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Mark M.'s Comment
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Ok so I got my CDL permit, got my DOT Physical card, got my drug screen.

Im set for October 11th, Monday to start at Prime Inc. Super excited.

I ask my recruiter for any info he has on things like the PTI and whatever else I can dive into, I want to start learning now.

He told me to look stuff up on youtube, that was it.

Am I being to nitpicky to say thats not really great answer from a recruiter? Am I jumping the gun?

I am really excited about starting this new career, this new path and hope it will last me 20 years.

Anyway, just wanted to see what you all thought!

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.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Mark, they are going to have a ton of stuff for you to work on after you get there. They have a lot of computer based knowledge and testing you will be doing. They have printed material for the pre-trip, but they want to give that to you while you are there. One reason is you will have a truck to look at while going through it. That makes a huge difference in how you learn this stuff. You are kind of jumping the gun with the recruiter. Their job is to get you signed up. They've accomplished that. They are not there to feed you a lot of material that you will be receiving at orientation or during your PSD phase.

There is still a lot you can be doing though. You seem motivated and that is the time to apply yourself. It looks like you have barely got started on our High Road CDL Training Program. While you have time and motivation you should really be working your way through that thing. There is so much helpful information in that program. Much of it will not be covered by your trainers. I highly recommend hitting that course hard and heavy.

We also have a great way for you to start preparing for learning your pre-trip wording and procedures. Check out these resources. Daniel's Pre-trip Inspection was put together by a Prime trainer. You will find it very helpful.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Howdy!

Don't be worried about that answer from the recruiter. Here's a link to get started. Then, go to the three bars in the upper left corner, and go through all of those different sections. Brett's book is in there and that is a must read.

Getting Started Info

Laura

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mark M.'s Comment
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Hey Mark, they are going to have a ton of stuff for you to work on after you get there. They have a lot of computer based knowledge and testing you will be doing. They have printed material for the pre-trip, but they want to give that to you while you are there. One reason is you will have a truck to look at while going through it. That makes a huge difference in how you learn this stuff. You are kind of jumping the gun with the recruiter. Their job is to get you signed up. They've accomplished that. They are not there to feed you a lot of material that you will be receiving at orientation or during your PSD phase.

There is still a lot you can be doing though. You seem motivated and that is the time to apply yourself. It looks like you have barely got started on our High Road CDL Training Program. While you have time and motivation you should really be working your way through that thing. There is so much helpful information in that program. Much of it will not be covered by your trainers. I highly recommend hitting that course hard and heavy.

We also have a great way for you to start preparing for learning your pre-trip wording and procedures. Check out these resources. Daniel's Pre-trip Inspection was put together by a Prime trainer. You will find it very helpful.

I hear you and am listening. Getting on that then. Thanks for the reply!

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.
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