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A H.'s Comment
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My husband passed all three tests but sim test he failed with prime inc. We happens next?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I'm not sure about that one but we have several people here that work for Prime Inc or used to work there. They might be able to tell you more.

What exactly did the company tell him so far?

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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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How in the world did he fail the sim test? It's a videogame. He must have done something extremely stupid like run over people or probably drove like he was playing Grand Theft Auto.

I really don't have an answer for you. There's very few ways you can fail it.

A H.'s Comment
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How in the world did he fail the sim test? It's a videogame. He must have done something extremely stupid like run over people or probably drove like he was playing Grand Theft Auto.

I really don't have an answer for you. There's very few ways you can fail it.

Daniel, He didnt fail the sim. He failed the general knowledge part. He gets to stay till monday and test at 9 am . After that he goes to get his id n com card. His recruiter gave him a site

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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How in the world did he fail the sim test? It's a videogame. He must have done something extremely stupid like run over people or probably drove like he was playing Grand Theft Auto.

I really don't have an answer for you. There's very few ways you can fail it.

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Daniel, He didnt fail the sim. He failed the general knowledge part. He gets to stay till monday and test at 9 am . After that he goes to get his id n com card. His recruiter gave him a site

AH,

I drove for Prime, did my training through Prime. So I am familiar with what the whole process is. If I understand this correctly, if he failed the General Knowledge, that tells me he did not pass the exams to get his permit. So without his permit, he will not be able to go out with an Instructor. Sounds to me like he was not prepared for this whole trucking thing. He should have done a bit more research and been studying for his CDL permit well before he went to Prime for his training.

Don't take this wrong, but not being prepared before hand is a failing on his part.

Ernie

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.
Terry C.'s Comment
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While taking my CDL refresher the last couple of weeks, one of the trainers told me of a graduate of the school that went to either swift or Prime and failed on a sim for not watching a low bridge clearance sign and failing to take the next exit. So I guess you can fail. But don't quote me on that.

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.
PR aka Road Hog's Comment
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How in the world did he fail the sim test? It's a videogame. He must have done something extremely stupid like run over people or probably drove like he was playing Grand Theft Auto.

I really don't have an answer for you. There's very few ways you can fail it.

Wow Daniel that was harsh. First off it's not a video game it's a simulator. 2nd of all simulators can be very difficult to maneuver because they are not very realistic. The idea is to make it 3d using 3 screens but it can be quite confusing and makes many people nauseous. It even made me a bit light headed. Furthermore the "sim" does not handle like a real vehicle at all. So it us possible to fail. I would think as a moderator you would be more encouraging, insightful and understanding. One last note about the simulator, if it does messed with your eyes you can request an actual driving test. At least that's what they said to our group. As far as failing the written goes Ernie answered that. Good luck

David's Comment
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How in the world did he fail the sim test? It's a videogame. He must have done something extremely stupid like run over people or probably drove like he was playing Grand Theft Auto.

I really don't have an answer for you. There's very few ways you can fail it.

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Wow Daniel that was harsh. First off it's not a video game it's a simulator. 2nd of all simulators can be very difficult to maneuver because they are not very realistic. The idea is to make it 3d using 3 screens but it can be quite confusing and makes many people nauseous. It even made me a bit light headed. Furthermore the "sim" does not handle like a real vehicle at all. So it us possible to fail. I would think as a moderator you would be more encouraging, insightful and understanding. One last note about the simulator, if it does messed with your eyes you can request an actual driving test. At least that's what they said to our group. As far as failing the written goes Ernie answered that. Good luck

It is like a game though. A very hi tech game..

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Videogame, simulator, same thing. It's hardly a make or break situation when you're on that thing. They just want to make sure you're taking this seriously and you can somewhat handle the rig. They are obviously expecting no where near perfection and they do know that it's very different from the real world. Failing that simulator means you did something very very bad. It's not harsh, it's the truth.

Ahbleza's Comment
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First, you're not allowed on the sim till you have a permit in hand. Second, you can't "fail" The Sim. At least while on the PSD side. The Sims are there mainly to give you the basic intro into double - clutching and general knowledge of how a truck reacts with a trailer hitched.

Heck, I ran over a family of 10 and took out a mini van during my Sim session. And here I sit on the road with my PSD instructor.

Although someone did get a bit of a but chewing when they ignored signs and went around construction into a ditch and started giggling like it was a game.

Either way I wish him the best hope he passed.

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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