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Posted:  5 hours, 26 minutes ago

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Prime PSD program driving hours - question

Thanks turtle this helps. Now I understood and I got a great trainer. Can't wait to pass my CDL.

Posted:  6 hours, 29 minutes ago

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Prime PSD program driving hours - question

Hi question to prime psd students / Trainers? Approximately how many hours you get to drive every day. My trainer drives some local dedicated fleet and I get to drive probably 80 to 120 miles and get to practice straight line backing 6 or 9 times a day. Is this typical or am I getting less driving miles since my trainer drives locally?

Posted:  2 days, 21 hours ago

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Best Pre-trip video tutorial for Prime students

Thanks G-Town

Posted:  2 days, 22 hours ago

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Best Pre-trip video tutorial for Prime students

G-Town I totally understood what you said and please don't misunderstand me. I read everything you write and I admire you guys so much for your time on educating us. If I read it the way you said it then it is correct but the problem is, if we download this pdf in our cellphone or computer and see one page at a time then students are going to read it wrong. Probably I am thinking too much from a designers point of view and sorry about that. Thanks for reporting it.

Posted:  2 days, 22 hours ago

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Best Pre-trip video tutorial for Prime students

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Look at the top of page 16 which is directly underneath the photo you described on page 15.

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I wasn't trying to criticize or anything. I was just giving an example. I am still learning and not sure which one is correct. Please see this picture. It says power steering pump but my trainer is saying that it is a steering gear box.

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I know what it says. Your trainer is correct.

Please look at the very top of page 16, the description matches the photo. Also reread my second paragraph.

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Look at the top of page 16 which is directly underneath the photo you described on page 15.

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I wasn't trying to criticize or anything. I was just giving an example. I am still learning and not sure which one is correct. Please see this picture. It says power steering pump but my trainer is saying that it is a steering gear box.

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I know what it says. Your trainer is correct.

Please look at the very top of page 16, the description matches the photo. Also reread my second paragraph.

But this is a mistake though. If someone can correct that it will help other students too. That is not a page break and if you look at the entire design layout you will understand. Every page has a title and directly under that is the image. That is how this pdf is designed. Mistake can happen and I worked in print industry for last 18 years. If my trainer is correct then what we have in the pdf is a mistake.

Posted:  2 days, 23 hours ago

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Best Pre-trip video tutorial for Prime students

Look at the top of page 16 which is directly underneath the photo you described on page 15.

I wasn't trying to criticize or anything. I was just giving an example. I am still learning and not sure which one is correct. Please see this picture. It says power steering pump but my trainer is saying that it is a steering gear box.

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Posted:  3 days, 6 hours ago

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Best Pre-trip video tutorial for Prime students

Hi Solo ,

You are right. There are so many videos and study materials out there it is so confusing. I was studying Trucking truth Pre-trip pdf file all this time and there is a mistake in page 15. For gear driven power steering pump they have a photo of steering gear box and hoses. So any time my trainer asks me I keep on pointing to the wrong item.

I wish companies just train their students only pre-trip, in cab break check, basic driving skill for 1st 3 weeks, so you can just pass the test.

I started reading your diary from day 1 and keep up the good work.

Posted:  3 days, 6 hours ago

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Best Pre-trip video tutorial for Prime students

The best Prime specific one is on the Prime app by one of the instructors, but you cant access it till you have employee code, seems a bit silly to me not to have it available for those studying for it

Interesting. Let me ask my driver trainer whether he can show me that.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Best Pre-trip video tutorial for Prime students

I think this is the best pre-trip YouTube video for prime students. https://youtu.be/-m-FVna1r3c

https://youtu.be/tgoLbSaZCxY

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https://youtu.be/OCD5iF_DNcc

Posted:  1 week ago

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I am confused. Which one is spring hanger

Didn't realize this is the same Michael S who is writing "Let the process begins". I am following yours and Britton's Diaries. Congratulations for that awesome Trifecta.

