Prime CDL Training

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Kim T.'s Comment
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Thank you again Ernie for this and our other talks. I’ve really enjoyed talking to you and pulling from your experience.

I hope you have lots of miles and easy roads ahead of you.

Your appreciative friend.

Kim T.'s Comment
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Good morning. I’m taking advantage of having most of the day off. Want to know what exciting thing I’m doing? Washing clothes! Ya boy! With the truck championships starting today as well as all of the students being here, it’s hard sometimes to find an empty washer and dryer.

This evening we are heading to the pad to watch the championships. That should be pretty interesting.

Have a great day everyone!

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Kim T.-Hows the training going?? I was looking forward to you, Stephanie, the other Kim and Donna to keep us up-to-date on your progress. A friend of mine's daughter came up to me and asked about getting into driving, she's 23 or 24, single, and no baggage but doesn't want to work in an office anymore. So I was telling her about the "four musketeers," who were female and had just started out in this industry. I told her it's not for the faint of heart.

anyway, best to luck to you all,

Robert D. (Raptor)

Kim T.'s Comment
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Robert, it’s going pretty well. I got a text from a possible trainer earlier and I will be meeting her tonight. There really hasn’t been a lot to report, pre-trip inspections, a little backing, class time. I will be sure to let everyone know if it goes well with the trainer tonight.

Tell your friend’s daughter to go for it. Also tell her come to TruckingTruth and read everything she can. This site and the people have really helped me a lot. Good luck to her!

Donna is out with her tnt trainer and probably doesn’t have a lot of time to post. Stephanie is doing great, excelling. I haven’t talked to the other Kim, she came in with her CDL so she’s on different schedules.

We will all get there. 😁

Have a great evening!

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

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.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Kim T,

Sounds like everything is going well for you. You know how to contact me if you need anything.

Ernie

Kim T.'s Comment
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Thank you Ernie. I will definitely let you know how it’s going. I’m nervous to meet this trainer. lol I hope it goes well and we can hit the road.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Just one word of advice to everyone that is in training (or waiting for a trainer) at Prime, if at all possible don't allow yourself to be limited by getting the Automated transmission restriction on your license.

I was able to help another young lady at Prime to get a trainer ahead of several others on the waiting list because she did not have that restriction. So be advised, if at all possible, take your test in a manual trans truck.

Ernie

Kim T.'s Comment
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I've got a trainer!!!!! We will be heading out either Sunday or Monday!!!!!! dancing.gif

Roy1024's Comment
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Ernie, Manual transmission - yes, I am worried that when my time comes to get through the initial training before taking the CDL driving test that I am going to be forced into an automatic. Any tips on how to avoid being put out on an automatic for the pre-CDL test training? Thanks. Roy

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.
Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Ernie, Manual transmission - yes, I am worried that when my time comes to get through the initial training before taking the CDL driving test that I am going to be forced into an automatic. Any tips on how to avoid being put out on an automatic for the pre-CDL test training? Thanks. Roy

Roy,

I personally don't know how to answer that. I will ask a buddy of mine who is a trainer if you as a student have the option. Will let you know.

Ernie

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.
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