Quote Of The Day From The Diary Section - A "Must" Read

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G-Town's Comment
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I frequent the diary section if for nothing else the entertainment value as some of our members are quite funny, although not necessarily trying to be... Every once in a while someone, in this case "Jay" writes something notable, even profound. I want to share this with the general forum in light of the frequent stream of "newbies" that exhaustively research our industry in an attempt to find the Holy Grail of trucking companies.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did...here goes, from "Jay G", a current Prime Trainee and Trifecta Winner.

Finally after drumming up the courage and doing a bit of research, I elected to go with Prime. Now, you can drive yourself crazy trying to divine what company is going to be best from tea leaves, the position of the stars in the night sky, and disgruntled reviewers online, but honestly many of these large companies have many success stories and successful drivers. Worst case scenario, I swallow my pride and tough it out for the experience. So I based my decision on the most arbitrary factor; I think the Prime Inc Logo looks really cool, lol (no not really, but still an important factor!)

Here is a link to the diary he just started, might prove to be one of the better examples when it's "all said and done"... welcome to Trucking Jay!

Here is a link to Jay G's Diary


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.



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.

Rookie Doyenne's Comment
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Thanks for the smile, G-Town!

Realtors are trained in such staging devices as the wafting aroma of an apple pie in the oven when a house is being shown - premised on the idea that decisions such as home-buying are based in emotions, maybe unknowingly.

At least Jay G. is aware of what drives him!


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Pete B.'s Comment
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Thank you for that, G-Town. What a great post; I rarely visit the ‘diaries section,’ mostly out of laziness, but I’m going to follow this one.

RealDiehl's Comment
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I like it! Thanks for sharing.

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