Got Accepted To Prime.

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Josh C.'s Comment
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Well I finally got a hold of my recruiter for the first time and she told me I have already been approved and can come up any time I feel ready. I told her that I need to give my job a notice and that my family would like me to be around for Thanksgiving which we are going to be celebrating on the first. She told me to call her back about the fixed date and she will get the whole greyhound thing set up (it will probably be the 8th). Apparently I only need $150 and my birth certificate. After I get my permit within those 4 days I will be put on a truck with a trainer......talk about a quick thing ay?! I'm freaked out and excited all at the same time....but also a bit sad to leave my family and not be here for Christmas. My mom just burst out onto tears and sobbing when I told her I got accepted. She says its because she is not like the other parents who cannot wait to see their kids leave.....:( so we are going to make the most of our thanksgiving before I leave. Now I need to hammer down all the more on the high road manual.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
James Skattebo-Rhoades's Comment
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It is always hard on moms if there kids are young and leave home. Most moms have the perceptive that truck driving isn't what you should be doing. But hey your an adult, its your choice good-luck.gifgood-luck.gif

Josh C.'s Comment
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Oh she supports me 100% she is just sad to see me leave ;)

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Josh!

Yeah, at this point things will move very quickly. Just prepare yourself mentally to be challenged, not just by the driving, but also by sharing a small space with a total stranger, by being physically drained after a full day of driving, by being frustrated with your self and what may seem like slow progress on your skills, by missing your family terribly, by stretching your bladder to new limits, and a host of other things!

Listen Josh, almost everybody has thoughts like this at some point in the beginning: "What in the world have I got myself into?" It is next to impossible for us to help you realize just how challenging this might be, but it will be one of the biggest challenges you have probably ever undertaken. Josh, I seriously wanted to walk away and quit a couple of different times when I was in training. To this day I am so glad I didn't. This job is difficult at first, and at the same time it is exciting - I was so living off of adrenaline at the beginning that I would literally sometimes forget to eat.

Best of luck to ya Josh, it is an exciting time - try to relax and enjoy the ride!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
The Dude's Comment
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I should be back there testing out the week of your orientation. I'll be sure to say hi.

Josh C.'s Comment
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Sweet, it would be pretty cool to meet you the dude! Also thank you for the advice old school, I however hope they get you training on the truck just a weee bit before they actually stick me with the trainer lol.

Ken C.'s Comment
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Hey Josh Welcome to Prime Inc...if you can get your permit with tanker and the doubles , triples endorsements I suggest you do so before going to Springfield....! The first few days are fast paced and by having your permit in hand when you get there it helps you move to the front of the line and reduces some of the stress. Prime is a good place to start your trucking career and as you know you will have a large support group of Trucking Truth members working there both as Lease and Company Drivers, We even a retired PSD Trainer Daniel B.

Ken C.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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.
Josh C.'s Comment
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I will try to see if I can get my permit before I head down to springfield but I have a feeling that I'm going to be reading and rereading the high road manual and I was given a website to take practice tests at by my recruiter.....to be honest I probably wont feel ready to take the test until I'm in the situation where I have to take it :/

The Dude's Comment
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To be honest, they're really easy if you're prepared. If you do the High Road stuff, you'll pass them all on your first try easily, and it will probably take you less than an hour to get through them all.

Bring an extra 12 bucks with you so on Thursday night when you make it to the Millennium Building, you can have a righteous steak for dinner to celebrate surviving orientation week.

Josh C.'s Comment
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Lol, do you get some truck time in those four days? Because it sounds like its four days and then you are expected to start your 30,000 miles with the trainer right after.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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