My Prime PSD Experience

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Kirsten Rothlander

Rainy D. is that still your name? LOL I'm 3 months away from my start date (hopefully), but I started my application and I want to put you down as the active Prime driver who referred me!

Rainy 's Comment
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Yes thanks! Well meet up someday in prime! Hahah

I confuse the heck out of people cause I used my dead sister's name when I started writing my books before I started trucking. People call me all different names now...but I've been called a few not so nice ones too lol

Be sure to ask any questions. And one thing to know is that Prime will solve problems if you express it. They can't fix what they don't know about

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PackRat's Comment
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Bump up. This is a great story to check out for those that may be on the fence about trucking. You CAN do it, too!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Nighthawk's Comment
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Wow, I'm so glad this thread was pointed out to me! I got a call from Prime this morning and for some reason it excited me more than the others. I think this might be the one for me. I guess we'll see after they run all my checks. Everything is clean, except my credit SUCKS. Think that'll be a problem?

Also, I wanted to ask about the licensing. I'm in SC. So, will I have to prove residency to get my license in MO? Do you actually transfer your DL to MO, too? How does that work?

Thanks so much, Rainy!

Rainy 's Comment
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Wow, I'm so glad this thread was pointed out to me! I got a call from Prime this morning and for some reason it excited me more than the others. I think this might be the one for me. I guess we'll see after they run all my checks. Everything is clean, except my credit SUCKS. Think that'll be a problem?

Also, I wanted to ask about the licensing. I'm in SC. So, will I have to prove residency to get my license in MO? Do you actually transfer your DL to MO, too? How does that work?

Thanks so much, Rainy!

Prime will give u documentatiom as a resident in MO and u transfer ur license and get ur permit there. Then you test out and transfer the CDL back home. its easy.

credit history doesnt matter.i was almost bankruot, but ive since paid off most of my debt..yay!!!

I must say, since then ive had my 2 year On Time Delivery awards...which include a gold ring with a diamond, a heavy winter monogramed jacket, a leather duffle and hundreds of dollars in rewards points. im approaching 2 years of accident free driving so i already recieved a light jacket for that and will get a heavy one in march. Ive been "driver of the fleet" several times. I still love my fleet manager and have no intention on leaving any time soon. ive made lots of friends and we meet up at the terminals from time to time.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Fleet Manager:

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.
Rainy 's Comment
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Also, thos os my 3rd winter driving. I just wemt through nasty snow and sleet in ME, then freezimg rain, the heavy fog in MA. i messaged dispatch "severe winter weather. going slow. will.message if i shut down" i got "10/4 thanks be safe". when i shut down at night due to u plowed roads i got the same.

This load was 1200 miles from Maine to IL and i will still be early even with the weather and shutdown. if not, they would just change the appt and not question me.

for those nervous about winter.. .my friend was too. she made a deal with the FM to run southeast regional during winter and OTR the rest of the year. problem solved lol except this year the south has been frozen lol

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Fm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bran009's Comment
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I just read all 13 pages and can't wait to start my journey. I'm just waiting to get my blood pressure a bit more under control and save some money for the first couple of at home bills. You all are the best!

Adam N.'s Comment
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Hey Rainy D. I just finished reading this thread and wanted to thank you (and the commenters) for taking the time to write such informative posts. I'm considering getting into this industry in the coming summer or fall, and this website has been a wealth of information. The signal/noise ratio (or info/BS ratio if you will) here on truckingtruth is excellent.

I had one question though, how much do you think "employment gaps" factor into acceptance into company sponsored CDL programs? I've been off work for four years (my wife is very passionate about her career) to look after my autistic step-son. He's getting older and more independent and self-managing, such that I can re-enter the work-force. However a lot of blue-collar jobs I've worked look at you like you're possessed if you tell them you've voluntarily spent unpaid time away from work. Any thoughts on this? Big deal? Or am I just worrying about nothing?

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.
G-Town's Comment
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It's all in how you "word" your explanation. As follows:

"For the last four years I have been the sole, at-home care provider for my autistic step-son. As a result of him getting older, maturing; he has achieved greater independence and self sufficiency, thus I am able to re-enter the work force."

I'd also get three-four letters confirming this care giver status from family and at least one from a professional; like a counselor or physician. Not every company will accept this as pre-qualification, however some will.

Good luck!

Rainy 's Comment
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Hi Adam. G Towns right. Prime is very particular and harder to get into than many other programs. However...Prime is VERY into family..theres even a free day care for the in house employees!

I say go for it...get notarized letters from family and even the childs school or doctor if possible.

but after all that, be sure there is nothing else. we see so.many people who concentrate on one issue they think will be the problem..but never mention to is the 15mph speeding ticket, the failed drug test, the DUI from 10 uears ago etc.

be sure your son really wont need you. OTR can be weeks to a whole month away from home. how will he react? will your absense make him retreat in progress? i wpuldnt want him to suffer.

apply to many companies at once. see what they say. it is very hard for companies to find people with clean records so try.

Paid CDL Training Programs

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

Try those links and good luck

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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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

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