Worried About Backing

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Francia F.'s Comment
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Hi Everyone!

I am now in my third week at Prime in PSD. I have an awesome trainer. He is military, very strict, but he's fair. We have literally been working on backing from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. for the past week. Today was my first day off since then and I sure needed it! Got all my laundry done and am in my room studying Daniel's Pre-Trip here on Trucking Truth. Brett, everyone I've talked to that studied the High Road Training Program here has passed on the first try. I can't tell you what an awesome program that is and how much help it's been to so many people!

Anyway, I've been working on my backing. Can do a straight back and offsets, but still shaky on the alley dock and parallel. I can get it with a lot of pull-ups and the extra pull-ups are only one point, so I may have to do that to pass, but I will try to hit my reference marks so I don't have to. There are supposed to be 150 new students coming in tonight. We are a bit short on trainers so not sure what's going to happen, but I'm sure it will all work out. It always does here at Prime. I'm amazed at the Millennium Building that Mr. Low (the President of Prime) has built for the drivers. It is awesome! Full-size basketball court, salon, massages, movie theater and a fantastic grille.

I am supposed to test out on Tuesday, so y'all wish me luck! I'm trying not to let my nerves get the best of me, but a lot is riding on this and I am studying hard and practicing backing until then. I'll let y'all know what happens.

Thanks for reading and I'll post after I test to let y'all know what happened.

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.
Kim T.'s Comment
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Hey, did you pass your CDL?

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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