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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Sorry been so long just been busy. 5k short of half way in tnt here at prime. I love it, took awhile to get used to being away from home, but I am on my second home time got alot better. More to come....

Good to hear from ya, KJ~!!

Have you talked yourself 'out' of leasing at this point, finally? LoL....

Sounds like you are coming along well; and yes . . it HAS been awhile!! Kudos for hanging in, good sir!

~ Anne ~

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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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I will be upgrading around the first 2 weeks if January, it is going quick. But no I didn't talk myself out of lease,my trainer does very well he has trained me day one how to run as a solo lease. These last 3 weeks I been basically doing all the shipper and receiver work. I had the driving down awhile ago. His fuel strategy is really good. I have always been good at budgeting money and have management experience just got to manage myself. If I knew without a doubt I couldn't do it i wouldnt.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

PackRat's Comment
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His fuel strategy is really good.

Please share his really good fuel strategy with the rest of us.

Kj Bryant's Comment
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Lol prolly just like everyone else does. Calculate how your averaging miles per gallon,how long to your next stop, divide that by the miles. ( this works well in most circumstances) but if you driving in hill terrain,starting and stopping etc etc. We had a run from cali,to pageland sc and from pageland back to cali and ran good fuel mileage per mile. Ran both ways around 60 mph.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Lol prolly just like everyone else does. Calculate how your averaging miles per gallon,how long to your next stop, divide that by the miles. ( this works well in most circumstances) but if you driving in hill terrain,starting and stopping etc etc. We had a run from cali,to pageland sc and from pageland back to cali and ran good fuel mileage per mile. Ran both ways around 60 mph.

That is all a waste of time. Prime has a Macro 27 that calculates the route, best prices based on local, federal and IFTA taxes. In the end a smart lease Op fuels in the exact location a company driver does.

There are only 2 numbers on his 20 page settlement that are worth anything:

"Income & Expense Cashflow LTD (Lease to date)

"Miles LTD"

Divide the cashflow by the miles and you have the cents per mile.

I have recently gotten numbers from several lease ops wiling to share their settlements with me. Here are the results:

6 months driving: 52cpm 2 years driving: 48cpm 6 years driving: 54cpm 6 years driving: 64cpm 8 years driving: 42cpm 20 years driving: 73cpm

I know you wont listen to anything we say. But you have a family and should consider not having Workmans Comp or health benefits. I have loaned tons of money to lease ops who have gotten sick or injured.

Lease ops lie about being company. At least go company for 6 month to a year.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Kj Bryant's Comment
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Well I was just asking a question, im just going to do me, was nice knowing you all thanks for everything. Goodbye.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rob T.'s Comment
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Well I was just asking a question, im just going to do me, was nice knowing you all thanks for everything. Goodbye.

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OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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And another lease driver departs in a huff.

SMH.....

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PJ's Comment
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Hmmm, why did he take that attitude. All we have done is point the differences out to him. I guess he drank a big gulp of the leaseing koolaid.

KJ if your still around sir, don’t get offended. All anyone did was share honest information with you. Of course your free to do as you wish with that information.

You were told several posts ago about my situation. I am on track to make right about what I did my rookie year as I said back then. The reason, I blew a turbo the first part of June. The estimate was approx 12k. After they got it all apart the final bill was 18,900 plus 1k for the tow. I was down 10 days. That cost me at least 10k in lost revenue. Freight prices were down this year over last. People see dollar signs and don’t stop to realize how much these trucks cost to maintain. After the first of the year I will be buying new tires, another 8k or so. Yes you could do it a little cheaper, but I run good tires.

You lease a truck your paying for the repairs and upkeep. Most lease drivers are not prepared for the “what can happen” and think they are making a ton of money.

No matter which way you go all of us here only wish you the best. good-luck.gif

Kj Bryant's Comment
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Didn't leave in a huff bud, just was wondering l. Im still tnt. For every horror story there's a good one. Thanks pj since you were lease its easier to understand.

I'm just anxious thats all, I'm ready to go solo, driving and dealing with shippers and relievers not that bad. ( only thing I got to get used to is the waiting which I am) wish they were all drop and hooks lol.

I decided to go company for awhile. I need to take advantage if primes dental and insurance, even though the cost is crazy for a single person. Prolly just do my year or alittle more,then get a yard jocky job or somthing local. Unless I can get lucky and gran a regional from prime,but till then just going to learn and keep enjoying it.

I should just be proud, not many people make it this far.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

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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