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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Old School said: “Folks who have for a long time been "self-employed" or "small business owners" typically have an easier transition into trucking. They've been there before - they know how critical it is that they make things happen in their favor.”

In my humble opinion, that’s because even though you are an employee of Company X, you are essentially self employed in this business. If you don’t push yourself, no one else will. They may keep you, but you won’t be wildly successful if you are mediocre, and if you are really bad, they may let you go. But they don’t have time to hold your hand.

I hear drivers in my own company complain they aren’t getting loads/hours/miles, making $500/week, etc. I just keep my mouth shut and drive. No need to upset the apple cart, but I’ve been running like a one legged man in a butt kicking contest since day one, and haven’t seen any signs of a slow down. If I make less money in a particular week, it’s becsuse I took time off. The only exception has been 2 holiday weeks, and even then I did OK, or twice when my truck broke down. And when the truck broke down, they found me a loaner as soon as it was apparent it wasn’t going to be a quick fix.

If you are willing to work and learn quickly, you should prosper.

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.

Michael W.'s Comment
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Prime looks like a good training program as well

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There are several Primates in this TT community. Don't be afraid to go to Springfield MO, you will have friends there!

I trained at Prime, After being at two other outfits, Falcon and KLLM... Supposed to be a two or three week stint... The trainer, we hit it off, and I spent two years with him, Jack Kimse was his name, went by Cracker Jack on the CB... I was a young guy, in my early 20's... Jack was driving before I was born... I loved that man, so cool, and a wealth of what to do, and what not to do. He made me.

I would not trade those two years for nothing...

I know Robert, and his mother, brain fart, cannot remember her name, but I can see here... She was the salt of the Earth. We called her appropriately, Miss... Cannot for the life of me remember... UHG! She was GOLD! Tip of my tongue...

Miss Vera!

She bought groceries for drivers with kids that ran into trouble, paid off mortgages of families that lost their husbands and fathers that were killed in the line of duty. I will never say anything bad about Prime. No clue how it is today...

Robert, he used to wear a suit and was cleaned shaven back then... Say what you want, he and his mother always treated me right. And it was the best training I could have ever received... For what it is worth.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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