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Falyssa M.'s Comment
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Wow. You ladies are so supportive! I made my choice Tuesday after my car had another trans failure. Her name is Feenix because, like me, she rises from ashes. She went through an engine fire and came to me with pretty big issues, though the trans was fine at the time. Just hope some of my pizza delivery instincts can work to my advantage OTR. I passed my physical. Now to pass the written tests xD

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Donna M.'s Comment
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Rainy D prime only trains on automatics now. Unless u get a pds trainer that has a standard but I’ve only seen 2 on the pad. Kim all that stuff I studied for weeks before hand on this site they have an awesome cdl course. This two weeks are only to learn to drive, the road , toll booths, express lanes, weigh stations, shipping , trailer washes, hooking up, unhooking, moving tandems , lumpers, fueling, def, dispatching, truck stop showers, Your body trying to figure if it should be a sleep or awake, and of course always watching the ass-end of that trailer. All that is enough for my brain. Anybody that wants to do this should start studying. I saw a lot of people come to prime thinking they were gonna teach them the manual. They were still there trying to test out when I left. When u get there u need to know General Knowledge, Air Brakes, Combo, and Tanker. Also study log books and anything else u can cram in. Anybody thinking about doing this remember this is not a new job it’s a new life.

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.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Kim T.'s Comment
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Donna, I took the leap and put in my application for Prime this morning. As I was driving home from errands just now I got a call from Derek, my recruiter. My tentative start date is August 20. Since it is still over a month away I will need to resubmit my application once time gets closer. He said that my application looked good and that once I’m ready to go forward that it should only take a few hours to get final approval.

I have been studying the High Road courses and taking the practice tests, including tanker. I’ve reset it once and I’m now going through it again.

Falyssa, TT is a wonderful resource. Read as much as you can, do the High Road study course, ask questions.

Rainy, is Prime ready for me?!? LOL

Have a great day ladies and be safe!

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Donna yeah i know...there are still a ton of trainers with manuals though. they test you on the truck you drive, and many lease ops will still have manuals for a year or longer. im glad you are learning so.much!!!

unfortunately, they are taking my truck and giving me an automatic :( but....i got my surgery date for Aug 22nd and my followup is 9/4. i should be back on the road the next day to two with my brand new truck.

sooooo....Kim...if you can put up with a non smoking female with a cat.... i will have a TnT spot open. you should be testing out around the time i get there. when you talk to the recruiter you can explain you have a TnT trainer and give my name and my FMs name to hook you up on my truck.

no pressure of course. i like choosing my students cause i want serious learners who have a brain lol

good luck Falyssa!!! and thanks for.reading my artciles ;)

Fm:

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.

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.

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.

Kim T.'s Comment
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I guess the fates are working. The timing couldn’t be better. Having a cat around would be great since I would be leaving my cat at home. Also, you not smoking won’t be an issue. I am a smoker but will be quitting. Even if I’m not successful long term I will be able to hold off at least until I’m in my own truck. See, there’s that positive thinking again. lol

I’m excited and scared at the same time.

I’m reading Goin’ Postal and it makes me think of my trips to Pennsauken to visit friends. There is a little hole in the wall diner there that has the best cheesecake on earth and one of these days I’m going to go get a slice. I had an adventure on the train from Bryn Matt to Atlantic City, trying to get a baby and stroller off of there, and they almost took off again before I could get out the door. lol

Anyway, I need to get more studying done.

Have a good one!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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You mean Penn Queen diner??? its like 30 min from me.

You ladies will.all do G R E A T!!!!!

Kim T.'s Comment
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It might have been. It’s been a long time since I’ve been there.

In my earlier post I typed Bryn Mawr but it changed it to Matt and I didn’t notice. lol

You’re right, we are going to do great. smile.gif

BTW, I saw on Facebook just now that Walmart has Twin XL sheet sets on sale for less than $10. I don’t know if I want to get sheets or a sleeping bag. Decisions decisions. lol

Falyssa M.'s Comment
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Academy has sleeping bags for $8.99.

BTW, I saw on Facebook just now that Walmart has Twin XL sheet sets on sale for less than $10. I don’t know if I want to get sheets or a sleeping bag. Decisions decisions. lol

Kim T.'s Comment
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What is Academy?

Falyssa M.'s Comment
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It's a sports and outdoor store. Camping stuff and sports stuff

What is Academy?

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