Prime’d And Ready To Go

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Turtle's Comment
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Congrats bro. Sounds like everything is going well. It's smart to stay ahead of the game with the CBTs and such. You'll start seeing the slackers drop off like flies, while you rise to the top.

Don't be afraid to brush up on your pre-trip with the practice truck/trailer out in the lot.

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Indeed, I’ve been eyeballing it while reading up, can say no one else in my class have I seen even go over n look at it yet.

Turtle's Comment
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Pop that hood and I'll guaranteed a small crowd will wander over and check it out with you. Happens with every class.

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Actually hoods been up last 2 days, why it’s hard to understand why these people aren’t studying ahead.

JT's Comment
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Actually hoods been up last 2 days, why it’s hard to understand why these people aren’t studying ahead.

I know what you mean Squirrel. I'm a week into school at Coastal Trucking School and we started going over pre trip yesterday and several of us are really focused on learning it while others just stand around like they already know it or something. I'm afraid some are in for a rude wake up call come test time in a couple of weeks.

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Well day 3 consisted of a pre trip inspection class with a great cheat sheet giving us all the info and exact wording we’ll have to use. Then for a good portion of our class they spent the day running around trying to get permits and get computer courses done and try to test out of sim lab. Now I’ve done a great job staying on my goal of being ahead and tonight I was able to test out of sim lab with a 99, so now my work is complete in this stage and I am sooo looking forward to training on the road to get that license!! Honestly thanks to here and my family n friends, I really haven’t been that stressed about any of it. You just have to preplan and set your goals. And listen to everything they tell you, and you will succeed. That said, watch out drivers, here I come!!!!

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Squirrelly, I'm on the road with my trainer, so my days don't allow me a lot of free time to post stuff. But I've been reading along and I gotta say you've got just the right attitude to sail through this and be a shining example for others. Keep up the great work!

JT's Comment
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Good to see things are going well for you Squirrelly. Keep at it.

Splitter's Comment
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Wow! That just flew by!! Congrats! Keep reminding yourself of your purpose in getting into this. Keep focusing your attitude as you have, especially when your trainer gets on your nerve. Continued success & stay safe!!

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Thanks everyone! Yesterday was some more class time, and a 4 hr sunburn session out on the pad doing pre trip on tractors and getting some drive time around the yard. I’ll be in an auto but was able to take a manual LW around the yard. That said, simulator and tractor transmissions are NOT the same at all, but once I found the transmissions sweet spot, it was all smiles from there. Today I’m out driving some local time bobtail and then with an empty, tomorrow we grab our first load for PSD Phase. Stay safe out there and to all my fellow students out here, pay attention and stay positive!!! See ya on the flip side!

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

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.
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