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Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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MPG

What kind of fuel mileage is a good target/ expectation.

I get differant trucks larger, lightweights etc, just a kindageneral expectation.

I understand various companies reward better fuel mileage. Just eant to see what kind of target to shoot for during tnt phase.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Mp3 players and such

Curious what is general thoughts on using music players ( cd playets, mp3 players, smart phone music players etc) with bluetooth earbuds/ earphones, while driving?

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Kudos to this site from an in process primey

Come to the Prime side......

We also have cookies 🍩

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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I did it!!! My first Prime-iversary ;)

Congrats Rainy.... keep em rolling..

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Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Kudos to this site from an in process primey

Thanks, and yes, I get 250.00 bonus, and a free steak dinner, trainer gets 850.00.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Kudos to this site from an in process primey

Well, PSD is offically completed.

TRIFECTA BABY.

Much thanks to all here who offered tips, hints, suggestions, and flat out encouragement.

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Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Hypothetical question

Now back to our regularly scheduled program on "What if"

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Hypothetical question

You are the first student driver I have ever heard say; "parallel is easy." If so then the trouble you are having just might be all in your head cause if your skills are at a point where parallel is no problem, then you clearly have what it takes to handle everything else.

Good luck...!

Most definatly all in my head, thats what is crazy. 😩

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Hypothetical question

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Oh, and currently the only piece of the CDL skills test im concerned with failing, is the ally dock back up test.

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Again - I'd opine (and it would probably be IN YOUR CONTRACT) that if you can't get the skills down enough to pass a CDL test, you might find at least some forgiveness from the company as far as your debt goes.

Rick

And again, dont read anymore into the question than was asked, these hypothetical question comes from more than just this forum, lots talk about bonehead moves, costing them their jobs, some even comment on how much more is involved on OTR driving, indicating maybe it isnt for them ( and yes even in this forum). Then they just disappear, so what happened? Quit, failed, accident, anger management issues, the list is wide and varied.

So I posed the question, what happens with them, their contract, and yes, i get if they simply walk, but that was not the question, what if the COMPANY requests they walk?

Now Prime, Swift, and larger companies do no strike me as outfits that would indebt someone, let ( not cause) a student to fail, then hold their feet to the proverbial fire so to speak.

Again, all hypothecal "what if " questions/scenarios.

What would stop an outfit from doing something like that?

Get it? A Hypothecal query.

Nothing more, nothing less, while still being quite a complex issue.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Hypothetical question

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Oh, and currently the only piece of the CDL skills test im concerned with failing, is the ally dock back up test.

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Dude - everybody learns how to do this eventually. And even for veterans - it may not be pretty - but as long as you get it in and don't hit anything, you're good.

I'd think you'd be more concerned with the parallel park. Most folks I know can barely parallel park a CAR - much less a 60 foot plus tractor and trailer rig.

The alley dock is something you will have to do almost every day of your career (or at least the days you are at shippers/receivers). Most trainers will bring their guys back to practice on the pad a day or two before their skills test.

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Again - I'd opine (and it would probably be IN YOUR CONTRACT) that if you can't get the skills down enough to pass a CDL test, you might find at least some forgiveness from the company as far as your debt goes.

Rick

Wow, guess im backwards, parrellel was easy, hell he had me doing them in an unlit lot tonight 😨

I get that the 90 deg. Is pretty much a staple, just dont make it any easier for passing the skills test ☺

For what ever reason, the cones yada, yada, yada, By today i was able to get it with only 2 to 4 points inside the time limit, course in real life the s/r is not gonna tell ya you only have 7 minutes to dock, and score ya. May not be a super backer, but i can hit all but the tight spots at TS,s at night ( a common refrain i hear on here).

And yes, the day or two practice stop is exactly what am doing now, we have a very large group feeding through prime, so pad time is difficult to acquire right now.

They are building more pad space, but thats not helpful right now.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Hypothetical question

Oh, and currently the only piece of the CDL skills test im concerned with failing, is the ally dock back up test.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Hypothetical question

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... since he did not leave on his own.

