My Prime Experience (PSD & TNT)

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PackRat's Comment
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Was hanging out talking to some drivers about lease vs company. Don't know which to do yet, leaning toward company for at least a year. To get my feet wet and learn the business.

Do not go lease at one year or ten years. You will have all the bills and headaches, while the company gets all the money.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Robert T.'s Comment
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Just a quick update. Drug is still not back. Hopefully Monday. My roommate has spent the last couple of days at the plaza doing pre-trip and I have been studying endlessly on pretrial in my room. A few from my group have gotten trainers. My hope is when I get my ID on Monday, that my trainer will be here and call.

Dennis L's Comment
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Hey Robert T. - making any progress today?

Robert T.'s Comment
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Hey Robert T. - making any progress today?

No updates as of yet. Really hoping I get cleared today. My roommate got his trainer yesterday and he is getting ready to hit he road for a couple of days. Meanwhile I am stuck here bored and tired of studying.

Dennis L's Comment
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Did you have a chain of custody document for your original urine sample from the collector to the analysis lab?

In my case the sample collector in Monticello, AR sent the sample to Quest Diagnostics in Kansas City, MO. I was given a form that showed the tracking number, etc.

My recruiter arranged for the collection site on Jan 18 and gave me up to Jan 30 (the day before I was to attend Orientation) to provide the sample. I didn’t wait at all. I made the appointment and gave the sample on Jan 19.

Robert T.'s Comment
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Ok, back to my daily update. I was cleared amd got my badge today at 1100. Told to be at the plaza building at 1300. After an hour classroom time, sent out on the pad. Got to drive a lap without a trailer and then went did a straight line back and an offset left. Done for the day, went and a good meal at the millennium building. The food there is sooooo much better than at the Campus Inn. Back on the pad tomorrow and waiting for a trainer to call me.

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Ok, back to my daily update. I was cleared and got my badge today at 1100. Told to be at the plaza building at 1300. After an hour classroom time, sent out on the pad. Got to drive a lap without a trailer and then went did a straight line back and an offset left. Done for the day, went and a good meal at the millennium building. The food there is sooooo much better than at the Campus Inn. Back on the pad tomorrow and waiting for a trainer to call me.

Well, DANG, yay!

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Best forward, Robert!

~ Anne ~

(aka; Momma Anne!) ;)

Dennis L's Comment
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Great, good luck with getting a good trainer

Robert T.'s Comment
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Sorry that it's been a few days. I have been really busy. Wednesday went to the pad at 1300. A storm came through and they canceled our pad time. So, some of us got together and studied pre trip. Thursday reported to the pad at 0800. Did a pre trip on a truck and then another storm (we have had some pretty nasty storms the last couple of days. We took a class on trip planning and how to use a motor carriers road atlas. In the middle of class a trainer called and wanted to meet up that afternoon. Met my trainer, he is pretty laid back and we seem to get along. Said he was trying to get a load for Monday and wants to do my training on the road. He is hoping to have me test out in about a week. Friday I came over to millennium for safety briefing and free breakfast. Spent the rest of the day doing laundry and studying.

Robert T.'s Comment
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Trainer came and picked me up tonight. We are going on the road for a week or two. Then come back to Springfield to test out for my CDL. Then get right into TNT with the same trainer.

Night didn't start very well. Did a pretrip and found a huge gash in the RF steer tire. Had to get it replaced.

Luckily they were quick and our first drop off is close (Carthage,MO).

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.

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