My Prime Orientation / PSD Experience

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Day 31 continues

It is now 11:50 and still waiting for a trailer. I can see why my trainer prefers working at night because access to equipment is better.

All trailers are tied up in morning either for CDL exams and other trainers.

It's all just 'readying you' for the 'real world,' haha!! The ELUSIVE trailers ... transitory trailer syndrome!!!

Your diary is EPIC. I'm sure this will help SO MANY future grasshoppers; more than you'll ever know! You can look back at it a year from now, too, and be like: "HAH!" .... LoL !

Best always,

~ Anne ~

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.
Dennis L's Comment
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Day 32 - 03/03/22

Test Day!

Trifecta!!!!

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PackRat's Comment
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BAM!!!

That's terrific news!

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Dennis L's Comment
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Thanks Pack Rat.

I’m staying on my PSD trainer’s truck for TNT. He is a good trainer and a known quantity as I am to him.

He actually cleaned the inside of the truck for test day!

We are waiting for our first team load assignment now. Nothing available for Arkansas today. Will try to get routed there soon so I can have 3-4 days at home and transfer my CDL to Arkansas.

I’ll bring my diary updates to a close for now. If something note worthy occurs during TNT I will add it. I suspect that I will be too tired to mess with it anyway.

Maybe when I upgrade to my own truck, I’ll consider a diary of my first solo month. That might be fun.

Cheers all!

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thanks Pack Rat.

I’m staying on my PSD trainer’s truck for TNT. He is a good trainer and a known quantity as I am to him.

He actually cleaned the inside of the truck for test day!

We are waiting for our first team load assignment now. Nothing available for Arkansas today. Will try to get routed there soon so I can have 3-4 days at home and transfer my CDL to Arkansas.

I’ll bring my diary updates to a close for now. If something note worthy occurs during TNT I will add it. I suspect that I will be too tired to mess with it anyway.

Maybe when I upgrade to my own truck, I’ll consider a diary of my first solo month. That might be fun.

Cheers all!

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TRIFECTA, no less . . . AWESOME !!!!

I'm SO HAPPY for YOU!! I'm hating to see you close your diary; maybe you can do like Turtle did, and Chief Brody, and add a 'tidbit' every now & then? (We will be wondering (and bothering) << yeah, me... OTHERwise! LoLoL!)

Super sweet; staying with your PSD guy through TNT ... you ARE blessed!!!! The habits, the bonds, the cameraderie .... all established. You must be gushing with gratitude right now; how AWESOME!

As I beg for a few more posts and/or a new thread,

I wish you well, good sir;

~ Anne ~

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.

Dennis L's Comment
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Thank you Anne for your support and for reading my blow by blow details.

Good luck in getting your CDL , maybe this year?

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.
Dennis L's Comment
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Just to be complete, for my exam today I drew the following:

PTI - the Full Monty! He gave me 1 point off for not pointing to the transmission shifter being in neutral prior to air brake test. I did verbalize it! Passed!

Backing - 1. SLB. 2. Offset Left and 3. Parallel Park Right. Got 7 points for backing, salvaged a couple ugly situations. Passed!

Road test - 8 points, don’t know for what. Passed!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thank you Anne for your support and for reading my blow by blow details.

Good luck in getting your CDL , maybe this year?

Most welcome, Dennis. My pleasure!

Re: My CDL ~ 2022 >> "Lord Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise!" << That's the GAME PLAN! good-luck-2.gif

You be safe out there, driver. Thanks for sharing your amazing journey!!

~ Anne ~

ps: Don't forget to change your status to: 'Driver in Training!' Justly earned.

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.
Bill M.'s Comment
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Just to be complete, for my exam today I drew the following:

PTI - the Full Monty! He gave me 1 point off for not pointing to the transmission shifter being in neutral prior to air brake test. I did verbalize it! Passed!

Backing - 1. SLB. 2. Offset Left and 3. Parallel Park Right. Got 7 points for backing, salvaged a couple ugly situations. Passed!

Road test - 8 points, don’t know for what. Passed!

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OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dennis L's Comment
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03/04/22

Things worked out today great. My trainer received a load assignment this morning that requires us to bobtail to Eufala, Alabama to pick up a loaded trailer.

We worked out a route that allowed me to drive the first 286 miles in 5 hours from Springfield to Pine Bluff, AR to stop at the Love’s at US65 & US425 intersection. This Love’s is 48 miles from my home in Monticello, AR.

So my wife met us there at 15:15. My trainer will try to get a load back this way to pick me up on Wednesday earliest.

To be honest, I’m looking forward to a few days of “normalcy” before team driving for 7-8 weeks begins.

I took my wife to the nearby Saracen casino that she hasn’t been too since I left home on Jan 30th. She won’t drive herself here. Our deal was that I’d bring her whenever I’m home.

Will visit AR DMV office first thing Monday morning to get my AR CDL issued.

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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.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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