My Prime Experience (PSD & TNT)

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Robert T.'s Comment
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10May2022 Unloaded in Carthage, then got to go to the caves to pick up our next load. Finally stopped for the night at the Big Apple truck stop in Joplin.

11May2022 Worked on some backing in the parking lot of the truck stop and did some driving today. Our load is going to Birmingham, AL. But our Appointment isn't until Thursday at 0600. It's only 577 miles, we have plenty of time to get there.

PackRat's Comment
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Sounds great.

Check your dates.

Robert T.'s Comment
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Sounds great.

Check your dates.

Oops!!!

PackRat's Comment
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Sounds great.

Check your dates.

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Oops!!!

Training does go by fast!

Dennis L's Comment
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Just Wait until you’ve been on the road a few weeks team driving.

Robert T.'s Comment
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Correct dates this time lol.

10may2022 After driving and backing around the parking lot in Joplin, I drove to Bentonville. Had to switch drivers because I missed a turn and my trainer had to bail me out. He told me not to worry about it. I have always been pretty hard on myself and was very frustrated at myself. Trainer got us to a Love's just south of Memphis. Where we stayed for the night.

We stayed there all day and then got a call that a driver down the road was out of hours, loaded and her reefer shutdown. Dispatch wanted us to switch loads and get hers to the shop in Birmingham. When she got her hours back she would meet us there and switch loads again. We got some rest and she got to us at around 0700. Now that we have our original load back, we take it to get unloaded. Got our next dispatched load, we pick up Friday morning at 0530 in Birmingham and go to Georgia to unload at 2300 Friday night.

I have learned so much thes last few days. He is still hoping I can test out next week. Then I can start TNT training.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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.

Robert T.'s Comment
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Oh forgot to mention he wants me to do most of the driving tomorrow.

Dennis L's Comment
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During PSD you should be doing 95%+ of the driving.

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.
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