Leave For Prime Tomorrow Afternoon...

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Mark H.'s Comment
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Leaving for Prime Inc on the 19th at 12:30 riding the dog from Indianapolis to Springfield.

So I wanted to list off the things I will be taking with me, just as a reference for other new drivers, and for the older guys to say whether or not I forgot something...

Compact briefcase that has all of my important documents in it, like my STATE SEAL birth certificate, social security card and direct deposit information. As well as a few notebooks for note taking (and practice log books, and keeping track of my miles and pay, and to jot down my trip info once it comes over the qualcom, and the ever important trip planning.)

One bag of clothes for roughly two weeks, considering the time of year, I went ahead and packed nothing but cooler weather gear. Since I live up north but grew up in the south (Jacksonville Florida) I am pretty comfortable with wearing jeans everywhere, including when its 100F in the south. Also packed in some long johns (this is long underwear for those that don't know..) because they can help keep you toasty in the cold and take up a very small amount of space in your bag.

Sleeping Bag. brand new, freshly bought for a whopping $15 at wally world.

Small bag with my shower stuff + two towels in it. Also the ever important shower shoes, not into getting any type of fungus.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Wine Taster's Comment
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Good luck! You will do well.

Ken C.'s Comment
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Good Luck

Daniel B.'s Comment
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You'll do fine Mark! Stay positive and open yourself to learning a new skill!

Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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Good luck to you Mark. I will be there starting Feb 11. Since I only live about 100 miles from Springfield I am just going to Drive there.

Svetlana K.'s Comment
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Good Luck! It's an exciting experience. good-luck.gif

Paul H.'s Comment
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Good luck Mark! As far as direct deposit info goes, make sure you have something official from your bank with the information on it. Prime requires either a voided check or some kind of official letter from your financial institution with the direct deposit info. I guess they don't trust us to know our account and routing numbers. I called Navy Federal and had them email me a letter in PDF format, which I emailed to my dispatcher.

Dispatcher:

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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