Well This Sucks :( Sent Home From Prime

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Turtle Protege (formerly 's Comment
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Harvest

For some humor about the students bad mouthing the company Google " Say Anything" and "Gas and Sip"

SRJ's Comment
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Glad to hear it is going good. I look forward to your updates.

PackRat's Comment
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Harvest

For some humor about the students bad mouthing the company Google " Say Anything" and "Gas and Sip"

John Cusack?

Turtle Protege (formerly 's Comment
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Harvest

For some humor about the students bad mouthing the company Google " Say Anything" and "Gas and Sip"

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John Cusack?

John Cusack makes a very good point about the guys at the Gas and Sip, which also applies to the students at Western Express. The clip makes the point in a much funnier way than I could on the forum.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Harvest, read your comment anout 2nd chance companies. I'm the product Of a so-called Second Chance outfit. My CDL had been issued over a year before I was able to start driving, retiring from a previous career after getting some injuries repaired.

The second chance outfit gave me a shot, where nobody else on the planet apparently would, citing stale CDL. I stayed with them for about 16 months, learned how to drive in the winter, learned legal (and saw some not so legal examples of) paper log use, learned how to back (wear a hat - keeps the sweat outta the eyes), learned the nuances of loading and securement, and gave them 110% of what I legally could.

When I separated, I gave them two plus weeks notice in a letter. They called me and went out of their way to offer me local day cab , guaranteed hourly rate, and a dedicated run from Illinois to Indianapolis and back. The outfit that I went to, whereI am over 5 years now, offered me a pay benefits package the previous outfit could not match. Not tooting my own horn, just giving you an example of the benefits of a second chance outfit. In reality, they're giving you a shot and taking a chance on you, You should give them a chance!

Like all the others have said before my comments here, You'll do fine at this if you dedicate yourself to Excellence. Customer service is critical in every industry. Be the guy that receivers and shippers want to see in their docs. Smile, greet people courteously. Even if you don't feel like it on a particular day, pretend that you're happy to be doing a job that has very little direct supervision, gives ample amount of personal freedom in planning and task execution, and has some REALLY cool equipment, and grants opportunities not available to the general public. (past Monday I got to make a 53' van delivery of material to the Chicago Auto Show. Drove onto the floor of McCormick place... that's some kind if cool in my geeky little brain)

Luck doesn't enter into this. Do well! Keep the ego in check. Accept all the feedback with grace and a willingness to improve and excel. You've got this.

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.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Harvest's Comment
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Kind of fusterated with Prime at the moment. I was told I would receive gas compensation up to the price of a bus ticket on next payroll, as well as orientation pay. Well next payroll came today and I received nothing. Feels like they are giving me the run around the entire time I was on the phone with them and now they told me they would get back to me. Just seems like a week of my life was wasted because they didn’t look at my DAC report before telling me to drive the 180 miles there.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

SRJ's Comment
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Sorry to hear the day isn’t going very well. You state they hadn’t looked at your DAC report prior to driving out to training. What is the status of this now or what are they saying about it?

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Kind of fusterated with Prime at the moment. I was told I would receive gas compensation up to the price of a bus ticket on next payroll, as well as orientation pay. Well next payroll came today and I received nothing. Feels like they are giving me the run around .

They likely are. While (as your thread title says) it sucks, may be best to let it slide. The energy you expend frettin about prime could be best spent wowing your new outfit. While I understand that $90 is a lot of money, it may just be the cost of letting go and being free of what has become a negative.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

SRJ's Comment
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Sorry for my confusion. Disregard my question.

Sorry to hear the day isn’t going very well. You state they hadn’t looked at your DAC report prior to driving out to training. What is the status of this now or what are they saying about it?

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Harvest's Comment
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Kind of fusterated with Prime at the moment. I was told I would receive gas compensation up to the price of a bus ticket on next payroll, as well as orientation pay. Well next payroll came today and I received nothing. Feels like they are giving me the run around .

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They likely are. While (as your thread title says) it sucks, may be best to let it slide. The energy you expend frettin about prime could be best spent wowing your new outfit. While I understand that $90 is a lot of money, it may just be the cost of letting go and being free of what has become a negative.

Yeah your probably right, just sucks I have to take a paycheck advancement from a Western now, I’m super thankful they are doing that. That gas compensation money was going to be used for food while I was out with my trainer.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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