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Kj Bryant's Comment
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Deove alot going to test out next fri or sat. Nit much to say deive,drive,drive, I'm building up my driving endurance.

Donna M.'s Comment
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A little tip! When u do your road test for CDL , u will most likely will go back through industrial and end up at stop sign in front of inbound. Stop at the sign and then let examiner know u are gonna roll forward to check traffic otherwise u will get points for rolling a stop sign.

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.
40 Days's Comment
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Endurance helps but memorize and visualize your trifecta that bonus is nice. Still following and wishing you the best.good-luck-2.gif

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dan F.'s Comment
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Wow thats an insane size!

. Prime didn’t bring u there to send u home. Unless u fail drug test or review and you’ve got that done. The week I came to prime it was the biggest class they had ever had 275 students, we did everything in shifts. I think there was about 200 of us after orientation week.

Kj Bryant's Comment
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Been Alittle busy,trainer having me drive more. Problem I am having is , I went through Houston and holy hell. In big cities my anxiety level goes crazy. I can stay in my lane good,I try to drive 55 I knownits slow but I feel comfortable at that speed when I need to speed up for entrance ramps or slanted ramps I do go 55 im comfortable at,trainer tells me to speed up i hate it. I know after some time I can get used to it, but im learning how to properly look ahead and check mirrors before moving lanes. But i cannot make my own safe gaps with the speed he wants me to. Plus the entrance and exit signs are so different from where im from. He has dirvin them many times. He has his gps way on top of windshield i cannot look at that and drive at same time, my attention is to my surroundings. Is this a learned trait? He always drives with one hand and messes with his Qualcomm scares the hell out of me lol. He dont yell at me or anything if I make a mistake he tells me like a adult school teacher which is excellent. I hardly have to say what or have him repeat himself i dont look at him, he tells me directions and I follow, its almost like he is my conscious.

Plus I think I and scaring myself I always think im one popped tire, wreckless 4 wheeler from death. Freaking buggin me lol. Sometimes I think for what we all do if they calculated everything we do and all the sacrifice and risk and put a price on it all truck drivers make less than minimum wage.

Please do not get me wrong, I do enjoy alot more than I don't. Im new as heck. I'm only on last week if psd have alot to learn. I can drive safe but I have to at my speed of truck, I know cant go to slow but fast enough to learn. I have found myself catching potential problems and my trainer has praised me for it, makes me feel good. I actually don't trust other people's driving skills. Never knew how bad of a four wheeler I was till driving a truck. Lol please help with anxiety I have lol.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

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.
PJ's Comment
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KJ all of this is a learned thing. We all learn at a different speed. Sounds like you are doing ok. Try to relax a bit. Winding yourself up will only cause you to make mistakes. Have faith in yourself and your equipment. The more you do things the more comfortable you will become.

Kj Bryant's Comment
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Went through Dallas just fine. Stayed in my lane and went. Ty for your help. Im going to stay tnt through winter with same trainer to learn winter skills. Pay will suck because i stayed tnt, but the knowledge I will learn will reward that.

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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Im going to stay tnt through winter with same trainer to learn winter skills. Pay will suck because i stayed tnt, but the knowledge I will learn will reward that.

Kj, I can understand being nervous now because most every situation is going to be a new thing for you.

TNT of 50,000 miles will get you many opportunities to drive in winter conditions. Limiting yourself by saying you're going to stay with a trainer all Winter? I don't see the need after a couple months of Winter conditions. You may see snow once or twice a week. If it's ice, blizzards, or road closures, we stop. That's with or without a trainer.

SNOW: Slowly Navigate Or Wait.

ICE: Park It ASAP.

The biggest thing is to take it slow. You need to face the unknown, though. I would rather drive in the snow with a semi than most four wheelers.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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.

Kj Bryant's Comment
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It might nit be that long I got 50 grand miles to think about it.

Rob T.'s Comment
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KJ you're being too hard on yourself. You even said you only have 1 week of PSD so far. I'm glad you're driving the speed you feel safe regardless of what others think. The fact that you're nervous and get anxiety in heavy traffic is good as long as it isnt crippling and causing you to freeze up instead of making decisions. I'd be worried if you didn't.

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.
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