Prime PSD Training, From A Trainer's Perspective.

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Rob D.'s Comment
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Old School,

I've read your article more than once and have really learned so much from all your experiences you have shared.

I'm not going to draw any line in in the sand on the trainer.

As you mentioned, if I can get a good trainer, great. If I get a bad trainer, as Rainy (or Kearsey) has shared, at least I will learn what NOT to do.

In addition to learning knowledge, much of my preparation for training involves having the right attitude.

I plan to expect the worse, AND, be prepared for the unexpected.

Turtle's Comment
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I need to get better at phrasing my posts.

I don't intend to underestimate the PSD phase.

I knew what you meant, Rob. There isn't a doubt in my mind that you take this very seriously. My reply was more directed at anyone else reading this in the future.

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.
Cantankerous Amicus's Comment
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Turtle, this has been a great thread to read.

As someone who has been working as a private tutor for a number of years, your approach looks solid. Coax them to help themselves to progress and problem-solve when you know they know it but perhaps lack confidence or are having a brain fart; throw them a bone when you know they need the new info.

I don't think I am alone in saying that I hope you continue contributing to it whenever you decide to take on more students again.

Turtle's Comment
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I had to limp into the Springfield terminal yesterday, due to a failing alternator. Thankfully I didn't have to go too far out of route, keeping me from wasting tons of time at a service center, and saving Prime considerable money on a repair bill.

Anyhoo, while my truck was in the shop I decided to hop a shuttle over to the campus where I could walk across the road to my favorite wing place.

Who do I find myself standing right next to but my 3rd student Allen!

Back when I brought him through PSD , I honestly had my doubts as to whether he'd stick it out through TNT. He'd seemed distracted, and I'd wondered if perhaps the emotional side of training was taking a heavy toll.

I'm happy to say that he did in fact survive training, and was back in Springfield to upgrade and pick up his solo truck!

I guess you could say my paternal instincts kicked in, and I was beside myself with delight in knowing he made it through the program. It made me very proud. We talked excitedly for quite a while about his future before having to go our separate ways.

Would you believe I again forgot to get a selfie with him?

That makes three out of four students who went on to complete the program and go solo. I'm not sure of the status of the 4th, he hasn't returned my texts.

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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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

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