Profile For Liz D.

Liz D.'s Info

  • Location:
    Williamstown , NJ

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year ago

Liz D.'s Bio

Total noob but have decided to leave my career in retail as a manager and get back on my own again. I was self employed for twenty years operating a small greenhouse range and farm market. I also dabbled in other businesses and have decided I love being my own boss. So here I am stepping into the world of the professional truck driver. Looking forward to the challenges ahead. Been out of TNT and on my own since March 2020 as a lease operator.

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Posted:  4 days, 5 hours ago

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Friend Not Liking Paid Training/Question

They have to be looking at more than that. At prime I had to take the road test three times. I missed a stop sign the first time and I curbed it the second. I got a serious talking to after my second attempt but I believe they would have given me a fourth try. Third time was a charm, maybe they saw how determined I was. I don’t know but if they don’t seem confident or are scared that could be factor. It’s serious business being out there on the road you have to be safe and secure with your driving skills.

Posted:  4 days, 13 hours ago

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Prime Inc. PSD Covid Edition

I always have plenty to eat. I got one of those galanz microwave convection and air fry ovens. I eat steak chicken pork you make it plus you can make a cake on it ( haven’t tried yet) plus I have a crock pot and a little George Forman so I eat well and shop Walmart’s and some of the quick stops in Wisconsin are mini grocery stores. Cheese curds a plus lol.

As far as working for a lease operator it can be more money and bonuses and time off depending on what they want to offer and you can still be a company driver (from what I understand somebody correct me if I’m wrong on this) .

As far as selection and getting food OTR, these trucks can go to the majority of WalMarts for shopping. Plenty of selection coast to coast.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Just Another Prime Inc Endeavor

Welcome Raif,

My one year anniversary is coming up end of October with Prime. So still a noob but learning everyday.

Just so you know with sitting so much blood clots can be an issue, I had a swollen ankle and my dispatcher told me to get an ultrasound just to make sure there weren't any clots and to have the report handy if Prime request it. All good btw.

As far as tall, 6’3” Amazonian here and I am comfy on a Freightliner. When I was training if I hit the top bunk it was to sleep.

Anyway welcome to Prime! I did my training in Pittston, from NJ and my trainer lives in Florida, I loved when he did home time cause well it’s Florida lol and a rental car and spent time visiting in the Keys. don’t know why I moved back to NJ.

Well good luck you’ll do fine. Oh get your computer learning done as fast as possible and pretrip, pretrip, and pretrip.

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Been litchobgb but still here

Just an update my blood test came back negative but then again I had been on antibiotics for almost two weeks.

Thank you for the concern Feeling way better and rolling down the road thank-you-2.gif

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Been litchobgb but still here

My auto correct likes to create new words!!’ smile.gif

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Prime Inc. PSD Covid Edition

Soon enough you’ll be out there good luck! You shouldn’t just drive nights but as you both run your clocks and with loading and unloading and waiting you will drive nights and days. Good to get use to it. Hi

As far as Comdata goes and pay, your next pay should be going into your checking account but you can always conform with payroll that they have your info. Same thing happened to me first one went onto my Comdata, then went to direct deposit on my own acct.

Good luck again

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Prime Inc. PSD Covid Edition

Thank you!!!

I promise to be around more!

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Been litchobgb but still here

I meant to say lurking...for some reason my auto correct is stupid or my fingers are big. Lol. I forget if I can fix that

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Prime Inc. PSD Covid Edition

I never left, finished my TNT and been upgraded since March. I’m laid up sick a few days and thought. I miss ya all! I ought to drop a message or two!

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Been litchobgb but still here

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted but wanted to say Hey I am still here. I finished TNT in February and upgraded as a lease operator with Prime. So far so good a minor glitch here and there but doing well. I won’t go into my decision to go lease but will say that I do have enough years operating businesses to be comfortable doing this.

