Got Accepted At Prime

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Tweak's Comment
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Well, I guess it's official. Put in my application a few days ago, got a call back almost immediately from the same recruiter I've been talking to. I report for training on the 31st. They offered a Greyhound ticket, but screw that noise, I'm flying. I'm studying the Texas-specific info for my CDL permit, since I have to have that now. I test on Monday.

I have to admit, I'm a bit nervous. I mean, I used to drive tanks, so I'm used to big vehicles, but in a tank, if you hit something it was a minor chewing out from your platoon sergeant about scuffed paint. Here, it could mean the end of my career. Plus, I can't read a map for nothing. Add to that the whole time management angle, and it feels like one mistake puts you on the crap-list at the company, and two means you're out.

But still, I'm ready and eager. I'm willing to learn, put my ego aside and take my licks, and take in everything I can. I want this job, for at least a year while I figure out a more permanent plan, but who knows? It may grab me and turn into a career. It's an odd feeling of freedom for me, having been told what to do and when to do it my entire life(joined the Army right out of high school).

I'm raring to go, anyway. Les do dis...

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.

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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Congrats Tweak! Prime is an excellent company with a great school and one of the most thorough company training programs there is.

Colin K.'s Comment
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Congratulations, Tweak! I know you will do well - and THANK YOU for your service!

Colin K.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Yay!ยก!!! Welcome to prime ;)

Take a deep breath. Hitting one or two things is not going to end your career. Prime is very understanding of rookies. Just go slow...swing as wide as possible and always watch your trailer. Put your hazards on if you feel uncomfortable.... People around you won't know if you are having mechanical issues.

Ask a ton of questions... And you can do this. Hell.. I do it everyday...you can too. ;). We can help you woh the time management issues ;)

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