Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

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CK's Comment
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I should clarify about the third roommate situation. This is the third person that I am sharing the room with since I got here, not three people in a room. They only put two people per room. However, their record keeping at the hotel, that's a Ramada issue, is so poor that they forget that they have people in rooms and try to assign rooms to people when the room is already occupied.

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Understood. Was doing the math on who has to double up in a bed.

How goes training ?

CK's Comment
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Training continues to go very well. I figured out my alley dock and now word the air brake test properly. I'm going to be practicing those later today. I just drove around town for an hour or so, lots of turns and freeways. The instructors have confidence that I'm ready to test, so they're going to schedule me for Friday or Monday, whatever is available. The goal is a trifecta!


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Holy cow that seemed fast! Great luck to you and that trifecta

CK's Comment
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Nailed down my alley dock! I just need to run through it a few more times and run through my air brakes test and I'll be ready. Test is scheduled for Monday morning!

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Hope things are still moving along well with you CK. Drop us a line if you get a chance, I'm sure lots of folks are excited to hear about your experiences.

CK's Comment
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At this point it's just been running through backing maneuvers over and over and over, and doing my in-cab pre-trip inspection a few times a day. I haven't been out driving in a few days, but tomorrow I'll get a good drive in using the truck I will be testing in.

I test on Monday at 11:30 a.m.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

CK's Comment
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Day 22: Test Day

TRIFECTA! I passed with 0 pts on pre-trip, 0 pts on backing, and only 6 pts on the road test. Super stoked!

I got to see Rainy again (and evaded capture once again!) and had a good chat until I had to run to catch the shuttle. I ran into Christopher G on the shuttle back to the Ramada. PT is staying somewhere down the hall, but I'm not sure where. Hopefully we'll meet up real quick before I leave.

I'm now awaiting a TNT trainer for my 30,000 miles of OTR training. I'll be waiting here for a few days, and if they can't get me with a trainer right away they'll send me home and have a trainer pick me up there. I'm certainly good with that second scenario, but we'll see what happens.

Now, off to update my forum status! :-D


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.



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.

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Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Congratulations and great job. Good luck while out training.

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