Prime Refrigerated - Springfield, Missouri - Spring 2020

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Papa Pig's Comment
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What about you packrat? When are we gonna hear about the new job with Crete?

PackRat's Comment
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What about you packrat? When are we gonna hear about the new job with Crete?

I know. That lazy slacker is not posting either! Tomorrow I will resume/resurrect my blog posting again. Promise!

Tortuga 's Comment
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I miss reading your daily adventures PackRat. I hope your new job is going well.

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Yes, where did the two of you go??

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And where did you go, Spaceman?

On an almost 3 week staycation after becoming symptomatic on last day of home time. Neg test but something laid me out for days. Prime had me stay in place for two weeks.

Got work around the house done and Monday they had a load on my app just as the alarm went off. On track to have a killer first week back. Loving it up here in Montana right now!

Mitchell C.'s Comment
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Yes, yes i'm still alive! Sorry for the lack of updates, i was pretty much doing the same stuff everyday and figured it wouldn't be that interesting to post. Like the last 3 days i've just been practicing alley docking and driving on the road. However, i actually tested out today and trifecta'd! I got a 2 on my pre-trip, i actually forgot to do the break test and pull forward to 5 mph and apply breaks etc. I caught the mistake after i told the examiner that i'm done with the in cab. Literally a second later i told him i forgot to break check and he said it was too late since i already told him i was done. So i got 2 points on my pre-trip, 0 on my backing, did perfect straight, offset left (g.o.a.l once to be sure, didn't need it), and parallel left. So technically i could've taken the test 3 days ago and pass since i was worried about alley docking the most lol. As for the road test, i got 4 points, 1 point for not making a choice in time. I was stopped at a red light and no sign was up saying i couldn't turn but didn't make my mind up in time and just sat at the light until green. Didn't want to auto fail, another point for not turning my blinkers on until i got up to the turn, was a left turn, noticed this too late. 2 points for the safe stop, did everything right but forgot to shift to drive when i was trying to get back onto the road, so i revved up the engine in neutral and that gave me points. I'm now currently waiting for a call from either Stephan, dispatcher or tnt trainer. It's just a waiting game right now until 1 of those 3 happens! Also need to figure out what to do with 401k and insurance and all that jazz, if anyone has some advice on those, that would really be great!

All in all this has been a amazing experience so far, going from never driving and even being near a semi to trifecta is a pretty amazing feeling. My trainer knew that i would trifecta and he wasn't worried one bit he said.

Tldr: 2 points on pre-trip, 0 on backing, 4 on driving = trifecta.

Dispatcher:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Outstanding job!!!

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Turtle's Comment
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Congratulations Mitchell!!

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Points don't matter anymore, you've cleared a big hurdle. Now on to perhaps a tougher challenge...TNT.

We're with you all the way!

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

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.

Andy Dufresne (a.k.a. Rob's Comment
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Congrats. I hope to be right behind when I get back from Texas Wednesday.

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Excelente !

Mitchell C.'s Comment
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Thanks for the support all, so i'm still waiting on my call for my tnt phase and nothing so far. Sharon already got her trainer and the only thing i can think of why she got hers before me was because i opted for a non-smoker. Hopefully i get a call today cuz i want to start making some money lol

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

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.

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