Best Pre-trip Video Tutorial For Prime Students

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JJlearner's Comment
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I think this is the best pre-trip YouTube video for prime students. https://youtu.be/-m-FVna1r3c

https://youtu.be/tgoLbSaZCxY

https://youtu.be/Liy2OgAeGtA

https://youtu.be/OCD5iF_DNcc

Michael S.'s Comment
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The best Prime specific one is on the Prime app by one of the instructors, but you cant access it till you have employee code, seems a bit silly to me not to have it available for those studying for it

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Solo's Comment
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The best Prime specific one is on the Prime app by one of the instructors, but you cant access it till you have employee code, seems a bit silly to me not to have it available for those studying for it

I agree 100%.

I started watching a pre-trip video from Tampa, FL Roadmaster about 3 months before I started orientation with TMC because as a rookie, I just assumed that ALL pre-trips were word-for-word the same, regardless of the state you were tested in.

Well, I'm glad I eventually contacted my recruiter and asked if I needed to have pre-trip memorized or IF SHE HAD A BETTER tool for me to study in preparation of my arrival and testing with TMC, and she said no. That pre-trip wasn't required to know ahead of my arrival, and that we would be taught it after training started. So I stopped watching the above video...because it would have been MUCH harder for me to unlearn what I had taught myself through numerous views of that 30m video, to then try and memorize the new Iowa specific pre-trip video.

TMC has some incredible instructors, and one in particular (Pre-trip John) used to do 1/2 day CDL classes Mon-Fri for 6+ years. Take 2 complete noobs and train them pre-trip, backing, and driving to test with DOT by lunch each and every day. John is a MASTER of his craft which is teaching.

He made a GREAT video for in-cab, Coupling, Forms A, B, C. WORD-for-WORD exactly what Iowa requires...and no, they don't give you access to the video until after you arrive. A lot of people fail and are sent home because they couldn't pass the in-cab (air brake tests), and could be greatly mitigated if they just gave their students the tools to be successful.

I'm going to go back to my CDL diary and see if I can share the link in there.

CDL:

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JJlearner's Comment
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The best Prime specific one is on the Prime app by one of the instructors, but you cant access it till you have employee code, seems a bit silly to me not to have it available for those studying for it

Interesting. Let me ask my driver trainer whether he can show me that.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JJlearner's Comment
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Hi Solo ,

You are right. There are so many videos and study materials out there it is so confusing. I was studying Trucking truth Pre-trip pdf file all this time and there is a mistake in page 15. For gear driven power steering pump they have a photo of steering gear box and hoses. So any time my trainer asks me I keep on pointing to the wrong item.

I wish companies just train their students only pre-trip, in cab break check, basic driving skill for 1st 3 weeks, so you can just pass the test.

I started reading your diary from day 1 and keep up the good work.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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I was studying Trucking truth Pre-trip pdf file all this time and there is a mistake in page 15. For gear driven power steering pump they have a photo of steering gear box and hoses.

I do not agree with this criticism...

Look at the top of page 16 which is directly underneath the photo you described on page 15. The description is quite clear and concise; “gearbox and hoses”. If it weren’t for the page break, it would be under the photo.

The geardriven “hydraulic” steering pump is mounted on the engine block, pressurized fluid is pumped through the hoses into the steering gear box.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JJlearner's Comment
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Look at the top of page 16 which is directly underneath the photo you described on page 15.

I wasn't trying to criticize or anything. I was just giving an example. I am still learning and not sure which one is correct. Please see this picture. It says power steering pump but my trainer is saying that it is a steering gear box.

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G-Town's Comment
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Look at the top of page 16 which is directly underneath the photo you described on page 15.

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I wasn't trying to criticize or anything. I was just giving an example. I am still learning and not sure which one is correct. Please see this picture. It says power steering pump but my trainer is saying that it is a steering gear box.

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I know what it says. Your trainer is correct.

Please look at the very top of page 16, the description matches the photo. Also reread my second paragraph.

JJlearner's Comment
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Look at the top of page 16 which is directly underneath the photo you described on page 15.

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I wasn't trying to criticize or anything. I was just giving an example. I am still learning and not sure which one is correct. Please see this picture. It says power steering pump but my trainer is saying that it is a steering gear box.

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I know what it says. Your trainer is correct.

Please look at the very top of page 16, the description matches the photo. Also reread my second paragraph.

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Look at the top of page 16 which is directly underneath the photo you described on page 15.

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I wasn't trying to criticize or anything. I was just giving an example. I am still learning and not sure which one is correct. Please see this picture. It says power steering pump but my trainer is saying that it is a steering gear box.

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I know what it says. Your trainer is correct.

Please look at the very top of page 16, the description matches the photo. Also reread my second paragraph.

But this is a mistake though. If someone can correct that it will help other students too. That is not a page break and if you look at the entire design layout you will understand. Every page has a title and directly under that is the image. That is how this pdf is designed. Mistake can happen and I worked in print industry for last 18 years. If my trainer is correct then what we have in the pdf is a mistake.

G-Town's Comment
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You are the first person to point this out since I’ve been a moderator. Okay...so what I said means nothing? Doesn’t clear it up? Trying to help you...

Let’s try this approach then...

I agree, if you ignore the title at the top of page 16, it’s confusing. It’s a formatting error, I get it. However when taken in its entirety it makes sense and provides context. Do you understand?

I reported it to the website administrator. Can’t do much more than that.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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