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    Orlando, FL

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    6 months ago

Splitter's Bio

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

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Posted:  1 day, 16 hours ago

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On the mechanical side

Brett, Prime disables the override function on their auto trans equipped trucks!

Posted:  2 days, 9 hours ago

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I'm off to training

I still poInt in the direction I want the trailer to go in order to remind myself that I need to turn the wheel in the opposite direction. Just moving the trailer a few feet in the wrong direction can have devastating effects when over-steering as you try to correct it. The straight-line for me worked best when I made really small corrections to the wheel.

Our natural instinct is to oversteer or overcorrect. You’ll hear stuff like keeping your elbows close to your body & not moving them past certain points on your body. A trainer once gave me this great term that I still use to this day. He said to use baby steps with almost all maneuvers. It makes it so much easier to correct a slight miscalculation than a big wide turn.

Hope that helps. Our instructors at Prime didn’t like us using YouTube as a means of learning or referencing. They prefer their way of doing things. Good luck going forward & stay safe!!

Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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On the mechanical side

Being a company driver, I drive what I’m given. I’ve driven a 4 wheeler all my life. Everything about this industry is brand spanking new to me, although I did ace my pretrip test due to much repetition & lots of studying.

If you like, there’s a search bar at the top of this page. Type the right keywords & you’ll discover a treasure trove of threads on this subject and much more.

Like I said in your other thread, you do have what it takes to excel in this industry! Shoot, you know more about these beasts than most the 140 students in my PSD class. I do hope & pray you find a company willing to give you a shot despite your driving record. Nice T-shirt on your avatar pic btw!!

Posted:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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Wanting to start my trucking career.. but wanting to talk to someone where and how to get started

I was the only one in my class who didnt drive a manual. out of 76 ppl it seems i had an easier time because i did not have to unlearn driving a manual car. they put you on simulators first ...like 12 hours or something here at Prime.

Different companies do it differently though. We are not 100% automatic but are moving that way. eventually, Prime will not test or train on automatics. Many companies have already changed over.

Rainy meant to say that they will eventually not train in manuals. Just in automatics but this will mean that there will be an automatic restriction on the licenses of anyone who goes this route. They will only be able to drive automatics & not manuals.

Posted:  2 days, 12 hours ago

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Wanting to start my trucking career.. but wanting to talk to someone where and how to get started

Steph, I didn’t even know what the inside of the truck looked like, never mind trying to double clutching or switching from low gears to high gears, etc. Just a Old School said, it’s better if you come in with a blank slate. It’s essier to teach someone who who doesn’t know anything than one who thinks they know it all.

We had a rookie in our PSD class that had 2 trucks & couldn’t even pass the simulator portion of orientation. Also, just as Old School stated, Prime along with many other major carriers are switching from manual transmissions to automatics. They’re supposed to be more fuel efficient. Haven’t driven one so I don’t know.

I’ve been on the road for nearly 40K miles & still grind gears. Both my PSD & TNT trainer’s grinded gears. Maybe not as much as me but it’s just part of job I guess.

I’ll say this, the more mistakes you make, the more you’ll learn how to avoid them in the future. Now, by no means am I saying to be reckless or unsafe. What I mean is this, I failed my backing & road tests 2x each before passing on my last attempts for both. Why? Until that poInt, I hadn’t made many mistakes. I didn’t drive in local traffic anywhere & when I was practicing my backing, it was dry & I could follow the markings on the ground at the practice pad. From all the trucks following the same paths while backing, the asphalt was worn & discolored in those areas, so I would just follow those lines. Well on test week, it rained all week. No markings on the ground to follow. That along with lining up on the wrong reference points cost me huge.

Then on the road test, I failed twice cause I’d forget the range selector/splitter & stalled in my first two tests. Now stalking isn’t an auto fail but the first time I impeded traffic & the second time I crossed the white line before the intersection was clear to make the turn. On this part, I had very little driving practice. My training truck was in the shop for one week & when my trainer would take me out to practice, we’d go to an industrial park with little to no practice. When we were OTR I’d only drive on the highways. Drop her in 10th, throw on the cruise control & keep her between the lines.

