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Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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4 months solo. I have questions?

I was told i would be shut down but it will be received as a fix it ticket and would not go on my driving record. And it was at a TA and I’m sorry but what’s a DAC I’m only familiar with CSA SCORE.

They way you worded it I’m not clear. Did Dot place you out of service for the trailer light issue??? If so it will be reported. You used the word warning, which leads me too believe it was a suggestion. Without knowing the issue with the lights it’s unknown which wording is factual. As far as the backing accident, if it was on private property, i. e. customer, truck stop etc then it won’t go on your mvr, but will go on your dac. It’s only dot reportable for your csa if it was death, injury, or tow away

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Being a trainee at Prime is an awful experience.

Prime is great about if you need money they LOAN 200$ I believe a week for food on the road. You do pay it back in small weekly payments.but great idea on having everything set up before you go into training.

I must admit that I'm jealous but happy that Banks is using such a golden opportunity! I'll be like Brett & only see the inside of a rig when I get to Springfield. But even if I had the same opportunity, I couldn't take advantage of it since I have to work almost everyday until I leave to get my finances in order. Good luck Banks, thank you G-Town for being such a good person!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Being a trainee at Prime is an awful experience.

Get all your endorsements in before you join that’s my best opinion that way you can get more loads and be placed with a trainer with similar endorsements I wanted to do hazmat but got my hazmat endorsement after TNT and was told I need to get on with another trainer for that. And I already went solo I haven’t dug further to see what will happen with my current truck so I haven’t asked. But just a suggest :)!

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Hey Banks, first I hope you don't feel too beat up! You were open and honest with your post and I appreciate that. I covered this in my very long, and probably way too open and honest, training diary, but this initial phase can be super emotional. You're leaving your home, your family, the life you knew, and throwing yourself into a truck with a stranger to forge a new life, all the while trying to wrap your head around the ins and outs of operating a class 8, 80,000 pounds vehicle. When you throw into the mix a trainer who is less than ideal, to say the least, the situation becomes even more difficult and can lead to posting a good post that was, perhaps, hastily titled. We forgive you for bashing Prime in your title. :-)

I will say I'm sorry my diary came off as a bad review of Prime (assuming you're talking about MY diary--could have been a different Paul). It was never meant to be a review--reviews are quick reads that sum up an experience. My diary was a journey, not a summary, and taken as a whole I think the picture isn't negative, at least not on Prime's part. I am actually sitting here in the Campus Inn as we speak. Just finished up the second round of orientation and will get back on the road with another trainer in the next day or two. If you want a summary of my experience with Prime, here it is: I was paid $700 bucks a week to train for a career that is stable and profitable. Though the training was extremely difficult, at the end of that training I was entrusted with a nice new truck...which I promptly ran into an awning. Really dumb move. But then instead of facing the music, I quit, leaving a huge debt to Prime hanging over my head. REALLY dumb move. Did Prime call me about it, pester me, threaten legal action? No. They offered me my job back, whenever I was ready, an open invitation. Prime is really one of the best companies around.

Training is hard, for the trainer and trainee. If you get one who is abusive, as mine was, then call your Fleet Manager. If your FM isn't helping, call the training office. But do some soul searching, find the faults you have and clean those up first. You never know, that may fix the problem. If it doesn't, then you're in the clear and have no reason to not get another trainer. In the end, it's 6 weeks of your life. Gone in the blink of an eye in the long run. Just...don't run into an awning when you upgrade. :-)

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Wow!!! Welcome back Paul. Congratulations on this enormous development. I was very disheartened by your decision to quit but am elated that you reconsidered. No words of wisdom except to say good on you for putting your priorities in order. Also, Banks isn’t responsible for the title, that was Indalecio. I will be joining you in March! Getting a few more paperwork details in order but am approved by recruiting & security. God bless you & your family. Good luck & stay safe.

Wow wow wow!! This was a great surprise.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Being a trainee at Prime is an awful experience.

Happened to me during my PSD training their best way to do is get the excersize in during 30 minute break. The next thing you should do is contact Your fleet manager and let him know. They will remove you off that truck. It’s best you think it’s not going to be good for you. I had a bad PSD expirence with my first trainer got done licensed and TNT had a great trainer.

First let me say,

Prime itself is an excellent company. Never seen a company so willing to do things just to make it's employee's a little hapier. The problem is not them, it's the fact that there last phase of training forces you to share a truck with a random owner operator for two months.

It is awful.They don't care about their own health and make no time to do anything for it. I will want to take 45 min to exercise but he doesn't want to make time for that due to the load being due, but then will sit on the phone talking for an hour while doing nothing.

I've informed him numerous times that I can't sleep when the heat is blasting, but he blast it anyway. Then when it's my turn to drive he'll turn off my a/c and make me drive with heat on. So I'm sleepy from being overheated at night and miserable while driving also.

Curses constantly and I hate profanity. Talks to me like a child, even though he drives awful swerving and hitting lines. I rarely do that.

There are so many things, but I'm afraid to get a different trainer because he could be worse, because my psd trainer was worse . He actively TRIED to make me miserable including trying to coerce me into drinking and smoking, neither of which I do.

I'm only two weeks in and im wondering if I have the strength to make it another 2 months will dirty arrogant trucker aholes.

Ugh

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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4 months solo. I have questions?

So I’ve been on my own for 3 months going on 4 and I’ve expirenced something’s that come with the job. I’ve gotten warnings from DOT in 2 places to shut down for trailer lights. I did my pretrip and post. I’ve replaced fuses when found out they didn’t work. How will this affect my CSA score? Also does a backing accident during the training portion/team portion go on your dmv record. No major damage but insurance was exchanged. Happened on my trainers truck.

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