Happy Holidays And Update

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hi guys...it has been a crazy year for me. The loss of my mom, my family crumbling and dealing with an extended probate wore on me greatly. I was also very sick for two weeks and after 3 negative covid tests, one negative flu test, I recovered. Who knows what I had.

A couple weeks after I got on the road after my mother's death I felt drained. I wasn't ready to go back. So I got certified to be a CDL instructor, which was new to me. In the past I did the team training only. And although I thought this would be easy with my experience, it was a bit of a struggle.

However, I am taking multiple students and am home every day and make my own schedule. Even with that, it can be grueling as the cold winter has me outside for hours and days are still ten to twelve hours long.

This week I am finishing the team miles for a trainee whose trainer left prime but that should only be a week. Then she can upgrade to her own truck and I will be back to schooling.

So far I had 2 students pass on their first try and one who passed on her second. She was nervous and failed the backing the first time. Some people can be their own worst enemies always wanting perfection.

Anyway.. wanted to say hi and Merry Christmas and happy new year. I always appreciate the support you all give me.

Stay safe

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Good luck in your new endeavors as an instructor! I sure couldn't do it, don't really have the patience.

Don't push so hard. After the death of a loved one you should give yourself one year not doing anything new or making major decisions. I learned that when I lost my sister and then a few years later when I lost my husband. A grief counselor told me that and it was good advice.

Christmas Blessings to you and may the New Year be good in everything you endeavor.

Laura

G-Town's Comment
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Blessings Kearsey. All the best!

TCB's Comment
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you also. Now that you are home daily, should we expect you to post more often, lol?

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you also. Now that you are home daily, should we expect you to post more often, lol?

Yep, right here ! Truckin' Along With Kearsey

I really hope she IS up in here, more often.

Congrats on your new endeavour, Rainy!! Super proud of you. I'm sure you are a GREAT instructor; you're a natural, and it SHOWS in your videos.

Honestly, I'm excited for you; ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES PRIME HAS AFFORDED YOU!!! (Read: NOT JUST a 'starter company,' y'ALL !)

Glad you stopped in, Kearsey. Always good to see you! Good on you, for getting through this tough year, as you needed to, m'lady.

Peace and Happiness and Success, for the New Year!

~ Anne ~

Navypoppop's Comment
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Happy Holidays to you Kearsey,

If anyone deserves a break it's you. You have shown your strength through all that you have gone through and have always continued to offer the best advice and guidance to anyone that asks for it. May you continue to be a shining star here on TT.

Old School's Comment
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Kearsey, I think you will make a great CDL instructor. I am a little confused though. Are you still working for Prime? Are you doing classroom type stuff and pad work too? I apologize if I didn't understand your post, but some days I am just not firing on all cylinders. It's always great to hear from you, and we all wish you the best in your endeavors.

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.
Barry H.'s Comment
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Awesome, training the future Primates ๐Ÿ‘ Be Safe out there Snow Princess

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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๐Ÿ˜‚ Old School your cylinders are just fine.

Yes I am still at Prime. Working with students on the pad and taking one day loads occasionally to get them experience. So I have each student about 2 weeks while they have their permit. Once they test and get their CDL it is off to a team trainer. I am.living in Springfield with a one mile ride to the terminal. ๐Ÿ˜

This week I took a TNT for team training because she only had 3600 miles to upgrade and lost her trainer due to his family issues. Next week it is back to Springfield

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.

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 14ยข 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.

Old School's Comment
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That actually sounds like a pretty cool job. If you need a break from the road, that sounds like an ideal way to do just that. We all wish you the best.

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