I Did It, I Passed, I'm Driving For Prime Inc.

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Brad S.'s Comment
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I passed my CDL/psd phase at prime. Now I'm almost done with TNT. about two weeks left. When I want to "cry, complain,blaim" I hear the voices of TT, calling me out. It has been alot of fun and really hard work. I miss the computer, tv shows and long conversations with the family, with the driving training and learning/sleeping not alot of time. But I new that going in from this site, I really appreciate the insight to get ready for a new career. I have seen more.of the country in two months than I have in 49years of life. The view is so much better than a bank office and stock ticker. Best choice of my life, I even like the tough days right now!

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.

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.

Turtle's Comment
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That's awesome, Brad. Congratulations!

Now the fun, and hard work really begins. Doing solo is serious business. But you know we're all here to help. Good luck!

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations!

I love the way you stated this...

When I want to "cry, complain,blaim" I hear the voices of TT, calling me out. It has been alot of fun and really hard work.

There is no doubt getting a good start at this career is challenging. The greater the challenge, the greater the reward. Many people try it and many of them fall short. It's not because it is almost impossible. It is usually because they weren't prepared for what they were getting into. We do our best to help folks make a good start. A big part of that is just being as prepared as you possibly can. Having some realistic expectations is a huge part of making it during that first year.

We are proud to have been a part of your success. We are excited for your future conquests. There will still be many challenges ahead, but it sounds as if you are well on your way to making a second career out of this. Hang in there!

Chief Brody's Comment
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What division? Reefer , dry van , flatbed a tanker.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Brad S.'s Comment
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Refer, training out of springfield.

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