Prime Inc. PSD Covid Edition

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Ask for a new trainer immediately.

Completely agree. There's no denying that many drivers use jugs. But theres no reason you need to deal with such unsanitary conditions like the stench and mold the spills are creating. Many companies have a strict no top bunk while the truck is moving. If Prime is one of them in the event of an accident it could jeopardize your employment. Injuries are much more likely. If he's too lazy to cleanup a spill I'd hate to see how he keeps the rest been of the truck.

Make the call for a new trainer. When explaining your reasons to Prime keep it professional and factual, keeping emotions out of it. If you're unsure of who to reach out to I'm sure Kearsey could assist with who to get ahold of.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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You can call Steve Tassin, and do so immediately. Admitting you are sleeping on the top bunk while driving will get you fired, and you were told this in orientation. You were also told in orientation that this kind of behavior is unacceptable from a trainer and Prime needs to know about it. They cannot correct a problem they don't know about.

As a team trainer and member of the Driver Advirsory Board I can attest there are some great trainers out there. If you don't speak up you have only yourself to blame. One woman spoke up and now she is on my truck. Yay for both of us. She is great and safe.

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 T.'s Comment
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How are things going Soug?

Stoug Danhope's Comment
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How are things going Soug?

Yep in process of upgrading atm, will post update when I get a chance. Main point I have right now though, holy **** I'm glad tnt is over.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Congrats!!!! And we are here for u. If you need help.email me.

Stoug Danhope's Comment
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Supposed to be getting truck assigned tomorrow or the day after, anyone have recommended tools and supplies? Going lightweight and planning to pull passenger seat and cram and strap down a toolbox in that spot to keep as much crap in as I can and keep clothes and other stuff under bunk.

Stoug Danhope's Comment
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Still waiting on a truck. Guess prime is hiring pretty aggressively right now because when I came in there were still a few rooms at the campus inn and when I got in they were full and sent me to the oasis which was nice. But they booked my room and sent me to a nearby motel where the parking lot is full up with prime trucks as well. Oasis was nice, current place not so much but shouldn't be much longer.

I toughed it out with my trainer but probably shouldn't have. I'll say that probably wasn't the toughest thing I've ever done but it ranks pretty far up there. After talking with some other guys in the tnt upgrade class, I apparently had a less than ideal trainer in a lot of ways. Oh well, it's done now thankfully. Hit 44 states and did 61,000 odometer miles and 53,000 tnt miles. Did it all in one shot after I got my paper license. Trainer took a day or two here and there and I think 2.5 or 3 days at orlando and had me run a load solo to finish it out while he was at disney or whatever which was a nice reprieve.

Upgrade class was 11 people iirc and it was only myself and one other person not leasing day one solo which was baffling but their funeral I suppose, not my business.

Really don't have a whole lot to say on all of it. My trainer made it sound like I'm about to enter into a living hell but I learned not to take his advice on most things. He said my shortest days would still be 12-14 hours a day and many would be upwards of 18-20. He also said I would be pretty much locked into northeast regional and rarely go west of sprimo. Also, home time with prime according to him on company side meant that as long as you had a minute of time off for that day, it was home time. So if a load was finished at 22:00 and you went to PC home, that was your day of home time. Also, same goes on the back end so they could dispatch you at 1 am on your 4th day if they wanted. Not sure if I buy into that but I don't know.

Ready to get home though, been away for 3 months now. Forgot to get my tags renewed also lol. Going to try and get home after Thanksgiving and stay out until the Christmas bonus pays out. I was afraid reefer would fatten me up but I lost about 20-25 pounds since leaving out.

Thinking I'm going to serve my year and go iuoe in a region of the us that isn't the southeast. I miss running heavy equipment and the challenges of dump trucking and moving heavy equipment and all that. Reefer is incredibly boring and the lower 48 feels small and somewhat well travelled already for me. After a year or so I'll have a solid down payment for a house or property, can get a decent vehicle and have some savings to find a good job. If nothing else I could do ltl or northwest regional. Plus work being your entire existence isn't the funnest thing in the world if I'm being honest.

Hopefully I get a truck tomorrow.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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.

Stoug Danhope's Comment
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Also getting the following for the truck

Seals Comchecks Load bars Door lock Atlas Kingpin lock Cuff locks Tripsheet Extra truck keys Antigel Winter wiper blades

I think I can get all that at the company store or inbound

Tools:

Air chuck/air gauge Glad hand air hose adapter Vide grips Channel locks Lighters Bolt cutters Paracord Broom Leaf blower 50ft air hose Cheapy harbor freight tools kit Jumper cables Bucket Gloves Ice scraper Paper towels Lysol Duct tape Power strip Deicer Blankets

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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So, you stayed with the trainer that pees in the bunk?

Stoug Danhope's Comment
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Yeah, I didn't know if I'd get someone worse than him and didn't want to deal with him while they tried to route me in. I kept getting jerked around trying to go flatbed so I figured it would be more of the same plus the burned bridge of requesting a new trainer. He'd also get a ****y attitude if I did something he didn't like or questioned anything so I just kept to myself and away from him as much as I could and figured it out myself. I wanted tnt done asap so I toughed it out. It helped when he took his little vacation and I did a load solo in florida without him for those few days, refreshed me I guess to put up with him more.

I'm not into gossiping or into drama but that guy was a piece of work, I'll leave it at that. Judging by the way he complained about all the previous students, I'm sure I'll be lambasted to everyone he meets. But it's done and I won't ever have to deal with that guy again thankfully.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

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