident he'll pass that without any problems. Following the exam, he is still required to complete 30k miles of road training with a TNT trainer.

Now... on to the cool part. At least for me anyway. There's an unexpected aspect of training that I hadn't considered.

He's from Ghana, West Africa. 6 yrs ago he was accepted into some kind of travel lottery, allowing him to come to America. I still haven't quite got a grip on how that works, but he considers himself incredibly lucky to be chosen. It took a year for him to save enough to cover the travel expense to get here.

Upon arrival in the US, he was placed in contact with a host family, with whom he lived for 3 months. After saving more money, he was able to get his own place. Mind you, he had zero family or friends here, and just jumped head long into this new opportunity. Sometimes working 3 jobs, and I'll explain why in a little bit. Dock worker, gas station attendant, taxi driver, uber, you name it. He kept himself busy. All the while saving every spare penny he had. Eventually he found his self-described "passion" was driving.

He freely told me all this information, so I don't think I'm betraying his trust by saying this. He comes from a very poor family, with 7 other siblings back in Africa. Keeping enough money for himself to survive, he also sends money back to Africa to help support his family. As the eldest son, he feels it's his obligation to do so. This opportunity placed before him has given him a chance to bring his family out of poverty, and I can't describe just how thankful he is. I won't go too deep into that, but let's just say it opened my eyes to just how good some of us have it, compared to others.

For me, this opportunity has allowed me to learn so much more about a different culture from what I'm accustomed to. I've peppered him with literally dozens of questions so far, all of which he gladly answers. It's completely fascinating to me to learn of the cultural, social, and familial differences between us. In some ways I feel like a better person for it. It's hard to explain. Two guys from different worlds, living in a truck. That's kinda cool.

Posted:  4 days, 6 hours ago

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Help with incab brake test in Texas

Oops, I totally missed the big "Texas" in your post title...

Posted:  4 days, 6 hours ago

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Help with incab brake test in Texas

What state are you in Daniel? Does the video you studied apply to your state? Some states have different requirements when it comes to the order in which the brake tests are administered, as well as certain wording they prefer to be used. You need to be sure you are studying info specific to your state.

Posted:  5 days, 7 hours ago

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SpriMo Bound for Prime Orientation... Anyone Else?

Yeah, we'll be the group that looks like they're just coming off a bender.

Well, that pretty much resembles 90% of those attending orientation. You'll fit right in, don't sweat it. Try to get as much rest as you can, tomorrow will be a big day. Good luck!

I'm so glad I flew to orientation...

Posted:  6 days, 8 hours ago

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Prime Inc TNT students will see increased mileage requirements in training

The Kool-Aid is very strong here. There's a fountain of it in the cafe.

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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New driver legs and but are killing me!

The suggestions offered by Packrat and Brett are exactly what helped me after I first started out. My back and legs were bothering me in the same way. I believe it was Errol who mentioned lowering the seat until my knees were level or slightly higher than my waist. It helped immediately.

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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Prime Inc TNT students will see increased mileage requirements in training

Could it also be that Prime is enjoying the better production of the team training arrangement?

Perhaps that's part, but not all of it. Most trainers pick up a new student as soon as one finishes their 30k anyway, so the production is there regardless of how many miles the student is required to complete. Some trainers even try to entice their students to stay on with them past their 30k commitment.

Whatever the reason, the changes could truly backfire, as you say. Either trainers will stop training, or recruits may stop coming to Prime. I guess time will tell. The suited bean-counters have crunched the numbers, I assume.

Meanwhile, I like my place as a PSD Trainer.

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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Prime Inc TNT students will see increased mileage requirements in training

The PSD school instructor like Turtle could get a couple thousand in bonuses for one student depending on how long they stay with Prime

True, but that's putting a lot of faith in the student staying with Prime a full year. Wishful thinking for some. The potential is there, certainly.

Also, if I were to leave Prime at some point in the future, I'd be forfeiting any upcoming bonuses from students I'd mentored in the year leading up to my leaving. In other words, the retention bonuses kind of entice me to stay as well.

Posted:  6 days, 10 hours ago

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Prime Inc TNT students will see increased mileage requirements in training

There was more to the announcement, explaining the seat classifications.

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Posted:  1 week ago

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Pre trip- what is the DOT requirement

Good questions, Marc.

The short answer is: You are the captain of the ship, even if it's his ship. When you are behind the wheel, it's your call, and your license.

I told my student from day one to only do what he feels comfortable with, in terms of speed. Yes I would often grumble "c'mon already!" under my breath. But never would I rush him. Nor should your trainer. You have enough on your plate as it is without worrying about that.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Off to PrimeSpringfield 6/3

Welcome Judith, and good luck at Prime.

Yes, this change has been rumored for a little while now. I've hesitated to say anything until I had some firm details. But yup as of 6/3 any new recruits will be required to complete 50k miles before upgrading to A seat. That's 50k total truck miles, the same as when 30k was required.

Any current trainee out now will only have to complete the agreed-upon 30k. But you may not be brought back in to upgrade until a truck is available for you. I guess this is preferable to having a trainee sit in limbo at the terminal waiting for a truck. Additionally, any current trainee will be paid $300 per week extra for any miles over the 30k threshold.

This is all being done in response to a slowing market. They're trying to keep revenue at an even keel by not flooding the company with too many new recruits/drivers.

That's how I understand it so far, anyway.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Prime PSD training, from a trainer's perspective.

I plan to park the truck at our terminal in SLC, and spend at least a few days touring the park. We've been all around it in the truck, but have never had the opportunity to see the interior.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Question for florida natives or knowledgable

And I hear you about I-4. That highway is just brutal

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Question for florida natives or knowledgable

75 is definitely smoother, no doubt about that. Just set the cruise and go. I like to break it up once in awhile for some variety

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Flatbed Variety

Wow, that definitely looks like a fun one. You're absolutely right, it's the challenge that makes it fun.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Rainy

* taking note of Rob's last known GPS position

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Rainy

Close. Will turn to stone.

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