Profile For PR aka Road Hog

PR aka Road Hog's Info

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    Started Sept 3rd 2013, GA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    6 years, 2 months ago

PR aka Road Hog's Bio

Forced to travel as a kid, chose to travel as an adult. Got married, had kids, quit the road to be at home. Became a father, Became a husband, kinda lost my sense of self. Kids are grown, about to be gone. Ready to get to the places I never got to, and hopefully, have the wife come along on some of the rides. Time to continue living the dream.

Studying the High Road, getting paperwork in order, hoping to start company sponsored school Sept / Oct. 2013

Found this site, reading all the various blogs (very informative), and using the study material to prepare for the written. Very informative, and very helpful. At the same time, learning so much more about what to expect on the road. A truly remarkable site

Graduated, completed training now a solo driver for Prime. Lovin every minute of it

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Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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HAZMAT Endorsement and TWIC Card

I HIGHLY recommend the sites High Road Training program. It boils it all down into easily understood language, and does so in a manner that reinforces the correct answer.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Are all Prime governed at 60mph?

If you drive for Prime I suggest you set the cruise on 58 and role. I found that to be the 'sweet spot' for hitting my fuel bonus.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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For those heading to Prime for training...

Did they go into detail about home time for company drivers?? They'll tell you the policy is 1 day home for 7 days worked. But not that days you work over 21 or 28 don't carry over. IE if you stay out 25 days you get 3 days off earned. The extra 4 you had over the 21 don't carry over to the next trip. You lose them.

If anyone else had it different, I'd like to know.

I drove for prime, and yes you accrue 1 day for each 7 out. Home time cannot be any longer than 4 days, though did me good once or twice when I need it and got extra. The do accrue, so you can use them whenever, Mine never expired.

As far as training, company policy is no home time until you go solo, and you will go with a load. My Dispatcher was pretty cool, and always got me into town a day or so early, allowing me extra free time. Also, any day you drive any portion of the load, counts as a drive day. So say my home time is scheduled mon-thurs, my dispatcher will try to get me a load delivering Sunday. Sometimes, morning, sometimes evening, but almost always a day early.

As far as getting by home, I wouldn't count on it. I live in Atlanta, Ga but as a rule my dispatcher kept me everywhere but the South East. Now, I've also talked to other driver's that said differently, so maybe it varies by dispatcher.

As far as actually taking home time? that really is entirely up to you, and yes, you can go home every 4 weeks, (minimum time out for Prime). But keep in mind your pay is directly related to your miles, as is your dispatcher's pay. The difference is you Dispatcher might have 45 drivers on his / her board. Now if you take home time every 4 weeks, you might 'slip down' the list of your dispatcher better drivers. I usually took home time every 6-8 weeks. Another thing to consider, is if you take 4 days off every month, thats the equivalent of taking 6-7 weeks off per year. That could make the difference of a 37K annually, or only 30K.

Finally, Prime does not have regional routes, though they did have me on somewhat of a schedule as far as places I went. Indy was popular, Maine, Massachusetts, Virginia, Nashville, Michigan, Dallas, Houston, Idaho - Potatoes, California LA and Santa Maria - produce., Utah, New Jersey .... well you get the idea. By the time you finish training and start solo, you will start going .... I remember this place..... And say hello to the Nestle bunny for me.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Jake break question

I don't know this for sure either, but if I understand it correctly, the engine brake is exactly that, a brake. And in slick conditions, you don't want to ride the brake, as that can cause a slip or spin out. By down shifting, you lower the rpm's, thus slowing your speed, and the torque, which can also play a part.

Just my 2 cents worth.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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What is your time out with a trainer like?

Hi Linda, Another thing to consider is that part of the trainer / instructors job is too push you, to evaluate what kind of decisions he makes in various situations. The hours can certainly be long on the road, and I can tell that more than once I would get stuck at a shipper / receiver that would take so long to load / unload me that it completely disrupted my sleep cycle. So part of it is getting used to those hours.

The second part is, that if 'they' are drying 18 hours a day, then they probably are driving 'team', each driving a 9 hour shift, with a 30 min lunch in there and even a fuel stop, both of which easily add an hour to your day.

My instructor would often, intentionally, try to push my buttons to see how I would react. I'm sure you know, just driving a car can get you riled up with people cutting you off, or slowing you down, or not letting you out. If your son is one to start talking to himself and 'cussin out the other drivers, he may not be a good candidate for trucking. Especially considering he's driving a vehicle thats close to 70' long with tractor and trailer, and can easily weigh 70-80,000 lbs. You don't want a hot head in that situation.

