Wilson Logistics Training: Start Date: 12/13/21. A Librarian Learns Trucking!

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Mountain Matt's Comment
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Well, I haven't updated this in a while because things have been *busy*! After getting my CDL and having a few days to pick that up in South Dakota and do some hiking, we hit the road last Saturday (1/8/22). We got a load from Missouri up to Washington state, and then another to just outside Atlanta. I've been putting in the miles and getting experience dealing with various situations. Sleeping in a moving truck while the other person drives takes some getting used to, but experience and exhaustion help with that, lol. Another reason why I wouldn't want to do team driving in the future.

But I'm loving the experience and the travel. I've been to 20 states so far and came across four time zones in 2 days. Wyoming is definitely "exciting" in winter.

Now that I have my CDL and am officially a Wilson employee, I just got my first paycheck. Feels good (and necessary!) to be bringing in income again. They also reimbursed me for my gas in driving to training and then when I drove back up to South Dakota and back to Missouri (I drove my own car).

From here, we keep rolling until I've gotten in 30,000 miles. We're up to 4,200 already. We took a day off here near Atlanta. My trainer went golfing while I got a shower, did some laundry, paid bills, and generally just relaxed.

If people have questions about Wilson's program, please let me know. Otherwise, I'll just drop a little update in this diary from time-to-time.

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.
JT 's Comment
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Congrats on passing your CDL! I just finished up my TNT phase with Wilson. I’ll be back in Missoula tomorrow to start my solo week.

Well, I haven't updated this in a while because things have been *busy*! After getting my CDL and having a few days to pick that up in South Dakota and do some hiking, we hit the road last Saturday (1/8/22). We got a load from Missouri up to Washington state, and then another to just outside Atlanta. I've been putting in the miles and getting experience dealing with various situations. Sleeping in a moving truck while the other person drives takes some getting used to, but experience and exhaustion help with that, lol. Another reason why I wouldn't want to do team driving in the future.

But I'm loving the experience and the travel. I've been to 20 states so far and came across four time zones in 2 days. Wyoming is definitely "exciting" in winter.

Now that I have my CDL and am officially a Wilson employee, I just got my first paycheck. Feels good (and necessary!) to be bringing in income again. They also reimbursed me for my gas in driving to training and then when I drove back up to South Dakota and back to Missouri (I drove my own car).

From here, we keep rolling until I've gotten in 30,000 miles. We're up to 4,200 already. We took a day off here near Atlanta. My trainer went golfing while I got a shower, did some laundry, paid bills, and generally just relaxed.

If people have questions about Wilson's program, please let me know. Otherwise, I'll just drop a little update in this diary from time-to-time.

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.

Mountain Matt's Comment
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Congrats on finishing your miles, and good luck with solo week!

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Well, I haven't updated this in a while because things have been *busy*! After getting my CDL and having a few days to pick that up in South Dakota and do some hiking, we hit the road last Saturday (1/8/22). We got a load from Missouri up to Washington state, and then another to just outside Atlanta. I've been putting in the miles and getting experience dealing with various situations. Sleeping in a moving truck while the other person drives takes some getting used to, but experience and exhaustion help with that, lol. Another reason why I wouldn't want to do team driving in the future.

But I'm loving the experience and the travel. I've been to 20 states so far and came across four time zones in 2 days. Wyoming is definitely "exciting" in winter.

Now that I have my CDL and am officially a Wilson employee, I just got my first paycheck. Feels good (and necessary!) to be bringing in income again. They also reimbursed me for my gas in driving to training and then when I drove back up to South Dakota and back to Missouri (I drove my own car).

From here, we keep rolling until I've gotten in 30,000 miles. We're up to 4,200 already. We took a day off here near Atlanta. My trainer went golfing while I got a shower, did some laundry, paid bills, and generally just relaxed.

If people have questions about Wilson's program, please let me know. Otherwise, I'll just drop a little update in this diary from time-to-time.

Always following & praying for ya, on this journey, good sir!

