Time To Go Back

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Donna M.'s Comment
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I’ve been home about three weeks, first time since I left in July. Went to see the optometrist was having a little night blindness got some new glasses. Went to regular doctor to renew prescriptions she was shocked I had lost 36 pounds s since going to Prime. My children were like “ I thought u were suppose to gain weight truck driving?” I have very much enjoyed spending time with my children, and grandchildren. However it’s time to go. I am saddened returning to Prime three of my friends that upgraded with me have quit. Each of these women worked very hard to obtain their cdl’s but....I will truly miss them.


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.
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Old School's Comment
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Hey Donna, it's great to hear from you! It sounds like you're doing real well. Congratulations!

I am saddened returning to Prime three of my friends that upgraded with me have quit.

This is one of the harsh realities of this career. Many try it, very few stick with it. This is a really challenging career. Brett says it all the time, "It is an extraordinary job, that requires extraordinary people. There's no faking it in trucking." Most people who try it either love it or hate it, and it usually doesn't take long for folks to decide which camp they are in.

Kim T.'s Comment
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Donna, the three of us miss you too! But know that we are all here cheering you on. You have been through hell and are still succeeding and I am so proud of you! You have grit and determination and drive. We are here for you any time you want to talk.

Keep on keepin’ on and please be safe out there. Love you my friend!

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Good to hear all is ok on the home front. You've had your break, now get back to work. rofl-2.gif

Good things are working out for you.

Stephanie K.'s Comment
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Donna, you came about a month before me. You and Kim T helped me decide to do this. I have been out there solo for three weeks. It's been brutal, but rewarding. I hate getting lost, so I finally dug deep and spent 500.00 on a Garmin. Hoping it helps. I still kinda suck at backing, but God bless all the truckers that take the time to guide me into the docks. You have been an inspiration. Thank you. As for losing weight, it's cause we have no time to eat. We drive, sleep and spend all our extra time figuring out this new and crazy career. Glad that you are still out there and posting. Drive safe

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Stephanie, 3.5 yrs and i still get lost. lol

Donna..hang in there and make a list of everything you need to go over with the new trainer and a list of what you know/are sure of. that way youz guyz can concentrate on the correct stuff. I'm picking Michael back up tomorrow so after a few days of solo and going back into trainer mode ... so call me.anytime u wanna talk or yell or threaten someone. i can take it lol

Kim...how are things going with you????

Kim T.'s Comment
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Things are going well. Getting my house back in order, sending out resumes, and getting in my car and going whoever I want whenever I want. lol I do miss driving but coming home was a good decision for me. A friend suggested I drive a coal truck. Ha! Like I want to drive a huge truck down the side of a mountain, on an unpaved, muddy road...no thanks.

Stephanie, I’m glad you are hanging in there and I’m so glad we got to meet while we were both at Prime.

Donna, hang in there. Deep down you know you’ve got this.

Be safe out there!

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