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Etch's Comment
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So after a month of research, asking questions, talking to various trainers and drivers from a long list of companies, I’ve decided to move forward with Prime. I’m not saying they are the best company out there- but they are the best for what I am looking for. To those that are asking what the best company to go to, this will always be the answer. You have to figure out what it is you want and then find a company that matches that the closest. After a lot of homework I narrowed it down to 3 companies. Had offers from all 3. I had to dig in even deeper to find out what would be the best fit for me. It is exhausting and at times disappointing, but I know I’m making the right choice and because of the work I’ve put in- Prime will be getting a very hardworking, loyal, driver. To those on here that took time to answer my questions- thank you. To those who took the time to put together all the resource material on here- thank you. To those that are either looking for or considering a driving career- DO THE HOMEWORK!! Just because you may know someone who works at a particular company doesn’t necessarily mean you will like it there. You have to figure what you want out of this job and then study the different companies out there. And I mean dig into them. Really scrutinize the information. Don’t just rely on the YouTube videos trashing a place or the word from a disgruntled former driver. Talk to the recruiters. Ask them a million questions. Ask questions on here. It could very well be that by the end of that studying you realize this may not be the job for you. Better to find that out now than wasting your time going through training. Take advantage of all the free information on here. It is current and it is VERY helpful. Oh, and be prepared for these companies to do just as much, if not more, research on you. Prime pulled my driving record and asked about my Texas drivers license. This is a license I haven’t had in like 30 years. I had to call the Texas DMV ( on a scale of 1-10, I do not recommend) and get the license number and expiration date. This license is so old that they don’t even have a record for it anymore. I called my recruiter and she said don’t worry about it, they got the info. What? How the hell did they get it and I couldn’t?? 😆 Just goes to show the resources they have and how deep they will dig on a potential student. But Nov 21 is my start date and I’m pretty excited. Now to spend the next several weeks studying pre-trip!!

SAP:

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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Good luck to ya, Etch! Keep us updated.

George B.'s Comment
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Prime is a great choice. Best of luck and keep us posted.

PackRat's Comment
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Good luck! Any idea on which terminal you are headed to?

Terminal:

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.

Etch's Comment
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I’ll be going to Springfield

Good luck! Any idea on which terminal you are headed to?

Terminal:

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.

PackRat's Comment
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I’ll be going to Springfield

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Good luck! Any idea on which terminal you are headed to?

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I'm sure they will put out a feast there for all to enjoy on Thanksgiving Day.

Terminal:

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.

BK's Comment
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Etch-a-Sketch, (lol),

Great news. And good luck, you can’t go wrong starting your career with Prime. Maybe some day I’ll pass your truck!

G-Town's Comment
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Good luck Etch. Great choice.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Great advice on doing the work to find a company that is an individual's best fit.

Sandman J's Comment
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Good luck Etch! And good plan to study the pre-trip on here before going to training. Even though I am training with a different company, having that foundation made it a lot easier than having come in completely blind. I just had to tweak some things, add or subtract some items, to fit the company/state I'm training with/in.

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