Prime, Inc. PSD School

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Jay_Ohen's Comment
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It is with great pleasure that I am able to return and announce that I successfully completed Prime’s PSD program and I am now underway for my 30,000 team miles with my trainer! This has been a fantastic experience and my opinion of Prime hasn’t wavered: I thoroughly enjoy this company so far! After about two weeks on the road as a student driver with my trainer, I returned to Springfield, MO to begin pad training for my CDL exam. My best advice for anyone is to study, study, STUDY your pre trip inspection! Run through it every day with your trainer or at least until you have it down to do it yourself. After all, the first portion of the CDL exam is a pre trip. I took my exam on Thursday, 15 February. You must be in the classroom no later than 0600 for roll call. If you are not there, chances are you won’t be testing that day. The test is composed of three steps: pre trip, backing skills, and road skills testing. You will be selected to perform either an engine compartment, driver side fuel area, trailer, or FULL pre trip inspection for this test. Everyone does the coupling area, light test, and in cab inspection including parking brake test, service brake test, and air brake test, no exceptions. If you haven’t already, I recommend downloading Daniel B’s pre trip inspection guide. It seriously helped me not only learn the imperative pre trip, but it also enabled me to pass my pre trip inspection test including in cab and air brakes! Remember: the air brake test is a PASS or FAIL situation. You cannot miss any steps. If you do, simply start from the beginning and move through the test again from square one. The examiner conducting roll call told us the current record was 14 restarts on a single air brake test! Once you have passed the pre trip test, you will move onto the backing test. You will be required to demonstrate a straight line back, either a driver side or blindside offset back, and finally one of the following three: driver side parallel park, passenger side parallel park, or alley dock. You are allowed two free pull-ups and two get out and looks (it may be fewer on the straight line back). You are allowed 12 points on this test. For example, crossing the out of bounds line is two points, blowing out the back of an alley dock is two points, etc. You have 15 minutes for each maneuver. I won’t lie, I racked up ten points on my alley dock alone simply because I misjudged my reference points. Don’t panic if you hear the whistle or you’re off the mark! It isn’t over until it’s over and the examiners know you’re nervous, at least I was! After the backing test you will conduct an on the road driving test. This consists of approximately 30-45 minutes of driving down a route explained by the examiner as you go along. You will be required to demonstrate proper upshifting and downshifting techniques, lane control, emergency stopping and merging back onto the roadway, ability to legally and safely operate a CMV , lane changes, and the ability to scan your surroundings and look for signs such as clearance signs, posted weight limits, and speed limits. The important thing to remember for this test: don’t hit anything and don’t roll the truck backward while starting from a stopped position! Bumped the curb? You’ll be taking this test again tomorrow. Rolled backwards while trying to start uphill? Same story. It’s not nearly as nerve wracking as it sounds...who am I kidding? It was the longest half hour of my life. However, you will be prepared for this test so long as you’ve already been safely and effectively operating the vehicle! You’re allowed 30 points on the driving test, failing at 31. I forget how many points you’re allowed on the pre trip. Thanks to the library of information available right here at Trucking Truth, the fine instructors at Prime, Inc., and my amazing trainer I am proud to say that I trifecta’d and I’m now hired on with Prime! What started off as a dream in my head a little over a month ago is now a reality. We’re currently taking our first load away from the cold and into sunny and warm California! To anyone wishing to chase this dream: do it! This is freedom. This is satisfaction. This is the first career choice I’ve ever been truly proud of. It’s tough, there are days you’ll want to pack up and go home, but it’s worth every bit of suffering to get that CDL! Again, I give thanks to Trucking Truth for guiding me and reminding me that dreams can come true so long as you’re willing to work for them. If I can help anyone in the same way I was helped I’d be glad to do so! I’ll answer any questions I can and I’ll always encourage people to never give up until it’s over! Good luck to anyone else entering this fine program or any other program out there!

Sincerely, -Jay

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.
Splitter's Comment
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What’s your road trainer’s name? Very happy to read your journey Jay Ohen! Congratulations on the trifecta along with the $250 bonus that comes with that. I leave in two weeks. Hoping to meet you along the way & shake your hand personally, to thank you for taking the time to share your trials, tribulations & success’ along the way. Congratulations again & continued success ahead.

Charlie T.'s Comment
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Jay, I have enjoyed your training diary very much!! I'm also considering Prime. Can you advise about the physical and what it consists of...any info if one uses a CPAP. Hope your training is progressing well. Thanks again

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.

Splitter's Comment
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Hey Charlie T., I just received my orientation packet. This is what was in the packet regarding your questions: # All applicants are required to pass a DOT physical & drug test onsite (even if you have a current DOT card). # If previously diagnosed with Sleep Apnea , bring your CPAC & downloadable compliance info with you. You must be 70% compliant for the last 30 days to comply with Prime's requirements.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

Jay_Ohen's Comment
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Hey Charlie T., I just received my orientation packet. This is what was in the packet regarding your questions: # All applicants are required to pass a DOT physical & drug test onsite (even if you have a current DOT card). # If previously diagnosed with Sleep Apnea , bring your CPAC & downloadable compliance info with you. You must be 70% compliant for the last 30 days to comply with Prime's requirements.

Charlie, Reyn hit the nail on the head. It’s no big deal, even students who have never had a test and are in need of one will conduct said test. Bring your CPAP with you and compliance info just as stated above. Good luck with your application, sir! Prime has been good to me so far and I’m sure they’ll be the same to you. Also, congrats to you, Reyn, for joining up! If you have any questions regarding PSD let me know. Good luck! You’ll do great!!

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

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.

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.
Charlie T.'s Comment
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Jay,

Thanks for taking the time to pass on the information to me...that really helps. Best of luck in your trucking career.

Charlie T.'s Comment
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Reyn,

Thanks so much for the information...that helps alot.!! Best of luck in your trucking career!

Splitter's Comment
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Thank you very much! Charlie all the best th you as well. Jay, when I good to go with starting my PSD I’d like to see if your trainer or Paul’s trainer are available. My email is in my profile.

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.
TruckerSpeir's Comment
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Hey Jay, how’s it going out there? Ready to upgrade yet? 😃

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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For future readers....abouy the clothing, DO NOT bring anything with profanity and make sure you have closed shoes sneakers or boots. someone showed up in my class with only shorts and sandals cause he was from florida and they would not puy him with a trainer until he got sneakers. most customers required full shoes no sandals for.safety.

another guy had a tee shirt that said "F@#$ Off I hate people". he was sent home immediately. was it cause of the shirt? i dont know but it didnt help him because they mentioned it in class.

they wa t people who will portray a good image to customers amd shirts like that do not.

good luck everyone!!

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