Profile For PT

PT 's Info

  • Location:
    Long Beach, CA

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

  • Social Link:

  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 1 month ago

PT 's Bio

No Bio Information Was Filled Out. Must be a secret.

Page 1 of 1

Posted:  1 week ago

View Topic:

Prime Inc. Future Student SLC

Well now I am in my second week here at Prime SLC. So far I am learning or learnt my external pretrip inspection and in cab/air brake pretrip. Prime really places an emphasis on safety and equipment management, so when you're on the road and get pulled over by DOT and get your tractor and trailer fully inspected and pass 100% you get a bonus, $25 or $100 company and lease respectively. Be prepared to do a lot of pre and post trip on the road so that you can cover your butt if something happens to your vehicle and it's something that could have been avoided by pretripping.

I am also learning backing maneuvers: straight back, driver/blind offsets, and driver/blindside parellel parking. Haven't learned alley docking as of yet, but it seems all backing maneuvers seem to incorporate offsetting and straight backing. They teach you reference points to follow and once you get those down the maneuvers are easier to handle.

The instructors are very knowledgeable and you will definitely learn your stuff to be successful on the road. I've been dreaming about pretrip because that's what's been drilled into your head. Currently there is a truck shortage, so we've been switching from backing maneuvers on the pad and doing backing exercises on the simulator. The simulator will teach you your reference points, but it's just not the same as actually being in the truck.

Well that's all I've got for today. Time to sleep and dream of pretrip. Goodnight TT.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

View Topic:

Prime Inc. Future Student SLC

Sorry, haven't updated the past few days, I've been real busy studying that pretrip!

Late Thursday afternoon was cleared and officially became a Prime student driver. This means you passed your drug test and issued a badge. The results came late and everyone was wondering what was going on, but our whole class got through, which I'm told is fairly rare. From here you start going out to the training pad and start going through the 4 phases of the exterior pre trip inspections.

This consists of: engine compartment, coupling, driver side fuel area, and trailer. Prime gives you a packet containing the parts and specific phrases you'll need to know to pass the CDL test. The HRTP is spot on and you should start studying that, but also remember that Prime has their own way of doing things, so some verbage might be off, but overall it's exactly the same. I passed the engine compartment and coupling on Friday, and today passed the driver side and trailer today. The instructor will call you or you volunteer once you feel you are ready and then you have to get pretty much 95-100% correct to move on to the next section.

Once you have passed your evaluation on all 4 sections, you will then be moved to the backing pad and start learning the in cab pretrip which includes the air brakes section. You will also learn how to do the backing maneuvers as well. So the faster you learn the external pretrip the faster you get to be in the truck! I was lucky in that my roommate had the pretrip paperwork and gave it to me from the first day and I was studying that all week.

Friday is also the last day your meals are paid. Take time Friday night or Saturday night after class to go to the Walmart or Winco foods down the street, about 5-6 miles straight down the road. The downside of our hotel area is that there are now stores close by within walking distance, and you'll have to rely on Uber/Lyft or ask the shuttle drivers during your Prime lunch break to take you there. They say that Fridays at 12 is the walmart shuttle, so use that to stock up on instant ramen, pb&j's, or whatever budget you have to buy food. Your com data card (basically your Prime debit card) does not get filled until Friday after 5pm, so figure that into your budget you bring with you.

If you come during winter months, plan to be COLD. The mornings are in the teens and if the sun doesn't come out and the wind picks up it is brutal. I had to go to walmart to pick up some boots and a scarf to protect your face. Prime's shop has stuff you can buy and surprisingly decent prices, they dont seem to gouge their drivers wallet, which is nice. Be prepared for your clothes to get oil marks, so dont bring your nice stuff, you WILL get down and dirty. Work gloves are also essential, as you will point/touch the parts you're inspecting. The laundry machine at the hotel is expensive, about $5 to wash and dry. At the terminal, I think its 50 cents to wash, not sure about to dry but should be similar.

Well, this post is longer than I thought, since it covers the last three or so days. Thanks for reading, will try and update as often as I can. Catch ya later TT.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

View Topic:

Prime Inc. Future Student SLC

Nolan, lol sounds good man. Prime is a great choice and I'm not regretting anything, except the Greyhound, if you have the funds pay your way.

