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VivaciousVal's Comment
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I have made it through my first day and a half here, and I have no complaints yet. I have yet to meet a driver, experienced or in training, that doesn't really enjoy working for Prime. I'm so glad I made the choice that I did!

Day 1 was to be in class at 7am for going over paperwork then off to do an "agility test". This was followed by my drug test and physical. For the physical you wait in a small room packed with people and its so hot in there. Usually my blood pressure is unusually low but it came up well within range due to the environment. This may be helpful to know for anyone that is on the high end of the cusp for cut off. Anyways no problem there, for me!

I followed it up with the background screening and no problems there, either! I'm an angel, lol, yeah right, but on paper it appears that way!

The Sim lab was amazing! I picked right up on double clutching and even got to be the first in my class to "drive" down the road; only upshifting.

The food is good for cafeteria style food, I have no complaints there. And everyone in my class seems to be in a fantastic mood about everything.

Day 2 (well the beginning) started with a class on logging and then a trip to the dmv. Now, we were told we could take the tests twice a day for the next 4 days and to not be afraid if we didn't feel ready, yet. I've got HORRIBLE study habits and wanted to be a little more prepared, but after hearing all this I decided to take the morning bus down there anyways. After almost 4 hours and taking every test twice I managed to get 3/4! Tomorrow all I have to work on is Air brakes, or tonight; I should study tonight...

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HATS's Comment
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Hey Val - congrats! I just finished my second day of school too. I'm from Flint, MI too but I'm attending school at Roehl in Appleton, WI. It's great here too! Maybe we'll cross paths someday out on the open road. Wishing you the best!

AfireTrucking's Comment
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Look forward to hearing more I'll be there on Monday!

VivaciousVal's Comment
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Congrats to HATS and Zach!

Yesterday (Day 3) - We had a pretrip class in the morning, boy that's a lot of stuff to remember. I think that may be the most difficult part of this program, but I know that its super important. After that the DMV was at the school for testing and I passed my airbrakes test and then went downtown to get my permit! YAY! I didn't have simulator class until later in the evening so I just hung out until then. A driver who was upgrading showed me his truck, which was awesome because I had never been in one before! At sim class I scored a 97% on my final and will learn backing today, I'm still incredibly excited to be here and love it!

Today (Day 4) - We had health insurance class this morning, Prime offers some really good benefits, I knew this before coming here, but they are even better than I thought! I had finished everything so I had nothing to do all morning so I went out for a drive, in a car..., with a couple of the guys here. It was awesome to get away for a short time! Next class in about 2 hours, where we will get our official badges and learn how to be a good student in a trainers truck. After that I have Simulator class at 7:30pm where I will get to work on backing.

I'll update again soon!

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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The pretrip is overwhelming at first. I think the first one I did went something like this... "This is my tire. It's there... This is the rim. It's also there..." But it will come I promise. By the time you test you will be saying it in your sleep!

BEST of luck to you! It's so nice to have some fellow ladies going through this process!

Kat's Comment
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I'm looking to go to Prime this summer once my teaching contract ends. What did they make you do for the agility test?

Brenda M.'s Comment
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congratulations. Val , what's a agility test and did they draw blood for your drug test?

I have made it through my first day and a half here, and I have no complaints yet. I have yet to meet a driver, experienced or in training, that doesn't really enjoy working for Prime. I'm so glad I made the choice that I did!

Day 1 was to be in class at 7am for going over paperwork then off to do an "agility test". This was followed by my drug test and physical. For the physical you wait in a small room packed with people and its so hot in there. Usually my blood pressure is unusually low but it came up well within range due to the environment. This may be helpful to know for anyone that is on the high end of the cusp for cut off. Anyways no problem there, for me!

I followed it up with the background screening and no problems there, either! I'm an angel, lol, yeah right, but on paper it appears that way!

The Sim lab was amazing! I picked right up on double clutching and even got to be the first in my class to "drive" down the road; only upshifting.

The food is good for cafeteria style food, I have no complaints there. And everyone in my class seems to be in a fantastic mood about everything.

Day 2 (well the beginning) started with a class on logging and then a trip to the dmv. Now, we were told we could take the tests twice a day for the next 4 days and to not be afraid if we didn't feel ready, yet. I've got HORRIBLE study habits and wanted to be a little more prepared, but after hearing all this I decided to take the morning bus down there anyways. After almost 4 hours and taking every test twice I managed to get 3/4! Tomorrow all I have to work on is Air brakes, or tonight; I should study tonight...

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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