Prime PSD Training, From A Trainer's Perspective.

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Thomas wrote within his last reply...

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I stumbled across this website and I love what it about compared to some of the snarky and bitter ones out there.

Thank you Bruce for creating it.

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“Brett” is the creator/owner of the Trucking Truth website.

Bruce...? You out there? I’m sure you’ll have something colorful to add here.

OMG! Well, that's embarrassing to say the least. At least our first names start with the same letter, so it was an honest mistake by Pine Top. And don't worry, Brett, I'm not claiming adverse possession here!

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Oops! I got so sidetracked that I forgot to add my congrats to Turtle and Son. (LOL).

The picture is a great finish to a great story! Thanks for putting that on.

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations Turtle. That’s fantastic.

Scott's Comment
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So Turtle, your only going to be PSD?

I'd be a little afraid to do the TNT phase, especially during the teaming sessions.rofl-3.gif

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.

Turtle's Comment
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Yes I'll be doing PSD only. The TNT portion would require longer stretches away from home, something I'm not interested in right now.

Plus, an unexpected benefit from doing PSD is getting to see the look of accomplishment on a student's face when they learn something new, such as a backing maneuver or tight turn. Then once they pass the test and you see the joy and relief... well that's just priceless.

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Turtle, I just have to say that your account of your first training experience is very heartwarming. You have the heart of a teacher and you understand that encouragement is the greatest motivator there is. Well done, Mr. Trainer!

Turtle's Comment
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I've already learned that my next apprentis is coming to Prime with a CDL acquired through a private school. I'll only need to take him out for a few days or a week to evaluate/hone his skills. When we come back, the training manager at Pittston will run him through a condensed in-house version of a CDL exam. Assuming he passes, he'll be fast-tracked into the TNT program. The bonus pay on my end will still apply as if he were a brand new permit holder.

Not a bad deal.

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.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Hopefully he doesn’t show up with any bad habits.good-luck.gif

Turtle's Comment
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Hopefully he doesn’t show up with any bad habits.good-luck.gif

That's a good point. Yep, he could show up and be like "well I learned it like this..."

Either way it'll be yet another learning experience for me.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Seriously, even if there were signs on the trucks, car drivers wouldnt read them or notice. We all have "wide turn" signs, yet idiots try to sneak around us. One guy drove partly on the curb to get past me on the right.

Some signs say "If you cant see my mirrors, i cant see you".... this should be on ALL trailers. I read that once driving a car and i finally struck me. The only trailer at Prime with this is the PTI practice trailer in the yard. real helpful!

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This is a repeat comment, but I saw a Swift truck with a nice decal behind the passenger side door that said: WARNING! YOU ARE DRIVING IN MY BLIND SPOT I thought that was a good idea.

i saw that sign too... but 1.. if using your mirrors correctly you ha e no blindspots and 2.... how long will that drivrr be beside you at that spot to notice? You know they are texting and not looking up. there is more of a chance to read a sign on the back of the trailer than tge side of it.

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