Prime’d And Ready To Go

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Bran009's Comment
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Hate ya! Lol just kidding.. stay safe and good luck brother.

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Thanks Bran (weasel 😄). So day 6, drove down to Arkansas and back bobtail , then went back to the terminal and to the pad area, grabbed a trailer and practiced each backing maneuver a bit. Having been a yard dawg operator for 5 years it was very difficult for me to not just put it in the hole my way, cause here you have to use their “reference” points, where as I used to just be able to do it. But I’ll learn their way to pass which is what matters. Still, I didn’t do bad though.

Bobtail:

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

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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Try to get some local driving with a trailer attached. It’ll help your confidence on the test. And keep your eye on that wagon!!

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Well today was a partially wasted day. Outbound screwed us with a Walmart load for tomorrow 8 pm delivery only 327 miles away..... not sure who wants to strangle the weekender more, me or my trainer..... Anyways though I did some more in town driving, bobtail though, but had to deal with more than I had thus far, lots more stop lights, railroad tracks, and crazy drivers, but I followed the rules, kept good distance, slowed early and stayed behind the tracks at the stop light till the vehicle ahead cleared me enough room to fully cross over in case I would have to stop. Good experience today.

Bobtail:

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

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Did a couple hours on the back pad, second time around the reference points clicked and it was all good from there. Grabbed load from terminal going 327 miles to Ochelata, Ks to Walmart DC, no problems at all, hour early and in a door with 2 pull ups. Live unload. Then deadhead 90 miles back to Joplin, Mo to grab another Kraft/Walmart load bound 705 miles to Opelika, Al. Will grab it tonight then haul it tomorrow. Overall great day, my trainer said he is very pleased, I’m doing well!

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

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.

Army 's Comment
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Nice, sounds like things are progressing well. Congrats!

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Very awesome to read more and more success stories like this. Nothing is what we thought it would be, yet there are so many great days and new adventures that the sacrifices and adjustments seem really small. Keep up the great work, it's inspiration for us fellow trainees!

Splitter's Comment
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Nice progress!! Getting great experience with your trainer. I didn’t get to do most of what you’re doing until TNT. Kudos to you & you trainer. Continued success & stay sharp!!

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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Thanks everyone, it’s been great. So live unloaded in Opelika, Al. Now drop n hooked while loading. This ones going 861 miles to Philadelphia, Pa. I’ve been doing all the driving and doing great. We got bored on the way down here so completely from memory I ran through the full pretrip to my trainer from tractor to trailer front to back, and only missed 6 points, so we’re both confident. So far I’ve been doing all the dock bumps and lot parking as well and doing better each time, so far I’ve not missed a hole yet. Maybe a extra pull up but hey, better than risking any damage. So with that said, I feel confident I can go trifecta in a another week n a half. Again, listening to everyone here. On this site, and the Road Test and pretrip information made this so much easier with it already in my head. Stay safe and stay alert.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Wow! You've already done more than me, and I've been out here for a few weeks. Sounds like you're gonna set some Prime records here soon!
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