Should I Go?

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Indalecio's Comment
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Hello,

So here's the thing. I successfully completed prime's training program and am now waiting for a trainer. I watched as people who were late completing their simulations and failed their permits multiple times receive a trainer almost instantly. I passed everything the first try and was among the first to ace simulations.

I am however, black, while the students snatched up are 100% white. So under there circumstances, it's a little hard not to feel discriminated or preferenced against. Normally I don't feel this way but a bus driver began taking about black people pretty much in my face, and another older white couple began making jokes about black genitalia on the shuttle, again in my face. Then I realized that Missouri might not actually like us. In Walmart they look at me as if they've never seen a black person.

So Maverick is offering me training right now, and God knows I'm tired of sitting in this hotel room not learning how to drive, a few days away from having no meal card. Seems pathetic really.

Should I just go Maverick, or continue to tough it out and hope it gets better?

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Holy cow!!! Hi first off. second off....its not a race thing, but your perception. you stated you are just sitting in your hotel room. that could be the problem. go hang.out in the millenium and meet people. ask around for trainers looking to meet people. go to tbe training pad. Look around Prime. We have all races, religions, and sexual orientation.

10 to 1, you werent picked up because you either did not seem engaged and wanting to learn or trainers just couldnt find you.

im a white non smoking woman. my last name starts with an R. the phone numbers were given to trainers alphabetically...guess what that means...the As got 40 calls and...this R got 1....from a Muslim man who didnt realize i was a woman and rejected me based on religious reasons. i met my TnT trainer on the testing pad.

you said you completed the training. does that mean you tested out and got the CDL? If so, leaving puts you i debt. Quitting will look bad to other companies

Did you talk to the training managers about getting paired up?

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.

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.

Indalecio's Comment
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No I meant permit training. I'm waiting to receive a cdl trainer. I have been engaged and out and about. I wasn't lazy or I wouldn't have done so well in my exams. I do pretrips every day. I am always where people tell me im supposed to be.I understand what you're saying, though.

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Waiting is the name of the game.....if you can't handle waiting maybe trucking isn't for you. I understand that there still are race issues, but as Rainey said.....look around at drivers and you'll see every race, religion, and sexual orientation is represented. Don't give up so easily

Turtle's Comment
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Like Rainy said, Prime is filled with all types. No need to turn it into a black/white thing. The sheer volume of students coming and going creates a logistical nightmare paring students with trainers.

When did you complete orientation? Wasn't it just this last week, or am I mistaken?

PackRat's Comment
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OMG! Really?

Turtle's Comment
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Yeah so you just shipped off to Prime last week, which means at most you've only been waiting a day or two for a trainer. Yet you are already thinking it's a race thing? Do you really think a billion dollar company like Prime would base their student placement on race?

PSD trainers are the hardest to come across. Simply told, it takes a special individual who is willing to place their lives into a green trainee's hands. Several factors come into play regarding who gets placed with whom. Some students, regardless of race, have to wait several days or even a week or two for a trainer. It happens every week. Some get lucky, some don't. It just comes down to the luck of the draw.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Indalecio wrote:

Then I realized that Missouri might not actually like us. In Walmart they look at me as if they've never seen a black person.

Neither of which, if actually true, has anything to do with Prime and/or your situation. Trucking is by far the least discriminatory business I know of. Get yourself "out there" like Rainy suggested, make yourself known. Don't allow yourself to become "forgettable".

Trucking is very, very competitive and has little to-do with race.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Ah. so you just completed orientation, not any sort of training. You have $200 advanced on your Comdata card for food etc.

My last SIM class was on Friday and I met my CDL instructor on Tues. Hang at Ptime East doing pretrips. Meet people at Millenium and ask around.

good luck.

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.
andhe78's Comment
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Honestly, reading through your posts, the problem may be that you are a bit high maintenance. I understand some of it is religious based, but here’s what I’ve read: you prefer to drive during the day, you won’t haul certain loads, you want to stop five times a day to pray, you want a half hour to a full hour a day to exercise, etc. I’m with a trainer right now, and while he is cool, I make sure not to make any demands. It’s only for a few weeks and I can put my preferences on hold until I’m solo.

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