Prime PSD Training, From A Trainer's Perspective.

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PackRat's Comment
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No pressure!

Turtle's Comment
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No pressure!

Nope. None

Rob D.'s Comment
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I can see a remarkable improvement already, and it makes me question the capabilities of their former trainers.

It was clear to me even before you decided to become a trainer that you would immediately rise above the other trainers.

I can't imagine how good you will be in 6 months or a year.

PackRat's Comment
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I can see a remarkable improvement already, and it makes me question the capabilities of their former trainers.

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It was clear to me even before you decided to become a trainer that you would immediately rise above the other trainers.

I can't imagine how good you will be in 6 months or a year.

I’m in complete agreement with Rob D. on this, too.

Anytime you have the latest “test/re-test day” updates, we are all rooting for those students and eagerly standing by.good-luck.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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0800 appt for the test. We got started at 0700 by doing a final lap around the road course. Although I was sure he could do the course in his sleep, I wouldn't forgive myself if I didn't take this final chance to get a little more practice in, and God forbid he failed again.

I will say this about the off site testing facility that Prime currently uses: They're in no stinkin hurry. Seriously, my appointment on Monday was 1100, and they didn't start until nearly 1300. It was 0930 today before they got underway. After being all amped up to get this done, it's very difficult to have to wait well past your appointment time.

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You get the picture. Finally after what seemed like a week and a half, they rolled back into the parking lot. Then they spent about another week before they got out of the truck and walked inside. As the door opened into the lobby in which I was waiting, I heard a sigh that sounded like "oh man I really don't want to break this news to him again"...

But first let me tell you about Ricardo, the guy I helped tutor after he failed his first two road tests. One of our in-house staff took him down yesterday for his third and final attempt at the road test. He got it done and passed! It brings me such great pleasure to know that I may have had something to do with it. The girl won't retest until tomorrow. I let her know to be sure and tell me how she makes out. I have some skin in that game now too.

Ok back to my guy, he passed too! It was a breeze this time, no simple mistakes to take him out. It was really only nerves that took him out the first time. He was able to keep his cool & make it through on his 2nd try.

Once again, I forgot to get a dadgum picture of us before leaving. I was so anxious to get home and squeeze the wife and grandturtles that it slipped by me. However, I'll be back to the terminal Sunday, and he'll still be there since his new trainer isn't due until Monday. Maybe I'll remember then.

Next up: a bright eyed and bushy tailed 21yr old newbie from Dover, DE. I had a brief chance during all the action yesterday to meet him. We walked out so I could show him the truck, and the first thing I did was tell him to hop in, fire her up, and take her around the yard a few times. He was like "really???" I don't think he saw that coming yet, but that's how I roll.

Till next time...

Terminal:

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Outstanding job!dancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gif

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Turtle said: "I let her know to be sure and tell me how she makes out. I have some skin in that game now too."

Turtle, your phraseology there is all wrong. Think about it. rofl-1.gifrofl-1.gifshocked.png

Army 's Comment
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Turtle

I am happy to hear that your student and the gentleman you helped got a passing score. It took my son three attempts to pass, and I know from talking with him between tests how hard it is for the student to head out on what they know is there last attempt.

Good Job.

Rob D.'s Comment
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Great news.

So you're building a record of 100% pass rate (albeit on no more than two tests), but given what I know of you from reading your posts, I'll bet those gears are churning to figure how to turn that into a 90% pass rate on the first test.

Good luck with the next student.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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Well... technically there were three tests. Yes, the guy from West Africa already had a CDL. But he still had to pass a difficult company test administered by the PriPit training manager himself. It was no cakewalk, believe me.

I'm taking the credit where it's due, lol.

It's disappointing that two minor brain farts cost me the perfect record I want. It's hard to train those hiccups out of people, I'm finding.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Dm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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