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Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

Thanks Anthony, be safe out there,

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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One of the things i love about trucking

Regarding the hos, (please verify, I'm not certain) but my information suggests dot suspended hos rules for Texas relief drivers.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Stupid Bumper Box

At prime, the pad was setup that a row of cones to the right of the 90 used for the straight, offset, and parallel was lined up with the back edge of the passenger side window frame when your back was against the seat when you were in the box.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

We've been tasked with a load to Florida, when we get there I'll have enough miles to upgrade. πŸ’© Just got real.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

Paul I think it's 1year before you can be experienced driver, but don't quote me on that.

As for the backing, I was very bad at it in training. To this day I still have mess ups out there. Once I went solo and it was on me to do all maneuvers it just got better. Like practice makes perfect. Plus all the stress and pressure we put on ourselves in training to learn fast and safe but to get out there and make money for whatever reason we have also plays s part in why we suck in training. At least that's how it was fir me.

I don't think I'll feel experienced until about 6-7 years.

Everyone stresses about backing at first. (So they say). Why should I be different? From what I've heard, at prime 120 or so start every week, and only 20 or 30 make it to solo, so without jinxing myself, (I don't believe in jinxes,except for the commentator saying "he hasn't thrown an interception in XXXpasses", he will very soon after) with 2038 mile to go once we reach Chicago I feel I've beaten the odds already.

I will do this. (A self fulfilling prophesy)

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

Oh, and I drove Donner pass too. It was daytime, and in summer, and we were not too heavy. Piece of cake.

Just call me super trucker.

That's super (slow) trucker.

Like they taught us in class, you can take the turn hundreds of times to slow but you can only take it once too fast

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

I hope I can do this. I know that everything I've read, they say everyone is not comfortable backing. I am firmly part of the "everyone" category. All the forward stuff is ok (most of it). I'll continue to learn on my own as I go. And I know I'm smarter than the average bear, and if some of the people I've seen out there can drive a truck backwards, I sure as heck can learn to as well.

I've got 4101 miles left to upgrade, and we have a pre plan for 915 tomorrow. I'm going to thouroughly enjoy changing my status from in CDL school, to rookie solo driver.

Which leads to the question, how long do I need to drive solo, before I can change that to experienced driverπŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Self driving trucks "will hit like a train"

My thought about this, for whatever its worth, is a driverless truck cannot do a proper pre-trip inspection.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Forcing your body to sleep?

I'm in tnt now, and have found it difficult at times to sleep in the moving truck. Several things have helped me. I actually got a bottle of melatonin supliment. I've only used it a couplebof times but it seemed to help. I also cover my eyes with a corner of my blanket to make it adds "dark" as possible. Also I (like brett) like to read, but I read on my phone, do I turn the brightness down as dark as possible for me to still be able to read. To me, the best remedy to sleep well under any corcumstances is to drive 8-10 hours. I can sleep on a roller coaster if I'm tired enough.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Started Truck Driver Training School Today!

Thanks for the encouragement Big Scott. I have been studying for my CDL license using the High Road Training Program and soaking up as much information as I can.

Any ideas or other information that will assist me I would be very grateful.

Thanks everyone!

Here's an idea....

RUN AWAY. just kidding. So far I'm liking this.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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I must be a special kind of crazy...

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a ton of book and review time is not really up my alley

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You might want to consider that you're about to be driving an 80,000 pound building on wheels down long, steep mountain grades and through heavily congested city traffic. Not knowing one important thing you needed to know can kill you, or someone else. Trucking is far more complicated than simply driving a big car, which is the mistake most people make in their thinking when entering this industry.

Use our High Road Training Program and study hard. There's a lot to know.

I used high road, and I'm still in training, a few minor errors aside. High road prepared me well for what I was about to embark on. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Bloomberg article on Blue Collar Student Debt

I'll give my experience.

I researched extensively, I knew what I was getting into, and I've been treated quite well by prime so far. I'll be glad to give them a year as compensation. It's fair. however I really did not know that the attrition rate of trainees was so high. In other words, only about 20% of the people entering company sponsored training, actually upgrade to solo driver. (It's what I have heard, I'm not certain it's accurate though). I may not have attempted it had I known that but I have only about 15,000 miles left to upgrade to solo. Ive beaten the odds so far. Fingered crossed.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

Get used to this type of sitting. Just this week I sat at a Loves in Kentucky for over 50 hours. Some places are not open on weekends, ometimes Sales will give you a large window to deliver a 700 mile run. It happens. Moreso when your solo.

I sure hope it's not always this bad. I'm gunna need miles to make bank. Let dispatch run me to death. I may be the sofa king but I'm not lazy.

