Taking The Plunge

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Trucker D's Comment
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After months of thought, research & years of job insecurity at my current industry,I've decided to take the plunge into OTR truck driving. I've chosen Prime Inc as my school of choice. I've contacted a recruiter and I'm basically waiting for further instructions. I'm hoping to enroll around May 1st. I'm excited for the future....little nervous too but as time goes by behind the windshield,I'm sure that will subside. I know I won't get rich,but I'm sure I'll be able to make a somewhat of a decent living. Thanks for your time .


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Thomas M.'s Comment
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Congratulations and welcome to the trucking lifestyle. I wish you the best. Be safe out there.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard Trucker D!

We have a ton of great materials to help get you started. Since you're going to Prime Inc you're going to want to get your CDL permit before you go. Use our High Road Training Program to prepare for the permit exam. It's an astounding program and it's 100% free. You're already registered so you can get started!


Let us know anytime you have any questions. We're always happy to help out.


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.
Tracey K.'s Comment
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Lots of information here. Daniel B. can fill you in on Prime! He's one of their top drivers right now! rofl-1.gif

Seriously, you have made a great decision. I feel in your words the worry, but you will be fine. Take your time going through the website. Tons of information. But well worth the time. You have a new family here. Also, use the forum as much as you need us. Their is a great deal of real experience here that will help you on your way.

Be positive about your decision. Attitude is the most important aspect of driving a truck. The wrong attitude can get you killed. Seriously!

Good luck and know we are here for you.

Welcome Aboard!

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