Long Road To Prime

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Oz's Comment
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Recap: I had an incident on my 2 wheels and find to be at fault. Didn't fight it. A year goes by and I run the idea of trucking by the Wife. She likes it. One of my old friends from HS drives for Prime and has no issues. Research. I like what I see. I apply. Get told call back in a year. Sad. Another year goes by. I apply again. "Not currently hiring from FL." Broken heart. Ok, mass applications, maybe SWIFT/Knight? Nobody bites. Another year passes. Considering getting CDL-A on my own dime. Come here for opinion. Rainy/Kearsey says hiring freeze lifted (thank you again). Apply again. Accepted (excessive fanfare). Obtain permit, pee in cup, and get physical. Start date 11/30. Orientation begins. File review, CBT's, clearinghouse permission. All good. Simulator room for a couple days. Take personality quiz. Get access to Millennium and plaza. Tire class and intro to PTI. Wait for trainer assignment and practice PTI. Got trainer. Fellow student from orientation assigned also, cool. Get in truck, "you're driving to KC."... Wut? Ok. I got this. (Small misunderstanding about previous xp). Two weeks pad time inc a run to Omahahahaha. Test day. Trifecta. Assigned TNT. Incoming from Ca, wait a couple days. Meet for a few in millennium. Now I lay in campus room. Can't sleep. Leave at 4 for PA. Shiny side up, rubber down. Update when I can.

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.

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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Difficult to sleep with the anticipation, excitement, and nerves. Breathe deep and don't stress.

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Old School's Comment
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Oz, that was beautiful - I loved that re-cap! You already sound like a trucker!

Carry on brother. It's going to be a long road ahead, but I think you can handle it - keep the faith!

Here's a few dancing bananas - you deserve them!

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hahahah that was concise and you are welcome good luck

Oz's Comment
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Don't have much time. First day, 7 hours. Mountains. Second day, same. Felt well rested and was told to go as long as I felt good to drive. Freedom. 10 hours. Ramp to truck stop didn't turn out great. Downtown. Wake up trainer. Reroute to swap out. Time to rest up for next go round.

PS. Thank you all for the kind words, wisdom, and encouragement. My TNT trainer is great and is making sure I'll be knowledgeable and safe.

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.

Oz's Comment
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After a few hectic days OTR w/TNT, we are scheduled for home time. I get to spend time w/wife and relax. If there are any questions regarding my experience w/Prime so far I'm more than happy to answer them.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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After a few hectic days OTR w/TNT, we are scheduled for home time. I get to spend time w/wife and relax. If there are any questions regarding my experience w/Prime so far I'm more than happy to answer them.

Just happily following along, Oz.

Hope you are enjoying your hometime w/the family~!!! Yay to that, for sure, good sir.

I read often, post sometimes . . . just know I'm lurking and learning daily!!!

~ Anne ~

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OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Oz's Comment
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Home time Christmas and New Year's was nice with the wife. Back I road with TNT and gaining experience driving 75 and NE region. Did not like NJ skinny lanes but I got great training during PSD so all is good. Finally get a load going to LA. Decided to dodge some forming weather and took I-40. Good thing, I-80 shut down. Deliver and catch another load to OH. Back across I-40 and experience some wind gusts, not too bad. Switch to TNPK and finish my shift crossing into MO, snow flurry. Out of nowhere car ahead disappears. Slow way down, throw on flashers, wake trainer. Clear the snow and swap out. Hit up terminal for shower, food, and laundry. Finished drive to OH and setting up for a much needed break.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

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.

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.

Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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Home time Christmas and New Year's was nice with the wife. Back I road with TNT and gaining experience driving 75 and NE region. Did not like NJ skinny lanes but I got great training during PSD so all is good. Finally get a load going to LA. Decided to dodge some forming weather and took I-40. Good thing, I-80 shut down. Deliver and catch another load to OH. Back across I-40 and experience some wind gusts, not too bad. Switch to TNPK and finish my shift crossing into MO, snow flurry. Out of nowhere car ahead disappears. Slow way down, throw on flashers, wake trainer. Clear the snow and swap out. Hit up terminal for shower, food, and laundry. Finished drive to OH and setting up for a much needed break.

At least you are taking your break in decent weather, here in Ohio.. Might snow later tonight tho ... whereabouts here in Ohio?

Stay safe!

~ Anne ~

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

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.

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.

Oz's Comment
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We were near Washington CH and took off to pick up another load for CA as the flakes began to fall.

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