Prime PSD Training, From A Trainer's Perspective.

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Turtle's Comment
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Boot camp is for somebody who switches from one division to another. Like if I were to suddenly want to switch to tanker, I'd have to go through a boot camp. It's an expedited training specific to the division you'd be switching to.

You're a good freight lane for flatbed, being in Arizona. I don't see where you'd have any difficulty getting hired on. Be sure to confirm this with your recruiter though.

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Scratch that. You're in Arkansas. Even better.

40 Days's Comment
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Thanks Turtle I knew I didn't understand what that meant. So you're not going to train anytime soon? Was hoping?? Better to roll with wife than some trainee I am sure.

40 Days's Comment
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Turtle did you go thru cargo securment on High Road Training before attending prime? I have done all four reqirements. Currently hold class B with passenger and school bus with air brakes. Not sure how many to take?

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I went through the entire High Road CDL Training Program. Twice. No amount of preparation is too much. Stuff it all into your noggin now, so there's less to worry about later.

I won't be training students again until after Labor Day weekend. I'm going to run hard solo, banking some miles and time off until then.

When did you plan to start?


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.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

40 Days's Comment
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Plan to start August 12th. As always thanks for any and all advice. Will continue through rest of High Road Training. On side note your earlier advice on setting wife up has kicked me in gear needed that push. Tuned up her car then battery died replaced that, then pool pump goes out rebuilt motor replace impeller. Teahing her how to drive mower. Yikes learning curve there.

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So I'm teaching him "commentary driving", having him verbalize info as he's driving. Things such as all signage, approaching/merging vehicles, clearance/weight restrictions, potential hazards, etc.

Turtle is know EXACTLY what you mean "commentary driving"... And it is critical!! I just had some of my first experiences with "rookie drivers" myself. Granted it was not a big rig and the newbie was my daughter, I felt the threat to my life all the same. I have wanted to drive over the road for like years now and my husband has just agreed that the kids are old enough they need money more than momma so he is going to let me get out an enjoy the open roads, cuz I like to keep it moving.... That's my jam... I have which company I want to train with narrowed down to Prime and 1 other. So I may see you on the roads one day man. You did good for your first near death experience at the hands of a rookie driver :)... On to the next...

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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Turtle start Monday 12th. You already hit me with a few zingers/ reality check. Thank you have 3 days left at home advice please I know you have more. Read your diary felling highs and lows of an uncertain and unknowable future. Want best foot forward I know you put yours in all the right places.

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First, just relax. You are in control of your success. Your job will be to learn. So just keep your mouth shut, your eyes open, and do your job. What I mean by that is you need to be like a sponge. Absorb everything. If you can keep your nerves in check and keep your focus on learning, you'll be fine.

You didn't say which terminal you'll be going to for orientation. It doesn't matter really, any of them are perfect places to learn. The staff is very laid back and relaxed. Its truly a family atmosphere. They all want you to succeed, and will give you the tools you need to do so.

You've done your preparations. You're ready for it. Just relax and do your job.



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.

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