Leaving Tomorrow For Prime Orientation And Training.

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Mike V.'s Comment
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3:50 am grey dog for springfield missouri! Headed to prime inc for orientation and training. Any tips on what I need to bring with me besides the basics? What can I expect? Greyhound ride gonna be about 14 hrs! I'm ready!

Jessica A-M's Comment
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Did you go through the High Road Training Program and pack Items To Pack? Other than that, expect to make yourself presentable, interested, lively, alert, and to study that pretrip hard. If you search Prime in the search on this website you'll invariably find some Prime training logs. Good luck!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Hudsonhawk's Comment
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Study that permit test with the endorsements! It's a must, so many people fail that part it's unsettling.

Logan M.'s Comment
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3:50 am grey dog for springfield missouri! Headed to prime inc for orientation and training. Any tips on what I need to bring with me besides the basics? What can I expect? Greyhound ride gonna be about 14 hrs! I'm ready!

Im in springfield starting my upgrade to solo. post on here when you arrive if you want always fun running into TT members when Im on the yard, have fun on the grey dog my ride was 37 hours and 22 minutes not that I remember or anything LOL!

Logan M.'s Comment
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Also expect it to be hectic, if you never heard of hurry up and wait you'll learn it real fast. They changed things a bit the last couple of months but the basic run down should still be:

Monday: application review, interview with background people, physical, drug test, as well as the physical agility test. Get as much done as you can I would recommend going where most people dont go first, the interview part can take the longest. The day is basically one line after another.

Tuesday- begin permit testing, sim lab, dmv to pick your permit up if you have everything else taken care of and they have your medical card. CBTs which also start on monday. My advice sit in there and finish them up as fst as possible so you dont have to deal with it.

Wed- permit testing if you didnt pass them the first day ( you can take a brek and leave the room and study after each section if you want) more sim lab stuff ( thats the part that changed since I did it now theres tests and specific tasks they want you to do, when I did it they gave you a list of things to practice and didn't really check on you unless you had a question you just went at it. whatever you do DO NOT CALL IT A VIDEO GAME, trust me.

thursday- possibly wednesday you should get an id badge, be taken to the millenium building, have an insurance class, they will go over elogs a couple of qulcomm items, pretty laid back now if you have everything taken care of.

Friday- you may get to go on the shifting pad, possibly meet up with your trainer, a few other odds and ends.

thats how it went for me anyways, Also a word of advice I hear theres a wait for trainers, but trainers can pick you, and they hang around the campus inn talking a lot, so be social ask questions, once you watch the pretrip video and go over that a few will go out and open there hood up, go out there and ask more questions talk to people, start learning it.

The day they tell you to go to the millenium building save your dinner punch on the meal card food is better there. Also at the end of the week if you are going to do laundry I highly suggest doing it at the millenium building. Its $.50 to wash and $.50 to dry where the campus in is $2.00 each.

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Elogs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Mike V.'s Comment
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Logan ive already got my cdl class A.......will there be additional testing?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Mike V.'s Comment
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Also have my doubles and triples and tanker endorsements on my CDL A as well.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Jason R.'s Comment
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Hey Logan, bet you wished OP made it more clear before you took the time to write all that. :) :) :)

Logan M.'s Comment
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Also have my doubles and triples and tanker endorsements on my CDL A as well.

Tanker will come in handy they want you to get hazmat but won't push it, especially not right away.

No doubles or triples at all that I'm aware. Do you have a twic card? How about passport?

As far as testing do you have driving experience or just finished school?

You will have to do the computer modules for orientation, and simulator testing, as well as smith system. That should do ya

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Logan M.'s Comment
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Hey Logan, bet you wished OP made it more clear before you took the time to write all that. :) :) :)

Lol its all good I've been up for 25 hours and can't sleep something about being a bed not in the truck screws my sleep all off lol plus I figure someone can use the info haha

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