The more challenges your facing in a daily basis, the better your chances of improving. Either that or you’ll find out quickly enough that this isn’t for you. Good luck & please don’t hesitate to ask anything. Stay safe!!

Posted:  2 days, 18 hours ago

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Think I want to be a trucker!!!!

That’s a great outlook to start with. I’m in the same boat to an extent. I’m just completing the TNT phase (been OTR for nearly 30K miles with a great trainer) of my company paid training. I almost did the CDL school route but in NYC, let’s just say there aren’t many certified schools. I asked the more popular school I was applying to, what companies they worked with in their job placement service & they told me that UPS & Fedex were hiring. Not very reassuring.

From your bio & your response, you stand a great chance of succeeding in this industry. I said the things in my original post for a dose of reality but it’s not always like that.

I get to see some of the most amazing scenery this country has to offer. While there are quite a few knuckleheads out on the road, I’ve gotten to see & meet hundreds of kind, friendly & helpful folks, who’ve shown many acts of kindness towards me. It feels really good when many strangers passs me (company trucks are governed at 62 on cruise control so I get passed a lot!) & they’ll either give me a wave or a nod or a peace sign. These & many more seemingly little things are what make my experience out here very worthwhile. And the pay ain’t bad either.

Again, all the best to you & don’t hesitate to ask anything in here. This place is what helped me not only persevere but succeed in my journey/process of becoming a safe & reliable trucker.

Posted:  3 days, 8 hours ago

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Think I want to be a trucker!!!!

INk think very long and serious about this decision. It’s not a traditional job, it’s a lifestyle. You live from shippers to truck stops to receivers , back & forth. There may be companies that might hire you with your record but they may not pay as much or other trade offs. You can wait until your license gets clean & research your butt off to find the right company that fits your needs. Or you can jump in head first & work your way up to your goals, whatever they may be. Being a mom & being away from your family may be a huge consideration for you to ponder also.

Personally, I’d stay away from CDL school just because they are a for profit institution. They’ll say whatever it takes to get you to sign on the dotted line. The company paid training, if your are upfront & are accepted seems like the most plausible route to take.

There’s plenty of resources on this site for you to do extensive research. The company paid training reviews, the training diaries section, the High Road Training to prepare you for the permit & so much more. Ask as many questions as possible. Folks on here are very knowledgeable & helpful. Just don’t expect sugar coating. Sometimes bluntness is necessary with all the misinformation out there.

Best of luck!

Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Wanting to start my trucking career.. but wanting to talk to someone where and how to get started

Hi Steph, if you’re embarrassed to ask on this public forum, don’t be. Most of us newbies found this great resource as you just did & have had great success in our process from preparing for training, through training to CDL holders & beyond. The moderators do not mince words & will tell it to you straight. There’s a ton of information here but like everyone has said, ask away!! Good luck to you!!

Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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CRST

https://www.truckingtruth.com/free_truck_driving_schools/crst/crst.html

Joe, that link above is for the CRST Training program. I would make sure they’re not going to need you to take the permit test in the state you’ll be training in. I jumped the gun & paid for my DOT physical for nothing cause Prime required me to retake my physical with them. I would look up any other companies training program in that section & the different diaries for each company to have a better idea of what’s in store & what to expect. That’s what helped me decide on my present company. Good luck!

Posted:  3 days, 20 hours ago

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Panic button...

It’s not a toy! What if someone was having a heart attack or getting robbed & needed assistance while your butts were playing around. Seriously? You pushed a panic button to “see what it would do”? Smdh

Posted:  4 days, 19 hours ago

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Prime: Let's do this!

Great news Bran! Congrats. Remember that attitude that you took with the DMV & use it every time stuff happens. As I’m sure you’ve read on here, “stuff” always happens in trucking. Enjoy the small victories such as this one. dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing.gifdancing.gif

Posted:  4 days, 23 hours ago

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I'm off to training

Congrats Robsteeler! From reading your posts I believe will not only persevere but you’ll conquer whatever hurdles come your way. All the best!

Posted:  4 days, 23 hours ago

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Today’s the day!

Great job Brandon! Always great to read these posts. Just reinforces that hard work & dedication wins out in the end. Enjoy the pat on the back & carry it forward towards a safe & profitable career! All the best!!!

