Prime PSD Training, From A Trainer's Perspective.

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Turtle's Comment
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Yup, I told him all of that. He's aware. It's his decision now. You know how them 21 yr olds are.

Turtle's Comment
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My good friend and former student Wiseman called me. He's the one who came from Ghana. He just called to say hello, and to update me on his progress. Of course he's still in TNT and plugging along nicely. As luck would have it, he scored a TNT trainer who was also from West Africa. Although from different countries, they speak the same tribal dialect, share the same culture, eat the same food, etc., so it's made his 2nd phase of training a somewhat easier process. I'm glad for that.

Anyway, he's still showing the same drive for success that I witnessed when he was with me. It's rare to see such pure desire anymore. I'm proud to have helped in on has way.

I know this will sound sappy, but it did my heart good to hear from him. We've texted a couple times before, but this was the first phone call, and the added context put the conversation in a whole new personal light.

There's maybe a side to us trainers that most don't see. The side where we genuinely care about the future of the student. So far, I've kept weekly contact by text with them all, and hope to continue.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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 14ยข 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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Awesome that you shared this.smile.gifthank-you.gif

Turtle's Comment
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I will say this:

It's been very refreshing having my wife back on the truck with me. She's my best friend, and I've missed our daily interactions and adventures.

The increase in available free time is welcome also. There isn't a lot of downtime when I'm with a student, as I use those moments as an opportunity to teach or practice something with the students. If we're not driving or practicing, we're sleeping.

Wanting to keep myself in practice, I told my wife she should work on pre-trip and backing skills when we stop every day. She isn't buying it....

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob D.'s Comment
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If you've ever seen Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, you will remember Del Griffith's Motto: "Like your job, love your wife."

Great to hear a driver with a positive and balanced attitude.

In reference to the other thread, let me know if you rent a motorcycle from Eagle Rider.

And as always, would love to meet you, and the wife, if you make it through St. Louis. I'll bring mine, although she will look for you to talk me OUT of becoming a truck driver.

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