Prime: Let's Do This!

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Bran009's Comment
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You guys are hilarious lol rofl-2.gif

Today wasnt super busy. I am currently waiting for my drug test to clear so I can get my green bordered purple badge. I'm hoping at the morning roll call I'll be good to go. Since our class is so big there are about 25 of us waiting, but I know it will clear. Other than that we had a benefits meeting and a meeting about safety and what to expect next. Some of the class who have badges already have trainers lined up. Things will be moving fast enough soon.

I'm kinda feeling bummed about waiting, I'm just trying to be patient. I'm also trying to study pre trip so I'll be ready.

Overall I'm super happy to have chosen Prime. It seems to be a great company, awesome people and I've made a few friends that I definitely want to keep in touch with. On the flip side there seems to be a great many folks that don't want to pay attention or just ask theodt random questions. I know they are just nervous like I am, but it gets old when you are sitting through a class for 2 hours when it was suppose to be 1 1/2. Ya ya it's practice for later at customers I know.

People are slowly getting sent home for things like medications and drug test. The ones for drug test make me shake my head, I'd you know you did drugs why even come? I do think the class isn't losing as many as they expected since we still have roughly 100 people here.

Welp, time to relax and get ready for bed. Tomorrow is a new day that is hopefully full of good news.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I also can't believe that someone would go to truck driving school and think they could somehow skirt drug testing... I used to do a lot of stupid things when I was younger, but do some research people. Every recruiter I've talked to has asked me if I could pass a drug test? Maybe these dummies think they can pass the pee test but a lot of the carriers now are using hair follicle so if you're a drug user this is not the career for you.

Bran009's Comment
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Got my badge finally! Didn't get to do the tour or pad time unfortunately. I will be going over for dinner tonight and wait around for a trainer.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Whoooo hooo!!!! I left just as you were coming in....but...who knows. after my home time we might run into each other lol

good luck

Bran009's Comment
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Well dang! And thanks, I'm pretty nervous about getting into a truck. My steering and shifting were a bit sketch on the sim. Granted I know the chances of me driving a manual after training is slim but ya. I'm guessing over the weekend we will be doing some more sim stuff.

Whoooo hooo!!!! I left just as you were coming in....but...who knows. after my home time we might run into each other lol

good luck

Splitter's Comment
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Well dang! And thanks, I'm pretty nervous about getting into a truck. My steering and shifting were a bit sketch on the sim. Granted I know the chances of me driving a manual after training is slim but ya. I'm guessing over the weekend we will be doing some more sim stuff.

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Whoooo hooo!!!! I left just as you were coming in....but...who knows. after my home time we might run into each other lol

good luck

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Congrats on making it through phase 1. Don’t compare SIMs to real world. It’s a losing proposition. It’s apples & oranges. I’m in an auto but miss the manual. When the jakes rev to 2000+ rpms it freaks me out. Lol

Good luck with your PSD trainer. It’s a relatively short period of time. TNT is where the meat & potatoes are!!

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.

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.

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Remember that tomorrow is always a new day here, surely one of the PRIME reasons you sought coming here cause the next day wasn’t new before.

Sorry, just had to.... 😂

Bran009's Comment
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Not been a whole lot to post about. I'm currently still waiting for a trainer, but I'm being patient. I'm kinda bummed, the good thing is they have assume training going on during the day over at the practise pad. Over the weekend we did one day of backing on the Sim and a day off pretrip practise, with only one truck it was crowded. Today we went over and did roll call. Then we did more pretrip, the main instructor showed us how to do it. I was able to partner up with a friend and go through a mock test. We were able to do everything on the truck except In cab, I've think I did pretty well.

Some folks are slowly getting trainers which leaves me without a roommate at the moment. I know this will change, it's nice while it lasts. I'm nervous but hoping we get to practise driving tomorrow.

For now I am going to just relax and maybe practice pretrip more. Stay safe folks!

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Bran, you'll be out with a trainer before you know it. And all the hard work and extra practice you're getting in now will really pay off when you do. I'm willing to bet that, when you get out here, you're trainer will see the results of what you're doing now and be satisfied enough that she/he will be able to focus on any areas that actually need improvement.

In the meantime, keep up the extra practice and keep that awesome attitude. It's up to us current trainees to set examples for future trainees. And right now you're the equivalent of a freakin ambassador!

Hope to see ya out here soon, bro!

Bran009's Comment
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I don't know about being an ambassador, I'm just doing what I'm supposed to. On a happy note I got a call from a trainer today. We are meeting in the morning for breakfast and will go from there. But I think he plans on doing some pad training and local driving. He says he runs from MO to TX and has an auto, so we will see how it goes. I also got to do a straight back, I did ok with the coaching the pad trainer did the whole time. I'm just super nervous about doing real driving and backing. Like what if I'm so bad I can't keep it between the lines? Lol.. but I know it will all come in time and I'll be fine once I get started.

Take care folks!

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