On The Road With Trainer

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Mark .'s Comment
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When you're on the road with a trainer, does the trainer sit in the passenger seat and instruct (and then you both sleep at the same time) or does the instructor sleep while you are driving and drive while you are sleeping.

Thx Mark

ThinksTooMuch's Comment
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It depends on the company. Make sure you ask.

BugSmasherOne (Paul K.)'s Comment
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It can also be either way within the same company. I am with Knight and trained on a team truck, when I was driving the trainer was usually sleeping and I slept when he drove. Of course there were over lapping times when we were both awake for training, especially at shipping/receiving and fuel stops.

Other trainees go out with trainers that are up while you drive, sleep while you sleep and you are awake when they drive.

Mark .'s Comment
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It depends on the company. Make sure you ask.

Do the different situations have specific names?

Gary C.'s Comment
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Ask if they're dispatched Solo or Team. Solo means you'll be awake/asleep together. Team one will drive while the other sleeps.

Logan T.'s Comment
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At Swift Transportation you have to have at least a minimum of 50 hours solo with your mentor before they dispatch you as a team. Once you hit those 50 hours then it's up to the mentor if your ready to run team yet. While your running those first 50 hours the mentor is sitting in the front seat while you are driving.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
ATXJEHU's Comment
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At Roehl Transport it's all Solo; no team driving allowed while in training. When the Trainee is driving, the Trainer is "On Duty" in the passenger seat. Likewise, when the Trainer is driving. Both sleep at the same time. However, with each one having 11 hours of drive time available, the total driving time can be stretched to a max of 14 hours if needed.


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.
Wine Taster's Comment
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Yeap, that is one of the reasons I choose Roehl. Two weeks of solo training on the road. Hope I get a good trainer.


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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I am in the prime psd program. If I am driving my trainer is in the passenger seat. If he is driving then that is where I am at. Once I get to the tent phase wrong will drive as a team.


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.
RedGator (Nalee)'s Comment
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At WEL its 2 weeks solo with an option to team the next 2 weeks. The choice is up to the trainer and trainee.

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