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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Currently overweight at WS

Guys,

So even though the shipper scale had me just legal, I'm over weight at the weigh station. How long does it typically take to get offloaded? Is the "bond" the actual fine you have to pay?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Prime pay raise & guarantee Team Pay

When I received this fleet message today, it made me consider teaming for the very first time. That consideration lasted about 60 seconds. I must sleep in a stationary truck without road noise. I don't see how you guys do it. I can't even sleep in my truck without earplugs while it's sitting sill. Those expensive earplugs are a must! It amazes me to see some of you do it year round for multiple years. No time to workout either....cant do it. I applaud you guys and gals.

Prime announced a new starting pay today and an increase in the team bonus as well as team guarantee pay.

All company drivers are getting a 1cpm raise, making starting pay at 46cpm for a full size on reefer and 51cpm for a lightweight. Including bonuses this gives a new driver a potential average for about 56cpm in a lightweight.

Also team company drivers are now guaranteed $1425 per week while out and got a bonus bump as well.

IMO this is going to put the lease ops at a disadvantage because right now many hire co-drivers at $1000 per week. Why team with a lease Op who will act like your boss when you can make a lot more money and be with an equal?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Sitting Pain

Get an Ultimate Royal Purple cushion. Take a knife and cut it in two. Place each leg (hamstring) on each half piece. This will elevate all the pressure off the middle of your butt. Weird but works.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Good time to ask Prime for dedicated?

Yes. I've got my letters of recommendation from professors and everything else concerning the Law school admission Council in place. I Just need to take the LSAT. Let me tell ya, trucking while studying for that beast is the biggest challenge of my life. I'll probably have to drag it on longer than usual.

Law school acceptance test?

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Good time to ask Prime for dedicated?

Hello everyone,

Was just wondering the average amount of time you have to be with Prime or any company in general before you can even hope to get a dedicated route. I hit my one year anniversary a few days ago. I've only been on my own however, for a little over three months (I trained a very long time).

I would like to have a more structured schedule. I'm studying for the LSAT and could use a chance to organize my weeks very specifically. My fleet manager has given me nothing but high praises quite often.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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The "Boogey Man" Virus

There's still too much uncertainty concerning the virus. If it becomes more wide spread, it could adapt... making it harder to develop a vaccine to really end this. The uncertainty makes it too risky.

Cases are suppose to spike mid April then level off. It's smart to wait for the level off. But yes....the US Treasury cannot float funds, buy back bonds, and lower interest rates for too long or we'll be living in the shadow of this virus much like the great depression for quite some time.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Magnastop??

Hey guys,

I'm finally getting my own truck next week after upgrading a while back. I'm currently ordering/thinking about everything I want on the truck. I heard about the device called a MagnaStop from another recent upgraded newbie at Prime. It supposedly allows you to get the pins in the correct hole every time on the first try.

Does anyone use this? Its 50 bucks...not bad but still thought I'd get a couple other takes on it if I could. I've never guesstimated when sliding before. Not sure how good I'll be at it.

https://www.magnastop.online

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Prime Inc upgrade simulation?

I’ve never passed a sims test. Rather took a road test for upgrade. Did my annual safety last week. Mr Wally remembered me, and did make me do any sim stuff!

Why did you take a road test instead??

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Prime Inc upgrade simulation?

It's been good..a challenge. I went through two trainers. I didn't feel my first trainer was giving me enough backing practice. My fleet manager claimed the first trainer was better with more experienced drivers switching to Prime.

I've had no problems at all with the second trainer. They were both impressed by my work ethic. Nighttime driving is no joke though. I could have upgraded a while ago. I'm was just concerned about my backing even with the increased practice. I still am concerned to be honest. I really wanted another three weeks with a trainer just to get a little more backing in. My FM and trainer are saying I'm ready however. Maybe I'm over thinking it, not sure.

Smart C,

How was TNT?

Enquiring minds want to know (this is probably before your time).

Rob.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Prime Inc upgrade simulation?

Hey guys,

I'm headed in to upgrade next week. I was wondering if anyone else who has upgraded recently at Prime could tell me what the simulation test is like.

Do you get to practice beforehand?

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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90 Backing

Are you still in school or doing this OTR? I ask because on the pad, it is about reference points. OTR it is about judgement and space. I thought you were in TNT now, if so, you need to tell the trainer to let you do it. If you have down time in a truck stop, practice backing.

It usually takes 6 months to get backing down For practice on the pad, some students 4 hours, others 12. It varies.

The real world is different, plus you are nervous cause that trainer is over your shoulder and you have distractions of other trucks cars and people.

1) You need to see it as a puzzle. "Now how do i fit this in that hole". Remove the nervousness.

2) GOAL often, even if the trainer complains. You will not understand the movement unless you observe it.

