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Turtle's Comment
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But it's my understanding that you have to take a student through psd before you can take on a tnt student. Lots more pressure involved in psd I think.

No, you can do TNT only if that's your preference. But you'll get far more satisfaction if you start the student from scratch.

As for training pad time, is it something you schedule? Are there full-time trainers out there helping?

Pad time is reserved through the PrimeApp. Easy peasy.

There are usually in-house instructors here and there to help if you have questions. But they're usually working with students of their own. It's still just you and your student on the pad, going through the maneuvers.

I'm a firm believer in having a student practice real-world backing as soon as possible. I feel by doing so they learn the subtle nuances of the trailer, and how it reacts to inputs of the steering wheel. This can really help them during the backing examination if they happen to get out of shape and lose the reference points.

For pre-trip, the student should practice each and every time you come to a stop out on the road. Truck stops, customer loading/unloading times, washouts, all are a good times to practice. They don't need you with them every time to practice. You can be checking in with the customer, and they can be practicing. This is vital. They should have it down by the time you guys get back to a terminal for pad training in preparation for the examination.

Doing it well is most important.

With that attitude, you'll be fine. I think you'll really enjoy this.

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.

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.

40 Days's Comment
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For pre trip they give us a sheet to go over with circles on it so instructor's can make notes. The more ambitious students will use pup trailer at campus inn as well as ask drivers stopped there for help. As for backing best to give us some real world experience as well as pad time. It really helps us learn to correct mistakes and get back in place when we mess up a point during testing. Like other trainers have said bobtail student through industrial park nearby before going on road. Pretrip daily and in cab when bored in passengers seat. Lots of driving time on road and student should pass road test most just don't make it through pretrip and backing potion to get road test first time. I think when I tested out of 15 of us only 4 passed Trifecta everyone that failed was on backing and pretrip. I got real world backing from my trainer and tested in automatic. When my trainer dropped me off at home I had an O/O at state testing area who just passed his son let me use his truck and I passed again in a manual peterbilt. Passed 2 times in 2 days because I was trained to correct. Hate automatics but like the cruise control. Had never owned or driven an automatic till I came to Prime that was a learning curve itself. My trainer says he would not sleep through TNT if he had not already been on road training student I PSD. Just my perspective. I bet you will make a good trainer.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

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.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Excellent feedback, y'all! I'm grateful for your input. Don't hesitate to add more if you think of different ways to help a brand new driver learn.

Another concern of mine is I do not have a fridge or microwave or anything. Very basic. If you got onto a truck like this for psd would it immediately put you in a negative mood?

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.
40 Days's Comment
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No first trainer didn't have either and it didn't bother me. Was hard to eat clean though. Costs a trainee more money to live out of truck stops. First trainer bought me dinner a few times to help. A refrigerator is a big bonus though students are broke and it is a nice selling point. Plus I gained 5 pounds when with first trainer. New trainer has fridge and gave me shelf for the expensive meats and cheeses. Eating clean again saving money. Why don't you have one?

Donna M.'s Comment
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Excellent feedback, y'all! I'm grateful for your input. Don't hesitate to add more if you think of different ways to help a brand new driver learn.

Another concern of mine is I do not have a fridge or microwave or anything. Very basic. If you got onto a truck like this for psd would it immediately put you in a negative mood?

Hey u always do a great job on here explaining things. U will be a great trainer. Don’t worry about the refrigerator/ microwave a psd student doesn’t even know there’s a bed on a trucker! Good luck!

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.
Dave S (formerly known as's Comment
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Without a refrigerator? Ouch! A broke student needs a fridge for lunch meat and whatnot.

Before bobtailing anywhere (like to Walmart for things), lay down the ground rules. Like what you and they should and shouldn't expect. Next, ask questions to find out their level of knowledge. If the student doesn't know the difference between a tire and rim you'll know quickly that you have some work todo.

Like you, I have a family history of teachers. It's a stressful challenge with rewards.

Good luck and drive safe!

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Turtle's Comment
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If only doing PSD on your truck, I probably wouldn't mind so much. But if I were going straight through TNT with you, facing 3 months or more without a fridge or microwave would be a punch in the gut. Especially if I'm trying to support my family back home on a limited training income. Food is the biggest expense on the road. A fridge and a micro, though not deal-breakers, will certainly help.

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.

Turtle's Comment
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a psd student doesn’t even know there’s a bed on a truck

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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.
RealDiehl's Comment
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Both trainers I had, first with USX then with Prime, had fridges and microwaves. My Prime trainer had a coffee maker and Forman grill too. I never used any of them. Trail mix, protein bars, and fruit are enough to keep me satisfied. I know not everybody can be expected to subsist on such spartan fare. Anyway, that is why I dont have any amenities.

I can always advise a student how to eat frugally. Then again they can call me a cheap S.O.B. and give the rolling hotel "RealDiehl" a one star review.

How about a plug in cooler type thing. Is that sufficient for one person? I could get one for a student to use.

"Hey u always do a great job on here explaining things. U will be a great trainer. Don’t worry about the refrigerator/ microwave a psd student doesn’t even know there’s a bed on a trucker! Good luck!"

That is nice of you to say, Donna. thank-you-2.gif

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.
Turtle's Comment
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As a trainer, you take on a new level of responsibility outside of yourself when you bring that student onto your truck. I'm not saying you have to roll out the red carpet for the guy, but expecting him to live on nuts and berries is a bit much in my opinion.

Training is already an incredibly stressful time for a student. Easing the transition will go a long way towards creating a happy learning environment. Your truck, your call. But don't expect many happy students when all they have to look forward to is 11 hours of driving and a protein bar at the end. Just my .02

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