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Dan S.'s Comment
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My job ~ financial situation set me back on my heels for a minute or so.

Took me a couple of days to pull back and regroup, regain my bearings. Refocus on the present, and less amped up on the past and future (while planning and preparing for the future. Hoping for the best but prepared for the worse.)

So I wasn't thinking things all the way through.

My BIGGEST concern is getting there!!!

That is my car.

I get half way there off I65, Or in Mobile, and.... . I'm going to be further up the creek than I already am.

I know Prime is very selective, but I believe I ve got what it takes to make the team. No medical, background, driving, medication, weight, sleep etc issues. Know going in its going to be a months long job interview etc. Know to be on my best behavior 24/7.

Bolt's Comment
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Thanks G-Town, and yes I will say hi to Errol. I have a little experience backing articulating vehicles. Mainly 1 tons with 30' goose neck trailers. I understand that is about 20-30' shorter than a semi but I am thinking the trailers should react the same. I look forward to the backing challenges. I'm the guy that wants the bigger challenge. Tell me I can't and I will or hurt myself trying.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Dan S.'s Comment
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Throwing some prayers out therefore for you and yours Bolt

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dan S.'s Comment
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I admit G Town in Hindsight I didn't exercise good judgment and due diligence.

I regret that

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Thanks G-Town, and yes I will say hi to Errol. I have a little experience backing articulating vehicles. Mainly 1 tons with 30' goose neck trailers. I understand that is about 20-30' shorter than a semi but I am thinking the trailers should react the same. I look forward to the backing challenges. I'm the guy that wants the bigger challenge. Tell me I can't and I will or hurt myself trying.

Backing a configuration like you mentioned certainly can't hurt, might help in that you already understand the basics. The longer trailer will respond slower...keep that in mind to avoid the temptation to over correct using too much steering wheel.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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I admit G Town in Hindsight I didn't exercise good judgment and due diligence.

I regret that

Dan, no harm no foul. It's early in the game.

Drop back and reassess what is available. Then begin to narrow your focus.

Revisit my reply and realize that during your first year of driving, the decision you make now should not be influenced my a few CPM. That you might regret.

The average income for a first year driver is about 40k. Your decision should be based on what company you believe will best prepare you for a career in trucking. Agreed,...not an easy task.

The tools you need to make the best decision are at your finger tips, right here on TT. Use the search bar, go through diaries, look at the blog articles and explore all of the menu bar options. Take the weekend and put a stake in the ground to target Monday morning for go-time.

We're with yah...good luck.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Dan S.'s Comment
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After weighing all the variables and taking into consideration the immediate and long term needs of my wife and family?

I've decided to ride the Big Grey Dog and go with Prime.

I called Prime Recruiting and was actually able to get up with the recruiter assigned to me!

Went over my profile, everything looked good. Going to run a background check Monday. Shooting for being there the 29th which OUTSTANDING!!!

Gives me more time to study and prepare, get ready.

Going to get my "A" game on.

Hate to back out on PAM, but I just don't have the trust and confidence in the Ford to get me there an back.

I know Prime training program is set up a high, quick pace of getting people through it that some would consider boot camp? But I'm up for it! (Most of what I did in the Marines was for 9 of my 20, was to train recruits at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina LOL!!)

OOOOOooooooRRrraaaaahhh!!

I'm one HIGHLY MOTIVATED

HIGHLY DEDECIATED

FUTURE Trucker!!

OUTSTANDING!!

SIMPLY OUTSTANDING!!

I'VE NOT BEEN THIS MOTIVATED AND PUMPED IN YEARS!!

G-Town's Comment
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Good luck!

Army 's Comment
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Good Luck with Prime. If you haven't read squirrely's diary I suggest it. There are a few prime diaries.

Safe travels Chris

Bran009's Comment
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Thank you for your service! I’m currently in the PSD phase at prime (getting my CDL) and I love this company so far They give you the tools and it is up to you to get er done. My instructor is great and if you want I have a diary and so does fellow classmate Squirrelly. This is a fast past program, study the High Road program for your permit before going, they don’t do any training on that part through prime but they do give you a copy of the MO cdl book. During orientation it is a lot of hurry up and wait, be on your game and get things done. Don’t stress too much and know that Prime wants you to succeed, but they will send you packing if you lie to them about background, can’t pass a drug test, or omit medical info. They do not play around here. Once you get your trainer you will be driving a huge vehicle weighting around 80,000 lbs with a load, take it seriously but try to enjoy things and you will be fine. Good Luck!

High Road CDL Training Program

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.

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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