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Posted:  1 week ago

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I am confused. Which one is spring hanger

Thanks Michael for the info.

Posted:  1 week ago

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I am confused. Which one is spring hanger

On Daniel's Pre-Trip inspection guide it says that "The difference between a Hanger and a Mount is that Hangers are much, much smaller. I could go technical but don't over complicate this. The Hangers are in the front, Mounts in the back...."

I was studying like that all this time and now I am in Prime training programme and they are saying that the one in the front is the spring mount. So I am confused now. So which is correct?

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

Imagine being the trainer with newbie at the helm lol

I have so much respect for you guys. I can't even imagine me doing that. I taught my girl friend and couple of other friends how to drive a car in our local parking lot and I was so scared. Becuase I was scared, I was yelling at them all the time.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Just getting started after 5 plus years of doing other jobs

By the looks of things I will be heading to Springfield, MO because their other place in PA is fully loaded till March timeframe...

In PA the instructor told us that the reason for the waiting period is because they usually bring only 6 to 8 students and they want to make sure that everyone gets a trainer by end of the week. Also they mentioned that in PA they would like students to spend more time with their family than wasting 1 or 2 weeks in hotel waiting for a trainer.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Argh! Need help! I Panic During Testing!

I have the same issue with pre-trip. The main reasons I decided not to continue w/ my corporate career are public speaking and group discussions. I like to be myself and alone. At the same time all our moderators and other experienced drivers are really helping us here with their advices and I think I will be able to do it.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Prime CDL Training - Springfield, MO

Thanks Pete

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Prime CDL Training - Springfield, MO

Thank you Turtle and Old School for explaining this. I am studying hard and practicing at home and I can remember most of the names. I am only worried that I may get nervous and will forget things.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Prime CDL Training - Springfield, MO

Really focus on the pretrip... that is the one thing a trainer cant help you memorize. 90% of people who fail do so on the pretrip!!!

and yay michael got a trainer...happy dance!

Just thinking out loud..

We have a massive driver shortage and many people fail in pre-trip inspections. I am not sure why a driver is supposed to remember every part names for a test. Also people can forget things when they are stressed. You can be a great driver but it is not necessary you are a person who easily remeber names. I remeber in my college math class exams our professor told us, "open the test book and check formulas and use calculator. You are living in 21st century and everything is at your finger tips and in real life you are going to use computer or calculator and check books to solve problems". Same way why can't the DMV just hand over a check sheet with all the names so students can check each one and explain it to the inspector. So that way you dont have to worry that you are not going to miss anything and I bet not many student will fail.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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News Article: Is a guaranteed minimum pay the solution to the driver shortage?

Unfortunately trucking mostly attracts 40 - 65 year olds who can't find work in their chosen professions anymore and have otherwise run out of good options.

There should be a flood of 21 - 35 year old single folk with no families looking for a great career and an exciting life, but there aren't many of those that take a serious look at trucking.

Your reasoning is not 100 percent true though. Why is it unfortunate. Most of the safe drivers are people over 40 and most crashes are made by drivers under 30. Also it is not 100% true that that many older people select this job becuase they don't have any other options. For many of them it is a childhood dream which they wanted to do but never got a chance becuase of family, kids and other commitments.

Another thing is about 21-35 age group. You mentioned they are single with no family but you forget about their social life. I know you started driving in your early 20s but most people in this age group just want to party with their friends. I don't think most of these age group want to leave their girlfriends and friends and live a solitary life. It needs a special dedication. Especially when they see their friends posting their party life on Instagram and facebook. Also more and more americans are staying with their parents till 30s and they don't have to worry much about their financial situations.

According to the American Trucking Associations we will be short of 175,000 drivers by 2026. So companies should do something. But whatever companies do it will be hard to attract people under 30s becuase at that age your way of thinking is different. Also they shouldn't be doing that since that is the time you enjoy your life with friends and driving is something you can do any time.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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CR England training day 1

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