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Kim T.'s Comment
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Thank you guys! I am so relieved! I initially tested on Saturday, failed the pre-trip because of a very stupid mistake on my part. We went back Sunday to retest. I passed the pre-trip but failed the third maneuver of the backing test (the alley dock). So, we went back today for yet another retest. I passed the backing test and then went out for the driving test and passed it. When the examiner told me I had passed and congratulations, I started crying and shaking. lol The relief was instantaneous. I did my paperwork for Prime then headed to the DMV. By then it was after 5:00 so my trainer took me out to dinner. I am now back in my room and I’m still saying OMG. I have more administrative stuff to get done tomorrow then we are hoping to get a load out of here. AND, I get to sleep in in the morning. 😃

Thank you all for your support and advice!

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Good for you Kim... I also remember passing after failing the first day it was like the greatest weight was lifted off my shoulders. Now focus on your training and good luck.

Mike D.'s Comment
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That Is So Awesome Kim. We are all proud of you!!!

Dianne S.'s Comment
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Hi Kim! That is awesome! I knew that you would be fine! Prime is a 3rd Party Tester. Actually the largest 3rd Party tester in the state of Missouri! They have to adhere to the guidelines of the 2005 Federal Grading Standards. In Missouri, we began using the standards in 2008. You may or may not have noticed a uniformed CDL Auditor also grading along. I was a CDL Auditor for many years before I transferred to a Troop an hour East of Springfield.....Rolla, Missouri. I retired as a MSHP CDL Examiner in 2015 after 23 years. I now train applicants and teach them how to pass the Pre-Trip, Skills, and Road. Had you not passed......I would have offered to meet with you. Good Luck on your new Adventures! I am up the road if you are in Springfield! This is actually my first post....I found this site and it is very interesting! I was (and still am) a part of this industry and experienced the changes from a different perspective! dianne

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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.
Kim T.'s Comment
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Thanks guys!

Dianne, we actually had an officer on the pad for my backing and in the truck for my road trip. I thought it would make me super uncomfortable but he put me at ease and was very nice. I love this site and the people. The advice is dead on and very helpful. Welcome!

Old School's Comment
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A hearty congratulation to you!

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You did it!

Now, brace yourself. You've proven you had what it takes to get your CDL. Now they will try to discover if there's more to you than just the ability to pass a few tests. That's right, the ultimate testing is before you. Everything about you is about to be pushed to it's limits. You already know about the roller coaster ride of emotions. Well, it's about to get real. Now, you, us, and Prime will find out if you are made of the right stuff to become a productive, profitable, professional driver.

Hang in there, because it's a long ride. It's filled with exhilaration, frustration, and a very deep sense of satisfaction. You are well on your way!

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.
Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Good work, Kim! Keep your focus, and like Old School said, don't get discouraged. We have all made mistakes out there on the road, the true measure of a person is how they deal with their mistakes, and how they move forward from there!

Dianne - welcome.

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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Congratulations Driver!

I passed!!!!! I’m an official CDL A truck driver!!!! shocked.png

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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.
Han Solo Cup's Comment
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Congrats, Kim. I've read your entire story and felt for you the whole way. I genuinely smiled for you when I read that you passed. I'll be there one day and your story gives me hope. Thanks for documenting your journey.

Kim T.'s Comment
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Thank you everyone. I am still flying high from finally passing. This has definitely been a rollercoaster ride from the start but I have no regrets in my decision to get my CDL. I do miss my kids like crazy but I will get to see them soon and they are behind me 100%.

My trainer’s truck is in the shop so we have to wait before we can get our first TNT load. My clothes are washed and packed and we will be going to Walmart later to get supplies. I’m ready to get on the road, knock out my 30,000 miles, and upgrade to my own truck. The adventure continues.

Be safe out there!

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.

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