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Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Backing @ Specialty Mineral Inc

Yeah, hopefully you're correct. It's a very different place. 30 Daisy Hill Rd

You've been driving for over a year and a half. At this point you should have enough understanding of how to maneuver the trailer to eventually get it in there. It doesn't need to look good, just get it in there without hitting anything. You'll likely surprise yourself by getting in there much easier than last time you went.

You can do it! You really don't want to start rejecting loads (if they allow it) because it's difficult. Thats a quick way to end up on the s*** list. Besides, it'll help you improve your backing even more.

Which address in Canaan is it? I tried to look it up and there's 2 addresses

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Backing @ Specialty Mineral Inc

Yes

Is this your shipper?

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Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Backing @ Specialty Mineral Inc

Hello All,

Anyone familiar with Specialty Minerals Inc in Cannon? I have to pick a load up there and remember really struggling when I went there last time. Is there a proven strategy for easily backing there?

The workers there said our trucks really have no business being there...(with a sleeper). I want to reject the load...I've never tried to reject anything before (but I am company). ***It's going to be at a time where there will probably be no one to help if I need it. I just feel like I'm going to need at least a little more experience until I'm comfortable with this place....it had a scary hill where it looks like you'll fall down if you make the wrong move. Thanks!

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking under Democratic or Republican Government

It's about policy....not strictly party lines. The supposed new administration will indeed stagnate us relatively speaking. We had some good things going..USMCA, better tax rates, less regulation, new China deal, etc. Let's hope much doesn't get changed. That would be for the best.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Does Prime keep copy of CDL?

Well I guess it's obvious they have a copy of all driver's CDLs. But what's the standard practice if you lose your card out on the road? Do you automatically have to go back to your home state (to DMV) before you can drive again? Or do they fax a photocopy as a temporary replacement?

I have not asked my company yet because I want to look a little more in the truck first. A little stressed out though. Couldn't have happened at a worse time.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Florida Red Light Cameras

Hi All,

It was a close call.. however I did indeed run a red light in Florida. I thought I had more time left on the yellow, and thought it was the safest thing to do. It flashed me. What is the process as far as the company is concerned?

A random guy told me the cameras are aimed too low to capture the plate. My trainer told me either way, Prime will just make me pay the ticket and not give me too hard a time because I have a completely clean record.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Currently overweight at WS

I paid nearly a thousand dollars. I was over a couple thousand pounds. Officer claimed he took it easy on me.

Ouch. If you have to offload it must have been over a good bit. If it is just a little usually 1k or less most will give you a ticket and let you roll. It will be up to your company how fast things move.

The bond may or may not be the actual fine. Different states do things somewhat different.

Here is my question. Customers scales may not always be the best maintained. How close were you? Did you reweigh on a cat scale? Did you get fuel after the shipper before reaching the weigh station?

All these things come into play. Sounds like you have had a hard lesson here.

Let us know how it turns out please

Posted:  7 months 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:  8 months, 1 week 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:  8 months, 1 week 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:  9 months, 1 week 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:  9 months, 1 week 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:  1 year 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:  1 year 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:  1 year, 2 months 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:  1 year, 2 months 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:  1 year, 2 months 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:  1 year, 6 months 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:  1 year, 6 months ago

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90 Backing

Thanks for the helpful advice guys.

Posted:  1 year, 6 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!!

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