Good Time To Ask Prime For Dedicated?

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Smart C.'s Comment
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Hello everyone,

Was just wondering the average amount of time you have to be with Prime or any company in general before you can even hope to get a dedicated route. I hit my one year anniversary a few days ago. I've only been on my own however, for a little over three months (I trained a very long time).

I would like to have a more structured schedule. I'm studying for the LSAT and could use a chance to organize my weeks very specifically. My fleet manager has given me nothing but high praises quite often.

Dedicated Route:

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."

Fleet Manager:

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.
Donna M.'s Comment
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Prime is a large company, let’s say 8000 drivers and I’m sure at least half would like a dedicated route. I heard the wait is two to three years and that’s for drivers with 5 to 6 years with prime. I’ve been with prime two years July 9, I run SE area about 90% of the time, I’m from Georgia. However there are times I pick up in the south and go out of my normal area. U could try going with one of Prime’s smaller companies. The odds would be better in your favor. But you’re gonna have to have that talk with your fleet manager ,

Dedicated Route:

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."

Fleet Manager:

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Law school acceptance test?

Smart C.'s Comment
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Yes. I've got my letters of recommendation from professors and everything else concerning the Law school admission Council in place. I Just need to take the LSAT. Let me tell ya, trucking while studying for that beast is the biggest challenge of my life. I'll probably have to drag it on longer than usual.

Law school acceptance test?

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.
Rob D.'s Comment
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Yes. I've got my letters of recommendation from professors and everything else concerning the Law school admission Council in place. I Just need to take the LSAT. Let me tell ya, trucking while studying for that beast is the biggest challenge of my life. I'll probably have to drag it on longer than usual.

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Law school acceptance test?

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Smart C,

I doubt that you will listen to my advice because of your history on this forum but here it goes. Don't do it.

When I left the law practice, I had lunch with a client who owns a chain of convenience stores. He has his Class A and drove trucks for more than 10 years.

When I told him that I planned to pursue trucking, the first words out of his mouth were "Your stress level will go WAY down." He followed that up with "you'll have some stressful days, but its not going to be all day, every day like the law practice."

I'm in TNT at Prime, which is what many consider the most stressful part of their career. He was right. While there is stress and its a different kind of stress, I would go back to the law practice for anything.

There you go. Take it or leave it.

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.

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.

Rob D.'s Comment
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Should have proof read better.

Would NOT got back to the law practice.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Dedicated would require 2 things.... Your home location and a lightweight truck (unless you are a trainer)

There is a Reed City MI to Murfreesboro TN run and a couple Walmart dedicated accounts but many are in the Northeast or are temporary... Ex during the holidays Busch runs dedicated to supply the upswing in beer sales.

If you don't live near an account, they won't allow it because getting you home would be an issue. Many spots are guarantee pay instead of cpm , so home time out of route would screw you every month...possibly for two weeks if you spread it across wed and Thurs..... Two different pay periods

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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