Kudos To This Site From An In Process Primey

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Larry K.'s Comment
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Kudos to this site, due to the info, have been so far well on the mark for what is needed. Crushed the cdl exam, had all the docs that the docs might ask for during the medical portion, cbl's burned through, and sitting easy at day 2 of primes training. Sim lab tonight at 6:30 to 8p, but so far no surprises over all. Again much apprecation from this site, and the fellow Primies posting their experiences on here.

Looking forward to the more hands on stuff that is coming.

Added bonus..

Class was large enough they put some of us up at the Raddison next door 👍

Am somewhat surprised at the level of not being prepared displayed by many, one guy showed up with nothing much more than a showet bag with maybe 1 - 3 days worth of cloths, no blankets, no pillows, etc, etc.

Many showed up well prepared as well, looks like just about a 50/50 split so far.

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.
Rainy 's Comment
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Kudos to this site, due to the info, have been so far well on the mark for what is needed. Crushed the cdl exam, had all the docs that the docs might ask for during the medical portion, cbl's burned through, and sitting easy at day 2 of primes training. Sim lab tonight at 6:30 to 8p, but so far no surprises over all. Again much apprecation from this site, and the fellow Primies posting their experiences on here.

Looking forward to the more hands on stuff that is coming.

Added bonus..

Class was large enough they put some of us up at the Raddison next door 👍

Am somewhat surprised at the level of not being prepared displayed by many, one guy showed up with nothing much more than a showet bag with maybe 1 - 3 days worth of cloths, no blankets, no pillows, etc, etc.

Many showed up well prepared as well, looks like just about a 50/50 split so far.

Yay ;). Congrats. Good luck and keep us posted

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.
Larry K.'s Comment
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One more sim class, then final meet, Fri safety meet at the mellinium build tomorrow.

Reading the past threads was a huge aid, absolutly no surprises.

Shame how many just are treating this like it is another day in 10th grade high school.

There are.probobly 20 people in this class that have still not passed their cdl permit 😨

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.
Rainy 's Comment
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One more sim class, then final meet, Fri safety meet at the mellinium build tomorrow.

Reading the past threads was a huge aid, absolutly no surprises.

Shame how many just are treating this like it is another day in 10th grade high school.

There are.probobly 20 people in this class that have still not passed their cdl permit 😨

People don't research and think the school and classes are going to teach you how to pass the written. That there are even 20 left by the end of the week is pretty high actually lol.

Soon you'll be truck truck trucking along

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.
Larry K.'s Comment
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One more sim class, then final meet, Fri safety meet at the mellinium build tomorrow.

Reading the past threads was a huge aid, absolutly no surprises.

Shame how many just are treating this like it is another day in 10th grade high school.

There are.probobly 20 people in this class that have still not passed their cdl permit 😨

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People don't research and think the school and classes are going to teach you how to pass the written. That there are even 20 left by the end of the week is pretty high actually lol.

Soon you'll be truck truck trucking along

Passed the sim stuff this am, get the grand millinium tour and breakfast tomorrow, waiting on trainer now.

Woot woot....

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.
Larry K.'s Comment
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Into PSD phase, will have same trainer through TNT phase.

Currently sitting and waiting on Tyson in Rogers, Ar. for our next load, then off to Minnasota

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.

Larry K.'s Comment
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So first full week of PSD completed. From you prime types that just completed is this pretty much as expected:

Sat started short 2.5 hour run from Springfield to Bentonville, a drop and hook , then over to Tyson in Rogers, live load, 30 hours later enroute to Cloquette Mn. So far trainer has driven. Monday get behind the wheel got to drive through st. Louis, K.C. construction 😡 arrive at dest. That night, live unload next morning. Next load is a live load in Worthi gton Mn, going to Louisville Ky. Great more construction, and a jag down a 2 lane state route. Next was a 300mile empty run to Seebree, Ky. Live load (over night ) then headed for Salt Lake City. 1 set of small town roads and lights, no construction 😁

So all this while learning my trainers truck, equipt with 18 speed rr trans, but wants it driven like a 13 speed, rpm not to exceed 1200, boost not to exceed 20 psi. Have spent today running across Wyoming, high wind advisories ( 65mph gusts) on I 80. So yep got to play in the mountians also.

The bad... missed shifts on off ramps, and today actually curbed the trailer ( brain fart )

Oh yeah, and today he decided to reactivate the governer, thought the truck broke at first. 😨

Think he does some of this like letting fuel get down to empty and say no big deal, just to either pull my leg, or see if i notice.

All in all, been a good week, working on my fubar shifting ( mostly fine now ).

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

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.

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.

Larry K.'s Comment
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Question.... While coming over the I80 pass in Wyoming, in downhill side at one point I was within a 3 to 4 second following distance of truck in front of me, I applied brakes to increase follow distance, was told to get off the brakes. A few minutes later the truck in front applied his brakes, and I applied as well, was told again, get off the brakes ( we where doing 55 -60 on a downhill grade )

So question should i have pushed back on the " get off the brakes" request due to following to close, or just did as told and remained super aware.

Thoughts ! ! !

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Think he does some of this like letting fuel get down to empty and say no big deal, just to either pull my leg, or see if i notice.

Larry, don't even concern yourself with your trainers idiosyncrasies like this. You focus on learning the driving and safety aspects of this experience. From several things you said, it sounds like you're with a lease operator. He's going to have reasons in his own mind as to why he does stuff like this that he thinks make sense. He could be just trying to fill up on the least expensive fuel he can get, or he may be stretching it out to improve one week's settlement. Don't concern yourself with it, his reasoning behind it has nothing to do with you or your training.

Larry K.'s Comment
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Think he does some of this like letting fuel get down to empty and say no big deal, just to either pull my leg, or see if i notice.

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Larry, don't even concern yourself with your trainers idiosyncrasies like this. You focus on learning the driving and safety aspects of this experience. From several things you said, it sounds like you're with a lease operator. He's going to have reasons in his own mind as to why he does stuff like this that he thinks make sense. He could be just trying to fill up on the least expensive fuel he can get, or he may be stretching it out to improve one week's settlement. Don't concern yourself with it, his reasoning behind it has nothing to do with you or your training.

Yep, he owns the truck, so yep i just shrug, and go with the flow....☺

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