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Jeremy's Comment
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My stepdaughter leaves tommorow on the bus Do they provide her transportation from bus dept to where she will be staying in missouri Any last minute advice for her on what to bring what to expect or anything else she should know

Kim T.'s Comment
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Hi Jeremy. If she’s going to the Springfield terminal they do provide transportation from the bus station to Campus Inn via shuttle. If it’s after the shuttle hours when she arrives in Springfield she just needs to call security and they will send someone to get her. She can get the hours and security number from her recruiter. When I got there last month it was around midnight and it only took security a few minutes to get there.

My trainer and I are just finishing up PSD and should get back to Springfield sometime tonight so that I can test out in the next few days. The people there are very helpful and nice. My best piece of advice is to get everything assigned to her done as quickly as possible. Putting it off until the last minute will be overwhelming. The lines will be long for different parts of what she has to do so tell her to be patient. Use that time to study.

Good luck to her and let her know that I will be happy to talk to her while I’m there (when I’m not in the pad practicing) so just look me up.


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.


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.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Tell her to do the High Road for the permit. It will really help. She needs that pretrip. There are lots of people to help.her. She will have a easier time learning the automatic. She will be fine so stop worrying! Let me know if she has any problems or needs help.


Jeremy's Comment
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Thankyou ladies kim t i told her she could look you up to chat with her name is kaylie bonfey i very much apreciate everything

Donna M.'s Comment
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We have all been there and she will be just fine. They will even have her a box lunch when she gets there. Cafeteria closes at 1 Friday , Saturday, and Sunday . Tell her not to over pack worst part of the bus ride is lugging all your stuff around. She most likely will have a roommate which turns out to be your first friend. The first day Monday is the worst however she will make it the rest of us have. Kim says she should be back and she’s great she will help her.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I know you are worried. lol

When i showed my mom these videos, it made.her feel.better. This is our terminal.which she will have access to at the end of orientation...

Primes Main Terminal

and this is our inbound/outbound of the terminal. They check all reefers, trailer, tanker functions and replace tires, hoses, and determine if further shop time is needed. They occasionally will DOT inspect your truck too. my mom felt much safer lol

Primes Entrance and Inspection Bay


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.


Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.


A refrigerated trailer.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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