Primes Backing Test

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Logan M.'s Comment
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I've been with prime a while and was asked to come take the training class, and I have a few things I'm unsure of. The main one being how do you teach the backing test? I know there are reference points but can't for the life of me remember whay they are and it's been taking me am forever to figure out without just saying put it in the hole lol. So does anyone know where to find the reference points?

Logan M.'s Comment
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Also was told I have to memorize all the words for the pretrip again, now I know how to inspect my truck but when I was in training it had to he word for word is there a study day for this stuff? Or am just supposed to remember it? I'd be lying if I said I followed their pretrip inspection when I inspect my truck everyday thanks yall

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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At prime east... Dave Richard and Anthony teach the reference points and used to teach them in an instructors class. Talk to them.

Also be sure to ask about the pints and automatic fails for the test. Example... leaving the door open when you GOAL counts as 10 points. fail after 13. You get 2 GOALs oj the offset and parrallel... a third is auto fail. Park on the line in parallel and it's 5 pts. That type of stuff is what the students need to know.

Matt M.'s Comment
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They teach the reference point backing in instructor classes, so I wouldn't worry about that. Then you go out and practice it (you have to pass a backing test to become a psd instructor).

They pass out sheets with the pretrip again on day 1, I found that once I got out there and looked at a truck it immediately all came back to me on the verbiage. They only tested us on the incab and brake test. It's handy to know the whole thing so when you are working with a student you don't have to refer to a sheet of paper.

It's not a difficult week by any means, just pay attention and jot down some notes on the reference points and you will be fine.

Good luck in training! You will learn some things about yourself for sure. It's a funny feeling sitting in the passenger seat and only being able to tell the person what to do, but ultimately a rewarding one.

Brake, brake, slow it down, BRAKE!!! Haha.


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.
Logan M.'s Comment
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Oh wow had no idea they teach the referene points in the class. I just got here and was told I had to take the backing test didn't know they teach it.

As silly as it sounds I was actually a little concerned that I might have a hard time on the pad I can maneuver my truck where it needs to be but I in no way back in the real world the way they want you to do it on the pad

Logan M.'s Comment
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And I think it's gonna be an adventure for sure lol I foresee some frustrations and lost sleep as well as laughs lol

All in and all I don't think it's gonna be a bad experience, I had a horrible tnt trainer when I went through it and he's still a trainer, so I feel like every one I train will be one more that didn't stuck with him



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.

Matt M.'s Comment
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I'm sure you will be fine, just take advantage when they let you use the pad truck to practice.

Some guys were like "yeah right, I can back in my sleep" etc etc and damn near pointed out on the test. A buddy and I spent like 30 mins each out there running through the maneuvers and didn't get any points.

Logan M.'s Comment
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OK cool will see how it goes I get to take the wonderful new safety class in the am lol

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