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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Congratulations it will go by quickly now

Kim T.'s Comment
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Ernie, I do hope our paths cross out on the road. I really enjoyed meeting you at Campus.

Thanks Grumpy!

Splitter's Comment
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Congratulations Kim! Great grit & determination. Continued success & safe miles ahead.

Kim T.'s Comment
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Thanks Splitter!

A pull through spot should be easy, correct? Not when it’s me doing it. Ha! Last night we were in a very packed Petro and I spotted a pull through so I line up for it and head it. However, I didn’t set up correctly and the trailer was heading straight for the next guy’s mirror. The guy isn’t in his truck so he can’t help. A flat bed was in the spot on the other side of me and it was pretty close. I’m pretty wedged in there, my tractor is about 3 inches from the flatbed and the trailer is about 1/2 inch from the other truck’s mirror. I’m getting nervous. My trainer is getting nervous. She said we need the rear of the trailer to swing around. So, I cut the wheel all the way to the right and crept forward as slow as I could. Lo and behold the trailer was at the perfect pivot point and swung perfectly!! I slid in the rest of the way with very little room to spare. Whew!!

Once I was parked I just sat there with my head on the steering wheel for a while. LOL

The lesson I learned there was that I will always make sure I have enough room to swing wide enough to get into a pull through.

Splitter's Comment
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Thanks Splitter!

A pull through spot should be easy, correct? Not when it’s me doing it. Ha! Last night we were in a very packed Petro and I spotted a pull through so I line up for it and head it. However, I didn’t set up correctly and the trailer was heading straight for the next guy’s mirror. The guy isn’t in his truck so he can’t help. A flat bed was in the spot on the other side of me and it was pretty close. I’m pretty wedged in there, my tractor is about 3 inches from the flatbed and the trailer is about 1/2 inch from the other truck’s mirror. I’m getting nervous. My trainer is getting nervous. She said we need the rear of the trailer to swing around. So, I cut the wheel all the way to the right and crept forward as slow as I could. Lo and behold the trailer was at the perfect pivot point and swung perfectly!! I slid in the rest of the way with very little room to spare. Whew!!

Once I was parked I just sat there with my head on the steering wheel for a while. LOL

The lesson I learned there was that I will always make sure I have enough room to swing wide enough to get into a pull through.

This lesson is especially true for the pumps at the Sapp Bros in Council Bluffs, IA. When I was with my PSD trainer & he saw me going for the wrong pump (due to my lack of proper setup), he nearly jumped off his seat. He saved me from a horrible ugly accident.

Another time during TNT , I did a pull through at the Russell’s Truck Stop/ cool as heck museum in Glenrio, NM that not only was way too close for comfort but my ego didn’t let me back out of it. Thankfully I didn’t hit anyone or anything but I gained a considerable amount of gray hair & few less years of life. Lol

So long as you keep check those mirrors, you’re good to go. The two accidents I had since going solo (1st: damaged the nose clip on a lease ops truck at Pripit & 2nd: I scraped a truck’s deer guard at a tight pilot in upstate NY) occurred because I didn’t keep checking my mirrors. The worst part is the both were on the driver’s side & both were during my setting up for a back.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

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.

Kim T.'s Comment
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I’ve reached my miles!!! Now to get routed back to Springfield so that I can upgrade and get my truck!! After all of that I just want to go home for a few days and regroup.

After three months of hard work, missing my kids, very good and very bad days, this is really happening.

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Congratulations, I knew you could do it!

Kim T.'s Comment
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Thank you, Grumpy! smile.gif

Turtle's Comment
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Congratulations Kim, I'm incredibly happy for you! Once you get your solo truck you are typically sent home for some R&R, as well as to give you a chance to outfit your truck.

Well done driver!

Kim T.'s Comment
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Thank you, Turtle! I’m so excited but sooooo very nervous.

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