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  • Location:
    Orlando, FL

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    10 months, 1 week ago

Splitter's Bio

Mid 50’s rookie solo driver for Prime Inc. Learning tons & adjusting as well as possible to this new lifestyle/profession.

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Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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Tripac APU

Mine runs on start stop even on A/C mode.

Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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Prime CDL Training

I almost called David, my son, on Tuesday and had him come to Missouri to pick me up. I’d had it. I was mentally and physically exhausted. I was trying to learn alley dock and it was not working no matter what I did. I met with my trainer Wednesday morning and told I her I needed a day off and why. She said she was exhausted too so we took off. We met back at the pad yesterday morning and I did the alley dock six times and the offsets and parallels several times each! It’s amazing what rest and sleep can to do. We are going back to the pad this morning for a little more practice and...I am scheduled to test out on Saturday morning. 😜 I think I’ve got this though.

So please, keep the good mojo coming this way. 😁

Kim, imagine how I felt after failing my backing twice. Then failing my road test twice again. My head was all over the place. I wanted to test out in an auto & take the restriction on my license. That was impossible cause Rainy had been waiting for over a week for me to go on her truck which was a manual. Talk about make or break? Luckily for me I passed, got my cdl & the rest is history. Keep your head up & take your time. Rooting for ya!! good-luck.gif

Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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Cleanliness

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I got a pair of weather tech mats as a gift, and man they are nice.

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Brian, do they make truck specific mats now? I checked with them when I get into the OTR from a daycab, and they were no joy on Cascadia mats. I would spend the $ if they made them - have them in all of my personal rides and they are sweet... but - yes - quite spendy...

Iowa 80 & it’s counterpart on I-95 (Petro @ Kenly, NC on I-95) has Cascadia specific mats. If I remember correctly, they were $58.

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They also have the condo set which Includes the ones in the pic plus a bigger one for the midsection. That one is approx. $250.

Again, I’ve only seen them at Iowa 80.

Posted:  4 days, 12 hours ago

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Parallel Back--Advice needed

Thank you for the advice. I'm currently at lunch, so half a day using the techniques. The first 2 parallels, 1 on each side I used for gauging and looking for the landing gear. And using a few pull ups. The final 4, two on each side were much better. In the box every time using only 1 pull up. The looking for reference points is a life saver. Again thank you.

Using reference points is huge. Also, take baby steps. Stop between each reference point. Take deep breaths. Keep an eye on your trajectory. Again, stop between each step & watch your tandems more than your trailer.

Posted:  6 days, 3 hours ago

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Reading my Atlas, Truck route, STAA

If I’m going into unfamiliar places, I try to check the section with the red tabs in the beginning of the RM atlas. It shows low clearances & resricted routes by state.

Posted:  6 days, 3 hours ago

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It finally happened to me

As a lesson to others, I should add that the toolbox I carry saved me from having to pay a shop for the easy repair. More than once have I pulled something out of there to keep me rolling.

It’s funny you followed up with this. I was just trying to visualize what tools I needed to get to be prepared for, just in case.

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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Daniel B.'s Pre-Trip

No problem! It was well worth the time investment!

When I made it I showed Stan Kasterke. He may still remember me.

Im surprised they made an app for it. They didn't have that when I drove there.

It must be brand new Daniel B. They didn’t have it back in March when I was training. My PSD trainer gave me a google document the I could scroll through on my phone. I too used your pdf & shared it with others. Thanks again!

Posted:  1 week ago

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Student trucker also learning English

Shoot, I would tell the student not to worry too much. With a cell phone in hand, anything & everything is possible.

Why do I say that? I was at a receiver once & met a Mexican national who knew not a lick of english. He was out here turning & burning. All on luck & faith. I translated & helped him throughout our process.

If he’s out here turning & earning? What’s to stop your student from succeeding? Execution! Will they have a hard time? Probably. But you can’t learn to swim in the wading pool. You have to dive in the deep end. That’s where you’ll either sink or swim.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Prime CDL Training

Take your time Kim. Use the reference points. That’s the key. The reference points for me were the middle of the “V” of the landing gear & turning the steering wheel 1.5 revolutions. Also, make sure you stop when transitioning to either side. Other drivers use the legs of the landing gear with full revolutions of the steering wheel.

Another thing is to what the trajectory of the wheels more so that the actual trailer. You’ll definitely get it. Remember to breathe, GOAL, watch the set up points too. It’s crucial to set up properly. That’ll determine whether or not the rest of the maneuver will fall into place.

Lastly , if you can get a toy truck, that’ll help you visualize how the trailer reacts to different inputs from you. And before you start each maneuver, stop & point in the direction you want to go then turn the wheel in the opposite direction. It’s another great way to visualize where you want to guide the trailer.

Oh snap! Almost forgot. Make small corrections. Don’t oversteer. Someone called it making baby steps. They’re easier to rein back in if you see you are off your trajectory.

Keep your head up! You’re nearly there!!

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Its been awhile

I hope so. Honestly the general public is my main stress load it seems. "Kid stay there" " car get off your phone" " flashers are there for a reason "

But you can’t control any of that. The only thing you can control is how you react to it. Do I lose it when someone cuts me off? Yes, even give ‘em a blast of the air horn from time to time. Mostly due to them scaring the crap outta me.

I can say this though. It happens less & less every week. I give more space. I scan my mirrors more often. I look for signs of their next moves. Anticipation is huge if you want to not react negatively out here.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Advice Needed

Retired Jersey Cop, I’ve attached my year to date numbers at Prime Inc only to further help you get an idea of how you can’t go by what you find out here as so-called helpful information. I got my CDL at the end of March & that was my last settlement for this week.

