Trying Not To Be The BBQ Sauce Guy

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Beth S.'s Comment
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What happens if you have dietary restrictions when you go through training? Is there any issue if you just bring your own food and don't whine?

Is it going to be a pain to get a trainer even though I generally have a good attitude, can work with what I've got, and use my brain?

I honestly plan on pretty much living on protein powder, jerky, butter, peanut butter, and coffee during training (yes, I take my vitamins) so as not to have to put anybody out.

Any recommendations on how to even approach the topic with prospective trainers? I'm just assuming it won't be a problem going through the actual school.

Scott O.'s Comment
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I brought food and bought food at walmart while at company sponsored training... Can't say for other companies but crst has no waiting list that I know of...

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Beth S.'s Comment
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Last I heard, CRST still makes you run team.

The primary company I'm looking at right now is Prime.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Last I heard, CRST still makes you run team.

The primary company I'm looking at right now is Prime.

Yeah its a team company but they have miles ;)

Scott O.'s Comment
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Crst is a expedited company... We pull from all the major ltl companies and then some

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Last I heard, CRST still makes you run team.

The primary company I'm looking at right now is Prime.

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Yeah its a team company but they have miles ;)

Every company has miles.

Jetguy's Comment
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What happens if you have dietary restrictions when you go through training? Is there any issue if you just bring your own food and don't whine?

Food will be a nonissue. There's a lot more things that are more important than food. The skills, regulations and pre-trip inspection are of absolute and critical importance. Backing, shifting and dozens of other things are what get you your CDL license.

Just bring your food with you in a bag or knapsack. At Prime Orientation (first 4 days) there is an absolutely fantastic cafe where you can bring your food in and eat. At Springfield Mo, they provide food and give you a meal card- about $4/breakfast, $5/lunch and $6/dinner.

When you hit the road with your trainer, just tell trainer what you got. My trainer had a cabinet where I put my Walmart bought food on lower shelf, his was on upper shelf. On the floor was another cabinet where we put drinks. In his refrig, I put in 2 sodas, and a foot- long Subway. I could have put maybe a couple more small things in there.

And being organized with stuff in ziplock bags or containers will be real good- especially on the road.

I can't see any Trainer not working with you on this. Unless trainer is a Jerk. So when Trainer interviews you, bring it up.

Your title is great- about B-B-Q Sauce- of course it's a reference to another thread that 1991 Daniel B mentioned.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.
Beth S.'s Comment
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Thanks, Scott.

So I guess the general question I should actually have asked is, am I overthinking this? Will it be as big of an issue as my brain says it is?

Jetguy's Comment
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Thanks, Scott.

So I guess the general question I should actually have asked is, am I overthinking this? Will it be as big of an issue as my brain says it is?

Overthinking? Maybe. Is it a good question? Absolutely

Just communicate with trainer- when you get to PSD phase- Prime Student Driver.

I have a lot of good things to say about Prime Orientation. They give you a list of things to do- and then it's up to you to get them done- like the CBT- computer based training. When you have some free time, jump on the computer.

Have you got your Learners Permit? Get it before you get to Prime, with the endorsements. This is one less thing you have to worry about during Orientation.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Jessica A-M's Comment
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Least of your worries. The only one controlling your food is you. Do bring extra stuff in case you get hungry but, don't sweat it. I've got things I can't or don't eat. I just don't make a big deal about it and if I'm served it, I eat around what I can. Pretty easy. If I don't get enough to eat I just snack on something later.

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