Coming To Prime As A C-seat

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I did an evaluation on the simulator and then I went out with a trainer right away. Started driving the interstate my first day. He sat with me for a few hours to make sure I was good but that was it.

Also the best thing to do about the drug test thing is be honest with your recruiter and get advice from them directly. If you try to hide something and they find out you’ll not get hired. I believe most companies aren’t looking for perfect people as much as honest people.

Hay, Lew~!!!

Sounds like things are happening QUICK!!!

JSYK, Garrett got sent home from Prime (DQ'd) over an incident in his PV he didn't disclose. Oops!

I'm still following YOU and your journey, though!!

Kudos, man!

~ Anne ~

ps: The last few people I've heard from re: Prime, is the sim eval is like your 'test' to go drive... yes?

pps: Nae Nae said it made her nauseous. You too?

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

SweetLew's Comment
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Anne, I’m not sure how much of a test it was honestly. When I completed the scenario the guy said “you passed. Go away. “And that was it. I know a few guys had to redo it but it was very simple. It didn’t make me sick however I’ve done many hours in simulators for military convoy training so maybe I was a little more prepared for it. All in all the entire orientation felt very easy. Date I say, too easy. But I have no record, driving or criminal, and nothing to hide so it went very smoothly for me. Like I said, honesty from the get go is paramount in any job interview so as long as you have that covered it should be smooth sailing. For example, when I was a cop I got hit in my patrol car. I wasn’t at fault as I was responding to a call emergency with my lights and sirens activated. It’s not on my MVR but I brought it up just in case it showed up somewhere and I didn’t want to seem like I was hiding it. Everything worked out and the honesty paid off.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Everything worked out and the honesty paid off.

If only MORE people would realize this~!!!! ^^^^^

Congrats going forward, Lew . . .

I'll be following!!

~ Anne ~

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

SweetLew's Comment
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It’s been awhile since an update. I’ve recently passed the halfway mark of TNT. I’ll be going home for a few days this week. I should have about 3 weeks left after I come back before I upgrade. The first 6 weeks have been awesome and stressful at times. But mostly awesome. I got a great trainer who is from my same area and age and we get along really well. We work well as a team. But, I’m looking forward to being solo as well. I still have a few things to learn but I feel like I’m doing really well. Honestly, without any major trainer/trainee issues this has been a pretty great experience. That’s not to say there haven’t been some small issues or things about my trainer that annoy me. But I know 100% I can also be annoying. So my advice would be to stay positive and go out of your way to get along. It’s only a few weeks. A blip in your life that you’ll barely remember.

I scratched up a deer guard on a curb and then ripped off a mud flap on a small rock I couldn’t see when I had to back around a corner on a gravel road. The backing was one of the stressful moments. My trainer said it was in the top ten worst deliveries he’s ever had to do. But I succeeded with much sweat.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ll probably update again about the upgrade process in a few weeks.

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.

Melvina O.'s Comment
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The first day we had some introductions, paper application and general rules and pay info. Then we got bussed over to the main terminal for a DOT physical. We did our file review after lunch. After that we were free to go to our rooms or classrooms to complete the CBTs. I completed mine that day.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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