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Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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LTL DAY CAB meals

I have an assigned truck but it’s a day cab I bought the Coleman cooler the one they have at pilots and loves but I found it at walmart for cheaper. I use it to store water bottles so I don’t need to drink so many sodas. But theirs almost no room after storing a pack. So food storing becomes an issue plus it cools by the temp in the truck so food may go bad sometimes if not properly cooled

I got a lil yeti cup that I keep ice in all day for drinks that I store in my bag. I can keep microwavable stuff in the bag and heat it up later. Unfortunately since I'm so new I don't have an assigned truck or route so it's pretty tough right now.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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LTL DAY CAB meals

Day cab/no sleeper I work for Estes express and since we only have the day cabs for solo line haul drivers theirs little to new room. And I’m out 5 days home 2 days so I’m trying to find some ideas for healthier eating on the road.

Are you in a dedicated truck? If so, do you have an inverter? If the answer to both is yes, you may have room for a small fridge from Walmart.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Phone networks/types for OTR drivers

I have little to no problems with my iPhone X and the signal I get with Verizon. It can be pricey though depending on carrier.

Hey i was wondering what kinds of phones you OTR drivers are using? More importanty,which network(s)? I need a new phone soon,but also planning to start driving school in next few weeks. With all the stress to get into school lol can u please lend me your advice? Nobody wants to roaming charges all over the country right😂 or maybe thats how it goes, i have no clue! I usually buy unlocked phones, does that work? Is phone company contract better choice? How expensive is it? Does it cost more than being in stationary location; like most normal people😂😉

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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LTL DAY CAB meals

So I’m curious if their are any other extra board driver from an LTL carrier who run extrabord or don’t have a dedicated home daily route who have advice about meals on the road. We don’t many options and I want to eat healither are their any good fridges that fill in a day can currently have the Coleman cooler for drinks. If so any advice would be helpful wanting to eat healthier.

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Failed First attempt at (TEXAS) Written Exam...

I have an app on my phone iPhone but I herd androids can get it too if you study your handbook and use this app it’s similar to dmv questions you can pick and choose your location such as California where I’m from Oregon etc and pick your type of license commercial a,b,c etc and in California it was 85% similar to the test at the dmv good luck it’s called DMVGenie

Good day to everyone and thanks in advance for any feedback.

I went to take my written test for Commercial Learners Permit knowing that I had studied my ASS off for the previous week.

When I sat down, I was confident. The first session was "General Knowledge" and I had to get 14 of 20 questions right. The test was finished 13 questions into it! shocked.png I had failed before even finishing the test!!!

The reason is...I had to guess at every question I had. I hadn't seen any of these questions in my study sessions. WHERE THE HELL did they come from? wtf.gif

I was asked things along the lines of (and using my best recollection): --- What is the color of the flag used to tow any vehicle with a yellow rope/strap? --- What is the minimum height of reflectors used on flatbed trailers? --- What is the minimum clearance of mudflaps above the ground? --- What cannot be legally used on highways? a) more than 2 mud grip tires, b) chains c)??? d)??? --- What is the main safety check before deeming a bus safe to travel? --- When hauling long cargo, what must be attached to the back of the longest extension? a) red flag b) red reflectors c)??? d)???

That's 6 of the 7 that I got wrong and totally guessed on all of them.

I searched everywhere on TT and even the online course I received from Swift and nowhere did I find any of these questions.

Again, thank you so much for any advice.

Best regards,

AL confused.gif

Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Two weeks notice

So I’m planning to put in a formal two week notice to my current employer (Prime) due to me getting another job with another company who has a given me a job offer which pays a lot better running 5 days a week and two days off at home. Has anyone ever did this at Prime. I herd their is a cleaning fee of 250$ for a truck return. What other expenses do I look for. No damage to truck same as I brought it in. Also I’ve never taken a sick day/vacation since being here 14 months do they pay those out etc??

Posted:  1 year ago

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Inverter question

Thanks for the response and I’ve tried to turn it on using the power button and no luck. I’ve called RA for help but they told me to just buy a new one. That prime doesn’t replace. I’m not sure if I worded my question correctly. Or if they understood me by my discreption. So imma call Springfield to see what they say.

Dumb question but did you try the on/off switch? Mine just gets tired and shuts itself off once in a blue moon.

Beyond that, it may have just kicked the can. The parts shop at Sprimo is littered with a pile of junk ones on the floor. Give them a call. They'll help you troubleshoot it.

Posted:  1 year ago

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Inverter question

So my company truck at prime is equipped with an inverter and I noticed that it won’t turn on and I’ve checked the fuses for any blown fuse no luck anything I can do on my side to check on the issue ? This happened after using a small grill to cook.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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What Does It Take To Be The Best?

Is their a such thing as overly cautious because some people may have a different perspective like a sharp curve saying trucks 40 mph I usually take 30-35 max if it isn’t to sharp I see others take curves at or above the posted limits sometimes? Opinion?

