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    Greenville, SC

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    Company Driver In Training

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    1 year, 8 months ago

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Posted:  11 months ago

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Need help with backing

Heidi,

I was the worst backer in my class. I had a devil of a time getting the offset. The parallel I got easier but it took a patient instructor a while to get through to me.

In the end, I didn't use any extra pull-ups at the DMV. And I was worried I'd fail!

Deep breaths and take the advice here. One step at a time. I could get the set up and the turning until I got the truck and trailer straight, then getting around that middle cone was a booger.

Ask your instructors where you're going wrong and how to fix it. And keep politely asking for advice and help.

You'll get it. You're determined and you'll get it!

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Difficulty of practical exam / road test in different states

In SC, there are several things that would autofsil you, including the things you mentioned.

The pretrip was the entire truck (front, back and one side, but if exhaust is in opposite side it must be included or any other thing that is on one side and not the other) and the time limit was 45 minutes (too long, autofail) and brake test must be perfect...before 60 and around 40 was proper wording and was an auto fail if not said correctly.

If you got out of the truck face forward without doing it safely (three point touch), yep, auto fail.

Backing was a straight back, blind side parallel, left offset. The powers that be considered those the harder maneuvers do that's what they chose. The eliminate alley docking due to space at DMVs. From what I've experienced out here, the techniques learned in those maneuvers are helpful in alley docking. I just need to learn to apply what I've learned better!! Accumulate over 12 points on all three, fail. You do get a free pull-up on each maneuver. Well, one on straight and two free ones on the other two. I didn't accumulate any extra points and I wasn't that great at backing.

The driving test was about 30 miles and took a little over an hour for me due to traffic and rain. It included places with tight turns with curbs and 27 red lights, highway driving, etc. break traffic rules like run a stop sign, stop with your trailer on s railroad track or something like impede traffic and those are autofails. Can't recite hazardous materials Railroad commentary and you lose something like 18 of your 30 points. They only ask if you are getting the endorsement, though.

Don't let it scare you though, I was well prepared and I felt I was the slow learner in my class. So learn it all to the best of your ability and you'll do fine.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Top bunk weight limits?

I'm with Errol on the top bunk gymnastics...I'm managing to haul myself up there.

Luckily when the truck is moving I'm on the bottom bunk, but it's been a bit of a learning curve getting these old bones up there!

I'm sure I look somewhat like a beached whale in the process!!

Posted:  1 year ago

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Top bunk weight limits?

Good Lord I hope it's a lot cause me and all my stuff is up here in my trainer's truck...and I'm not a little shrinking violet or anything!!

Posted:  1 year ago

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I'm Alive and Still in Training at Prime!

I've already explained to my trainer that "Bless your heart" is a kinder way of saying "I think you're stupid". It has other meanings though based on context.

I said "buggy" at Walmart the other day and got another look. Sigh.

And "cattywampus" gets used almost every time the trailer is not straight when I'm backing!

And southerners do curse...so go to heck, while acceptable, can also be go to hell...but it's already hotter than hell in the south so...not sure how effective that threat is!!

Posted:  1 year ago

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Prime application

Oh no doubt.

My school was night school and took four months. They wanted something more current so just had me fill one out when I got my CDL.

I filled it out Saturday and on Monday I had been approved and set a date for orientation.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Prime application

They had me fill out a new application when I finished school. No big deal. I called and talked to the recruiter and he emailed me a link that I used. Most of the info was already there and I just needed to add what had changed

Posted:  1 year ago

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I'm Alive and Still in Training at Prime!

Oh I know I'm a babe in the woods and wet behind the ears...my trainer LOVES my Southern sayings...

You should have seen the look I got when I said the road was crooked as a dog's hind leg...

Thank you guys for being soooooo supportive!!

Love y'all!!

Posted:  1 year ago

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I'm Alive and Still in Training at Prime!

Just a quick update on my training.

My trainer is a slave driver, but in a good way!!

I get to back up a lot in truck stops and at customers and I am improving some!

My shifting and downshifting has improved greatly.

I've learned how to fuel and add DEF and all that good stuff!

I've dropped trailers and hooked to new ones.

And probably other stuff I can't remember.

The last few days I've driven 400-500 miles and I'm exhausted but my stamina will improve I'm sure.

Y'all have a great day and I'll check in again when I can!

Posted:  1 year ago

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FIRST LOAD!!

You did great with obstacles in your way! Great job!!

Posted:  1 year ago

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I got my truck!

Yay!!

Congratulations!!!

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Posted:  1 year ago

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Bless My Heart This Training Thing is Awesome

Somebody in real life told me somebody here was asking how training was going and I've been crazy busy actually training so I haven't been by lately.

I'm in the TNT portion of Prime training and it's great and awesome and amazing and tiring!

Since Sunday I've driven 1250 miles, seem 5 states I've never been to before, successfully backed into two out of three docks, improved my shifting skills, stalled the truck in traffic (oops), learned to slide tandems (well, I still can't remember ALL the steps yet, dealt with a cranky trailer door, replaced a missing mud flap, and pulled through a million fuel islands. And probably a lot more I can't remember!

