Traning W/ Prime Inc.

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PackRat's Comment
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That's fantastic to read! Goid luck with your PSD phase.



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.
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Truckergirl's Comment
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Way to go! I’m going to be starting with prime soon myself!

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I am a TNT trainer at Prime. There will be days you will want to give up and will question if this is worth it. Work through the emotions. Do not get bogged down in that emotional mud as you call it cause it can cause accidents and ruin your career before you start.

You are not alone... we all went through it. And we are here for you



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.

Travis K.'s Comment
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Thanks for the replies! Kearsey! It's nice to hear from you and great to have a positive voice in this industry & @ Prime. There is definitely enough negativity!

Great things are happening! Prime is a wonderful place to be! If you keep your head down and work, surely you can find success here, as well as many other places I imagine! I'm scheduled to take my test Tuesday and I'm very much ready! I would've taken it this afternoon if someone had called me and said they had an open slot! I've got every backing maneuver down wonderful, I can recite my pre-trip with very little mistakes, even without looking at the truck, and I'm driving just fine! I will DEFINITELY be watching for those auto fails and ensuring my mind is on the job at all times!

Sitting back in Campus Inn and it's nice to catch a quick break! Having the opportunity to sleep in a bed that is not moving at 60+ MPH. LOL! I was told I'd need to travel to my home state to complete a process to get my license. Hoping I'll be able to see my family, even for a short while, since I've got to travel that way anyways. I'll be speaking with my trainer tomorrow about that. Even if I've got to get a rental, it'd be great to surprise my family and love on everyone before I start the 50K.

My wife and children have been doing great with this transition, as well as myself. I'm sure my bride has some tough days that she's not telling me about, and she tells me the girls can get a little emotional sometimes, but she's being a solid rock for them. I'm constantly encouraging her to grab babysitters and get out of the house - she has a tendency to work herself until she blows. She's going to be fine though. It's great to have a great spouse! ;)

@Sofia R., Glad you'll be coming soon! If you're able to, and this applies to any new person, the absolute BEST advice I can give is the following: if you can obtain a truck and trailer of any sort at all, haul it around for a month straight and everywhere you go. Haul to the store, to the barber shop, accept the challenges of finding parking and backing. I truly think the quickness of me catching on to the driving portion is because I spent years hauling horses from my property to parks and trails and things - and I always had to back into my spot at the house. If you spend A LOT of hours hauling, backing, and parking your trailer - it's really going to set you up well!

Love you drivers! Testing on Tuesday and I can't wait! Does anyone smell a Trifecta in the air??? =]]]


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


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Rob D.'s Comment
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On the road test, your examiner will most likely ask you about 1) bridge weight limits and 2) suggested speed limits on curves. So watch for those.

I can tell you that the bridge over US 65 on Kearny has no weight limit sign. I missed that one and guessed 60 tons. Wrong answer.

You will also most likely be asked to do a safe road side stop, which none of my trainers taught me. It will most likely be in the industrial court coming back to the training pad. You will need to pull to the side of the road, set your brakes, and turn your four-way flashers on. Also say that if you are there more than 10 minutes, you will need to put your triangles out. When "pulling back out into traffic" (It's such a narrow road you really aren't), but make sure you turn on your left turn signal.

Good luck. You got this!


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Travis K.'s Comment
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Welp! Happy Wednesday, July 15th! Yesterday was Trifecta Tuesday and I lived up to the name! Therefore, I started telling everyone to call me Trifecta Travis! I went out there and just did my job! I put the frustrations and drama of the previous day behind me (which we won't go into) and just kept telling myself, "The past is gone, we are here in the present. Do your job and show what you know." Funniest thing was - I got a nearly perfect pre-trip, a perfect score on all backing maneuvers, but got 7 points off on the road test! LOL Simple things really. One or two of the points I wanted to contest, but hey - I passed! No need to ruin a relationship over semantics and minor points. After all, you've heard what they call medical docs who passed school with a C Average right? Yeah - they call call em docs! ;)

So now I'm off to Washington! Nothing like a 2K mile trip to start your required 50K! I'm honestly kind of hoping we continue the longer trips. Let's go ahead and knock this out. I'm excited about getting my own truck, becoming the King of my own castle again! I'm excited about taking that truck home and showing my girls, allowing my wife to decorate it a bit, then hitting the road and getting to work! I'm looking forward to more ups and downs, laughs and tears, highs and lows. This industry has already proven very challenging. I can see what people mean by it's a lifestyle, not merely a job - but I really think I'm called to this. It feels like I'm adopting this lifestyle better than most - I think I'm made for this. It's good stuff!

Well - I'm getting work done this morning. I rose 3 hours earlier than I was supposed to, so I'm reading, writing, and about to switch my phone line so Verizon can stop robbing me of what I work hard for!

I'll talk to you all soon! Until then, be save drivers!


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Rob D.'s Comment
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And welcome to Shawshank.

Turtle's Comment
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Congratulations driver!

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