Rainy, of course you're a legend! Chris G. says he missed you by a few minutes and he met up with CK. Hopefully when we meet I'll have some miles under my belt.

Day two of orientation consists of finishing up your CBT's, background interviews, and driver training videos. Interviews are basically verifying your employer background. That's about it really, I'm guessing tomorrow we hop on the simulator. I heard there's only one so with a class size of 20 plus who knows when that'll be done. Well it is what it is, can't do nothing about it. Right now just studying pretrip with the roommates paperwork, I imagine I will never forget the words properly mounted and secured in my lifetime.

Interesting tidbit, if they can't find you a trainer by end of orientation they will place you in the local training program which will count as the required 10k miles. You'll stay at the Salt Lake location and learn your pretrip and practice backing maneuvers on the training pad. Positives and negatives I guess. I really wanted driving experience, especially in winter conditions, and wanting my first taste of the open road. Flip side is, my roommate has told me that a couple students had went out and their trainers didn't go through pretrip or backing with them at all and came back as lost as Dorothy in Oz. Sooo...study that pretrip! So if you end up being stuck in SLC at the very least you'll have proper training to obtain your CDL and grab your driving experience during TNT. I had read on another thread from Rainy concerning lease ops that are in the hole using the training program as a means to get themselves back financially. If that's the case here, I'd much rather stay local and get quality training. But more than likely that is an odd case, just got to be vocal to your fleet manager and inform them it's not on the up and up during your PSD.

Time to hit the sack, good night TT.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

View Topic:

Prime Inc. Future Student SLC

Hey CK, good luck! I'll be the brown guy with long hair and a beanie. No prime jacket yet, hoping to upgrade my wardrobe soon lol.

Rainy making me nervous meeting up with trucking truth legends! Itll be great to meet y'all and pick your brain for a bit, honestly the more I'm hearing about the business the more excited I get. I finally get what people mean about those trucker stories, every one is unique and sure to bring a laugh or make you think.

So first day is under the belt with the physical and start of the CBT's. You basically have to watch videos and then get quizzed on them afterwards. We did this right after lunch, which Prime provides of course, you order off a menu in the morning (sandwiches or salads) and a catering company makes and delivers. There are some boring videos, so combined with food coma you might find yourself nodding off. Grab a red bull or something if you need it.

The day ends at 4, depending on the class size there might be a wait for shuttles. Troy, our newbie liaison, gives you a dinner voucher for the restaurant at the hotel which is 10 bucks. The food is pretty good and they give you a lot so that was nice. They have a special menu for Prime called a managers special that covers a drink, your meal and a side if it comes with it. It's in the bar section so remember that you can't drink as a PSD student or else they'll notify Prime by phone and you're gone. They're really strict about it so don't even think you can get away with it. It makes sense, you're here to learn and stuff like that is a distraction. You'll need your wits about you learning what you'll need to learn in the time you need to, which isn't alot.

Day 1 is in the (personal) record books, time to get some shuteye. Hopefully I'll catch CK and Rainy one of these days! Catch you later TT.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

View Topic:

Prime Inc. Future Student SLC

Yea I am very much looking forward to seeing how it is in a truck. Have no problems sleeping in moving car as long as its somewhat comfortable.

Nolan, if you're still considering brother just jump on in! Well, like I've been told make sure all your financials and stuff are set, but other than that just do it.

You should check out Chris G's diary as well, we met up on the way here and going to start this week. So far what I've heard is Prime is a great place to train, and the instructors really want you to pass and get your stuff right. My roommate gave me the pretrip paperwork and I've been studying that, he's going to test out this Wednesday for his license. Tomorrow is orientation and paperwork so time for sleep for a 630am shuttle.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

View Topic:

Prime Inc. Future Student SLC

Well survived the Greyhound, my butt made its mark on the seat that's for sure. Tough to get a full nights sleep on the bus, but figure that's how is going to be like while trucking so can't really complain. My assigned roommate looks like he's been here for a week already, he wasn't in when I came in, he probably headed over to the training grounds early this morning. I'll spend the day studying up on the pretrip on HRTP and get ready for the start of orientation tomorrow. Catch you later!

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

View Topic:

Prime Inc. Future Student SLC

Hey Chris,

I'll be the one with the blue sleeping bag if you want to kill time before our bus ride!