I will say I am still adjusting to being on the road the toughest part is being away from family and making the time to be there. We are all getting there and starting to get a groove.

I just ended up with time, currently sick apparently on home time I acquired a tick with Lyme Disease. I have dodged that forever my mom and sister had gotten it anyway a month and a half ago a pulled a tick off of me and paid no mind to it. I had some wrist and finger pain a few weeks ago and figured it was more like carpal tunnel then anything else. Well it then my elbow, shoulder and eventually my knee and ankle joints are hurting beyond belief. I can barely stand up and it took two hands to remove a fuel cap and raising and lowering landing gear had been rough. I got my antibiotics to take for the next 21 days. Feeling just a lil better and wanting to get back on the road. I did learn a couple things though, my health insurance does not cover me out of state and. pay attention to those little pains before they get bad. Also laugh when ya can cause it helps

So anyway Hi everyone I’mmmmmmm back!

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Prime Inc. PSD Covid Edition

Good luck and Welcome to Prime!

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Started training with Prime

Thanks,

I reached out to my dispatcher about returning but he didn’t get back to me. It is hard to wrap up affairs here. I figured a few days week tops. Which makes tight to get finished up.

Something similar happened when i was in TNT. Prime was very accomodating. Just be sure to be back before 29 days... that is the point at which you are no longer an employee and have to go through the whole hiring process all over. that is true for anyone who doesnt qualify for FMLA.

sorry for your loss

Something similar happened when i was in TNT. Prime was very accomodating. Just be sure to be back before 29 days... that is the point at which you are no longer an employee and have to go through the whole hiring process all over. that is true for anyone who doesnt qualify for FMLA.

sorry for your loss

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Started training with Prime

So the family emergency was that my ex had past away and our son an only child needs me. They were doing hospice and my son who is 23, grew up quite a bit in the past few weeks. My ex wanted to be home and with him. All I can say is my ex and I raise him as a team and I have much respect for them. He is a great young man, I couldn’t be any more proud of him. To see what he had done, I have been truly amazed. He needs help with arrangements, cleaning out the apartment, and moving into our home. I can only hope that if I ever have to go through this that he is there for me as well. Oh and cancer sucks!

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Started training with Prime

Actually We were in route to Denver, I arranged to fly out from there. We stopped at the closest truck stop and I had an Uber waiting to get me to the airport. I missed the flight that I had paid for but they got me on the next one.

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Hoping everything is okay for you at home, Liz.

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Totally agree! Was it difficult getting routed home to deal with this emergency? I'm sure most OTR drivers fear about this exact situation.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Started training with Prime

Congrats Matt. I had to run back home in a family emergency. I’m waiting to hear from my dispatcher when I can restart. See you out there!!!

Congrats Liz! I knew you’d get it done! I’ll be seeing you out here on the road or at a terminal somewhere. I just tested Tuesday and I’m at the house enjoying some home time waiting on my tnt to get routed through N.C.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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Started training with Prime

Cool. Thank you! You met Howard. We meetup tomorrow. We’ve been talking the past week. He wants to finish his reset and told me to enjoy a bit of time with family. Hopefully we head out tomorrow!! I’ll be up in the am maybe I’ll see ya!

Hi, Liz and congratulations of course. I've been here in Pittston taking trainers classes and relearning how to do the backing maneuvers on the pad and going over pretrip.

Tonight as I was getting ready to leave the terminal (I was standing outside with Richard's sidekick, John) another driver outside said he was here to pick up his student, Elizabeth. I asked if she is from NJ. He said she is. So I assume it is your TNT trainer I met.

He seems super nice. Good luck with TNT!

Posted:  11 months ago

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We passed!!!

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Congratulations!!

Posted:  11 months ago

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Started training with Prime

Thank you for the update thats freaking awesome! Lol at the magically appearing stop sign. I mean, it is Halloween time and all so maybe it just did apear? Lol. Keep us up to date when you can! I was originally slated for 11/11, but thats been pushed back for sleep apnea, but I remain hopeful! So in the mean time, I am just living vicariously through all of you!

