Reached My First Goal

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CK's Comment
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Hey everyone, Happy New Year!

I wanted to give a shout out to everyone here has been so helpful, especially Brett and the moderators. The High Road really works, and I was able to achieve my first goal in this new adventure - I went to the local DMV office in my town first thing this morning, went through the process, took my written tests and am now the proud holder of a Commercial Class A Learners Permit, with learners endorsements Combination Vehicles, Air Brakes, and Tanker, as well as having to retake my car driving written test and retake my motorcycle written because apparently when you apply for a Real ID in California, you have to re-do everything!

I passed the first time on all tests thanks to the information published here and the helpful, informative discussions that take place on this board.

Anyway, the goal was to have it in hand by the end of the year and I made it with 13 hours and 40 minutes to spare!

Happy New Year to all! I'm looking forward to hearing back from Prime this week to get scheduled into SLC for orientation and PSD.

-CK

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

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.

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Congratulations! One small step down in a long journey, on to the next one.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations CK! Nice job!

JoAnne EC's Comment
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Congratulations! Great job!! =)

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Congratulations, and good-luck.gif

CK's Comment
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It looks like I'm starting with Prime in Salt Lake City on January 14 for orientation. Anyone else going to be starting same day?

G-Town's Comment
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Hey CK...congrats. Best of luck!

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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CK-

Congratulations keep the process going. Never give up. You've got this.

Raptor

Travis M.'s Comment
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The subject line fits for me as well. First step complete. Passed the general, combo and air brake written this morning. Learner's permit in hand.

Thanks Bret and TT. The materials, study guide and practice tests made it pretty easy.

Starting classes with Johnson County Community college program in February. They have classrooms and a training area near the mutli-modal yards south of Kansas City. They have dedicated classes but I'm doing it part time - class work two nights a week and drive training on the weekends for about 8 weeks. I have a full time job and live near there so it will work out very nicely.

A learner's permit, DOT physical, drug test and background check are prerequisites. I don't see too much about them on the internet but they have a good reputation in this area. I'm not very good at keeping up a diary but I'll try to post information and my experience as it goes along.

Bret and all the moderators, Thanks again!!!

DOT:

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

CK's Comment
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The subject line fits for me as well. First step complete. Passed the general, combo and air brake written this morning. Learner's permit in hand.

Thanks Bret and TT. The materials, study guide and practice tests made it pretty easy.

Starting classes with Johnson County Community college program in February. They have classrooms and a training area near the mutli-modal yards south of Kansas City. They have dedicated classes but I'm doing it part time - class work two nights a week and drive training on the weekends for about 8 weeks. I have a full time job and live near there so it will work out very nicely.

A learner's permit, DOT physical, drug test and background check are prerequisites. I don't see too much about them on the internet but they have a good reputation in this area. I'm not very good at keeping up a diary but I'll try to post information and my experience as it goes along.

Bret and all the moderators, Thanks again!!!

Congrats!

DOT:

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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