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

View Topic:

Prime Inc. Future Student SLC

Hey Chris,

Lol of all the gin joints in all the world right? Safe travels and see you soon!

Hi Turtle thanks for wishes!

Posted:  3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Prime Inc. Future Student SLC

Sorry for the long wait, had to postpone my departure date until today due to family reasons. Currently on the Greyhound bus now heading for LA from Long Beach, then Las Vegas for a four hour layover, then arriving to SLC at 6am on Sunday. The Greyhound bus is actually nice than what I thought, even has power plugs for your devices and Wifi.

A word of advice, pick up your ticket at least a day in advance, in case anything weird pops up and you can talk to your recruiter to straighten anything out. You dont want to get there like me, and find out the original departure date wasnt changed correctly from January and your recruiter wont get back until Monday. Luckily, they were able to change the itinerary date for a $20 fee, which I have the receipt and hopefully Prime will reimburse me for it. On a limited budget so I'm probably gonna need it lol.

Anyways, heading out and arriving in a storm, so I'll pray to the gods that I will arrive in one piece. I'll keep you guys updated, catch y'all later!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

New Year, New Moderator!

Congrats Turtle!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Plant based eater starting out

Scott,

I'll be starting Prime next week and am also on a plant based diet. Planning I assume would be key on a trainers truck. Plant based protein powders would be a good investment as meal replacers, just add h20 and you're set. If you're gonna eat out do as best you can? That's my plan anyways. I'm bringing bars and nuts like Dave had said. Any more than that, I'll have to stock up at Walmart. They have started introducing plant friendly options now including sandwich "meats", but if your trainer doesn't have a cooler or fridge, seems you're SOL. I'm thinking PB&J's mostly until I get my own truck. Add in some fruits that I'll stock up and leave in my luggage, and that will have to do.

Steven B. asks why plant based, I would say health and my wife for the animals/health. My wife reversed her health issues, and I've lost the weight I've gained over the years, 30 pounds in 2-3 months. As a former professional athlete, it was really discouraging to gain that weight, but when I switched, my body regained its metabolism like crazy. I'm only 31, but I was starting to feel the food I was eating make a difference. If you are going to cut out anything OR decrease intake of, it has to be dairy. It is so prevalent in a lot of packaged foods its ridiculous. Just being aware of what you put in makes a difference. Start looking at labels, and you'll see for yourself. Low carb high (good) fat, is an option, and if it comes to it, I'll do what I gotta do to feed the beast, just my plan to avoid dairy. Trying to avoid the bubble guts in my trainers truck, because that's got to be a terrible situation and frankly one of my fears during training.

Take what I say with a grain of salt, I am not a dietician nor a doctor. Just a crazy Cali boy with even crazier ideas. Stay safe!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Prime Inc. Future Student SLC

Hey all,

Took my DOT physical exam at 0700, got approved for two years. If you live in CA, remember you have to do this before you go to the DMV, otherwise you'll have wasted hours of your life waiting in line for nothing. I barely found this out last night while I was double checking the DMV requirements, very close call.

Took my CLP test right after, got there 0730 and a line was already wrapped around the building. Had all my documents in order, and went in for one of the most nerve wracking tests I've ever had to take. For Prime, all I need is a Tanker endorsement initially. WELL I PASSED BY THE SKIN OF MY TEETH. If I didn't read all of the permit HRTP and done a bunch of practice tests it would've went badly. I had to retake the combination test and just made it by one question to finally pass, everything I passed with enough to spare. Tip: One hurdle done, a bunch more on the way.

So I called up my recruiter this morning and let him know I have all the stuff I needed ie. permit, DOT. He wasn't expecting me to be ready so soon, but he was able to squeeze me in for the Jan 7th orientation class as I'd hoped! So now I'll be leaving this Saturday as it looks to be a 18-20 hr Prime newbie initiation Greyhound bus ride. I am leaving 11:15am and arriving 6:15 Sunday morning with 2 transfers. I'm planning on a lot of sleep and studying to get me though that. Having read Kori's experience, I'm in for a doozy. Point of interest, I'll be heading into SLC with a storm on my tail, hope its not too foreboding.

