What Is The Best Company To Start With?

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Liam M.'s Comment
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Hello guys i was reading some complaints online i was interested in attending the company sponsored CDL school through Prime but after what i have read i am not sure now do you guys know which company s the best to start off for with good pay,where they don't rip you off and such? and if so how much can i expect to make in my first year weekly? http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/new-prime-inc-c182104.html

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.
mountain girl's Comment
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In most cases, every company is going to have its foibles and strong points, there's always going to be that one guy who's disgruntled, and what you make of it is going to determine what you get out of it.

Read all the fine print on contracts. Read Brett's book. Use all the training here. Work hard.

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G-Town's Comment
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In most cases, every company is going to have its foibles and strong points, there's always going to be that one guy who's disgruntled, and what you make of it is going to determine what you get out of it.

Read all the fine print on contracts. Read Brett's book. Use all the training here. Work hard.

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Just offering an assist...

Hot links to:

Brett's Book

Truck Driver's Career Guide

Errol V.'s Comment
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Hi, Liam, welcome to Trucking Truth!

G-Town gave you links to to resources that will get you a really good and accurate picture of trucker business. Your research link that you posted complaints board give the way what you will find there: complaints! Trucking Truth also has resources where you can check out Truck Driving Schools and Trucking Companies.

To help you make a decision, look into How To Choose A School and How To Choose A Company

Getting your CDL is a requirement, so you can also start studying the High Road Training Program.

Read more posts here, too!

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Hello guys i was reading some complaints online i was interested in attending the company sponsored CDL school through Prime but after what i have read i am not sure now do you guys know which company s the best to start off for with good pay,where they don't rip you off and such? and if so how much can i expect to make in my first year weekly? http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/new-prime-inc-c182104.html

We have SEVERAL people here that work for Prime, or are at various stages of training with them, and some going to their cdl program, We also have TWO trainers. A PSD trainer, and a TNT Trainer. So if anyone can answer your questions about Prime, These guys and gals can. You have definitely come to the right place.

Along with the links that Errol, and Gtown, our "Primemates" can definitely help stear you in the right direction.

Stay safe

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.

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.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Rainy 's Comment
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Hello guys i was reading some complaints online i was interested in attending the company sponsored CDL school through Prime but after what i have read i am not sure now do you guys know which company s the best to start off for with good pay,where they don't rip you off and such? and if so how much can i expect to make in my first year weekly? http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/new-prime-inc-c182104.html

Hi... I'm a primate ans nit afraid to speak my mind. IMO...those whole I have heard complain about Prime are usually talking about the leasing aspect. I couldn't click your link so 8 don't know what it was 2as talking about. I see a lot of new people who come right out of training knowing nothing of training and jump right into a lease because they want the freedom of home time and the ability reject loads. This is appealing glut I'd you have no business sense... then u should not be running a business.. which is how it is with leasing.

I've seen what my trainers make... and they make good money. One yrainer owned the truck so profit after fuel was $5000 sometimes more if we ran hard. The. I here about people in 5he negative cause they don't know the difference between a good load or bad one.

My advice is research and ask about everything. Still have 10k miles on my training and not even thinking about l3ase for at least a year. when I came to prime I intended to l3ase after the year was up. But I'm not going to. It's a great Place for ME. I have a thread called My Prime Psd experience where I give info

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

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.
Bolt's Comment
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Here is an interesting thought. I belong to several trucking groups on FB and it seems that most of the pix they share of driver f-ups has a blue and gold swift logo on them. Which would infer that swift drivers are screw ups. I know we have several swift drivers on here who are both very professional and successful which goes against what other Internet entities would have us believe.

The point is just because prime has some bad commentary doesn't mean they are a bad company. If you look hard enough you will find detractors to any company, truck manufacturer, shipper , or receiver.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Ken C.'s Comment
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Prime Inc is a good company and they have a good training program...Don't let a couple of bad reviews cloud your mind about them. I went through the Training Program PSD/TNT and have survived everything the road has thrown at me because the length and amount of time riding with a trainer better prepares you for going Solo, once you upgrade. Matter of fact, I like the Training program so much at Prime I started training and have upgraded 4 students so far...Currently I'm running as a Team Truck and can help answer any questions you may have...!

My advice would be to get your CDL through Prime Inc. then work as a Company Driver for a year or 2 and see how the life of a OTR Trucker fits you before ever thinking about lease...You have to know that leasing isn't for everybody and if the truth is told most lease trucks run harder then company trucks and not just because they want to make more money, it's because they have to make more money...

I was company driver for 1 yr and have been lease operator for 8 months and promise you that your success is based on how well you and your dispatcher get along and them knowing they can count on you no matter what to get the load delivered... In closing Prime Inc isn't perfect but it's about the best training company you'll find and a pretty good place to drive afterwards.

Ken C.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Every company is a good company, it's all what you make of it. Yes you'll get knuckle head dispatchers from time to time but what company doesn't have it's occasional share of issues? The key is to figure out what are the things important to you and then make a list of pro and con for each company. Then you can narrow your list, make some phone calls and see which one you feel the best about.

Dispatcher:

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.
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