Prime Training 101, Part 7

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Overall, I enjoyed the experience and have nothing to regret so far. Classes, staff, students, seasoned drivers, hotel staff were, and are, very well geared to make this transition into a new lifestyle easy, comfortable and understandable. Questions are always welcomed and encouraged and they say that there are NO DUMB questions, but take it from me, I heard a few and some were from me. Lol.

My best advice is this. Listen to your instructors. Ask questions. DO NOT be late. If you make a mistake, own up to it. STUDY! STUDY! STUDY! Pair up with someone and go thru SIM class together after your normal class is over. There is always so free space at night. Just ask one of the instructors if you can come in to practice. In fact, they will actually tell you that the SIM class is available if you want to come in. I would recommend that you practice backing maneuvers. You WILL need it when you get out on the road.

Prime is a great company. This has been proven over and over again in several ways through Internet searches, reviews online, company drivers, and even non-company drivers. Robert Low, the founder and owner of Prime goes far beyond any average efforts of other companies in making his employees safe and comfortable. In my view, Mr. Low obviously considers each employee as an equally important part of the Prime family. Each and every employee that I have met has been extremely friendly and helpful. Employees that exude this confidence and attitude are a fitting example of what Prime stands for.

So for all of you that are considering a career in the trucking industry, in my opinion, Prime is one of the best. The company based training has been said to be one of the very best in the country and from what I have learned so far, that is an understatement. I honestly cannot compare Prime training with other companies simply because I have not trained at other companies, but word of mouth can give you an idea of the differences. I actually have a friend who trained with another company a few months earlier and he said it was horrific. I won’t mention the name of the company, but do your research and I’m sure you will see differences blatantly appear. As soon as his required 6 months with that company is completed, he is coming to Prime.

Thanks for listening to my little rant about becoming part of the Prime family. I’m happy I chose Prime and I am happy that Prime has chosen me. Looking forward to more highway adventures.

If you remember nothing else from your last 5 days, at least remember these 3 things:

1. Shift Points. 1100rpm’s and 1300rpm’s. You will definitely need to know this when you are actually out on the road. 2. Following Distance. 3. Trailer Tracking

Now that I have begun my PSD required 75 hours on the road, I’ll let you know how that is going soon. Remember each of you can do this.

Stay safe and as my roommate Brandon at Prime said, “Keep your eye on the Prize”.

End Part 7 & Final


Hours Of Service

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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.
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