The point is, all the 'chatter' is about evaluating him. Is he willing to drive faster just because his instructor say to? What about when he is out on his own? Also, the amount of miles you run, directly relates to your paycheck, and its a common way to think when driving. Can I hit 3,000 miles this week? Or is it going to be more like 1,700? at .35-.40 cpm, thats about a $500 a week difference. And if you want to hit 3,000 miles a week, your gonna tap out your clock where you won't be able to drive.

Worst case scenario, he has to put with his instructor for 4-6 weeks, and then a trainer for 3-4 months before getting out on his own. It's small potatoes compared to learning how to drive a rig. I'm sure he will be fine.

Happy Holidays !!

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Leaving for Prime training Saturday, some questions

I went through Prime also, great company. I sweated the pre-trip also, so I know the boat you're in. What really made the difference for me was 2 things. !st, when you're out on the Pad, there are generally 'spotters' out there while you pull forward the 1st time. It the deep corner, there was a tractor with the hood popped, to expose the engine. They went through the pre-trip with us, and physically showed us where each piece was and what had to be checked. Seeing the part, and putting a name to it made a big difference for me, and allowed the memorization of the study sheet. So if at all possible, have an instructor or spotter or even another driver to actually show you where everything is.

The 2nd thing that made a difference was "A-B-C" and "C-B-B". Anything that holds air or fluid, is "A-B-C", no Abrasions, Bulges or Cuts. Everything else, "C-B-B", not Cracked, Bent or Broken.

If all else fails, stop in the tractor shop and ask if one of the mechanics can show you a few things. They probably will, some good folks in there.

Hope it helps, and good luck!

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Truck Stop Shower Supplies?

While we are on the topic of showers, I was wondering, If the hot water goes out durring yiur shower do you get a refund?

While the showers rarely run out of hot water, if they do, just mention it to the clerk / cashier, and they will put another one on your card.

A more probable issue you will have, is the water going from whatever temp you have it set at, to scalding hot every 30-45 seconds !! These truck stops do not install back flow preventers on their faucets, and don't want to spend the extra $100+ per valve to prevent this. Sooo, every time someone flushes a toilet, you get full on hot water on your body.

Be prepared, and Beware.

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Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Be Careful in Orlando!!

The really amazing part of this post is that a driver actually FOUND a parking spot in Orlando !!!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Cooking in the cab.

If there is one thing ive heard 1000 times about trucking OTR its bring your own food. So i was wondering what id your favorite food item to bring , what is you meal that you like to make in your truck. And what cooking utensils/machine do you use to make it. I'll hanf up now and listen to your response.

If you can. put in a fridge/freezer and get the small george forman grill. I would cook steak, chicken fish, whatever I wanted. At the Wally World I would p/u cans of fruit and always keep 2-3 cold inn the fridge. Top it off with a microwave and cans of soup, cans of veggies and pouches of chicken and ramen noodles, and I always had a meal to go in about 15 mins. for snacks, nothing beats pb&j or a pouch of tuna. Plus I always kept ketchup mustard and mayo in the fridge along with some drinks. Add a jar of soy sauce and some salt and pepper and I eat like a king.

Love wally world !!! smile.gif

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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Advice for a long bus ride to CDL school

1st. I suggest you take a good pillow and a fanny cushion. Those seats are seriously uncomfortable. 2nd. Most busses have wifi on them, and also plug ins. Take a laptop 3rd. Take a permit book to study as a back up, but i HIGHLY recommend Bretts High Road Study Guide. Its the best way to prep for your exams.

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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ABC News report last night regarding sleep deprived truck drivers

Don't know about other companies, but Prime is superb about watching your hours. Here the motto is "You are the captain of your own ship". Meaning, if you are sleep deprived, tell your dispatcher and get your sleep. Ive a few 'tug-of-wars" with dispatch, like when I've been sitting for 12+ hours at a loader/receiver or stuck at a yard, and when my truck is empty, o repaired, its at the 'end' of my day. But for the most part, I have the say in whether I drive or not. Dispatch may not be 'thrilled' with my decision to sleep, but in the end, they would rather I sleep than wreck. Bottom line, your the driver and its YOUR call.

