Any Women Gone Through Prime Training?

Topic 12123 | Page 1

Page 1 of 5 Next Page Go To Page:
Miss Red's Comment
member avatar

I tried to utilize the search engine and couldn't find a thread to calm my nerves. I've been accepted at Prime and after telling my friends and family I've been told I need to "watch out during training." At this point I'm pretty nervous about being touched, yelled at, or treated inappropriately. I'm 30, quiet, and a non-smoker. Is it going to be difficult to find a trainer that will be kind and unobtrusive? Being stuck in a confined area with someone for weeks due to the 30k training is causing me some anxiety.

Glad to have found the forum :] Thanks.

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
member avatar

I doubt this would happen. And if it did, the problem would be the instructor, not the whole company. I'd love to see a guy try to put his hands on me, if it's uninvited.

Now let me be clear....(and I can hear the "sexual harassment" screamers coming out of the woodwork on that one...) you're entering a world predominantly run by MEN. We *all* know how many of them can often behave like animals, machos and assh*les. I believe sometimes they just need you to take them aside and have a talk with them. Explain them you will not put up with that crap. That you want respect, and he treated fairly. I'd hope they'd get it. I also believe that many, many of them will be gentlemen who will be helpful, courteous and polite. But men are men....their brain works differently. You need to be able to let some stuff role. If a man sees you laugh and let it roll off your back, you're most likely to have an ally, instead of the opposite. Men like to tease. They love women. You can't change nature. So if they joke around a little, even with sexual innuendos, whatever. It's when it becomes to a point of harassment and not knowing when enough is enough, then we have a problem. Boundaries. Everyone has some.

The guys at my CDL school joke with me, about lookng at my a** when I go in and out of the truck. I now tell them as a retorque "you can touch, but you can't look!" And it makes them laugh. Of course, they know better than to do something like that. I believe they have seen me as a strong woman in the short time I've spent with them, and they've all been nothing but nice to me, and respectful.

Be a strong woman. Don't listen to all the crap you'll hear. My neighbor gave me an earful too, and I decided to not listen anymore. I want this. I'm goin for it. Suck it. dancing-banana.gif

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Miss Red's Comment
member avatar

Thanks for your reply :]

It's the training and being confined with someone inappropriate that has my mind reeling! I can take comments and jokes.. I'm quite playful. I'm sure you heard from your neighbor what I've heard from a few people... horror stories. Prime has you confined in a truck with someone for so damn long. I was told we would get to meet and greet with people and find a trainer that would be a good fit. After coming to the forums I see that it is a numbers game. My anxiety is through the roof. Heh. I can't wait to have my own space!

Jetguy's Comment
member avatar

Red- You've picked a fine company- Prime. At Prime, as a woman you can request a woman trainer (or you could request a man). Men can do the same thing.

You have picked a high risk job. Driving 80,000 lbs, which if you make a mistake can do great damage. So a driver has to have what it takes to do everything right. This is not easy. But you can learn. If you want it, you can learn it.

As far as yelling, I expected and wanted my Prime Trainer to quickly correct me, which he did 3 times. One time, in a construction zone, I was too close to the right lane jagged asphalt, which was newly laid. The left lane was about 4 inches lower. The jagged edge, it looked like to me, could do great damage to my super-single tires. I immediately moved to the left a few inches. My Trainer was a 2 million-mile driver, and O/O- owner operator.

There's a bunch of female drivers on this forum. The last time Red gator wrote, she is doing excellent. You can find her writings- Input red gator in search box at top.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Miss Red's Comment
member avatar

Thanks! I will look her up. I like the ladies part of the forum. Actually, in hindsight I should have posted this there.

The yelling comment was brought on by a friend who said his trainer screamed at him repeatedly. I realize all of this is hearsay and I'm probably catastrophizing :] Guess there isn't much to say other than suck it up and get through the training. Oddly enough I'm not too worried about the driving itself.

Newbie78inpa J.'s Comment
member avatar

If someone yells at you simply tell them there is no reason to yell. I'm a man and I don't take anyone yelling at me. To most men that will end up in fist fight. I held management positions and I never had to yell to get my point across.

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
member avatar

If someone yells at you simply tell them there is no reason to yell. I'm a man and I don't take anyone yelling at me. To most men that will end up in fist fight. I held management positions and I never had to yell to get my point across.

Exactly. I don't take well at anyone yelling at me, men OR women. If you can't get your point across without it, then I'm walking away. If a student keeps making mistakes that could be potentially dangerous however...your trainer needs to quickly "make you aware" and sometimes raising their voice to grab your attention fast is not considered "yelling" to me.

Adam F.'s Comment
member avatar

As a man looking to go to Prime this spring, even I'm racked with anxiety about having to share a hotel room and truck cab with someone. And as far as getting into fist fights, that would be immediate dismissal at any company. My plan is to keep my head down, follow orders, don't speak unless spoken to, stay alert, listen to my trainer, suck it up, and get along as best I can until the final prize...my own truck. That's the goal. Just keep that in mind at all times.

Newbie78inpa J.'s Comment
member avatar

As a man looking to go to Prime this spring, even I'm racked with anxiety about having to share a hotel room and truck cab with someone. And as far as getting into fist fights, that would be immediate dismissal at any company. My plan is to keep my head down, follow orders, don't speak unless spoken to, stay alert, listen to my trainer, suck it up, and get along as best I can until the final prize...my own truck. That's the goal. Just keep that in mind at all times.

Yeah I personally wouldn't get into a fist fight but I'm sure a lot of other dudes would.

I'm just saying a lot of,guys don't have patience to handle another dude yelling at him.

Miss Red's Comment
member avatar

As a man looking to go to Prime this spring, even I'm racked with anxiety about having to share a hotel room and truck cab with someone. And as far as getting into fist fights, that would be immediate dismissal at any company. My plan is to keep my head down, follow orders, don't speak unless spoken to, stay alert, listen to my trainer, suck it up, and get along as best I can until the final prize...my own truck. That's the goal. Just keep that in mind at all times.

Yes. I'm so introverted. Being stuck with someone 24 hours a day for 2 months during the 30k training sounds horrible. Even if they are lovely, I'll want personal space. I'm attempting to have that same mindset.. keep my eye on the prize. I'm hoping to knock it out as quickly as possible, while learning everything I can about winter driving and conveniently getting my truck when the crap weather clears.

Page 1 of 5 Next Page Go To Page:

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More