Update....on Dancing Bananas And Polar Bears

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Adam J.'s Comment
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So a quick update...I am here in Pittston, PA at Prime, Inc. I have been here since January 10 for the PSD program. I have been out on the road from PA to Vermont, Kentucky and Tennessee before returning back to the terminal. A couple days of practice backing and scheduled to test for CDL on Saturday morning. Lots of nerves and worry about testing. Saturday morning came and test day arrived along with emails about trucking restrictions due to a pending storm that is to start. Great....more things to worry about... Test time came. Pre-trip and in cab no issues (yes the HRTP helped a lot) Air brakes...had brain cramp but was able to recover. Skills part (one that I was dreading) straight back, no problem. Off-set to the right...ok did a ton of that in practice. Parallel to the right....ouch **sigh** only did a couple in practice. Deep breaths, slow down and think...nailed it (not as good as I wanted but in the box with no violations. Road test, not an issue. Just a shocked look on my face returning to test pad and finding out I passed, hitting the "Trifecta". Paperwork done, and now Prime employee.... I still cant believe that I have taken this leap into this journey. Thank you all for all your experience and advise. I do not think I would have tried this adventure without everyone's help and input. I know I have a long way to still go, but the big thing is that I passed and have my license. A huge shout out to Brett, Old School and everyone else. THANK YOU.

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.

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.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Woohoo! Congratulations Adam!

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Bonus Money! Now you're getting a little jingle in your pocket. Way to go!

Rob T.'s Comment
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Great job!

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Turtle's Comment
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Congratulations, Driver!

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RealDiehl's Comment
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Congratulations, Adam! Have you heard anything about a TNT trainer yet? Are you going to have to wait in Pittston for a trainer, or are you close enough to home that you can wait at home if you need to?

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.

Adam J.'s Comment
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Thank you. I am going to call the fleet manager to find out. I have been busy trying to get home repairs done from here (broken water lines) I know that travel is limited due to the storm so I am just going to stay at the terminal. I would like to go home, but it's a long drive back to Maine and crappy weather figured it was best to stay put.

Congratulations, Adam! Have you heard anything about a TNT trainer yet? Are you going to have to wait in Pittston for a trainer, or are you close enough to home that you can wait at home if you need to?

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.

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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Congrats, ADAM~!!

Trifecta, no less.. SWEET ~!!!

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PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations!

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G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations!

We need dancing snowmen right now!

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RealDiehl's Comment
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Just curious, are you reefer , flatbed, tanker? If reefer, you might have the same FM as me. Let me know who your FM is when get the chance.

Fm:

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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