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Larry has serious false rationalization issues if he can't link a person's rule-breaking activity (keeping a weapon on a truck) with the company's response (kicking the guy off said truck and company).

Most rules do not allow for ignorance or disagreement. And such a hot button issue as carrying a weapon in a workplace is really common sense, no explanation needed.

(Please note, we are not discussing Second Amendment rights and privileges here. We could use a six pack of beer and have the same result.)

Jeez dude, relax, reread the OP.

Was simply curious if the guy that f***ed up with the weapon) was still on the hook for his training, NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS.

The other queries, issues noted in other forums.

There are other trucking forums out there.

A few here took it as the lighthearted inquery it was intended as.

The guy with the gun is a dead horse, quite beating it, we all know, as does, it was a major FUp.

I only asked what happens to the tuition in light of hiis being terminated.

I read the contract i signed, and have no issues with it.

Oh and before you imagine im looking to jump ship, hows about i get ON the ship before we start thinking im looking to move elseware.

Question was also partially based on other post of now departed students, that simply failed to attain CDL, or did something equally stuped during TNT phase, or even might be shall we say, accident prone.

The question then also branches to what if a medical condition appears, and company decides they do not wish to continue the work relationship?

Try not to read anymore consperacy ideas into it beyond that.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Hypothetical question

Before u answer,..strangling your trainer and feeding him to FL gators will get u fired and in debted lol

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Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Hypothetical question

Swift has a schedule of dates: the longer you're on the program, the more you'll have to pay.

And everything from failing a pee test to weapons and fighting, you're asked to leave, and you even have to buy your own bus ticket back home.

So, Larry, what did you hypothetically have in mind? Just askin'!

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Was more in wondering if an earlier poster ( caught with weapon in his bag and was termed) if he had to pay his schooling fee 4k+ ? Since he did not leave on his own.

Not looking to debate if he was wrong etc, just does he now have to pay up, and he also does not work there, at companies request.

As noted, a hypothetical question.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Hypothetical question

Just curious, over past week have read one thread, individual termed for weapon in vehicle, a few where they where failing the skills test etc.

Just curious what happens to the 1 yr reqyirement...

After all the termee did not leave of own accord etc...

Like noted, hypothitical question

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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Hypothetical question

Thought occured to me the other day in light of a number of posts.

Many companies require a year commitment for providing training, what happens in the following cases...

Fails to pass CDL exam

Terminated due to having prohibited items in truck.

Terminated due to drinking off duty during training process.

Would person still be held to pay training?

If after getting CDL and actually employed by company, and termed for any number or reasons, still held to pay up?

Inquireing minds want to know.

Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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6 weeks of training on the road... UHHG!

Lol, I feel ya on the questions back. Your trainer is probably just trying to get you to think and work out whatever the scenario is. My trainer (who is my codriver these days) and I became close friends, despite the fact that he was and still remains an unrelenting perfectionist. Even though I'm wrapping up my rookie year soon, I wouldn't have had it be any other way.

Well i'll tell ya I aint taking any long hot showers with him, thats fer sure 😨

But seriously, at night, on unfamiliar road, jeez, i just asked left or right, dont need 20 questions back ! ! !

Sure i get that i will need to remember how i got in somewhere, but then i would at least have directions in.

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Posted:  3 years, 10 months ago

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6 weeks of training on the road... UHHG!

Gawd, I hope so lol. Mine seems more concerned with fuel economy, but may be he just has to pick somethink until a pull a bone head move. 😀 Now if i can just get him to answer a question other than to ask me a question back, and stop acting like i have traveled these routes before.....

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Kudos to this site from an in process primey

Well dropped the load of Yams in American Falls, inroute to pick up in Sugar City Id. Then routing to the nain Prime depot to test. Route will run us over the Teton Pass.

Not sure which has me more worried, the test, or the drive.

Feel pretty confident on the driving test, short of any really bone head move ( which i still make ), fairly confidant on all parts of pre trip, backing up.... real shakey there. Not enough practice...

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Kudos to this site from an in process primey

Oh, and got to back in tonight, would have had it with 1 pull up but my trainer is super anal, had to be perfectly straight.

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