Day 1 Prime

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Carl P.'s Comment
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Hey all. Well, so far everything is going good. Despite arriving late(midnight last night instead of 1pm) everything has been great. We turned a 12 hour delay into a sightseeing adventure of St louis (thanks guy jax) I even somehow managed to get my own room!!!! Just roll with the punches, try not to complain and everything works out. Here are some tips that I've learned so far.

1. Prime Inc is no joke. They are VERY professional and courteous and from what I've seen, the actually try to help you out if you have a problem. One guy lost his wallet on the way here and they paid is bus ticket home and are giving him a few weeks to get a new license. So I would prepare yourself to be professional at all times.

2. If you have issues with being on time, then don't apply. They keep stressing to "be on time" to classes and such. If your class is at 7, get there at 630. How can you be on time for a load if you can't even walk to class on time? Bring an alarm clock, set your phone, have a friend call you to make sure you're awake.

3. The first day is ALOT of waiting. So far I just finished physical, pee test and "interview" class was at 7 am. It's now 5 pm and I'm just now finished. Hurry up and wait. Make the best of it. Joke with your fellow class members. Makes it alot easier.

4. Try to network with other drivers and employees that walk around. Make conversation. If you smoke and see another driver smoking, walk up and say hi. So far, if met a few cool drivers and got a wealth of information from them. Some drivers look at you like you're insane if you talk to them, some welcome your questions. That's life. Not everyone is friendly. Deal w it.

5. BE PROFESSIONAL. wear a pair of shorts or jeans, a polo shirt and look presentable. Some of the clothing I seen on students is shocking. Use common sense. If your grandma won't want to see you in a particular "I love nasty *****es" shirt, then leave it at home.. and last but not least, pull your pants up. Don't let them down past your butt..

6. I was shocked in how many students DO NOT have their permit yet. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you get your permit before coming here. Makes life 100p% easier the first few days. All in all, it's pretty cool here. I am finally learning something I've wanted to learn for awhile now. Besides knowing im gonna be away from my son for so long, im actually doing pretty well. Take all the info you can and be kind, courteous and professional. .

Any questions don't hesitate to ask

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ahbleza's Comment
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Well, WELCOME TO PRIME...though I admit I can't say all that much. After all I'm just a PSD looking for a trainer, But welcome anywho...

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.

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.
Jeremiah's Comment
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My recruiter said I do not need my cdl permit since I woke have to take it over since I live in ga. Should I go ahead and get it or not? I leave for prime on the 28 of June.

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.
Jopa's Comment
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My recruiter said I do not need my cdl permit since I woke have to take it over since I live in ga. Should I go ahead and get it or not? I leave for prime on the 28 of June.

Get it!! You will lower your stress level by 1000% because you have enough to deal with without having to get the permit too. Remember, it is on YOU to study for the permit - the Prime orientation phase DOES NOT TEACH PERMIT preparation . . . the State of Missouri won't allow it . . . why not take the time to get it out of the way before you get there when there are no time constraints on you? If you don't pass the Missouri permit test by Friday noon of your orientation week YOU GET TO GO HOMEsorry.gif . . . not what you want, right? So just do it . . .

Jopa

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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.
Ken C.'s Comment
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Carl Welcome to Prime Inc. I think you'll do fine here because you already understand that the major key to success is always be early and on time and having your permit in hand on day 1 makes the 1st week so much easier...Good Luck

Ken

Carl P.'s Comment
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Ken...thanks. so far I like it.

And yes. GET YOUR PERU IT BEFORE YOU COME HERE. Makes your like 100000% easier. Most of my classmates are running around like crazy trying to get it.

Ken C.'s Comment
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I was at the Campus Inn this morning (7 am) I had to come back for Sleep Study and couldn't help but notice how many PSD students were still talking about getting their Permit Tests passed today ....Makes no sense to come all this way and not be ready, The 1st week is all about being ready

Ken

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.
Carl P.'s Comment
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Ken. Our class was about 75 people to start with. Out of those 75, I'd say about 15 of us had our permits.

I was at the Campus Inn this morning (7 am) I had to come back for Sleep Study and couldn't help but notice how many PSD students were still talking about getting their Permit Tests passed today ....Makes no sense to come all this way and not be ready, The 1st week is all about being ready

Ken

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.
Jeremiah's Comment
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Hey so my BP is about 145 over 95 ish i was wondering will that be a problem when i go to prime.

Jeremiah's Comment
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Hey so my BP is about 145 over 95 ish i was wondering will that be a problem when i go to prime.

But sometimes its like 130 over 80ish. Like today it was 146 over 94 and then at night it was 138 over 88 i don't know which one to go by.

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