Prime PSD Training, From A Trainer's Perspective.

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PackRat's Comment
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The waiting and anticipation are a real pain, so hopefully good things are happening, Turtle.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Hopefully he'll have good news to share with you. Were you able to get his anxiety level down? If so how did you help him get more comfortable

Turtle's Comment
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This one is just especially hard for me because we spent soooooo much time practicing. He struggled, as some do, and thats ok. Building his confidence has been a struggle for me.

He knows the moves. I just hope he can keep his focus enough to get through the test.

Turtle's Comment
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how did you help him get more comfortable

Repetition, and never ever letting him see the frustration and anxiety within myself. I kept calm, even when I wanted to yell.

Army 's Comment
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Yeah agreed, if your calm, it will help your student. I remember when I had my learns permit, my mom was in the passenger seat and thought I ran a red was yellow and I thought it was best to not jam on the breaks...needless to say, she didn't agree and back handed me, while I was driving. I stopped the car, and walked about 7 miles home.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Turtle, you did all you could do. The rest is up to the student. Some students , while having the desire, just don't have the right stuff to make it. You won't have a 100% success rate. But it doesn't make you a bad person. Other things make you a bad person.


Turtle's Comment
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On another note: I was recognized in our terminal cafeteria by another TT lurker in the PSD program.

"Hey, are you that guy from Trucking Truth?"

"Why yes I am. Shhh don't tell anyone."



A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.


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.
Turtle's Comment
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Well he must've passed his pretrip and backing tests, because they just rolled by the window heading for the road test. One final hurdle remaining.

This road course is no joke. Tight turns requiring perfect approaches, residential areas with plenty of traffic and variable speed limits, truck speed zones of 20mph, the works.

Again, he knows the moves. All he needs to do is execute.

PackRat's Comment
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Music plays to fill this spot “Tension Builds”.....

Andy Dufresne (a.k.a. Rob's Comment
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