Prime Inc Springfield CDL Training 3/6/2017 Female Student

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G-Town's Comment
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Yes!! Sorry ladies and gents! There hasn't been anything exciting to post on here just yet. I've been waiting around to get my sleep study done so I haven't hit the road yet. I got the all clear today, no sleep apnea thank goodness. So hopefully I'm heading out tomorrow. My trainer said if it's ok with me she would rather not take any hometime so I can get into my own truck faster. As much as I miss my family and my dog I agreed I'd much rather be in my own truck when I go see them. Ready to get this show on the road! Oh khbtrainer surprised me with a brand new blueparrot headset today for my trifecta present. Super excited about that! They are expensive so I was going to have to wait a few weeks before I got a set so I am very thankful! But other than that no news to report just yet. Soon though!

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Knock, knock......You still there??

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Wow...great gift. I've had my Blue Parrot going on three years now. Noise cancelling and voice dialing through Siri and your contacts database. Great tool.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

Kori M.'s Comment
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4/7/2017

First load is almost under my belt! We are here in Harmony PA, snowy, windy and cold lol. I did 490 miles before my trainer had me stop, I still had an hour left on my clock but she wanted to stop for showers while we could still find a spot to park. I drove in some pretty heavy rain and wind but muntrainer was snoring away in the back the whole time so I think I did alright. I now have 819 miles completed towards my 30,000 miles. Woooo! Still waiting on the next load assignment we are both hoping for something warmer haha.

I will say it was way different driving somewhat alone. Since she was sleeping in the back I felt like I was by myself. It got boring at times but I really enjoyed it. I think I'm going to make it out here.

PackRat's Comment
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Super to read this from the beginning. I knew you'd be a complete success, Kori. Congratulations to you!!!dancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Kori M.'s Comment
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4/10/2017

Got my second load done! We went from PA and had to dead head to MI and drop off in CA only 2 hours from my home! It feels so nice to be on road I actually know. Not just looking for mile markers and exit signs I know where I am haha. The other night I drove 599 miles in my shift! Let's just say I slept a very well that night haha. And I got some pretty high winds in wyomming thankfully we got through before they shut down I-80 to trucks. One of my friends from orientation I keep in contact with him and his trainer often his trainer called me yesterday and said they got shut down right before elk mountain so I'm glad we got through it already. Last night I did donner pass and my trainer said she was going to stay up until I was out of it but shortly after we began she said "ok you got this I'm going to bed" so yay!!! I've driven that road a bunch of times in a car. I had no idea that one day o would be on a big rig driving that mountain. So cool! Well we are over here near the Bay Area in CA getting unloaded and our next pick up is tonight in Santa Rosa headed to Illinois. Getting those miles in folks! I keep you updated when I can. Stay safe out there.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Han Solo Cup (aka, Pablo)'s Comment
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Kori, I love hearing about your accomplishments. So, looking ahead, what kind of truck would you like to do? Do you have a region you'd like to focus on or try to hit all over the place?

Kori M.'s Comment
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I will stay with reefer I think. And I like OTR for now at least hahaha. I'm getting to see all over the place. I will say it was very nice being in CA again. I think once I'm OTR for a couple years I will think about going regional or something in the west. Really I'm up for anything right now. I just want to learn as much as possible out here.

Kori, I love hearing about your accomplishments. So, looking ahead, what kind of truck would you like to do? Do you have a region you'd like to focus on or try to hit all over the place?

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

G-Town's Comment
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Kori wrote:

I just want to learn as much as possible out here.

Great attitude Kori. Exactly where your focus should be.

Best wishes for continued success.

Danielle's Comment
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Kori, Once again Congrats on passing your exam trifecta. I am extremely happy for you and all of your accomplishments! I have a question for you because Prime is one of my options for obtaining my cdl because I've heard from almost everyone how good they are about training. I've also heard starting out you shouldn't worry about the pay and just the experience you gain. But I would like to know what can a new driver expect working at prime. I hear they have one of the best starting cpm rate for a company sponsored training program do you agree? how many miles do you average a week? Please let me know if you can thank you and salute!

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Kori M.'s Comment
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Yes it's a great company. You won't find a company sponsored program that pays more cpm. Starting out once I'm on my own truck for the reefer division you start out at 41cpm for a full size truck if you get a lightweight truck you get an extra 5 cpm. As far as the miles I can't really answer that because I'm not on my own yet. I'm still in training and we are running as a team for this phase so we are rolling like crazy. I will Get over 5,000 miles this week. But my trainers miles count towards that as well. But you will get miles, they don't make money if you aren't under a load so they want to keep you moving.

Kori, Once again Congrats on passing your exam trifecta. I am extremely happy for you and all of your accomplishments! I have a question for you because Prime is one of my options for obtaining my cdl because I've heard from almost everyone how good they are about training. I've also heard starting out you shouldn't worry about the pay and just the experience you gain. But I would like to know what can a new driver expect working at prime. I hear they have one of the best starting cpm rate for a company sponsored training program do you agree? how many miles do you average a week? Please let me know if you can thank you and salute!

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Betty#2's Comment
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This really inspires me to stop procrastinating and just go for it. I've been on the road before and was gone a long time so I have family that probably wouldn't be too happy about it but I know if I don't do this I'm gonna regret it! Now I'm gonna keep on reading your posts, just wanted to say you're awesome and I'm so proud n happy for you!!

Thanks guys!!

I got my student driver clearance card today, so I will be touring the millinium building tomorrow morning! So excited! I have my final Sims class tonight at 2130 to 2345. I just had a trainer call me a few minutes ago. She wants to meet up at 1930, I'm getting so nervous! It's becoming so real! I will be in a truck very very soon! What?? A few months ago this was only a thought in my head. So crazy!

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