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Cantankerous Amicus's Comment
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I've got no idea how feasible it would be regarding HOS , but after being shown the first couple of deliveries I would hope that I could do as many deliveries as possible on my clock. I'd want to do that last bit of city driving and handling the check-in, set up and backing myself. That way I could get the problem solving experience while still having the benefit of a trainer onboard if I needed some advice.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RealDiehl's Comment
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I've got no idea how feasible it would be regarding HOS , but after being shown the first couple of deliveries I would hope that I could do as many deliveries as possible on my clock. I'd want to do that last bit of city driving and handling the check-in, set up and backing myself. That way I could get the problem solving experience while still having the benefit of a trainer onboard if I needed some advice.

Ideally, that is what TNT training is all about. Since you run as a team, the trainee should get plenty of opportunities to experience all aspects and take on all responsibilities associated with the job (unless you get placed with a trainer who only wants to drive during the day, and since most deliveries are during the day, the trainee doesn't get the experience he/she wants...but enough about my own personal training issues. Lol).

Kearsey once mentioned that she has her students doing everything on their own as soon as possible. Obviously she walks them through it the first few times, but once they learn how to do what needs to be done, they are doing it on their own (with help if required in certain situations I'm sure).

I plan on training new drivers the same way. I want them to be able to do everything on their own so that once they upgrade and go solo, they are prepared.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Yes, I soooo wish I got to train RealDiehl as we planned, but I had to switch trucks and didn't want him sitting waiting for me. It is true, I had my trainees drive into all of the customers, do the trip planning, and the last week I called myself a "ghost"... or a "student". I would become annoying with a ton of questions.... "How do you do that? What do you mean, please explain. Why does the air pressure matter?"

I still talk to my past trainees and they often say, "Remember that place in Dallas...." Nope. They drove in, so I have no idea where we were. LOL

I think one of the biggest misunderstandings of team training is this idea that you no longer learn from the trainer. Not true. They fail to realize the trainer is now there as a safety net, in case you need help. And at most companies, you would have already been solo, gotten into a jam, and would have been all alone with no help. Robsteeler here is one person who comes to mind. He was determined to go to Schneider because "I demand to have a trainer sitting in the seat next to me". Three weeks later he was solo, and had some really tough situations. At Prime or a similar company, he would have had a trainer to wake and help him. He even stated later that a longer training period would have helped.

Think about this... I drove almost 10k miles with my permit in 3 weeks. Most people do their permit training sharing a truck with a few other students and only spending a couple hours on the road before testing. Then, many only get 3 weeks before upgrading to solo. I did as much with my permit as many people do in their total training. Of course, I was in a manual and I do believe the 50k is too much for some people. My trainees would all have been fine after 30 days... but that is because I insisted on them learning and reviewing, and the way I teach.

I wrote an article here:

Team Training: Fear & Misunderstanding

and a recent video:

Surviving Team Training

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tim F.'s Comment
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He likes his choice. They keep him moving and treat him well.

I am surprised you say you submitted the apps over a week ago, and haven't gotten anything back. Most people, including myself started getting responses within hours. Do you have something on your driving record, or criminal past that is causing an issue?

I’m not surprised. In the initial post it says...I’m about to turn 21. They probably have it set aside for when OP turns 21. Also, OP needs to realize that there are probably more attractive candidates with some “life history” that they’ll look at first.

My guess is if it were a month later TheY might show a little more interest

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Carley T.'s Comment
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Yes i misunderstood tnt big time thank you for the link

sorry for not being around work has been a bit hectic but i did get a few responces between the paid cdl application here and driver pulse

so far i have crst, Wilson transportation, prime, and roehl asking me to put in my application prime actually had a recruiter message me on driver pulse and they are willing to accept me since my birthday is on the 22 of this month

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.

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.

Army 's Comment
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Nice, sounds like a good plan. Incase you don't know Wil-Trans pulls Prime Trailers.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Carley T.'s Comment
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Nice, sounds like a good plan. Incase you don't know Wil-Trans pulls Prime Trailers.

thank you i will be going with prime its a lot of miles with training but as i learned it is real training plus a guaranteed 700 a week is more than anybody in my family makes

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

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