Posted:  4 years, 12 months ago

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Healthy eating for truck drivers

I use the Nutribullet every day for a smoothie. Its quick to make an easy to clean. I buy bananas apples strawberries blueberries and apples (when I can't get them from home) cut them up and put them into my freezer where I also have a bag of spinach. Makes great nutritious smoothies quickly, and as stated, is super easy to clean. I also carry a small george forman griddle to cook salmon, chicken hamburgers and steak. again, easy to cook and clean. Toss in a microwave, and I can cook just about anything, anywhere. I am usually the envy of the truck stop when drivers see me cooking up a nice filet !!

Posted:  5 years ago

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Prime Company Sponsored School

It's going great actually. been on the road nearly a year now. It gets tedious at times, especially being away from the wife and kids. The back, shoulders and legs get weary from being stuck in a chair 11 hours a day, but all in all, its been good. I have traveled all over the US, seen so many awesome sights its hard to pick a favorite. I collected a handful of salt from Utah which was pretty cool. And collected rocks for a friend building a fire pit who wanted rocks from as far away as possible. She got about 30 from me. I continue to learn everyday, which is a good thing. I even got through the yard for Labor day to enjoy the company picnic. I'm beginning to not like the yards though. every time I go though I end up getting stuck there for several days, which is a inch break from the driving routine, but puts a hurting on the wallet...if you know what I mean. Wrapping up some well needed home time, which ended up being several days of Dr's appts. Dentist, ear nose and throat and a GP to take care of a few nagging issues. Looking forward to getting back out to watch the leaves change colors. maybe get back up to Vermont to refill my maple syrup supply, and then possibly California for some sun? who knows where dispatch will send me....

Posted:  5 years ago

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Problem with Sage Driving School; Need Some Help

Brett has several great articles and pages to help with training, including Truck Driving schools in different areas. You mentioned SOUTH CAROLINA and that is a link to the SC web page. also check out the link on the top for Truck Driving Schools and company sponsored training.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Ready to Roll

Here is the Link for ROEHL and since I didn't see one, here is the Link for SCHNEIDER

Hope that helps

Posted:  5 years ago

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Ready to Roll

Forgot to hook up the link. click HERE

Posted:  5 years ago

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Ready to Roll

How To Choose A Company I am a devorced father of two I am trying to decide between Roehl and Schneider. What do you think.

Check out this link : https://www.truckingtruth.com/paid-cdl-training/

IT lists several schools that offer company sponsored training and what to expect from them, what they pay, how long the course lasts, etc etc. At the end of the day, you really have to find the program that suits you best.

I drive for Prime, so don't know about the companies you are asking about. though there may be other drivers that can answer specific questions you may have.

Good Luck

Posted:  5 years ago

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To TWIC or not to TWIC???

I say yes to TWIC and Passport. I didn't need my TWIC for about 6 mos. and haven't used my passport yet. Now that I've 'proven' myself to my dispatcher, I'm in rail yards and ports (TWIC card) a couple of times a month. Its worth it. Plus, if you do get sent to a rail yard or port and DONT have a TWIC, they charge you like $90 for one time. I think my TWIC card cost me $150 total +/-.

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To prepare for the examination does trucker truth have the actual questions and answers from the tests?

Like everyone says, study the High Road and you will breeeeeeeze through. Are the ?s the same? no. not word for word. But if you do the high road, check your answers over and over until you score high every time without having to look, I can guarantee you will not make less than a 90 on any module. The high road was all I studied, and I made 95's and 100s. Its as close to a slam dunk as you will find. smile.gifsmile.gif

Posted:  5 years ago

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About to start Prime training program

I highly recommend study the High Road Training Program before you go. It will save you lots of worry and hassle. Check your state ahead of time, as mine would not allow me to take various endorsements before I actually had my LICENSE. Not the permit. They took my money, and allowed me to take the test, but when it came time to transfer my permit to a license, they would not allow my endorsements, meaning I had to pay again, and retake the exams again. Also. I wouldn't pack to heavy, Your time with an instructor and trainer will be cramped at best. Even now, after a year of driving, I rarely need more than 2-3 changes of clothes. Take your toiletries in a carry bag, as well as plenty of baby wipes. they really come in handy. Orientation goes by quick, so it is best to go in prepared. Be upfront and honest about ALL your background info. Trust me when I say they WILL check. any omission is frowned upon and could be reason for dismissal. Other than that, enjoy your time, meet some new friends and get ready for an awesome new career.

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