Posted:  6 days, 10 hours ago

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Today’s the day!

Awesome news! Break a leg tomorrow!!

Posted:  6 days, 11 hours ago

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Today’s the day!

Hope you aced it today & knock it outta the park tomorrow!!! good-luck.gif

Posted:  6 days, 13 hours ago

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I need some advice, please!

No worries Colin. Glad you are on your way. So long as you making headway is all that counts. All the best to you at CR England!! .

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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I need some advice, please!

Hello Splitter.

I just left a voice mail message for her. I will call again Monday afternoon if I don't hear back. I had wanted to hear from my original recruiter first before calling Vanessa. I appreciate what you have done and will keep you posted. I'm also hoping to hear back from Wil-Trans.

Best Regards, Colin

It was truly no trouble at all Colin! I just happened to be in her terminal the day I read your thread. I had my own issue to resolve with her as it was. I'm really pulling for you! I hope & pray you will get through this hurdle ASAP!

Best regards to you as well.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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I need some advice, please!

Colin, I don’t mean to sound pushy but I wish you had called Vanessa Waters at the number I posted earlier. I ran into a similar issue when I initial called Prime. I was initially told I didn’t qualify for their program either. I called Vanessa a month later & was told I did qualify. Your recruiter should have told you the reason for disqualification. If you’ve given up, I completely understand but if you’re still interested, give her a shot. I already told her about your situation.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Backing - learning something new every day

That's the place, Splitter!

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This sounds like the Alberts in Vernon part of L.A. I had to help 3 other drivers back into their docks by stopping 4 lanes of traffic (two in each direction). Then having to keep them from hitting the others that were already there.

But Dave reminded me of a situation in TX that taught me a huge lesson. I was second in line at this receiver and was given an easy dock to pull into. But being a rookie & not being in any particular hurry, cost me big time.

That easy dock became a thread the needle type deal when the trucker behind me was given a dock ahead of mine. Had that driver waited, it would easy peezy for both of us. Instead I had to to an open area, make a u turn & do a blind side, pull up when I had enough room to squeeze between trailers in front of me & finish with an offset.

After all this, an older driver pulls into the lot. I offer to detach the tractor so that he could pull into his spot next to mine. He calmly declined $ waited for me to be unloaded. So I’m done, pull out to the right cause I don’t believe I fit trying to turn left. By the time I pulled to another open area, made my u turn & cane ariund, that driver had thread the needle between the truck that blocked me & the trailer I almost hit trying to do what he did. To this day I still wish I’d seen how he did it.

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If you ever have to go back there, enter the block from S Soto, turn left into the lot of the building across the street & back straight across the street. You can see part of that lot in the pic I posted.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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What is the point of a DSE??

What they should do is some kind of VR thing with sensors. On an overtake & pass see whether you're locating the driver's face in his side mirror to see if his head is down looking at his phone or whatever & when you don't have the other truck take a little swerve at you.

Have you come around a bend & see a cascade of brake lights sprinting at you to check if you are scanning far enough ahead & respecting the need for following distance.

Prime already has this in the form of simulators. They throw deer, people, pets, weather, etc., all at you while trying to drive your rig through these gauntlets. Basically, all these measures are for an independent, non biased evaluation of the driver’s ability & skill set. When I failed my second road exam, I was taken out by a trainer who I hadn’t driven with at all. He took me through rush hour traffic in Springfield to see if I had the ability to maneuver the truck & trailer safely. At the same time he helped build my confidence & gave me added pointers of things I hadn’t learned yet.

Sometimes trainers & trainees hit it off so well that some may cut corners or be overly impressed by the trainees naturall abilities that they don’t do as thorough a job explaining things as they would with the problem children. In my case, my trainer thought that I would trifecta so much & would bring it up any chance he could, that I believed him while doubting myself the whole time.

His overconfidence in me didn’t allow him to let me drive under the conditions that most intimidated me, shifting up & down in bumper to bumper traffic. Having that neutral second opinion put me exactly where I needed to be & helped me immensely without anyone realizing it. I passed my road test the next day with 11 points out of 32.

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