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Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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Hello all I just thought I would give you an update on my short here at prime. I got her Monday about 8 p.m. Got started Tuesday morning . During the pretrip class I got interviewed by an instructor. He has agreed to train me. Did the smith system today. Tomorrow we have insurance and then off to the training pad. If anyone here is going to come to prime for the psd program. Make sure you have your dot self certified in plenty of time before getting here along with your learners permit. A lot of my classmates are having trouble and having to switch their permits to mo.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.
Starcar's Comment
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Thanks for the update Mongo.....that instructior must be impressed with you...they only pick the cream of the crop ot train...So make him glad he picked you !!! And the rest of your class....they are having troubles BECAUSE THEY DIDN"T COME TO TT.....you could be kind and give them a link...its the brotherly thing to do, ya know...smile.gifgood-luck.gifgood-luck-2.gif

Wine Taster's Comment
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Enjoy the class. Just think in a couple of years riding down the road in a big truck, you will be thinking, "Man was I really that green. Now look at me!!!" ROFL! You are going to do great. Hope to see you on the road sometime.

Free Spirit ( AKA #Hashta's Comment
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Hey Mongo....I'm happy that things are going smoothly for you. Jeff had told me all of the horror stories that could happen if you were not prepared. If you don't mind me asking, who is your trainer?

Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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It is great. I got to go out with my instructor and drive for about an hour and a half this morning. Had a lot of fun. Starting to get my double clutching and downshifting down a little bit. My instructor gave me a great compliment after the drive. And it shocked me. He said that if he had a load out of here today that he felt comfortable with putting me driving on the open road.

I do have to say that I was white knuckled the first few laps. And nervous does not even begin to explain how bad I was. So far I am really enjoying the training. I got to hit the practice pad for a couple of hours this afternoon. So we will see if I pick up the backing at all. Wish me luck.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Mongo, what do you mean in your first paragraph when you say,

Make sure you have your dot self certified in plenty of time before getting here along with your learners permit. A lot of my classmates are having trouble and having to switch their permits to mo.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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Roadkill with the new dot regs you have to self certify your dot physical. All of the guys in my class from Louisiana had a hard time because their physicals were not showing up on line. So you may want to call whoever in the state to make sure your physical is showing up on line before you head to prime.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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My trainer is a guy named lee. He has been driving for prime for prime2 years. He is a new trainer and I am his first student.

Free Spirit ( AKA #Hashta's Comment
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I was just curious, I have become friends with a lot of Prime Instructor/trainer wives. It can be a small world sometimes. I am really glad to hear you are enjoying yourself!!

Jeff is almost finished with his phase 2....he has knocked out 21k of the 30k......shewwwww! We were talking last night about how we "thought" training would fly by, however, that is not the case since we are both so excited about our new lifestyle, challenges, and hard work that we will be putting in together as a team. Hopefully, by this time next year my status will be "Rookie driver" good-luck-2.gif

Have fun...and keep us updated when you can!

#PeaceOut

Wine Taster's Comment
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Mongo, what do you mean in your first paragraph when you say,

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Make sure you have your dot self certified in plenty of time before getting here along with your learners permit. A lot of my classmates are having trouble and having to switch their permits to mo.

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An example of that, I went to DMV in NC to test for my CDL - A learner's permit. I had my physical the day before up in VA. They had to fax a copy of my medical card to Raleigh. I had to sit and wait for about 30 minutes for the people in Raleigh to call the place I had my physical and verify that it had been done. The physical had not been entered into the database yet. The employer has no way to verify that the DOT card you hand them is fake or real if it has not been placed in the database yet.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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