A Month Of Trucking With Daniel B.

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D-Wash's Comment
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Good Work Daniel !!!!!! Remember yall ,,,,Happy Wife,,, Happy Life!!!!!!,,,,,Keep the threads coming on the new job!!!!,,,,, God Bless!!!!

Charles K.'s Comment
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So when we see 659021 running down the road, that's not Daniel no more? LOL

Thank you Daniel for these informative posts! As a rookie solo driver, I learned a lot from them. And I got one question, as a company driver, is your Prime truck governed at 62mph? Coz ur miles finished those days are amazing!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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UPDATE

Just got that phone call I've been hoping for. I've been accepted into a driving position for DHE (Dependable Highway Express). Orientation, driving test has been scheduled for February 1st.

I will be home every other day. I will also have weekends off but have the option to work Saturday for extra money. They pay a minimum salary of 170$ per day or .35cpm whichever is greater. My minimum guaranteed salary will be 1,020$ per week. I will be hauling a dry van and my primary route will be Sacramrnto, CA to Fontana, CA with a run to WA and UT here and there. So no more ice road trucking for me!

Man, I feel great. Two years of hard work just paid off. My wife is ecstatic.

Remember folks, what you do now will have a huge impact on you in the future. Safety first, and as long as you don't hit anything you did alright!

As for me, I'm going to go celebrate!! Thank God!

Hey Daniel did you ever go work for DHE or are you still with Prime?

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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UPDATE

Just got that phone call I've been hoping for. I've been accepted into a driving position for DHE (Dependable Highway Express). Orientation, driving test has been scheduled for February 1st.

I will be home every other day. I will also have weekends off but have the option to work Saturday for extra money. They pay a minimum salary of 170$ per day or .35cpm whichever is greater. My minimum guaranteed salary will be 1,020$ per week. I will be hauling a dry van and my primary route will be Sacramrnto, CA to Fontana, CA with a run to WA and UT here and there. So no more ice road trucking for me!

Man, I feel great. Two years of hard work just paid off. My wife is ecstatic.

Remember folks, what you do now will have a huge impact on you in the future. Safety first, and as long as you don't hit anything you did alright!

As for me, I'm going to go celebrate!! Thank God!

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Hey Daniel did you ever go work for DHE or are you still with Prime?

Good to see you around here Tom! I ended up rejecting the driving position with DHE. I felt I was worth more than what they were offering. They were offering me a guaranteed 170$ per day. Driving in the Bay Area, LA, or other Donners Pass to get to Reno - I felt that wasnt enough. I'm not selling myself short, I would like to be home more often but I'm not desperate. I want to work at my next job for a very long time and won't accept below 50k starting pay.

I'm still with Prime. Right now I'm actually at home but when I get back on the road I'm planning on taking a student through the PSD phase and possibly TNT phase. My small family is moving soon so I'm trying to bump up my pay to afford getting all the new things my wife wants for the new place. You know how it goes! Haha!

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Bump for anyone wanting a good read!

Matthew H.'s Comment
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Bump for anyone wanting a good read!

Thank you sir for the a great view into the life of a driver! As a guy considering a career, it's very helpful to have as much insight as possible. Between the High Road Training Program, both your posts and the other experienced drivers posts, The TT is a great place! I'm so glad I found this place.

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.
Mike J.'s Comment
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Bump for anyone wanting a good read!

Thanks, I really enjoyed this … going to have to read it again for sure (:

Robert L. (Fang)'s Comment
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But don't use the excuse "I can't" because its not a valid excuse.

Roger that. I grew up hearing "There is no such thing as can't. You either won't or you don't know how." I am grateful for all the advice I have found on here. You folks are whupping the heck out of "don't know how"!!

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Daniel B., thanks so much for taking the time to share your month! As someone who is deeply considering becoming a truck driver, I gratefully appreciate your knowledge, thoughts and insight. I'm very happy to have found truckingtruth.com!

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Thanks Nicole, glad it has helped! This thread can help so many people if people can just see it.

Hey Brett, sure would be awesome if some of these threads that I spent hundreds of hours on and lost many hours of sleep to create wouldn't just fade away into who knows what distant page number. I would love to make a new diary of my local work and what my wife has to go through as a dispatcher but I truly feel like I'll be wasting my time because it will just fall behind the pages never to be read again.

Dispatcher:

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.
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