Day 1 At Prime PSD Training!

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Rick S.'s Comment
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Hello, everyone! I arrived yesterday evening in Springfield. The bus ride was pleasant, even if the driver was a bit on the irritable side. We almost got hit by someone not paying attention, but our driver was on the ball and managed to avoid it.

The Campus Inn is nice. I'm alone in my room for now, but that may change. Just keeping things tidy so if I do get a roommate they have somewhere for their stuff.

I was told last night that class started at 7am, so I was here at 6:30. I hate being late to things I can control. Turns out it doesn't start til 8. No big deal, gives me some extra study time. So far everyone has been great. I'll post again later after day 1 is over.

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Hope things are going well for you Rick. Were you able to get a trainer quickly? How's that experience been for you?

Rick S.'s Comment
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Hope things are going well for you Rick. Were you able to get a trainer quickly? How's that experience been for you?

I got a trainer within an hour and a half of arriving at the training pad. I guess their 'personality' survey works because this guy is awesome! Not only is he teaching me a lot, he's allowing me to make mistakes and try to figure out how to fix them before he steps in. We have very similar personalities, and he's helped me overcome much of the anxiety I had.

I was cleared for training a week ago and started Tuesday morning. Since then I've become proficient in straightline backing, almost got my offsets down (I nailed that today, very proud) and I've done some driving out in a nearby industrial park to get a feel for things.

Everybody I've interacted with here at Prime has been amazing. Instructors, drivers, in-house staff and other students have all been great. I hear groups of students helping each other with everything from pre-trip to overcoming nervousness. It's been an awesome experience.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Sooo???

I was out there. I am changing trucks now and going OTR

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.

Rick S.'s Comment
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I'm hoping to test out on Monday! Not sure what time I'm scheduled. My trainer, Justin, has been amazing. I've talked to a few other instructors out there to glean bits of wisdom from them as well. Just staying humble and respectful and enjoying the process. Sorry I missed you though! It would have been great to meet you. Stay safe!

Sooo???

I was out there. I am changing trucks now and going OTR

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Justin is awesome. He knows me. 😀

Rick S.'s Comment
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I have tons of respect for him. He's a great guy, and he's taught me a lot.

Justin is awesome. He knows me. 😀

Rick S.'s Comment
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It's been a long month, but it's over. I passed my test on Sunday! It was my third attempt, because I was a bit foolish. My first attempt I passed pre-trip, but forgot a couple important parts of the alley dock and ran out of time. My second attempt I pulled a right parallel for my last maneuver. This is one I can do really well. But I pulled too far forward and in my overconfidence told myself I was fine. I was not fine.

My third attempt was great. I passed the backing easily, and only.got dinged on a couple things on the road test. Hopefully going out on the road with my TNT trainer this weekend!

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.

The Dave's Comment
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How is TNT going?

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.

Rick S.'s Comment
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TnT is going great! We're having some issues with my CPAP machine, but I'll be calling the sleep lab today to address that. I'm getting some driving in, learning a lot. I'm eager to keep going, and keep learning. I've seen more of the country in the past week than I have my entire life, it's crazy! I love it.

How is TNT going?

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

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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