Newbie What To Take With Me While I Go To Atend Classes For Prime Truck Driving School

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Adam P.'s Comment
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I plan to go to Prime Trucking in a few months . I plan to save some money first, so I will have pocket money. I live in Tennessee and I will be traveling on the hound bus with a free ticket and all. How much clothes should I take with me?? Should I plan to stay out for a few months durning my training? Would it be better if I go and get a training book for my CDL first and study it? I would like to know anything that will be helpful. Thank You for any help...

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.
CortaroAz.'s Comment
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I am pretty sure Prime has a list of stuff to take with you. You could call the recruiter you talked to and ask if he has something with a general idea of what to take. Steven's Transport sends you a lot of good information maybe go to their website to get a good idea..

Old School's Comment
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Adam, welcome to the forum!

This is a very common question, and yes your recruiter can usually provide you with a recommended list of things, but we also have a list of things that I think was a compilation of several peoples input. It tells you which Items To Pack when you head off to training. Save as much money as you can to take with you - life on the road can be very expensive until you get the hang of how to manage it. I'm not familiar enough with Prime's program to remember how long it is before you actually start getting paid, but I think they will forward you a couple of hundred dollars a week after the initial part of your training. Then they payroll deduct it a little at a time until you've paid it back.

I think Free Spirit aka Miss Hashtag can jump in here and give you the details on that, so hopefully sh'll see this and help us out.

Paul H.'s Comment
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You get a $200 advance every Friday, starting on the fourth day of orientation (the day you should be cleared and hooked up with an instructor). Once you get your CDL , which should take no more than a month, you are hired and start gettting your $600 minimum pay, minus the $25 a week for the advances. And for the first two weeks they take out the money for your passport and CDL.

You should get your CDL permit from your state before you go. I didn't, and it set me behind. There are two different schedules starting on day one of orientation - one for people with permits, and one for people without. If you have your permit, you will get more opportunities to practice on the simulators and the practice pad. If you don't have it, you can't do anything until you do. If you do come without a permit, then you should definitely be studying. Use the training program on this website first. That will get you most of the way there. Then study the Missouri CDL handbook. That will fill in the few things that Missouri asks that aren't on the training program here. I recommend doing the training program first, because it's very easy to learn from. Then when you have all that knowledge, it's easier to read the Missouri handbook and soak in the information.

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.
Paul H.'s Comment
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Just to clarify, Prime does not teach you the information you need to pass the CDL permit exam. You have to study yourself. You are expected to be ready to take the exam when you get here. Prime teaches you how to drive, not how to pass the written exam.

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.
Jake T.'s Comment
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As stated earlier your recruiter will give you a list of things to bring, my suggestion slim it down a little. I followed my recruiters suggestions and when I showed up at Prime I had way too much stuff. It wasn't bad for the time I was in the hotel but when I got in the truck it was just too much crap. Have the enough weather appropriate clothing to last you about a week and a half. A pair of comfortable shoes (I wear Croc's 99% of the time) and a pair of work type shoes / boots for when you have to get out with a customer. Have about a months supply of toiletries to carry you through your PSD and most of the TNT phase.

Also as mentioned earlier if you are NOT coming to Prime with your CDL Permit BE READY to take the test, they had us take ours on the second day. Those that had it already were sent to the training pad and got to get hands on with the trucks which gave them a little advantage IMO. The study guides here helped a bunch!!

Good idea on having your own pocket $$ before getting here. Prime will LOAN you $200 a week during your PSD phase but they will take it back in $25 chunks until it is repaid. Also, the $600 a week during TNT will have taxes taken out of it so don't count on having a flat $600 a week coming in as it will vary slightly depending on your tax situation.

Most important show up to training with a positive attitude and an open mind. Learn everything you can.....even if it is what not to do!!

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.

PSD:

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.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Adam, you'll want to go through our High Road Training Program and get your permit before you leave for Prime. Actually, everyone should be using our High Road Program before taking their permit test or beginning truck driving school of any sort. You'll be a mile ahead of everyone else and it's stuff you're going to have to learn at some point anyhow. So it's a whole lot easier learning it on our system in the comfort of your own home on your own time.

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.
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