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Firehog's Comment
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Ok sleep test completed. Finally got my permit today. Officially got changed to Flat Bed. Learning to be patient and how to wait. Great life lesson. Just waiting for psd road trainer. Amen. Thanks TT community. Me and iwii are ready hit the road on new adventure.

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.
Firehog's Comment
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Yesterday was my 12th day at prime training. Most of my class picked up trainers and were gone about 4 days ago.. I finally got trainer yesterday I am logged into the truck and should be headed out monday morning. sleep study only cost me about 5 day delay. But at same time some on my class are still here amd have not got trainer yet. if you get delayed like i did or for paper work or anything else you kind of get left to your own a little bit so dont panic just relax and ask a lot of question where your suposed to go evey day. You really have to be patient. i used the time to get all my pretrip done and do my own company tour since i missed the one the class did when i had to do the sleep study.

I heard they were training new trainers so I went to the Practice pad my self and spent all day just watching them and asking questions, learned a lot and one of them picked me up as my trainer.

Headed out Monday on the road for my 10K, Very excited, Trainer seems real great and down to earth contry boy like me. dancing.gif

Firehog's Comment
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First pick up yesterday and deliver today. already hooked up again heading out morning. Really like Flat bed. Got good trainer teaching me ropes. It's dirty sweaty job tarping but great exercise. Gets blood pumping.

Driving by going good. Still few shifting problems. Seventh gear hates me. Got bad habits trying break resting hand on stick shift and not going back stearing wheel and turning dam blinker off. Had good two days.

Firehog's Comment
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Man we were busy. Love the Flatbed. Got behind on diary. Was out for 10 days but 3 were hotel while trainer had a 34.

great trainer, new trainer but very patient. Didn't get any backing on road so worked with me two days when got back on the pad. Passed everything first go around.

Picked up TT trainer and leaving tonight for 30k OTR. Great to finally have that license. Prime is a very good school.

I was lucky and did my PSD permit training in standard so got a lot practice in for test unlike those that go out in automatic and have to come back learn standard in two days.

Going out now in 2018 Peter

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.

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.
Firehog's Comment
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Time does fly. Back to upgrade for solo. PSD Trainer was great then my first TT trainer was a disaster but changed and second TT trainer was awesome, Do not be afraid to ask for a trainer change. I waited a week to long because I did not want to appear to be a complainer. The situation then got very bad putting myself and public at risk. Turned out the last trainee had just been removed from same truck for same reason they just did not tell me. New TT trainer and training went off without a hitch. I recommend you get a trainer like my second one with at least 2or 3 years experience for TT. I learned so much I was constantly making notes for future. So far crossed US at last 12 times and love the trucking part and the Flatbed. Hell I love to tarp!! That's right!!. Got some great experience on 80 with some patchy ice. TT was all with Automatic. I used to be a standard person but do really enjoy the automatic. HERE WE GO!!!!dancing.gifdancing.gifdancing.gif

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.
Firehog's Comment
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I am going Company not Lease. My expertise is in numbers both financial and tax. I have completed a Excel spreadsheet Pre Tax and Post Tax analyses of Income of Company Versus Lease.

Do not listen to all the break room drivers talking about Gross and how much they make. DO THE MATH!!!. You can not train your first year so do the MATH!!! NOT JUST SOME OF THE MATH ALL THE MATH.

Stay SAFE OUT THERE

PackRat's Comment
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Great updates! Keep them coming.dancing-dog.gif

Firehog's Comment
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6 months and 3 weeks in now, last three months was awesome running hard making money loving it. Last 3 weeks Was a disaster, I want to quit and take one of 4 other drive offers I have even before my 1 year contract is up.

Difference, my DM switched to lease program and I was assigned new DM. What a difference a DM can make. It's not that the new DM is inexperienced it's that he doesn't seam to have ability to care or recognize what affect his actions has on Driver.

I am Not a quiter and gave my word so I will have to convert to lease even though I am totally against it and will make less money to complete my time here. Going to lease will put me back with my original DM

Thank God they have a walk away lease.

Being forced to lease I will be looking for new home after my year is up.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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I would rethink doing a lease. Have you had a meeting with your current DM , and/or their boss to discuss your concerns? I would never go with a lease option, knowing I'll leave it in the near future. That's not much of a successful plan.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

G-Town's Comment
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Do not convert to Lease Operator. Frying pan into the fire. Reestablish a relationship with the new DM.

Worry about you, not the other drivers. The next time you are routed into the terminal , make an appointment with the new person and openly communicate your concerns and also extend an olive branch and ask how you can be a better performing driver.

This happens, can happen anywhere at any time. Communicate proactively and build a new relationship.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.
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