It's All About Your Attitude!!!

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Newtothis's Comment
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Hey guys. I am currently going through TNT with Prime and have logged a little over 15,000 miles so I'm half way there. My ex ppl experience with Prime has been exceptional. Before I came I was hesitant about the process and honestly didn't know if I could do it. I can say that it has been tough but not impossible. For those of you considering it, I say go for it. Keep a positive attitude through the process and realize it's only temporary. Keep your mind fresh and soak up every bit of knowledge your trainer offers. Remember as with anything in life, what you get out of it is what you put into it. Anything worth having doesn't come easy!! Thank you to so many of you in here that have helped me along the way!! God Bless and stay safe!!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

TNT:

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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.

CK's Comment
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Thanks for checking in! How many weeks did it take to hit the 15,000 mile mark?

Newtothis's Comment
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It's taken me three weeks but trainer went home for Christmas

Rainy 's Comment
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Thanks for checking in! How many weeks did it take to hit the 15,000 mile mark?

In TnT phase about 3 to 4 depending on how long the trainers has a trainee drive solo. I usually do one week with them solo and me in the seat next to them.

Remember the 30k miles requirment is team truck miles. It took me 2 months to run my last two students and even with the holidays and my truck repair my current trainee is at 15k in 4 weeks. The harder you run the faster you upgrade, but the more exhausting and frustrating it can be as well.

Im too old to run 6000 miles a week so i slow it down a bit and try to allow us to relax and enjoy.

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.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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Remember the 30k miles requirment is team truck miles. It took me 2 months to run my last two students and even with the holidays and my truck repair my current trainee is at 15k in 4 weeks. The harder you run the faster you upgrade, but the more exhausting and frustrating it can be as well.

Im too old to run 6000 miles a week so i slow it down a bit and try to allow us to relax and enjoy.

Rainy, that made a question pop in to my head - How much say does a trainee have on the pace they run with their trainer? For example, if one student is really getting it down and doing very well, will most trainers just say "go for it" as long as you're doing things right? And, on the other hand, if a student is more cautious and takes a little longer to get the feel for everything, are most trainers fairly patient and will allow the pace to be slowed a bit? Obviously there will be variables but just as a generalization? Thanks!

Turtle's Comment
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Newtothis, thanks for checking in and it's good to hear things are going well for you. You're right, the proper attitude is key in all aspects of this business. Keep your eye on the prize, you're almost there!

Turtle's Comment
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I hit the 30K mark early in week 7, and made it back in Springfield to upgrade on day 49. That's with my trainer taking a total of eight days off in the interim. We kept the pedal down and got it done.

JoAnne, you'll find training times vary from trainer to trainor. Some will be patient, some not so much. I think for the most part if you're handling yourself and the rig fine, they'll want you to keep on keepin on.

You may also get the trainer who expects you to run max miles on your shift, while they slack off on their's. All in all, there shouldn't be a major difference in the overall training times. 7-9 weeks is the norm, but can run a little higher.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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You may also get the trainer who expects you to run max miles on your shift, while they slack off on their's. All in all, there shouldn't be a major difference in the overall training times. 7-9 weeks is the norm, but can run a little higher.

Thanks Turtle. That sounds like the perfect amount of time!

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