T: Tenacity
O: Open Minded
P: Patient

T: Tactful
I: Independent
E: Extrovert
R: Respectful

D: Determined
R: Road worthy
I: Intelligent
V: Very Safe
E: Extremely Cautious
R: Repetition

I tried there to come up with words or groups of words that fit each letter in the phrase Top Tier Driver. I hope I did good here. If yall can think of somethin better than what I have please put it in here. 😁

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Leaving after contract

Thank you for this answer my main concern is just managing to progress in my driving career I want to pull doubles because I’ve known two people who’ve told me that you can make a good living pulling doubles and triples but just like any other division their are obstacles. I’m just at a point where I’m considering what’s best for me. Keep in mind I’m only 22 so I want to be somewhere I can make more miles and money wise because I want to help my parents and family back in CA. Home time isn’t to much a concern I’m not married or have kids at this point I’m just trying to figure out where I can move forward and help more back home even if it’s otr right now. I don’t usually go home for 6-7 weeks at a time. But don’t get me wrong Prime is Great I love Prime been best decision I’ve made when looking for company sponsored schools.

Jose, you need to decide what is best for you. some people want more money, others want home time. some want freedom like OTR and others want dedicated. so its hard for us to tell you what is best. we will all have different answers.

i would absolutely hate dedicated, i know it. but i also do want more time off...so i sorta compromise from time to time and take 34 breaks at a hotel at the terminal or at tourist spots.

for me, not having the over head of a home and utilities allowed me to pay debts and bank money, plus splurge a little from time to time. other people need that extra income for home expenses and family.

what do you want and need? keep in mind that every company or position will have its own unique challenges.

you said you would like to pull doubles but why? cause they look cool, or cause you like the way the runs are? have you taken a good look at the winter highways....sprinkled all over them are doubles. im not saying dont go for it, but just like the tanker surge, you need to respect and understand the challenges. good luck!

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Leaving after contract

She’s a trainer ? I did look up her post that was interesting but with everyone’s input I appreciate it . But how does everyone choose where is best for their career. Miles? Percentage ? Being a company driver I prefer it this way to experience the road and when I spoke to Prime they were telling me I should lease and I think I’m not ready for a lease cause of payments and lack of knowledge in the industry I’m trying to position my self to work my way up to something like that but I want to gradually do it.

Jose...

Rainy just presented the forum with her second year Prime pay total. It's over $70,000.

All BS aside, if you are sure that you surpass that at you new employer, go for it. Otherwise, I think you are being rather short sighted and maybe focused on something minor and not considering the bigger picture.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Leaving after contract

From what gathered from other drivers and company’s some pay a flat rate added to your base pay for all miles so it eliminates the need for more pay on just hazmat while others pay for just the hazmat load and some pay like you said 20$ etc. Don’t get me wrong Prime is great but as a company driver my fleet manager and the staff I’ve spoken to have told me theirs no incentive for hazmat, tanker isn’t offered in the west. I was told by one person to move divisions. I’m just unsure as of now so I wanted to get input on ideas because I’m on track for a 1 year good performance known as Prime time certified.

So, follow Rainy's advise. She has been with Prime for 3 years and knows how to get things done there. If it's more money you want, how much?

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Leaving after contract

I’m based out of th SLC terminal because of me living in CA. and during training prior to PSD I had a tankers endorsement but I was told by the guy who does orientation tanker isn’t offered in the west coast. So it was reefer or flat bed. Since getting my license I added doubles and hazmat so when I asked my fleet manager about hazmat pay. They said that their isn’t any incentive or extra per mile pay so I would just be doing Prime a favor by being more available to run hazmat but I would not get any more pay. So I just left it at that.

Hazmat at Prime is an extra $50 per load in reefer. So i dont know who told you that there was no bonus for company drivers. Ask another dispatcher or even your payroll person. I never got hazmat cause i didnt want to be bothered with it.

also, if you want tanker, i would call the switch board and ask for a tanker FM and ask questions. Icecold here is tanker and says it is NJ, GA and chicago in general, but goes other places as well. they have to get you home for home time, and i know a tanker team who had an accident in california, so again, not sure who gave you info.

ask someone other than your FM. your fm.is reefer only and might not want to lose a good driver if you switch divisions.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Leaving after contract

They told me that they don’t offer any incentive for what I want to do. I’ve considered applying to other carriers like ABF ESTES or Old dominion etc with one year of OTR they start accepting applications and Prime does have a tanker division but they only have it for the east coast and since I’m in California I can’t apply to be in it. It’s only flat bed and reefer and I’m currently in reefer division

Be careful what you wish for.

Why not consider a different division of Prime? You’ve already got some time and performance established.

When I drove for Schneider I only got $25 for hauling the occasional hazmat load. You gonna jump ship for maybe $150/year? I’d expect tanker (doesn’t Prime have a tanker division?) will be much different and offer higher pay because the work is more demanding.

