Team Training With Prime

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Andrew J.'s Comment
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Hello everyone. A couple of weeks ago I posted here asking some questions about Prime Inc., and what to expect as a new driver. Well I finished Orientation a week ago, and now I'm on the road with a trainer! Because I went to a private CDL school, I was able to skip the PSD portion of training and get started team driving with my trainer. So far, it has been a great experience. I'll admit, I was expecting to have a very difficult time during team training. Ive always enjoyed alone time and personal space, so I assumed that living with a stranger in a space the size of a closet would be a grueling and difficult experience, but so far it's actually been ok. It's certainly not the easiest thing in the world, and it took some adjusting, but for the most part I've been loving my time on the road. My trainer is a great guy, and is very easy to get along with. He's made me feel at home on his truck, and so far he's paid for at least 1 meal a day, and every shower, which is very generous of him. So far my experience with Prime has been wonderful. I made some really good friends at orientation, and had a great time at headquarters in Springfield. I've still got a while to go before I get my own truck, so I'm going to use this time to learn everything I can so I can be a successful solo driver

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.

Dm:

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.

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.
Army 's Comment
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Congrats, sounds like you are off to a great start....

Safe Travels

Squirrellyguns's Comment
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Congratulations indeed and continued good luck! Soak it ALL up!!

Splitter's Comment
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Congrats on kicking out with a good trainer. Most drivers don’t pay for showers at fuel stops. They get a certain number of shower per the amount of fuel they purchase. Team showers are normally free for the second shower. Him paying for one meal is generous indeed.

Here’s what I was put through & it helped me immensely. I did almost every single back & contact with the shippers & receivers. By contact I mean, I went in & checked in, gave them my contact info & waited for my door to back into. I did the sldc on the dock. Trip plan our routes & wrote them down in case the Qualcomm went down. I was made to drive in Atl, LA & Dallas traffic. Over difficult local routes with lotsa lights & hills. Over mountain passes with steep grades in both directions. High wind areas in Wyo, Nebraska, Iowa, OK, NM, etc. The more difficult the experiences, the better driver you’ll be when you go solo.

Good luck, safe travels & watch your wagon!!

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.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Army 's Comment
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Team Showers ? shocked.pngrofl-2.gifrofl-2.gif

Simon D. (Grandpa)'s Comment
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Team Showers ? shocked.pngrofl-2.gifrofl-2.gif

They're great!! Someone to scrub your back! 👍😜

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Splitter's Comment
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Peanut gallery at its best!! Hahaha

icecold24k's Comment
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Team Showers ? shocked.pngrofl-2.gifrofl-2.gif

A true bonding experience. This is where you really get to know each other. rofl-2.gifrofl-3.gif

Splitter's Comment
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SMDH!! rofl-1.gifrofl-2.gifrofl-3.gif

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Here’s what I was put through & it helped me immensely. I did almost every single back & contact with the shippers & receivers. By contact I mean, I went in & checked in, gave them my contact info & waited for my door to back into. I did the sldc on the dock. Trip plan our routes & wrote them down in case the Qualcomm went down. I was made to drive in Atl, LA & Dallas traffic. Over difficult local routes with lotsa lights & hills. Over mountain passes with steep grades in both directions. High wind areas in Wyo, Nebraska, Iowa, OK, NM, etc. The more difficult the experiences, the better driver you’ll be when you go solo.

OMG Splitter...put it that way and you suffered the bowels.of hell lol

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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.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
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