Warning: Student Youtubers

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I often have a problem with student Youtubers because they are so new to the industry that they often don't understand what they are talking about. They tell you a version from their side, although it may not be reality. They do not understand why something is happening.

After I thought about this, I realized it could have been the student's attitude with the trainers on the phone. The trainers could have told dispatch "oh no, I don't want her" and dispatch could have been trying to talk the trainer into it.

Why am I saying this? Because at least 4 times I have done so. One was a woman I met at the terminal who was a know it all. Another told me "Once I get my CDL , me and you is equal. You aren't telling me what to do".

I asked one "what is it about training and trucking that makes you nervous?" People usually say backing, downgrades, lack of mechanical knowledge. Nope... this one said "nothing. Im go with the flow". Next! You are too stupid to be on my truck.

I had one tell me "I need training my way or we gonna have a come to Jesus moment." Uh... bye. Yiu can come meet Jesus at the terminal when I drop you off.

So beware of new Youtubers or other students giving you info. Understand it is from a perspective of a person who doesn't know what they don't know yet.

If yiu start a Youtube channel, be aware that your company is watching. Many a student has been fired for doing something stupid, dangerous, or against company policy.

Why I Quit Prime Inc


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.


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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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The "Why I Quit Prime" link is NOT Kearsey quitting Prime, especially after the company awards she recently earned.

The link goes to a video on Trucking Along With Kearsey where a newbie does quit Prime during her training because things just don't go her way (boo hoo).

Brett Aquila's Comment
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This has always been a problem when teaching people a new trade. People who are new to something often have their own thoughts on how things should be done, how they should be treated, and what to expect along the way. The truth is, they're just making it all up because they have no experience yet. But in their minds, they know what they expect.

Unfortunately, when things don't meet their fictional expectations, new drivers often assume the people they're dealing with either don't know what they're doing or they're intentionally trying to hurt the student.

The student gets frustrated and nervous, believing they chose the wrong path. They become confrontational, stop focusing on learning, and begin focusing on how "wrong" the training process is or how "incompetent" the trainers are.

If someone can't sit them down and help them understand things in a better light, the student is likely doomed. Their poor attitude will lead to poor performance, and before long, they're out of the industry altogether.

Rule #1 - only accept advice from people who have achieved both happiness and success in their trade. How will you learn what it takes to be happy and successful from someone who hasn't figured that out?

Kearsey is a great example. She loves the company she works for, makes great money, and has had many years of success, including some awards along the way. Now that's someone you can learn from! All of our moderators are examples of the type of people you can learn from.

However, I understand why people seek the negative side as well. For instance, when I go to buy something, I always check the one-star reviews just in case I discover a legitimate reason not to buy it. I know the five-star people love it, so I don't even need to check in with them. I want to hear why people did not like the item.

But just as Kearsey points out, sometimes disgruntled people cause their own problems and don't realize it. They incorrectly blame the people or their circumstances for their troubles. Maybe they were using the product wrong. Perhaps their expectations were off because of a paid review that exaggerated the quality of the product.

So I can understand a new driver wanting a list of reasons they may not want to become a truck driver, but they have to be careful where they get the information from. We've always been completely transparent about the pros and cons of trucking. Someone who is brand new to trucking will have almost no idea how any of this works for quite some time, but they may believe they have it figured out and won't hesitate to share.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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The "Why I Quit Prime" link is NOT Kearsey quitting Prime, especially after the company awards she recently earned.

The link goes to a video on Trucking Along With Kearsey where a newbie does quit Prime during her training because things just don't go her way (boo hoo).

Hahahhaha! I didn't even think of that. Thank you for clarifying.

Davy A.'s Comment
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My previous DM had a long pleading session with me to train. Given how hard miles are to come by right now, I actually considered it. This makes me glad I didn't lol.


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.
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