I hope you find what you’re looking for, but if you can find it within your present employer, I’d stay with them.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Leaving after contract

Prime doesn’t offer any incentive for hazmat loads I was told I could move them and it would help them give me more loads but I won’t be given a cent or two for hazmat loads. Other companies give you something for taking those loads when you have them or they give you a higher cent per mile for all miles so when you do take them you make more. I’m a company driver so I don’t make percentage or anything like that. I’m mileage based

Who won't pay you a bonus for hazmat?

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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What are top 10-20 rookie / student driving mistakes in first 6-12 months ?

I’m 1 year in and these are what I’ve personally experienced that I would say in my opinion others might agree with.

1. Route planning: Always check an atlas never 100% rely on any GPS (use a current year atlas) look around at all signs it will give arrows for truck routes and low clearance locations. 2. If you miss your turn. Do not panic look for a safe and legal place to park. Also look around for truck route signs and main streets that are big enough for you to turn in and work your way around. It’s best to stop and rethink and use your head. I sometimes use google maps satellite view to show me how many lanes their are to make sure I’m in my correct lane and use main streets to make wide turns.

3. Any time I go to shipper or receiver I look at the satellite or street view to check the truck entrance and to see how backing would be since some places are more tighter to maneuver in.

4. Never back into a spot if your uncertain. It’s best to reset your angle or to figure out an easy spot to maneuver in. I always pick a spot alone to practice my backing in where I have 2-3 spaces of room to work with.

5. Ask questions I have asked other drivers for advice if I’m never certain the old school driver and experienced men and women who have been on the road will have tips and advice for you that may come in use later.

6. If your unsure about a turn it’s best to take it wider when sage to do so because it’s best to make it around something safely then to narrowly miss or to under shoot a turn.

7. Always know where your tandems are because that’s how you will tell how much to cut or to take a turn wide.

8. Keep a cool head there’s going to be some people who really get irritated by rookies like us but the majority are very helpful and know what it’s like to be in our shoes and will help. Keep a cool head at all times.

9. Always watch other drivers and speak to some because you never stop learning on the job everyday isn’t the same.

what are top 10-20 rookie / student driving mistakes in first 6-12 months ? i am hoping the answers are more specific like "downshifting mistakes" or "low clearance mistakes" or "not reading all the signs" or "not preparing for the route enough" or "bad backup setups/tips", "not setting tandems / weight balance correctly", etc. some of the ones like "not focusing on a parking arrangement" in your 10th hour of the 11 hour day is also along that line as well. thank you jt

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Advice preparing for company CDL

Use DMV genie helped me pass my endorsements and 80% similar to test I’m CA only difference was the wording But apps won’t do much help if you don’t study the hand book. Or other things in this post as mentioned.

Retired army would you mind telling me what app that is?? Also where would I get Daniels pre trip? Is it on the high road? I’m only finishing the safe driving tonight. Thanks.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Advice preparing for company CDL

Get your endorsements prior to showing up. Get your permit in hand. Get your tankers,hazmat (fingerprints and background check with TSA $89 cost), doubles/triples. In the long run it will help you move on if you choose to use those with other companies. I drove for Prime good company. Above average pay after training from what I was told by other companies.

Question for somebody looking to get into trucking and going to a company sponsored school. Right now I’m looking at Roehl or Prime and I’m probably going to want to start in July or maybe August. What can I do leading up to the school to make sure I’m 100 percent prepared going into this? I want absolutely a 0 percent chance at failing. I have to pass and get my CDL. I have been studying the high road and will be taking my test here in a few weeks. Should I completely memorize the pre trip? Anything else? Thanks truckers. Failure isn’t an option. I want to be prepared.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Leaving after contract

So my contract is almost up with Prime Inc and I was wondering does trucking have pay outs for unused sick time or vacation time ? I have both and am unaware of how the industry works I’m tempted to leave to look for a new job. I have all my endorsements. Tank/doubles/hazmat but they won’t pay me incentive for running hazmat. Advice ?? I want to run doubles or tankers. Have 1 year with Prime.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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4 months solo. I have questions?

All that was told to me by the inspection tech was that I would be shut down but when I went into the station the CHP officer told me to get it fixed but they did hold onto my license until I got written approval from an officer. And the backing accident wasn’t disabling any vehicle it was just chipped a small part of the bump off the other driver and scratched it as well no bigger then a fist.

Rob yes the tow away is not cmv specific. It says 1 or more of the involved vehicles requiring to be towed due to diabling damage. Now if a person just wants their vehicle towed and its not diabled at the scene that would not count.

Jose I get the fix it ticket concept. Those do not go on your driving record, however I’m still not clear on the out of service. Did DOT issue you an out of service order besides the fix it ticket, or did they tell you to park it till it was fixed without actually putting you out of service. There is a huge difference between the two situations

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