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Liz D.'s Comment
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My bags are packed and my ride set for tomorrow to head to Pittston PA. I am excited to be starting a new path as a professional truck driver. I’ll be a noob for awhile getting chuckles and angry looks at truck stops and loading docks but I am confident that in time I will be successful in my endeavors. I’m thrilled, excited, nervous, and scared all rolled into one. It’s not easy walking away from a good check every week even if the job makes you miserable. That is on many levels.

You all have offered some awesome insight into the industry, this site has been helpful in helping me to understand the it a bit better and I know I have a bunch more to learn and experience.

So thanks for your input and help and if you see a noob out there having a heck of a time backing her rig. Say hi!

40 Days's Comment
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Congratulations and good luck. I was there last week nice terminal not like spirmo but not bad. Probably be picking up a load there this week heading back west may run into you. Knock out those CBT's and the stress goes way down.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RealDiehl's Comment
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That's great, Liz! Good luck. Hopefully you were able to take advantage of the learning resources here on TT and are a little ahead of the game going in.

Like 40 said, get those CBT videos out of the way ASAP. I guarantee you will hear classmates stressing about how many videos they still have to watch on their last day. Remember, you can watch them on your phone in your hotel room or wherever on the Prime Mobile app.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Liz D.'s Comment
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That's great, Liz! Good luck. Hopefully you were able to take advantage of the learning resources here on TT and are a little ahead of the game going in.

Like 40 said, get those CBT videos out of the way ASAP. I guarantee you will hear classmates stressing about how many videos they still have to watch on their last day. Remember, you can watch them on your phone in your hotel room or wherever on the Prime Mobile app.

Great to hear a bit of advice on that. Definitely will get on them right away.

Thank you 40 days and realdiel

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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No worries, 99 percent of drivers out here are very friendly and accommodating. Just keep your ears and eyes open and try to learn the CDL portion at first, not the entire job/industry.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Congrats and good luck. we are here if you need us ;)

Liz D.'s Comment
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Congrats and good luck. we are here if you need us ;)

Thank you Kearsey,

so far you all have been super helpful and informative. I am just all nervous was heck right now bit I will push though it.

Matthew C.'s Comment
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We’re in the same boat, just gotta take it a day at a time. Orientation will be fun this week and hectic I’m sure. Lol

40 Days's Comment
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Orientation is the easy part be on time and finish CBT's and SIM labs. Friday is when I was like ohh crap we actually have to drive these things. You got this plenty of prime drivers here for advice. I use them all the time.

RealDiehl's Comment
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Orientation is the easy part be on time and finish CBT's and SIM labs. Friday is when I was like ohh crap we actually have to drive these things. You got this plenty of prime drivers here for advice. I use them all the time.

Do you mind telling us what exactly you did on your first day of PSD? If you can remember, that is. What was your mindset at the time? What were your expectations on that first day?

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.
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