Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

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Turtle's Comment
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I hear you CK, it will be nice to be home, albeit unplanned. Being home for the trainers vacation at least makes it almost acceptable. But we see this all the time, and I feel it's more crappy for a trainer who's making likely 4x what you're making to "make" you forfeit your guaranteed pay as well as extend your training time in the process. It's just not right, after you've committed your time and financial dependence to this training.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not giving you a hard time about it. If you are okay with it, that's cool. Its just one of those things that burns me up when I see it, and I want to be sure the trainees know what they're contractually entitled to.

Enjoy your hometime.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
CK's Comment
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Oh believe me, I understand where you're coming from. I made a really good friend while I was in Salt Lake City over on the flatbed side, and his trainer is taking a week of home time right now. My friend lives in California, and his trainer lives in Texas. So, my buddy is stuck in a truck for a week in Houston. He chose to give up his pay during the week rather than fight for it, and is going to use a few days of this time to visit some friends from back when he served his mission near by. Again, his choice, but I probably would have had a different opinion had I been so far from home.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
CK's Comment
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So, it's been a while!

I finished TNT training back around the second week of May, 2019. TNT training was....well, you just gotta suck it up and knock it out. I upgraded and then had to wait just over a week for a truck, but ended up with a brand new 2020 FL Cascadia. I love this career, and the only thing that sucks about it is being away from family - thank God for modern communication methods like cell phones, video calls, social media, etc. I spend all day talking to friends and family on the phone, (I have made some really amazing friends here at Prime,) singing to music that is either streaming via Bluetooth, or on the little USB dongle I stuck in my radio, and enjoying the scenery.

I find this to be relaxing work, that doesn't really feel like work at all - the only stress I really feel is from tight city driving or difficult backs. I should say, the work isn't difficult at all (refrigerated), but adjusting to the lifestyle is probably what gets people. I rather enjoy it. I recently took my wife and kids on the road with me and they loved it, and can't wait to do it again. It's a big adventure, and I wish I had gotten into this years ago.

The money - while I'm not going to get into specifics, as everyone's results will vary, I'm making very good money and it's been life changing for my family.

And I have to say a big Thank You to Rainy - she's always there to help out if I need to call her with a question or just want to chat for a few hours. So, thanks Rainy!

Keep the shiny side up!

-Chris

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Great update, CK! Happy that you’re enjoying your success.

Turtle's Comment
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Awesome CK, glad to hear it! Thanks for dropping in with the update. We love hearing success stories!

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