What Am I Waiting On.

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Donna M.'s Comment
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Should be there around 1400/ 2:00 pm to terminal and the got to call for the shuttle. Can’t wait for a shower and clean clothes and yes sleep. Actually I’m so exhausted it’s sort of took the sugar off the excitement .

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Kim T.'s Comment
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Well, looking at the time...you should be there, or very close. Yes, a shower, clean clothes, and sleep will definitely rekindle some of the excitement.

I’m looking forward to hearing about all of your adventures, orientation, training, your trainer, etc.

Be safe and enjoy!

Donna M.'s Comment
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Wow, day two and it has been erratic. There are 265 students here and they really aren’t prepared for the mass amount. Even though I already had a CLP had to retest for a Missouri one just finished 100 on both test thanks to truckingtruth. I’m seriously worried where are they going to find enough trainers for all of us. Are we going to be stuck here waiting on trainers? Many of us are being required to take a sleep apnea study sort of crazy. The food is good and the rooms are clean(when u get to see it). Yesterday was frustrating but today is a new day so out to make the most of it.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Old School's Comment
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I’m seriously worried where are they going to find enough trainers for all of us.

Don't despair yet Donna. A lot of those people will be gone by the time you get assigned a trainer. We see this all the time. There's going to be quite a few who will go home during that first five days.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Old school speaks the truth. By the end of the week there will probably be 50 to 60 left. Due to drug tests, physicals, DUIs and criminal records people lied about. they run a much more stringent background check once you get to prime and it thins out the crowd.

As far as trainers...when you get to the actual terminal probably Friday, you will see the rows and rows of trucks and just how massive Prime is. Trainers are being brought in constantly. i was just offered a student but need to take care of some home stuff first.

265 is a huge number and the highest i have heard so that is nuts!

the sleep apnea is given to people only after they pass the CDL exam. Most of that group wont get that far.

if you have questions about the sleep apnea test etc, just ask.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Kim T.'s Comment
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That is a LOT of people! What is the average size of a starting group?

Congrats on the 100%s!!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Usually about 100. by Friday usually about 20 to 25 left. Then given to one on one trainers to drive OTR and make deliveries. Then back to Prime after a couple weeks for backing practice and CDL exam.

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.

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.

Kim T.'s Comment
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I guess the size of the group doesn’t matter since your success or failure is on you. I think the only difference it would make is the amount of time it takes to get things done, a lot of time waiting around, but that means more time to study. Have to look at the positive side. lol

Donna, I hope day two went smoothly for you. I’m going to be living vicariously through you until it’s my turn.

Donna M.'s Comment
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Will this is quite a ****ty day so far. No medical card so can’t process my license. No medical cause I need sleep apenia test well everyone else will go on road two weeks with temp card and come back and test after cdl test this way prime will pay for test. However for me because I was honest and said I had a sleep test done 18 years ago and didn’t have sleep apnea. They can’t find any records that far back so I need a new test before my permit at $500 up front for me. I’m just sitting in my room and trying to get my head on straight as to what I want to do from here. Shouldn’t of ever said anything about it too old for records however was following everyone advice and being up front.

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.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Kim T.'s Comment
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Donna, do they not have any other options?

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