Thanks for the stop ins; it's SO instrumental, to the newbies to this site... and the 'giving back' is HUGE!

Stay safe, stay blessed, Matt. You're nipping this in the bud! Slow & steady wins the game! Share some Fb pix..... sometimes!

~ Anne & Tom ~

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bill M.'s Comment
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Congrats! Thanks for the updates. Safe travels out there.

Well, I haven't updated this in a while because things have been *busy*! After getting my CDL and having a few days to pick that up in South Dakota and do some hiking, we hit the road last Saturday (1/8/22). We got a load from Missouri up to Washington state, and then another to just outside Atlanta. I've been putting in the miles and getting experience dealing with various situations. Sleeping in a moving truck while the other person drives takes some getting used to, but experience and exhaustion help with that, lol. Another reason why I wouldn't want to do team driving in the future.

But I'm loving the experience and the travel. I've been to 20 states so far and came across four time zones in 2 days. Wyoming is definitely "exciting" in winter.

Now that I have my CDL and am officially a Wilson employee, I just got my first paycheck. Feels good (and necessary!) to be bringing in income again. They also reimbursed me for my gas in driving to training and then when I drove back up to South Dakota and back to Missouri (I drove my own car).

From here, we keep rolling until I've gotten in 30,000 miles. We're up to 4,200 already. We took a day off here near Atlanta. My trainer went golfing while I got a shower, did some laundry, paid bills, and generally just relaxed.

If people have questions about Wilson's program, please let me know. Otherwise, I'll just drop a little update in this diary from time-to-time.

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.
Mountain Matt's Comment
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Thanks, Bill and Anne! I appreciate the encouragement.

Well, I'm grinding it out... We've got a load of orange juice from Florida to Utah. After this load, I'll have about 7,000 of my 30,000 required training miles done. We're mostly team driving, which means I take the evening/night shift. I'm loving the job and the lifestyle...the most challenging part is living in a closet with someone else and not being in charge of my own life and schedule to any degree. Still, I'm learning all I can and treating the other aspects as time to learn on my own. I feel like I'll learn a lot once I'm on my own, but I'm trying to get as much as I can out of this phase. My trainer doesn't really give me a lot of space to "figure it out" when he's awake, so I'm just learning from his system and actions, good and bad.

We stayed in Orlando for a few days so he could golf, so I took the opportunity to Uber to a nearby nature preserve. I hiked 6 miles through a cypress swamp and even saw a river otter! No alligators, sadly. But hiking in different places is one of my passions, so I was thrilled! I'll post a pic or two below.

Mountain Matt's Comment
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For some reason, I can't upload photos now, so I'll try later...

Mountain Matt's Comment
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I meant to add that, even though the appointment times can be weird, I'm enjoying driving reefer. There's some extra work involved (fueling that reefer too when it's cold is not always welcome), but I find it oddly satisfying to be delivering food. So far, we've delivered onions, meat, pre-packaged dinners, orange juice, etc. In the future I may want to change it up, but I'm digging this now.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I meant to add that, even though the appointment times can be weird, I'm enjoying driving reefer. There's some extra work involved (fueling that reefer too when it's cold is not always welcome), but I find it oddly satisfying to be delivering food. So far, we've delivered onions, meat, pre-packaged dinners, orange juice, etc. In the future I may want to change it up, but I'm digging this now.

...and I'm still digging your DIARY!! (so many are... i'm sure!)

IDK about the photos dealio... worked for 'me' an hour ago... hmmmm ?~?!?~? Later is fine, Mr. Matt.

The hiking aspect is awesome; just totally awesome. Turtle (and Rob D./Chief Brody) used to post a TON about said hikes; even went 'geocaching' as well. (Is that even a thing anymore?!?)

You could always graduate (haha!) to hauling Pickles and Potatoes, with Miss Laura (IDMtnGal) if this gets old, hahaha!

Wishing you the best, always~

~ Anne ~

Dm:

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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