Right now the wife and I are starting to pack and get the stuff I'll need. She seems ok with the time I'll be gone, have to make sure to keep communicating what's going on and keep her updated. Really glad and nervous that I'm starting down this trucking career, I'm going to put my nose down to the grindstone and learn all I can. I'll keep this training diary updated as much as I can, as I don't see a lot of Prime SLC stories. Many thanks TruckingTruth and I'll catch you later!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Potential Californian Trucker

Chris,

I am also trying to get my foot into Prime, will probably go into the SLC program sometime in Jan. Good luck!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Prime Inc. Future Student SLC

Howdy all,

I've been lurking through this amazing website for the past year or two, and currently going through the HRTP. A little backstory, I was laid off yesterday the 28th, and now I've been thrust into my 18 wheel trucking career a little sooner than I had planned. I have been in talks with my Prime recruiter, who has been very forthcoming and great on communication, since Nov/Dec 2018 (actually summer '18), with a planned start date end of Jan/beginning of Feb. Since I've been invited to the orientation at SLC, I would need my DOT card and CLP before I head out. I have reached out to him last night and this morning, but in all likelihood will not hear back until the 31st. I plan to get both these requirements in the next week, planning on Monday morning actually, and am feeling very anxious, as I am the sole provider of my household (wife and I, and feline) and hoping this all works out. I want to be in orientation by the 7th, provided I pass my CLP test.

I would like to start this Training Diary for any who are curious, and hoping for some much needed pointers along the way. I have posted before, and Rainy D. has been great with information. I am going to cram as much of the HRTP this weekend and was wondering if there is anything I should focus on, being I'm from CA, there will probably be more regulations and hoops to jump through compared to the rest of the states. Thank you Brett and his amazing moderators, not to mention the other posters, for leaving a trail for me to follow. Here goes something!

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

View Topic:

Actual Costs for New Students Going Into Prime CDL Training School

Thanks Rainy! I have seen you posting here and there and know you are with Prime.

"$20 for load locks/pad locks ($200), $20 for chains ($400)."

I am thinking those are the monthly deductions for the two items. If you are doing refer or dry van those are the items you absolutely must purchase? Has anybody here found them somewhere else, say Amazon, for a cheaper model or is it just accepted that you buy/payment plan these items from Prime?

TWIC card - did some looking around on here (seriously, TT is awesome), and someone mentioned the TWIC card is $120. Adding that to the fire:

$100 - Administrative costs for PSD $55 - CDL Learner's Permit fee if you have not already received yours $200 - locks/pad locks $400 - chains $120 - TWIC card

That's $875 or $820 (depending on permit) that I would need to have either set aside or have Prime deduct from my check.

If I am missing anything or not thinking of a hidden cost, please let me know. Hope this helps (its helped me) people looking into Company Paid Training and wondering how much to save/bring.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

View Topic:

Actual Costs for New Students Going Into Prime CDL Training School

Hi everybody! Been planning on joining the Prime Inc. PSD program at SLC Utah and the wife and I were trying to get a handle of actual costs so that we can better prepare/budget for the upcoming lean (hopefully not) months of training. Here is what I kind of figured out on my own through research via here at TT and what I've managed to find on YouTube that's not negative or trucker-bashing.

$100 - Prime PSD Administrative Costs $55 - For CDL Learner's Permit (not applicable to me since I have to get mine in CA beforehand I think)

$200 or less - This is for the truck locks? that you can either pay out of pocket or Prime will deduct from your weekly paycheck

From here, I believe you need petty cash for food/drink/entertainment/laundry. That shouldn't be too much, but I know Prime gives you an optional advance of $200.

Are there any other equipment purchases that will need to be made? A YT video I watched said if you get into Flatbed, which I was considering, you would have to buy the straps and harnesses, in the area of $3000?

My wife and I's main concern is of hidden equipment costs that companies don't tell you and they just deduct from your check. If we can prepare for these pitfalls ahead of time, I think the first few months of training will be a lot easier to deal with, especially from your spouse's point of view, as I don't think a call from you telling her "Hey, I have to buy these ___, it'll cost $$$$. Surprise!" is going to go over well.

Thank you for your time and expertise! I love this website and believe it is the best resource for new drivers thinking about getting into this industry!

Page 1 of 1

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More