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Kyle M.'s Comment
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Hello everyone this is probably my 3rd or 4 post on this forum. I got my cdl a year ago and haven't used it in a semi since. I drove a dump truck and now a snow plow. But I've talked to prime and since I haven't used it for 45 days since school ended I have to do the psd phase which I am perfectly ok with as I'm sure I'll have lost a touch and those extra 3 weeks of training will come in very handy. I plan on leaving for training within a month or so and will keep everyone updated. Thank you for all the help 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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.
Turtle's Comment
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There are numerous Primates here, and we all look forward to hearing about your experience. Good luck!

Kyle M.'s Comment
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Thank you turtle I loved reading your cdl diary one here it's one of the big reasons I've chosen prime. I can't wait to get out and see the country

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kyle M.'s Comment
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Also quick question for all the primates on here. Do they pay for your truck washes and trailer wash outs or is that something you have to pay for yourself

Michael C.'s Comment
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Also quick question for all the primates on here. Do they pay for your truck washes and trailer wash outs or is that something you have to pay for yourself

Iirc, Prime pays for 1 truck wash a month and however many trailer washouts you require for loads. Unless things have changed with the truck wash its the "basic" wash. If you want the undercarriage/frame washed with their coating wash it's out of pocket.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Kyle, you're in great shape because you have plenty of time to brush up on some studying before heading out there.

If you haven't been using a logbook or don't know all of the rules thoroughly (even the split sleeper berth rule!) then go through our section on learning the logbook rules:

Learning The Logbook Rules

Also, you'll want to go through our section on truck weight and balance which covers how to get your axle weights legal, the bridge law, calculating the weight of adding or burning off fuel, how to load cargo properly, and all kinds of great stuff you'll need out there:

Truck Weight & Balance

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

Kanelin's Comment
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To answer your question. Prime pays for a truck wash every 2 weeks. Additionally, they pay for all washout. If you go to an approved vendor they pay directly. If you go out of network they will pay you back.

Kyle M.'s Comment
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Thank yall for the help and I will defiantly study that. I'm sure I'll have to take a copy of my last 30 day cpap reading with me to orientation but that isn't a big deal as I've been on a cpap going on 5 years now and never had a problem keeping it on unless filters need changed or something of that nature

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

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