Backing Exams Are The Most Humbling Experience I’ve Had In A Long Time!!

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I haven’t kept a diary because there are plenty of diaries about the Prime program. I just wanted to relate the testing part of my PSD program which I aced the pretrip part thanks to all the help here, daily practice & writing my speeches over & over again until I had them memorized. That was the easy part.

My initial test day was yesterday. I passed pretrip so now it’s my backing maneuvers. I aced the straight line & blind side offset. Now comes my alley dock! I came in close to the driver’s cone but didn’t touch it. Instead of pulling left & out, I pulled right & left, trying to get under the trailer & just got stuck in an S position. Not once but twice.

It was drummed into me that you steer into the problem & I thought this would fix my issue. Well that only works when you have plenty of room to go out forward. Not happening in an alley dock. The fix was obviously going out to the left & repositioning to back in a better line than the original trajectory. By the time I figured that out, I failed cause I lost most my points making the same mistake twice in the beginning of the maneuver.

Today was a poop show from the beginning. It was raining & my brakes kept locking up. My straight line back passed but barely. I lost it to the left but was completely out & didn’t lose any poInts. My offset was somewhat off but I recovered it & only lost 3 pointson that one. Then it got crazy.

I got the drivers side parallel as my last back & got overconfident cause I was knocking these out the park. I lined up too far out of the box. Normally I would line up my trailer mud flap just outside the box with the rest of the trailer & bumper still well inside the box. 1.5 turn to the right until I see the V of the landing gear then 1.5 to the left to under the trailer & boom! Perfectly lined up with what I thought was the last cone!

Obviously it wasn’t. I GOAL’ed twice & never noticed I was lined up on the second to last cone instead of the last one. Needless to say, overconfidence together with nervous anxiety just took over, made the same mistakes trying to correct something that was not correctable since I was ignorant to the real problem & pointed out again.

Needless to say, I am quite devasted. When my examiner came over with his fist closed & told me to stop? I was dumbfounded!! I had no idea I had set up on the wrong cone. My easiest back & I failed miserably. So for the second day, I’m here in my room licking my wounds & eating humble pie in huge chunks.

This is where all those diaries have helped me! Many others on here before me have been in my shoes & overcame their adversities. I take solace in their resilience & perseverance. Tomorrow I get to do it again. I will take more time & take deeper breaths. With will, grace & patience, I will get this.

Thank you TT’ers for the amazing & great examples of how to overcome these bumps down a road with many huge learning curves. Stay safe out there & God bless!!

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Tomorrow is a new day. You'll get it! Just remember your training and don't overthink it.good-luck.gif

000's Comment
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Tomorrow is a new day. You'll get it! Just remember your training and don't overthink it.good-luck.gif

Thank you very much Packrat!

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Join the club of third time is the charm. It took me 3 times to pass. You will do this. What you don't know is that I have been cheering you on. I know you can do it. Good luck and keep us posted.

000's Comment
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Join the club of third time is the charm. It took me 3 times to pass. You will do this. What you don't know is that I have been cheering you on. I know you can do it. Good luck and keep us posted.

Big Scott, it was crazy this morning. When my examiner told me I was on the second cone rather than on the last cone, my jaw dropped. I got out & looked twice & never caught that! Which tells me that it was the whole combination of nerves, anxiety & over confidence cause I knew I had that one. When my trainer told me I lined up well past the starting line is when it all made sense. Of course I’d come up short if I’m past my reference point.

Thank you kindly for your moral support & cheering me on. It means a lot to me. Yours was one of the many diaries that showed me what mental toughness & perseverance mean when facing these challenges. God bless & stay safe out there.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Good luck to you. Your future TNT trainer has my number if you ever want to talk. You can do this. Good luck.

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.

000's Comment
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Hahaha! Thank you!! Now it makes sense.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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We are waiting to hear how it went today.

000's Comment
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Aced the backing!! No points!! Stalled the truck 3x at the same light. Impeding traffic. Auto-fail. I’m telling you, this is no joke.

So let me give you background. When I was supposed to be out driving on my PSD , his truck was in the shop for 6 days of those 2 weeks. I drove on the highway for about 8 hrs a day almost exclusively, That’s not what I needed to develop good muscle memory.

Compound that with my nerves getting the best of me. I mean seriously, forgetting the splitter right out the box? Just stupid mental f*rt. My examiner was cool though. He let me do a abbreviated drive with him to get comfortable with this part of the process.

Tonight I’m going out for a test run with my trainer. Tomorrow I go test again but just the road trip. Fingers crossed!! Thank you again for the encouragement & support.

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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Just relax. Learn what to do when you stall at a light. Splittler down, second gear, go. Good luck.

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