I have an AMAZING trainer who is patient, remembers what it's like to be a trainee, and willing to share her knowledge (multiple times since my head is thick).

So far, this job really rocks, though I know I still have a ways to go to be competent and confident.

Thanks everyone for your continued support and encouragement!

Posted:  1 year ago

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Game: If you are just finishing training..

As someone about to go into training, my advice to myself is going to be:

1. Try not to get overwhelmed and to clamp down on any nervousness I have going on. It's all pretty new for me. School was school. This is the real deal. So sh*t just got real here.

2. Try to listen and translate that into doing. Sometimes that's far easier said than done, but I want to try to remember the nuggets of wisdom and even the basics that I don't quite have down pat yet.

3. Try to do a little better each day. I know things won't come naturally for some time, but I can't wait for the day when it's not all hard. When I can do a lot of it without having to think it through quite so much.

4. Try to absorb everything my trainer has for me. Whether it's advice on shifting, backing, trip planning, managing my day, whatever. I want to soak in everything I can.

5. Try to be a good guest on the truck. I'm pretty easy going and reasonably polite most of the time, but I want to be mindful that I'm moving into the truck as an invited guest.

6. Be thankful for the opportunity to learn this big wonderful job. And I'm grateful for the company and the trainer willing to take on the challenge that is me!

There may be more but that's kind of how I'm approaching training as a brand new trainee whose ink is still wet on her CDL!

I know I'm rough and I need work. I'm grateful for the practice and patience and understanding.

Posted:  1 year ago

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How did you deal with your first year financial obligations as a truck driver?

Actually, coming in with a CDL but no experience at Prime, it's $600 for the first five weeks and $700 for the remaining 40,000 miles (to the truck, as Rainy said).

I'm not sure if this pay schedule is a recent change or what, but that's what I'm expecting during training.

At least that's what the recruiter told me and what they confirmed in orientation this week.

Posted:  1 year ago

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It's Official. I'm a Prime Driver in Training

Brett, Old School, G Town, you all have been so very encouraging during all this.

I did struggle. I wasn't entirely sure I could get this far. I know I have a very long way to go to be anywhere close to good.

I will take your advice and go slow and easy on the backing and heaven help me I DO NOT want to hit anything. . Gotta remember those wide turns, too, I know.

My shifting is atrocious, but I should have plenty of practice. I'm hoping that eventually SOME of this will begin to feel natural.

I haven't been in a truck in a month as I had to give notice at my old job, took a week to get things settled and visit s couple friends, and then this week of orientation.

I do trust my trainer. i feel very very fortunate to have one I feel comfortable with.

Thank you again so very much for all the encouragement. You guys (and gals) are the best!!

Posted:  1 year ago

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It's Official. I'm a Prime Driver in Training

I made it through orientation week and my trainer (the most AWESOME trainer ever, I might add) will be here to pick me up today.

I'm a little nervous. i struggled through school. I suck at pretty much everything. But I'm hoping after a couple months I'll be a lot more confident and a lot less nervous.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Heading to Springfield MO

I'm here, I'm here!

In orientation this week!

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Cooking. Eating. Personal hygiene OTR?

Wal Mart also sells a little toilet seat that fits on top of a 5 gallon bucket. Like Rainy, you'd line it with a trash bag and put kitty litter in it. It's in the camping supplies section. Those aren't very expensive...I'm thinking around $15 ish. then you'd have to get your 5 gallon bucket for a few bucks.

I'm a newbie as far as driving (as in I just got the CDL but have ZERO experience yet), but I've ridden in trucks plenty. Most times, at least when I've been a rider, getting to a truck stop isn't usually a big issue. Sometimes, you do what you gotta do and deal with it. That's just part of trucking.

Baby wipes are your friend for "in-between" hygiene when a shower isn't possible because of time or location. I've also seen some truckers with an electric kettle to heat water to take a slightly better "cat bath" than the baby wipe bath. It can be dual purpose as you can also have hot water for your morning tea as well!

There are many tricks of the trade and you'll figure out which work best for you over time, I'm sure.

There is also a "Go Girl" and a "She Wee" that allows a lady to stand up to urinate should that be needed. I haven't seen them in stores yet, but I'm pretty sure Amazon has them. They are usually advertised for camping. And I'd say it is a great idea...I knew a lady once got ticks on her hoo-ha during a camping trip...but that's another story. If you have an inverter, cooking isn't hard, but the 12v appliances make it great even if you don't have an inverter. I have a friend who regularly cooks meals in the truck. Much cheaper and healthier than truck stop fare. There are electric skillets, Hot Logic Mini, lunchbox cookers, etc. Take a field trip to a truck stop or browse online (or both) and get some ideas. You Tube has some fantastic videos where people give tours of their trucks and you can glean different ideas there as well.

Good luck!

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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I want to see what my driving record looks like.

My trucking school required us to get one when we started.

Just ask for your ten year MVR at the DMV. I think ours (in SC) was $5-$6 but the cost varies per state, I'm sure.

Easy and not a request that they don't hear all the time.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Should be heading into springfield

I've been accused of worse!

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