My Prime TNT Progress Updates

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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HAHAHA! Robert's inches & weight; what a hoot!

You, LOST 30# ?!?!? I need to send TOM OUT with a trainer, sheesh!

Sitting here with Tom, reading the last few days/pages of your diary.

Man, he's impressed. Your pics, your taste in music..... that song......yessir. Your wherewithal . . . he said he doesn't think he could've done it. I believe him.

One Day at a Time.

Carry on, good sir, and Thank you, Dennis.

Stay safe, stay blessed. You're awesome!

~ Anne & Tom ~

ps: ALMOST THERE!!!!!!! You've got a fan club, and a PRICELESS diary for future newbies/Primates!!!

Dennis L's Comment
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I’m ready to start driving at 00:30 CDT 01:30 EDT).

My 70 clock available hours now are 17h 57m. I did not drive on 02/26/22, thus saved 9h 7m for today and our upcoming “high value” load.

I have 339 miles to our Loc 90 customer. I expect to arrive about 07:10 CDT (08:10 EDT). I will try to check in upon arrival for our 11:00 EDT appointment time to D&H. There is onsite parking if I have to wait.

Time to get rolling.

Dennis L's Comment
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I start driving at 00:31 CDT. Arrived at Loc 90 customer at 07:32 CDT.

Complete D&H.

Depart at 09:01 CDT for a nearby Flying J to get food and drinks. Arrived at 09:24 CDT.

Depart at 09:42 CDT to new Loc 01 customer. Arrived at 10:17 CDT.

I’m Off Duty/SB at 10:51 CDT. Switched drivers.

Robert Docks at 11:44 CDT to live load one pallet. Done loading at 11:48 CDT.

Our appointment was at 14:00 CDT. This will give us a couple hours head start on this trip of 929 miles to Olive Branch, MS to deliver between 06:00 - 12:00 CDT on 04/28/22.

Robert departs at 12:20 CDT. First fuel stop is ~336 miles in VA.

PackRat's Comment
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One pallet?

Dennis L's Comment
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Yes one pallet of Pharmaceuticals.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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One pallet?

rofl-3.gif I saw that,too. Must be that OLIVE branch! rofl-3.gif

Keep on keeping on, good sir! Y'all amaze me. I love Robert's style, totally!!! You lucked OUT, there!

~just Anne~

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Yes one pallet of Pharmaceuticals.

Just saw this; oops! HVL? Convoy? Tom did pharms for a company he ran for in '08; had to run trucks in 3's I believe.

Sheesh, I wanna play, too!

~ Anne ~

PackRat's Comment
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No wonder those things cost the consumer so much. One pallet, a thousand miles.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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I'd be on the U-Ship site, looking for some more cargo with so much available space left in the trailer.

Dennis L's Comment
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Yes this is an HVL. That’s all that I’ll say about that.

I was approved for upgrade. My name is being put on the list for a truck assignment today.


The big unknown is how long it will take to get a truck assigned. The FM said it could be as soon as Friday or a month from Friday. No way to know.

So the decision to be made by tomorrow is do I want to be dropped off on next trip assignment at home for up to 7 days off. If a truck assignment not in yet then go back out teaming.

I asked my FM if Robert could be routed back to pick me up again like between my PSD and TNT , we would rather stay together as a team.

Once the truck is assigned they want me routed to the terminal ASAP to do the upgrade process.


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.


Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.


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.


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.



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.

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