About To Start Prime Training Program

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Joshua H.'s Comment
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So I got my date to start Prime Inc's driver training program on October 6. Can anyone give me any type of advice beforehand? Im already planning on getting my permit with tanker endorsements before I get up there.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Have you gone through our High Road Training Program? You have plenty of time to complete the entire thing from beginning to end and pass your CDL permit and all of the endorsement exams before you leave. That's the best thing you can do for yourself to prepare for the training and testing.

Also, go through our Truck Driver's Career Guide and Truck Driving Blogs if you haven't already. You can skip the parts that don't apply like choosing a school or a company. But there are a ton of resources that will talk about life on the road, what to expect from training, and all sorts of stuff.

Also, have a look at our CDL Training Diaries where people document their time in training at various companies and schools, including Prime.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PR aka Road Hog's Comment
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I highly recommend study the High Road Training Program before you go. It will save you lots of worry and hassle. Check your state ahead of time, as mine would not allow me to take various endorsements before I actually had my LICENSE. Not the permit. They took my money, and allowed me to take the test, but when it came time to transfer my permit to a license, they would not allow my endorsements, meaning I had to pay again, and retake the exams again. Also. I wouldn't pack to heavy, Your time with an instructor and trainer will be cramped at best. Even now, after a year of driving, I rarely need more than 2-3 changes of clothes. Take your toiletries in a carry bag, as well as plenty of baby wipes. they really come in handy. Orientation goes by quick, so it is best to go in prepared. Be upfront and honest about ALL your background info. Trust me when I say they WILL check. any omission is frowned upon and could be reason for dismissal. Other than that, enjoy your time, meet some new friends and get ready for an awesome new career.

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