Prime’d And Ready To Go

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Squirrellyguns's Comment
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So here I sit a week before I get on that blasted Greyhound for Springfield, Mo thinking “finally”! I’ve been sitting behind a desk working from home for over 5 years now with nothing more than some bills and a roof over my family’s head. Now I’ve been planning this for a couple years now but refused to do it without my wife and children’s “blessing” which has been hard to get. Mainly for my wife cause shy of work day, we haven’t been apart in over 10 years. Due to recent events it came down to struggle for a month with no or very little income and let bills fall behind, knowing the future would hold better or just keep scraping by... Well my son is almost 20 and is moving out next month for a promotion thru his work to another facility, my daughter is 18 this winter which makes this a little easier. So, I sit here and read the forums, and use the wonderful tools including

and the High Road CDL Training Program. Yep, Prime here I come and I’m coming prepared and loaded for bear!

I’ll be doing my best to keep it real here and to show my progress as I go. Right now I’m set to start Prime orientation June 4th. And again, a BIG Thanks to the Trucking Truth Team and all the drivers, soon to be and in school CLPs on here for great information and passing along the knowledge and experiences. It all truly does bring to light the many things we’ll see and do and try to avoid out there. Keep it real, and keep it between the lines!

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Bran009's Comment
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Hey we will be fellow trainees! I should start on the 4th as well.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Congrats on your decision. This website is getting a little, Prime heavy, lol. Seems Rainy and the gang are taking over! rofl-3.gif

Keep on keeping on, better days are just ahead. And make sure to keep is updated. Just cause you don't see a bunch of responses everyday doesn't mean nobody is reading your diary. And more important, it might have information or insight that can help the next person.

Safe travels and best of luck!

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Bran see you there! Jeremy C thanks and will do. Right now it’s just study n re-study. And hope to just sleep the bus ride away.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Bran see you there! Jeremy C thanks and will do. Right now it’s just study n re-study. And hope to just sleep the bus ride away.

Totally get it. I probably spent a month studying (thanks to this site) before I left for CRST. I arrived very prepared and have since received awesome support from the TT community. All the studying now pays off handsomely later on. Keep after it, brother.

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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So under a week before I leave, bag is packed and in the car, carry on contains all paperwork of my life is ready and on my desk. I sit here thinking about my previous employments and what from each of them that I learned will help me on this new endeavor, and I can say with little doubt, everything I’ve done in a job has helped to set me up for this. Time management, customer service, military bearing, there’s so far nothing out there I haven’t been able to drive/operate, even personal space management, and fast food/line cooking. I’m going to be applying something from each and every job I’ve ever had into this career/lifestyle at one point or another, and I WILL NOT FAIL. Again maybe a little off here and by no means do I intend this to sound like I’m on a high horse, but I am deeply thinking about all the decisions in my life and this is right there at the top next to marrying my wife, having a great and beautiful daughter, having served my country, and though I really haven’t utilized my Associates Degree any yet, I’m still glad I did it. I’m getting those jitters already that I bet most if not everybody gets when their about to do something new, and in this case, a whole new lifestyle. Over the next few days I likely won’t be posting anything here as it’ll just be the normal pre-jitters but once I hit the bus, I’ll update often and let you know how it feels. Keep Safe !!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jeremy C.'s Comment
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LMAO! Relax, brother, it's all good!

Want some jittery posts? Go find all the crap I posted before leaving! rofl-3.gif

I thought for sure G-Town was gonna drive to Ohio just to slap some sense into me. rofl-1.gif

Relax, brother, many of us seem to go through it. And these folks have seen mostly all of it. Post or don't, just stay focused and you'll reach your destination in no time.

And, hey, it really is something to be excited (in a good way) about!
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Squirrellyguns's Comment
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T-minus about 64 hours till I get to the Greyhound Station,,, for a grueling 38 hour ride.... but on a side note I found out today that I am to keep an eye out for another Prime Recruit at the terminal , so this might be a positive gesture to a long ride!!

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Splitter's Comment
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T-minus about 64 hours till I get to the Greyhound Station,,, for a grueling 38 hour ride.... but on a side note I found out today that I am to keep an eye out for another Prime Recruit at the terminal , so this might be a positive gesture to a long ride!!

Show them the High Road Training program. Many rookies show up so unprepared for the CLP it’s not funny. Many think that Prime will help them pass but they can’t help those that haven’t studied. Best of luck to you & your bus mate. Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Thanks splitter and I will. And I need to correct myself cause an hour can mean a lot, only 37 hours..... and yea if I find the guy I will definitely TRY to point him in this direction.

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