Team Training: The Fear And Misunderstanding - Article By Rainy

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Rainy has a great new article out today that really helps clear up the concerns people have about driving team with their mentor:

Team Training: The Fear And Misunderstanding

Many new drivers fear that driving team with their mentor means they're basically going to be on their own while the trainer sleeps all the time. This isn't the way it works at all. Rainy is a trainer with Prime Inc and she'll explain how she handles training with her students.


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.
Simon D. (Grandpa)'s Comment
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And Rainy does it once more....knocks it clear outta the park!!

Truly excellent stuff...again!

And as for the Socratic sound just like me Rainy. Chris accused me of being, "just like my wife"; as he said my favourite way to answer his question is with more questions! lol I explained that the idea was/is to get him to use logic and reason to figure out his own answer. I'm still not sure that he gets it! ๐Ÿ˜œ

This should be required reading for all 'newbies'.

And yes, I'm gonna have Chris read it! ๐Ÿ‘

Old School's Comment
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We don't all get to have trainers like Rainy, but it sure would be nice if we did!

She shows how much of a sacrifice trainers make with their students. It is a pretty tough job being a trainer, and I salute each of you who are doing this great work! Really great article Rainy, thanks for all you do!

Alycia & Melvin's Comment
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Rainy, you are awesome. I only hope I am lucky enough to get a trainer like you when my husband and I make the jump, hopefully to Prime, within the next few months. I am nervous, but the hubby keeps encouraging me that I can do this. Easy for him to say, he has had his class B for 30 years, and I feel he will transition pretty easily. We want this so badly.

Big T's Comment
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Spot on and accurate as usual.

Colin K.'s Comment
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Great, and timely advice, Rainy. If I get a trainer even half as good as you are, I will be happy.

Thank you! Colin K.

Adam B.'s Comment
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TNT was one of the hardest and probobly worst experiences I've ever had. I nearly quit Prime over it. I somehow survived though. After I completed TNT I vowed never to do team driving again, and I told my FM that after he asked me if I was interested in becoming a trainer or doing team loads.

I think the trainer you get makes the difference between a good and bad experience.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.



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 14ยข 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.

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