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Ryan F.'s Comment
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You wouldn’t happen to have a link to those discussions on the apprenticeship program would you?

Thanks Ryan. What part of Arkansas you from? I’m in SE area.

I’m not a Prime recruiter, but I think it is a good company from my experience so far. I hope my diary hasn’t scared you off!

Everyone likes to talk about how tough TNT can be and it is challenging. However, I have learned a lot out here with a very experienced trainer (my good fortune). This is sort of like a military boot camp. If I can survive this, then I can survive anything thrown at me as a solo company driver.

There is a trial program being evaluated to allow 18 year olds to drive interstate OTR. If that takes hold and Prime joins in, then you may not need to wait until 21. There have been General Discussion topics on the subject on TT that you could search.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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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Hot Springs is a beautiful area.

We passed near there with the load of Pilgrim Pride chicken from De Queen, AR.

We hauled two loads from chicken processing plants in the southeast (Carolinas) to a company in Joplin, MO called Protein Solutions. The loads were chicken leg and thigh bones plus carcasses. This company turns it into a chicken protein product that they sell to pet food companies.

So if your dog or cat food package says contains real chicken protein by-products, you now know what it is.

Dennis L's Comment
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FMCSA Safe Driver pilot program

This is link to the FMCSA Pilot program description. Pretty dry stuff.

You can get a CDL-A in Arkansas at 18 to drive intrastate (can’t cross state lines). I don’t know if any companies offer paid CDL training for such.

The TT moderators may have info about that or advice to share.

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

Fm:

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.
Dennis L's Comment
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You could post a question about it in the General Discussion forum where it will get more attention by the right people.

Good luck

Dennis L's Comment
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04/27/22 continues

Robert made our fuel stop in VA. And is driving on at 19:42 CDT.

We are not allowed any long stops (>3 hours) and have to notify dispatch and security where we are when we do stop.

So when he stops to switch drivers I will start right away.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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FMCSA Safe Driver pilot program

This is link to the FMCSA Pilot program description. Pretty dry stuff.

You can get a CDL-A in Arkansas at 18 to drive intrastate (can’t cross state lines). I don’t know if any companies offer paid CDL training for such.

The TT moderators may have info about that or advice to share.

Mr. Ryan:

I'll leave info in your thread, I mentioned before!

Enough hijacking of Dennis' hard work! I just spoke to a dear friend of mine (trucker/StevoReno) who has followed along, incessantly, and admires you, Dennis; and could probably NOT have endured without succumbing to the pressures!

FKA: Ryan; check your thread!

~ Anne ~

ps: Dennis; much peace & rest is due you. Absolutely! {{{This is an Italian, being quiet.}}}

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

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.

Fm:

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.
Dennis L's Comment
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Thanks Anne. I’m just try to help Ryan out.

I’ve read a lot of Steve Reno’s posts on other topics. I thought he had been a team driver with CRST or other outfit. Steve knows what team driving lifestyle is all about

Dennis L's Comment
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My wife has started a “Honey Do” list now that she knows I’ll be home soon. It was the same way when I worked overseas and came home.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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My wife has started a “Honey Do” list now that she knows I’ll be home soon. It was the same way when I worked overseas and came home.

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Been reading along despite not having commented. Great to see things are going well.

Dennis L's Comment
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04/27/22 & 04/28/23

You know that you are in Tennessee when you stop at the Davy Crockett TA Travel Center on I-81 to switch drivers.

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I started driving at 22:16 CDT. I’ll finish the ~470 miles to our customer.

I stopped at 01:54 CDT for an unplanned 30 mins break at a rest area on I-40 because I was feeling a bit drowsy. Got out and walked in the cool air.

I have a fuel stop in 124 miles. After that the last push to Olive Branch, MS.

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