Prime Trainee Day 3 OTR

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Carl P.'s Comment
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Wow. So I arrived at Prime Inc orientation on the 16th. I lucked out and got a trainer (awesome one at that) and I've been driving since Wednesday morning. I must say, I LOVE it. Besides dealing with alot of crap at home and once the initial feeling wears off, I'm sure I'll still enjoy it. I've learned ALOT in the 3 days driving and I'm excited that there is so much more to learn. I've wanted to do this for a few years now and my only regret is not doing it sooner!

Thanks to everyone on this forum.for the help and support you all have given.

P.s. I didn't realize how bad people in cars are jerks when driving by trucks. Definitely made me realize how much regular car drivers affect those driving a truck! !!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Silverbolt's Comment
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Wow. So I arrived at prime orientation on the 16th. I lucked out and got a trainer (awesome one at that) and I've been driving since Wednesday morning. I must say, I LOVE it. Besides dealing with alot of crap at home and once the initial feeling wears off, I'm sure I'll still enjoy it. I've learned ALOT in the 3 days driving and I'm excited that there is so much more to learn. I've wanted to do this for a few years now and my only regret is not doing it sooner!

Thanks to everyone on this forum.for the help and support you all have given.

P.s. I didn't realize how bad people in cars are jerks when driving by trucks. Definitely made me realize how much regular car drivers affect those driving a truck! !!

I've always tried to be respectful of big rigs on the road when I'm in a regular car, but I imagine I've lost patience in my past as well. Just remember it's not aimed at you, it's just that your truck is in their way and they are the most important people in their universe. Keep rolling safely, and have fun!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Glad to hear you're off to a good start Carl! Thank God you have a good trainer.....that makes all the difference in the world!

Carl P.'s Comment
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Glad to hear you're off to a good start Carl! Thank God you have a good trainer.....that makes all the difference in the world!

It sure does

Ken C.'s Comment
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Glad to hear you're off to a good start Carl! Thank God you have a good trainer.....that makes all the difference in the world!

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It sure does

A-Men to that....!

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Yeah be thankful you don't have a trainer like me! I was the worst! shocked.png

David's Comment
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Yeah be thankful you don't have a trainer like me! I was the worst! shocked.png

I believe it. ;)rofl-3.gif

Ken C.'s Comment
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Yeah be thankful you don't have a trainer like me! I was the worst! shocked.png

Some People just aren't cut out for Lifestyle of an OTR PSD Trainer but Dude you've got the Driving Part Down pat and are super organized plus you make great smoothies and egg's so you can come back and be the best little trainer guy in the whole world....after you grow that awesome Russian beard...rofl-3.gifrofl-3.gif

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.

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.
mountain girl's Comment
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Glad to hear you're off to a good start Carl! Thank God you have a good trainer.....that makes all the difference in the world!

Amen, here! I would be so stoked.

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