I think I saw Shaggy hopping in the mystery machine as it was taking off.

I would have passed the first time, if it wasn’t for those pesky kids!!

Don’t live vicariously through me, I’m scary!!! Happy Halloween 🎃

Posted:  11 months ago

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Started training with Prime

Update

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I’ve been quiet for the past week, I passed pretrip and backing on Saturday but failed the driving portion. Ok I missed a stop sign. I retested on Monday (a different route through town and took a turn too tight. Yup whacked the curb.

Crap two strikes and I stink. I was really beating myself up. I had two days to beat myself up, so Thursday I did the first route again. Nervous AF, I got in the truck with the examiner. I think I was feeling shaky, I told him I was nervous, he said he was too. We both laughed. So I go to start after his instructions, release the brakes and poof the trailer brakes are locked up. A great start lol. So he hopped out walked the trailer and hopped back in and said try again, trailer started to move but it felt heavy. Stopped for a second and started again success! So that took my mind off the nervousness. Anyway, I just kept my trainers advice in my head, relax and you’ll be fine. So as we went along I got more comfy. Turning as he asked, maybe a little wide on some but there weren’t going to be any curb shots today. If I have the room use it if it’s a little much I won’t instant fail. I finally got up to where he said the stop sign was on my first try. I swear it wasn’t there on the first go around. Sure enough there it was! The sign that alot of people are missing at least 5 since I first tested. We went around the industrial park. Up and down hills watching my speed and taking the turns wide. I got one warning for speed but we turned off a 35mph road and there were no speed limit signs. I told the examiner there wasn’t a sign but slowed down to 25. Just a note you don’t want speed, but don’t go too slow, one student failed for doing 17 in a 35. When we got back to the training pad he said congratulations you passed! I asked how many points did I get he said 11, which is about average! I’m use to excelling at things but am really happy with average! LOL

So all said and done I passed. So now on to tnt with a new trainer. We’ve talked on the phone and he’s a few days out. We’ll meet at the terminal and see if we are somewhat compatible. He does otr coast to coast and usually gets the mileage bonus. So now the next challenges await. Again, I find myself excited, nervous, thrilled. At least I was able to stop back home for a couple days before going out on the road.

Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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Started training with Prime

OK got a little crazy and it’s time for an update. Friday I met my trainer and we went out on the pad for a short time. Basically just a straight back. I was a bit rusty and felt a bit bad about my performance. We ended up taking the weekend off and went home for a couple days. We started out fresh on the pad Monday morning. I could totally different person come Monday.Straight line back was perfect. Then proceeded to do the offset and parallel.Just learning the set ups and the particular moves to perform the parking. And then we just quickly did a couple alley docks. I still need a little bit of work on that which we will do tomorrow Friday.

Just to let everyone know especially if it’s somebody new who is reading this. You’re backing maneuvers that you learn and the techniques are just to pass your CDL test. When you go out with your TNT trainers, that is when you will start learning to back and over time will get better.

On Wednesday I went out with my trainer to shuttle trailers around and to go to the dump. Actually my very first load was to the dump. So become a professional truck driver and see the country visit new in exciting places and I get to see the dump, LOL. Funny thing is it smells exactly like it did when I went to one xx years ago. So basically right now I’m building up my hours so I can test out.

Thursday, would like to say it was kind of a day off. Actually, while my trainer took his other student out to drive, I went down to the pad to observe other students backing. It’s actually good to watch so if you do have free time go down to the pad and watch. The rest of my time you guessed it, I pre-tripped.

So now it’s Thursday night I will be meeting with my instructor to go out to the pad Friday morning to finish up my alley dock. Most likely, will go over the offset in the parallel one more time. I should have my CDL test time for Saturday before the day is out.

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