I’m Starting At Prime Inc Salt Lake City Tomorrow

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Jordan H.'s Comment
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I know this is pretty last minute being that I leave on the Greyhound bus in 1 day so please forgive me. I’m 21 years old and I made the decision a couple of months ago that I wanted to try my hand at trucking. I already have my permit and tanker endorsement. I’m worried that I’m going to get to Prime and not know enough to do well. Like not having down everything for a pre trip inspection and a brake test and so on. What if I can’t drive the truck well? I am reading the manual as much as I can to try and be ready but I can’t shake the feeling that it’s enough. Will they be teaching me onsite and be understanding that I’ve never done this before? Or will they expect me to know everything right away since I already have my permit? I am a quick learner I’m just afraid my expectations aren’t in line with Prime’s expectations of me. Any advice from people that have been through it would be greatly appreciated. I am very anxious but also very excited!

Turtle's Comment
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Welcome Jordan. You're going to be just fine. Don't sweat it.

Having a permit is no indication of you knowing how to drive a truck. That's what training is for, and you will get plenty of that.

After orientation, your first phase of training will be teaching you how to control/manuever the truck, as well as pretrip including all the brakes tests. You aren't expected to know any of that prior to arriving at SLC.

Just show up with a willingness to study and learn, and you will be fine.

Good luck and welcome to Prime. Let us know how it's going, and don't be afraid to ask questions.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Jordan, your concerns are commonly expressed here. But you will be fine. Prime and all the big companies have trained thousands of young people like you and know how to develop your abilities. In fact I would say you are already ahead of the curve, based on your description. When you get into the actual training, you will meet your fellow trainees and see that you are all pretty much the same, so all of you will learn together and help each other out. Just relax and enjoy the journey, but be prepared to work hard and study hard. Find someone in your class that is like minded and form a study team. Quiz each other on the pre-trip. These training programs have gotten the process down to a science. All you have to do is follow their instruction.

Rainy 's Comment
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Hi and welcome to TT and Prime

I have a ton of articles written about conquering your fears, what to expect in training, passing the CDL exam, budgeting your money during training and beyond, as well as the lifestyle.

I give a ton of examples of things I did wrong and how i corrected them. You are not alone..

Rainy's Articles

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.
Eric G.'s Comment
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Your going to be great! Just listen to your instructors,stay away from negative people and find another student that's in it to win it like you.

Army 's Comment
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You will do fine if you just apply yourself. Many have come before you and many will follow in your footsteps. 1 day at a time. Good luck.

Donna M.'s Comment
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When I got to Prime I had never even been inside a semi. U will be just fine.

Jordan H.'s Comment
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Thank you for the calming response. I think I’m as ready as I’ll ever be to make it happen!

Jordan, your concerns are commonly expressed here. But you will be fine. Prime and all the big companies have trained thousands of young people like you and know how to develop your abilities. In fact I would say you are already ahead of the curve, based on your description. When you get into the actual training, you will meet your fellow trainees and see that you are all pretty much the same, so all of you will learn together and help each other out. Just relax and enjoy the journey, but be prepared to work hard and study hard. Find someone in your class that is like minded and form a study team. Quiz each other on the pre-trip. These training programs have gotten the process down to a science. All you have to do is follow their instruction.

Anthony's Comment
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Good luck buddy, relax and try your best. Everything will work out for you.

I'll be taking on the PRIME challenge over in Springfield this week too.

There is a wealth of knowledge here with these good people.

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