Thinking Of Teaming At Prime After TnT

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40 Days's Comment
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Considering company teaming after training upgrade. Not for scary rookie reasons I back at my shifts shipping and receiving stops and truck stops. Trainer sleeps fine while I drive I do when he drives thought that would be a problem its not. Probably make about the same solo as team. Don't need companionship don't hate it either kinda indifferent. Read the different threads here on the subject see good and bad. My issues are petty at best but every time we are somewhere more than 2 hours I am like this place blows lets roll. Didn't like sitting 10 hrs at a truck stop PSD now in TNT I like just being on the road moving. My trainer lets me trip plan and reroute acordingly on my shifts he actually likes it that I was a Math major in college. Actually taught college level math for a few years. Over educated like a few others here. Not wanting to team as a crutch I would be ok solo says my trainer. Would it hinder my career to not do a few years solo first? Don't want to babysit either. On fence here.

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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Sorry if I'm wrong but you still have a lot of miles to go for TNT , right?

You could wait and see if teaming is still something you want to do after a couple months of it.

Also, if you do go solo initially and dont like it, you can ask to be teamed with someone at any time. My fleet manager sends fleetwide msgs once a month asking if any of us would like to team. My first month she msged me personally and asked if I wanted to team.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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A 6’ X6’ living space wasn’t enough room for two people when I started at CRST, so I left after four months. I prefer solo and rest much better when the truck isn’t moving. I make more money solo than running teams and under normal circumstances never need a reset on the road. You never truly know your co-driver until you have lived with that person on the road for a few weeks, either. Twice the number of truck occupants also equals half the space.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

40 Days's Comment
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You are right RealDiehl have 35,000ish left. Didn't know they ask if you want to team later. That's good news. Was thinking of teaming before I even started school. Knew I wouldn't like dealing with riff raff, door knockers and the occasional super trucker at stops. Haven't seen that since left PSD phase. Good to see options still open no matter what I choose. Thanks RealDiehl.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

40 Days's Comment
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You never truly know your co-driver until you have lived with that person on the road for a few weeks, either. 

Thats the biggest worry I have on teaming. What's the story there if you don't mind me asking PackRat?

PackRat's Comment
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Well, CRST is all teams. I went to an off-site school they used and had a friendship with a classmate there. After training, we decided to team. Great guy, but a terrible driver. I left there to go solo because teaming isn’t for me. Personally, I would not team again for $1.00 per mile, straight pay, not split. Everyone is different, and has to choose what’s best for them.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Toka T.'s Comment
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You are right RealDiehl have 35,000ish left. Didn't know they ask if you want to team later. That's good news. Was thinking of teaming before I even started school. Knew I wouldn't like dealing with riff raff, door knockers and the occasional super trucker at stops. Haven't seen that since left PSD phase. Good to see options still open no matter what I choose. Thanks RealDiehl.

There really isn’t enough space for 2 people to live comfortably, also financially it doesn’t make any sense to run teams unless your of course a TNT trainer

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

40 Days's Comment
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My trainer is 6'6 250 lbs we both still have plenty of space but we are both clean and organized. Sailboats are also my thing and those have about as much space with more people. Space and pay not the problem. I wanna keep moving. Just don't want to hinder my career by not going solo. The good folks here suggest against teaming from the start and I would be a fool not to heed their advice. You haven't steered me wrong yet T.T Thanks for the input.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Trust me, you'll be moving plenty when you're running solo, but you'll sleep better when you're stopped. Keep in mind that every single decision in your life is a compromise when you're running team. Everything you do affects them, and vice versa. You have no privacy, no freedom to do your own thing, and very little downtime to enjoy some adventures out there.

I would only recommend teaming for husband/wife teams. Otherwise, it's rare to find anyone that enjoys running team.

PackRat's Comment
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I agree with Brett’s points completely.

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