Just Left Walmart For New Career

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JustMitch's Comment
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Hello, Truckers. I’ve been a member for a while but this is my first post. I’ve left a 10 year Walmart career behind not even a whole week ago. Prime sent me a Greyhound ticket and now I’m in Springfield. This SIM is kicking my ass😡

Splitter's Comment
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My sim teacher taught me a rhythm to use in my head to practice up shifting & down shifting. The first is tap tap home. Which means the first tap is both your foot on the clutch & your hand on the shifter move together into the neutral position. The second tap is again both your foot on the clutch & your hand on the shifter will move together into the next corresponding gear. The home part is where your right hand comes back to the steering wheel or “home”.

Only thing you have to remember is switching the range selector/splitter up or down when going from 5th to 6th gear & vice versa. And keep an eye on your speed & rpms.

The next rhythm is tap, rev, tap, home. For some reason I think he used a different terminology but this is the gyst of it. Tap clutch & move shifter same as above into neutral, rev the rpms, tap & move into lower gear at the proper rpms. Then as always home, right hand back on the wheel.

Word of advice, go to sim room whenever you have free time & ask if you could practice then or if you can come back at another time. This is how I passed my sims.

Good luck. If you need me to break it down some more, let me know. I’ll try again.

Bran009's Comment
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Good luck! I'll be there just a couple weeks behind you.

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Good luck as well! I’ll be there on the 4th.

JustMitch's Comment
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Thanks for the advice guys. I’ve now passed sim class and am on the road with a trainer for psd. Wish me luck


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.
Squirrellyguns's Comment
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dancing-dog.gif Congrats and stay safe!

Army 's Comment
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Safe travels

Splitter's Comment
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Congrats sir! Keep up the good work & stay safe out on the road. Try to get as much backing practice as possible & going in to the shippers & receivers that way you know what to expect when you go solo. Don’t let them convince you to go lease from the start. Get to know the business of trucking before taking on such a huge expense.


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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