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Turtle's Comment
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Sleeping in that moving truck will be a whole new learning curve indeed. It's nothing you can't adapt to though. Be sure to grab sleep whenever you can, especially in the beginning. You'll likely have more long drive shifts, yet your sleeping patterns will be changing now. Fatigue is a real and dangerous thing. Respect it. Sleep when you can.

Not to rain on your parade bro, but 4-5 weeks for the 30k is pretty wishful thinking. 5 weeks would be about the minimum, without any time off. You'll likely run in the 6-8 week with range, like everyone else. Sure it's possible to bang out in five, but everything will have to fall perfectly in place. Either way, good luck and get er done!

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Yea it is wishful thinking I know, but I made it this far on a hope n dream so why stop now?good-luck-2.gif As for everything else, it’ll fall into place and I’ll adapt accordingly. Hurry up and wait at its finest!!

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Well, I'm late to the party, as usual...
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CONGRATULATIONS!

Awesome job, brother! Hope we cross paths out here in the great wide open.

As far as learning to sleep in the back of a moving truck... Yup! What a learning experience that is. The first night you'll only be pretty sure that every pothole that truck hits is you careening off a cliff toward the ocean (or worse!) But you'll come to find out that it's something you get used to. It was a peach for me at first, but now I can't wait to crawl back there and let this truck rock me to sleep.

And you're going to be the same very soon. Sleep is not just essential to safety, but sanity as well. The first few nights were hard, but soon I was so beat by the end of my shift that I couldn't even imagine anything worse than being awake another five minutes. It was then that it just became much easier for me. I'm sure it won't take you long.

Great job and safe travels, brother!

icecold24k's Comment
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Late to the party also but this is so awesome to hear. Good job I knew you had this. On to the next phase.

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Big thanks everyone! Didn’t sleep well on the road yesterday but we did end up sitting overnight so slept then. Today dead heading bout 320 miles to 01 then 1400 more to the 90, so at least getting some good miles now. See y’all on the flip side and stay safe!

Turtle's Comment
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How's things going? I know it's still early in the TNT phase. Just checkin on ya

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.

Bran009's Comment
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I talked to him today, hopefully he will update but he says he is doing good and running hard.

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Well last week we moved a little over 5k mikes, had several hival loads and a fed ex run from Mississippi to Massachusetts. This week starting out is another thousand mile hival load so, all in all not bad. I’ve got the driving down, backing is, well it’s backing. Most of the time easy going, other times. You just wanna smack a trucker for parking ****-eyed. Easy going with shippers/receivers. Now it’s just getting down pat with paperwork and getting these miles under the tires. At current rate of mileage, hoping to be solo seat by mid August at latest with a week hometime.

Shipper:

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.

Splitter's Comment
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Sorry for being late but I feel ya on focusing on the job at hand. I’m running solo in this lightweight that’s testing my every last nerve on the downhills. If it’s not my speed, it’s my rpms. Ugh!

Anyways, congrats on the trifecta & if you keep running those miles you might beat your timeline. Stay safe but focused which is already in your DNA!! Welcome aboard Primate!!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Thanks Splitter! So last few days we’ve been running strong and our last load was a secure load from Columbus, Oh to Medley, Fl, so that was some good miles and we dropped as usual early. Now we’re headed from Miami, Fl to somewhere Indiana. After that, hard to say as we’ll be wanting to head back south for a much needed week off. Then hopefully 3-4 more weeks and back to Sprimo to get in my own truck! Stay safe everyone, and it’s okay, you can walk on the sidewalks when I’m around😏😏

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