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Got my first load assignment

Congrats Jamie in all the progress so far. If you haven’t already, download the truckerpath app to help you find truck stops & rest areas along your route. It’s a must for trip planning.Be safe out here & keep up the positive attitude!

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Walmart Buys 30 More Tesla Semis

Not sure if they think that was a wise investment after Musk’s latest escapade. How can he justify smoking weed like that. While being interviewed no less. The man is off his rocker!

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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When should I start to shop for a company?

All very good advice, thanks.

Since you spoke on shift pattern, I have a question (Maybe more for Brett?).

Reading lots of the Prime folks articles and comments, it sounds like automatic training is inevitable for incoming folks now. So if we incoming trainees have an automatic restriction, how hard is it to train later in a manual if a new job opportunity presents itself later in life? Does that opportunity even exist once they see the restriction outright?

I can answer the first question. I know of people that did their PSD in autos & came to practice in a few days, then aced their tests. It’s easier to focus on the shifting when you don’t have to focus on backing or turning or just driving in general. Going out in an auto spares you that extra learning curve.

Are opportunities available later? Can’t say one way or another.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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When should I start to shop for a company?

Thank you everyone for your support. I really appreciate the help to roll back the vail if the trucking industry.

I know that most of the big companies in theory comes out about the same with the pros and cons. However, since I am going to have about 12-14 months left on my GI Bill I do know I want a company that has a military Apprenticeship program since that would be a lot of extra money a month until it's used up. So far I only know of Roehl and Swift that offer this. Does the hive mind that is TT know of any others?

Hope this helps:

VA Apprenticeship Program: A Company List

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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When should I start to shop for a company?

Splitter,

How do you expect the economy to function without folks like me throwing hard earned money away?

Thanks for your input. As stressful as the trainees explain they are during their first few days of school, I am not enjoying the inability to do nothing to further my journey for the next 5-6 months. I suppose spending money needlessly is not a wise move. At least with football starting up today I can stay somewhat distracted for some of Thursday, Sunday and Monday for the next couple of months.

Prost

Hahaha! I get it. But the stress is self imposed. The more time you spend preparing the less opportunity you give for stress to be a factor. My stress never came up during the PSD part of training. I had the CLP on first shot. I had most of the pretrip down, I knocked out the CBT’s in a couple of days. My issue at this time was the sims & learning the shift pattern. Because I had knocked out all the other obstacles, that freed me up to ask for extra time in sims class. They want us to succeed & if you show effort? They reciprocate.

Now testing? In the actual truck? Now that was some deeply insecure moments in my process. Like I said, practice the High Road Training, learn the pretrip ( there’s a good video on youtube by apex driving school that’s an hour long) with Daniel B’s pdf & this video, you’ll ace that too.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Can a DOT medical examiner require my full medical and/or mental history record as a condition to passing the physical?

Ditto on new pic Rainy! Imagining the looks on GTown & Rainy’s faces? PRICELESS!!

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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When should I start to shop for a company?

About to be in this situation Jan/Feb next year, CA to UT. Glad it's just 30 days in general, as a Prime recruiter has also confirmed this recently with me.

Will, something I plan to do is get a medical card and take the permit test here in CA, sort of a trial run. I don't have any medical issues but I do want to show up with a permit from CA and then take it again in UT, might prove to someone I am here to work if they are selective at the time I am hoping to apply. Maybe you don't have the time frame to do so but this will help me through the long wait.

Gotta keep going on the high road training and I hope you get to start on it soon, it's really not something you can cram in on the weekend before.

Salut

Don’t waste your money. I did this for the medical card & had to do it all over again when I got to orientation at Prime. For trainees in Utah, Prime says you’ll need a permit from your home state.

If this is the case, the best solution is to get busy learning the High Road Training program on this site. Once you have that down, you’ll pass the permit test easily. Actually, I’d recommend learning the Pre-Trip also. This will give you visuals as to what each component looks like & also what it’s function is.

I’m only saying this in an effort to spare you you from spending money unnecessarily.

As to when to start contacting your respective companies? I started 6 months in advance. This gave me enough time to get all my paperwork in order. Plus, this gave me the space & time to ask many questions & sort through my decision making process without feeling rushed. All I had to do was resubmit my application 30 days prior to leaving for orientation.

Long short, save your money. Learn the High Road Training & Pretrip programs & you’ll be way ahead of most your peers in training. Good luck to you both!

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Prime CDL Training

Thank you Brett. I will keep that in mind and try it. For me I think it’s a combination of this being something totally different than I have ever done and test anxiety. I will get this. It will not get me.

Along with what Brett said, I had the understanding part down. It’s an air system. You want to listen for leaks & know which gauges can show leaks too.

That said, for me, it was about remembering the speeches. I had the same jitters. When it came to the different components, in any section of the truck, that was somewhat easy. Metal components were these acronyms, rubber components those acronyms.

In order for me to remember the speeches for the lights & in cab? I literally wrote them over & over again until I was able to write them completely without looking at the sheet. For me, this worked like a charm. I passed my pretrip with no deductions. If only I could’ve done that with my backing & road tests!! HAHAHA

Best of luck to you & continued success. Stay safe out there!

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Old Dominion pay raise

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Those numbers are impressive! What are the rates for less experienced drivers. Basically, what are they’re entry level rates? I’m hoping to do a southeast regional gig after I buy a house in FL, late next year.

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When I started there last year I started at .55 cpm and $25 an hour. After my 6 month raise I'm at 57 cpm and $26.50 per hour. I'll get my 1 year raise in 3 weeks and with the scheduled raise I should be over 60 cpm and $27 per hour.

That’s potentially $6k/yr more than my current pay rate. Do they have sleepers where one can stay out weeks at a time? I don’t have a physical home right now.

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