Wyoming Shutdown

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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This week was nuts. I never drove WY before this week and was shut down for 2 days. When the roads opened I headed out to dry to wet roads with patches of ice. As I got further the lake effect snow.moved in. The ice was thick... the winds picked up and the wrecks started. I saw 2 trucks collide in the opposing direction. .. then as I was in 6th gear driving a very cautious 15 to 20 mph with my flashers on.. a truck came flying past me and then about 1000 ft ahead he slid from the right lane across the grassy median strip and Jack knifed. A pickup did a 180 and ran off the road to my right... and just when I thought I was safe.... I got to the WY NE stateline....a truck in front of me was pulling over to the shoulder so I moved left to give him room.... but he wasn't moving.. he was being pushed by the wind then just fell on his side.

It took me 2 hours to drive 70 miles to better conditionsy. After driving only 300 miles I was exhausted...and thankful I was safely parked.

One thing I will say about prime and my awesome fleet manager is that they want me to be safe. At no time did I feel pressured to grin and bear it. I was constantly messaged "be safe... stay put.... what is a safe eta...let me know if you need to shut down again"

When I parked for the night I didn't get a "why did u only drive 300 miles" I got a "good job at staying safe. I movrd your appointment time a couple days. Have a good night"

And this is just one more reason why I love this company ... I've heard horror stories of other dispatchers and companies. Not here... not in my experience.

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.

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.
Scott M's Comment
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Wow... Thanks for sharing. Yahoooo- I'm happy for you.

I haven't decided but I think I'm going to give Prime another try- I'm glad you encouraged me to.

Jason's Comment
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I've lived in Laramie Wyoming for a little over 3 years now. Its home to semi trucks pushed over by the wind. We see it frequently. Spring is the worst to be travelling on I80 between Laramie and Cheyenne.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Wow... Thanks for sharing. Yahoooo- I'm happy for you.

I haven't decided but I think I'm going to give Prime another try- I'm glad you encouraged me to.

There is good and bad in every company and good bad ppl everywhere. In MY experience at prime.. they handle issues you address and treat me with respect. I was in training and flew home at a moments notice when my mom needed heart surgery. Again.. no "you re fired... are you a driver or a daughter.... get your butt back here". These are 5hings I heard working for the federal government!!!

Good luck to you .. and I have a thread somewhere that talks about my experience in PSD and TNT of you search me.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I've lived in Laramie Wyoming for a little over 3 years now. Its home to semi trucks pushed over by the wind. We see it frequently. Spring is the worst to be travelling on I80 between Laramie and Cheyenne.

That's exactly where I was... stayed at the laramie petro!!! I heard winter was bad... but to a jersey girl like me... winter ends in Jan and feb lol... March and April are for tulips and bunnies lol

Weird thing was it was bright and sunny for 10 miles then the smokey snow rolled in like. Universal studios monster movie. Expected bella lagosi to jump from the ground. Crazy.

Jason's Comment
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Yeah, it's normal here to have I80 shut down for 3 days to a week. Always keep that in mind when coming through here. Many truck drivers are to agressive in the pass westbound and they're probably the same ones who break down often coming up the mountain east bound. Lol

Jason's Comment
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Wal-Mart let's truckers fill the lot when I80 is closed as well. Its exit 316. Its on the left shortly after you get off I80. The speed drops to 45 and cops always sit around there.

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I've lived in Laramie Wyoming for a little over 3 years now. Its home to semi trucks pushed over by the wind. We see it frequently. Spring is the worst to be travelling on I80 between Laramie and Cheyenne.

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That's exactly where I was... stayed at the laramie petro!!! I heard winter was bad... but to a jersey girl like me... winter ends in Jan and feb lol... March and April are for tulips and bunnies lol

Weird thing was it was bright and sunny for 10 miles then the smokey snow rolled in like. Universal studios monster movie. Expected bella lagosi to jump from the ground. Crazy.

Pianoman's Comment
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I've lived in Laramie Wyoming for a little over 3 years now.

WHY??? Haha I used to think Wyoming was all right until I started driving i80 every week.

Jason's Comment
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WHY??? Haha I used to think Wyoming was all right until I started driving i80 every week.

The short and sweet of the long story...I moved here after I finished in the army. I knew I didnt want to live in Illinois where I grew up. Moving to Colorado Springs in a few months though.

Pianoman's Comment
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The short and sweet of the long story...I moved here after I finished in the army. I knew I didnt want to live in Illinois where I grew up. Moving to Colorado Springs in a few months though.

Nice! I grew up in the Springs and my family still lives there. Small world!

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