3) Ask when you can practice. If taking a 34, try to prod them to let you practice.

4) understand we all learn differently and at different speeds. I seriously felt behind in backing. At a year i felt better and at 18 mos i thought "wow i have this". At 3 years i didnt even flinch, i knew i would get it i even if i did 100 pull ups and blocked the whole highway.

Yes, I'm in TNT. Regarding that practice in a parking lot you mean motioned, I hear you loud and clear. Whenever I back in a lot where there is a lot of space which falls on a day where there is time to kill, I yearn to at least keep backing a couple more times. That's just not my trainer's style. He doesn't have that kind of energy or patience.

After not having me back at a dock for a month, he says "Ok..I'm going to let you back... if you can do it, fine....if not, I'll do it". I thought that was strange. He said this as if I'm supposed to have improved over that last month with no 90 practice. It's frustrating because he has told me I'm just about ready to upgrade with the exception of backing up.

He also mentioned that there is another guy on our fleet who is on a dedicated with a lot of extra time on his hands who happens to be the best trainer at getting students to back. He said if he and I can't get backing, (we probably won't...he still only lets me back every other time) that I should talk to our fleet manager about paring with this guy.

I think it would be a shame to have a second trainer essentially just for one aspect of training. However, if that's what I have to do, I'll do it with supreme effort. I know that all I need is repitetion. I'm simply not getting it with this guy. He'd rather me find an easy spot during my break than take the opportunity to back. So Frustrating

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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90 Backing

Thanks for the helpful advice guys.

Posted:  12 months ago

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90 Backing

Hey guys,

I have a question for trainers and a general question.

For those of you who train, I was wondering the average number of times it takes your students to become "good" at the 90. Due to my trainer having two family deaths, we took quite a lot of time off and my progress regarding backing really suffered. Not to mention my trainer usually just backs it in himself. I've attempted the 90 about four times now and am struggling more than I think I should be.

Do you guys start to chase at 90 degrees? Or slightly before 90? I've gotten contradictory advice on this.

Thanks!!

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Ankle pain!

ACE are cheap drug store type of products that may give minimal relief. But if you are truly concerned, look into a medical supply store. I twisted my knee last year and the $30 Walmart brace did nothing. The $80 medical supply store brace fit much better and healed so much faster due to better support. They measured my knee for the correct size. Very heloful people.

In Springfield?

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Ankle pain!

Before bed and when you wake up - or any time you get a chance - prop your foot up on the opposite knee, grab your foot with your hand, and rotate your foot in circles about 20 times in each direction. All you need is a little bit of tension, dont need to crank it hard. Helps to stretch the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the ankle.

Thanks! I'll definitely do this. Have you ever used any ACE products?

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Ankle pain!

Is your seat too high? Quite a few people have mentioned pain in legs and ankles went away after lowering the seat.

I've got a truckload of popcorn on the way for anybody interested. Every topic Smart C ignores everything hes told anyways......

I appreciate you adding to the thread before the popcorn remark. However I dont ignore excellent advice.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Ankle pain!

Hey guys,

Wondering if anyone has specific products they use for their feet/ankles while driving to prevent/deal with pain in that area. I went through intermittent pain during PSD. I didnt drive for a few days and was in pain again just from getting on the pad!

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Does “American Truck Driving School” Drug Test?

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I’m not worried about other company’s or any other schools. I’m in Oklahoma. With a job waiting for me in North Carolina. I’m trying to start this training ASAP. Did anyone else that went to “American Truck Driving School” undergo a drug test to attend schooling. Or even during.

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Why don't you ask someone at American Truck Driving School if they drug test?

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lol - "it would look bad".

Honestly, if it is a question for you, its probably best you stick with telemarketing or fast food for now.

I still get that phone call, almost weekly. the first thing out of their mouth is "what kind of drug testing do you do?"

that's scary.

Now, I sometimes let it slide if it is a minority driver, because I am aware of the false-positives for people with "darker hair" (kinda seems like code for something else...), but... 99/100 times, the person asking that question is probably not going to be a good hire for my company.

There are non minorities with dark hair. There are also A LOT of people who incorrectly think that passing through a room of smoke will cause them to fail a drug test...

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Prime Inc TNT students will see increased mileage requirements in training

Also keep in mind that Primes old training program was SIX months. yep, i said that.

As both a trainee and a trainer...i would have killed someone at 6 months. lol

Well..how many miles does the team average during TNT? Is it consistent? A fellow student told me the miles can lack at times. Doesn't sound right.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Prime..Do you need your SS card or not???

Then again it might take two weeks to get it sent out... Hopefully you planned to kick it in the hotel on your own dime for awhile.

Just checked the PDF that was emailed to me upon my passing the drug test. Clearly says you need your SS card if you do not have your birth certificate. Perhaps the webpage is outdated. Sigh.....we'll see.

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