A few days ago I drove rt 70 east through Colorado. I thought it was going to be a sphincter puckerer. It was not bad at all. My TNT trainer slept through, I did not wake him as I was comfortable doing it, once I got into it. It was the thought of dragging about 30,000 pounds through vail that made me nervous. Actually Utah was quite beautiful to drive through as the sun went down. I'm really beginning to think that maybe I can do this. My trainer assures me that I can.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

Anthony. I'm keeping track. I've been to/through

New York New Jersey Connecticut Pennsylvania West Virginia Massachusetts Ohio Indiana Missouri Illinois Kentucky Arkansas Tennessee Michigan Georgia Wisconsin Alabama Mississippi Oklahoma Georgia Florida Texas New Mexico Arizona California Utah Wyoming South Dakota Minnesota Iowa Kansas Colorado South Dakota Idaho Washington Nebraska So far.

I see now how a good fm can be invaluable. The last 2 loads we have done we've waited more than we've driven. Our regular fm is on vacation. I'm sure they're doing the best they can but my data is taking a serious beating.

My first tnt trainer was an a--hat, and called our fm repeatedly and often a fat c--- My experience with her so far is positive. I see now why a--hat got such πŸ’©Ty loads.

I beat up my data but won about 80 million chips playing poker.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Trip planning help please

On youtube I watched a series by Junior Honduras whom works for Prime called Truck Driving Trip Planning. He went over every step on how he trip plans using only Qualcomm and Road Atlas.

Blake,

Here is the biggest coincidence since I've been with prime.

We're picking up next from the same place junior picked up in his video. Lol

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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My condensed saga from CDL school so far

Garth.

Good story. I'll share my similar kind. Having a wmasful trainer. He was a skilled driver like yours, but had not one iota of patience. In less than 2 weeks with him, I got yelled at once before I started moving, once after I had made one shift, I was still in the parking area, and once for slowing down too early when ALL the cars ahead had their brake lights on. That was just getting out of bumper to bumper traffic. He kicked me off his truck for farting. No lie. He was a good driver, but didn't have the temperament to train.

Party on Garth ( see what I did there?)

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Facebook Truckers

I definitely DONT recommend Twisted Truckers or Truckers Wall of Shame as all they do is whine, moan, company bash and post pictures of people's mistakes. Not good company to keep.

As someone who tries to always be positive, I now have to check out the train wreck sites. Thanks for the enrmtertainment πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

Stuck in Illinois for 21 hours now. We got here last night for a morning unload, and are waiting to be loaded. I'm bored to hell, and my data took a beating today, so did my snacks. But we've got till Monday to get to California, 1700 mikes or so, will take a 10% chunk of the miles I have remaining.

My trainer and I, as you can imagine, do quite a bit of talking. He told me the miles aside, he feels I'd be ok to go solo now. I'm not as confiddnt of my backing as he is. He said you can do it, it would just take you a while.

I'll add more later. I think they're ready to load us. Finally.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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My CDL Training Diary With Prime Inc

Hey Paul F., man I'm enjoying your story. Keep it up! I have my application in with Prime and am 90 percent sure I'm going to take the plunge, so stories like yours help me edge closer to that 100 percent mark. I am encouraged by the amount of home time you have been receiving while in training. I have three young kids and a wife and we are a close-knit family. We have steeled ourselves for the 60-90 days I'll supposedly be away while training at Prime, a hard sacrifice but worth it to build a solid foundation in this business. But it appears that you've been capable of taking a couple of weeks home time during the TNT stage. Is this normal, or were there special circumstances? I live about 4 hours by car from Springfield, so even a couple of days off would likely be feasible within that TNT phase.

Search for kori's diary. Hers helped me quite a bit.

Going in I spoke to my recruiter and when I met her, my fm. I told them that I really wanted to see my son graduate from high school. And I also asked if it was possible to take my already planned and paid for family vacation.

The graduation timed out perfectly. As I trifectaed, and rented a car and drove to New York that day. Then met my TNT trainer (different from my psd trainer) in New Jersey after attending. Then my new tnt trainer also needed some time so the vacation worked out as well. I believe it is not the norm. And I made it understood that although I would be disappointed, I knew I was not promised either of those times and had I not been able to take the time, there would be no hard feeling from me.

when I hear people complain about prime, I think, "what are they doing to get treated so poorly"?

I've heard stories about recruiters saying anything to get you in. My recruiter told me about the graduation that it would be likely, but she could not promise me it. I liked the honesty.

I feel happy with my decision to go with prime so far. They've treated me well, and respectfully, my only complaints would be minor. So I'll keep them to myself, to avoid looking petty. (Besides one of the moderators would probably delete themπŸ˜‚)

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Trip Planning/Driving Hours/Mtn driving

One piece of advice told to me time and again by my trainer. You can go slow safe and easy down the hills over and over again. You can only hurry down out of control once.

They taught us the same thing in training.

You can take that turn too slowly a thousand time, but only once too fast.

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