Prime CDL Training - Springfield, MO

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Jason's Comment
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Get as much backing time on the pad as you can. Five days on the road and trainer wont let me do any. Her job is to prep me for passing cdl more. Not until TNT will i get any practical backing experience. Kinda bummed.

Still plenty of other stuff to pick up. Springfield to Columbus, OH to Salem, VA to Mt Sterling KY and now to GA in last 3 days. Driving backroads through mtns was a bit nerve wracking pulling a full load. Lots of practice using the Jake break.

Hell of a time to hit Atlanta...Superbowl on the nasty traffic will be that much worse!


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.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.



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.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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😳😳😳 I keep seeing posts referencing your "dungeon" i guess its real!

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Jason PSD usually does pad time before and after running OTR. Some people get confused and try to use the real world experience on the backing pad. the problem is that the pad and real world have much different obstacles and boundaries. Learn the reference points. Pad backing is really only useful.on the test as a way to understand "Turn the opposite of the way i want the back of the trailer...turn the same direction i want the front of the trailer to go"

i was told i would never parallel park in the real world, but do often at rest areas. I can pararllel park this 75 foot long witch better than i ever did a car lol


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 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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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😳😳😳 I keep seeing posts referencing your "dungeon" i guess its real!

be afraid. be very afraid lol

Michael S.'s Comment
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Today was great. Got to see the Prime terminal , attend a safety meeting, tour the facility AND drive a bobtail! That was awesome to finally do.

Now to wait for a trainer and continue training here in the meantime. Oh, I also grabbed Michael for a selfie! I'll share it if he doesn't mind but I'll wait to make sure.

Oh you can share my ugly mug if you want, its probably about time people see I'm not really a monkey but am sure hoping to be a primate!


"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Britton's Comment
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Day full of pretrip, awesome to get out there and hands on with the truck.

Also, beyond internet:

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PackRat's Comment
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That's a great picture of you two.good-luck.gifgood-luck.gif

Britton's Comment
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Thanks folks.

Not much of an update for today. Had Sim class, some backing and mountain driving. The backing was nice to do.

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