Prime PSD Training, From A Trainer's Perspective.

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Refresh my memory, is this his CDL state test or just Prime testing?


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.
Turtle's Comment
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THE test, for all the marbles.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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And he’s testing out in your truck?

Turtle's Comment
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Yup, the state let's you test in the same vehicle you practiced in.

PackRat's Comment
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Yup, the state let's you test in the same vehicle you practiced in.

That’s a great option! Good luck “expectant dad”.good-luck.gif

Turtle's Comment
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This just in...

He ACED the pretrip on the whole truck! Zero misses!

PackRat's Comment
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That’s impressive!smile.gif

Old School's Comment
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This might just be our first play by play report on a PSD exam. I'm thinking Turtle is really enjoying this mentoring thing!


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.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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I think Turtle needs all the distraction he can get right now.

Expectant father is a great analogy!

Turtle's Comment
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First maneuver: Straightback. Nothing fancy, just back it through the box. Easy peasy. Pass with no points.

Second maneuver: passenger side offset. I drilled it into his head to pull straight forward when setting up. But he still veered to the right a little on the test, throwing him off his reference points. Thankfully he remembered to use his pull up to get himself straightened out. Pass with no points.

Third manuever: passenger side parallel. I'm not sure what happened, but he got off track again. He came in a little steep, and had to use two pull ups to correct himself. This is where I'm glad we spent so much time practicing without reference points, to make him develop a feel for the truck. He recovered and got himself in the box. Pass with zero points.

Thus ended the skills test. No alley dock. ACED again! This is crazy, but I'm almost in tears with excitement and joy.


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