HUGE UPDATE!!!

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hey everyone! It's been a minute since I've been on here, so I thought I would post an update. I finished CDL school about a week ago and passed my CDL licensing test on the first go. I was cleared to come back to Prime after my medical issue was sorted, and I've been in training here in Springfield, MO since Tuesday. Everything so far is running smoothly, and I already have a trainer lined up. Hopefully we'll be hitting the road sometime this weekend.

So far everything has been exceeding my expectations. There is definitely a different feeling when you come here as a CDL holder than as a PSD. They're always nice, helpful, and encouraging, but you already feel like one of the family when you already have your CDL. So far I've met a bunch of great people and we're all glad for each other's successes.

I'll continue to post here and interact with everyone, but if you're interested in following my road life blog style, you can find me at tumblr.com/blog/miss-miyoshi. I'm hoping that maybe it will become a good insight to the early stages of being a lady trucker.

I also wanted to say thank you to everyone that encouraged me and for all the information I got on here. This truly is the best resource out there and I'm glad I came across it when initially contemplating this career. Be safe out there, and May The Fourth Be With You.

OMG YAY!!!! Now I'm bummed I'm going into SPRiMo on 10th... :( you ll be gone. While in training... be sure to get phone numbers of other drivers and note whether they drive days or nights. It helps when you go solo to have support you can call for advice 24/7 ... and ur always welcome to call me anytime

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.

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.
The Persian Conversion's Comment
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I think it's been more than 1 minute since you last bposted on here... ;)

Seriously though, way to go!

On a side note, I just spent my May 4th evening watching The Force Awakens on my laptop, hehe!

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Congrats MM.

So you started @ Prime - had to bail for medical reasons - went to a private school, then back to Prime?

Since you go right to TNT (after orientation) for 30K miles - do you have a "contractual obligation" going that route?

Rick

If by contractual you're referencing the one year obligation to satisfy the PSD training, then no. That's only if you had them train you for the CDL. Since I paid that cost out of pocket while I was home I come in as a TNT "C" class seat. I run with a trainer for 40,000 miles and then I'll get my own truck after that. After that I can leave whenever I want.

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.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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OMG YAY!!!! Now I'm bummed I'm going into SPRiMo on 10th... :( you ll be gone. While in training... be sure to get phone numbers of other drivers and note whether they drive days or nights. It helps when you go solo to have support you can call for advice 24/7 ... and ur always welcome to call me anytime

Oooh darn! I'm actually leaving on Monday the 9th! Sorry we'll miss each other. But thanks! That's good advice and I'll definitely be in touch!

Pianoman's Comment
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Funny I was just wondering what happened to you and then--voila!--you post an update on here. Congrats on finishing cdl school and getting into Prime!

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.
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