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Kwessan C.'s Comment
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Hi,

I'm a newbie heading to prime inc orientation on the 26th of may via greyhound.Does anybody know anything at all about prime inc?both good and bad? please let me know so i know what i'm getting into and your advice and experience is highly appreciated and thank you all in advance.

Britton R.'s Comment
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I've heard good things. I plan on going their myself. There are a few Prime drivers here that can give you good advice.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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We've had a ton of people come through here and go with Prime. The best thing to do is search for "Prime Training" in the search engine at the top of the page and that will bring up all of our topics on Prime.

The most important thing to know is that the training is really fast-paced so it's critical you continue with our High Road Training Program. Get through that before leaving. You're going to have to know that stuff.

Ideally, it would be a huge advantage if you could get your permit before leaving also. When you show up at Prime with your permit in hand you get to skip a few days of classroom training and get started on other things while the rest of the class has to study for their permit exam.

Another thing to know is that Prime tests for sleep apnea if you're above a certain BMI (body mass index). Last I had heard, if you had a BMI of 39 or greater you will have to be tested. You can google "BMI Calculator" to determine what your BMI is. It's not a big deal if you have to be tested. In fact, if you have sleep apnea it will be a huge improvement in your life if it gets diagnosed and treated. So no big deal.

As far as "the good and bad about Prime" - if you'll work hard, have an awesome attitude, and listen and learn every day you're there, Prime is a great place to be. They have the best starting pay that I know of in the industry, nice equipment, and great miles available. If you show up without those endearing qualities then Prime or any other company is going to be a nightmare. In other words, your experience there will not be dependent upon the quality of Prime as a company - they're a great company. Your experience will depend on the quality of you as a person - your willingness to cooperate, listen, learn, and work hard.

Get on that training program and get through it. If you can, go get that permit. When the time comes to show up for training, glue a smile on your face and treat everyone with kindness and respect. Work hard. Listen closely. Be humble. If you'll do those things you'll have an awesome shot at getting your career off to a great start.

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.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Body Mass Index:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kwessan C.'s Comment
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Hi Brett, I thank you very much for the great advice i will definitely follow everything you recommended in your reply,that was great brother.I did get my learners permit last week so that's out of the way i also went on the cdc website(center for disease control)to check my BMI i'm 6'1 and i weigh around 216 with my clothes on according to them my BMI is 28.5 and I'm overweight but i guess this is good enough to get through Prime Inc.I have been doing some cardio workouts hopefully by the time i arrive there i will weigh less than 216.Personally I'm in a good health no problems with my blood pressure,i do not use drugs,the only thing i take is the glucosamine chondroitin for the joints in my body because i do lots of cardio workouts by the way i just turned the big 50.Again i thank you for the advice have a blessed day. Kwessan.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Yvonne S.'s Comment
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Another thing to know is that Prime tests for sleep apnea if you're above a certain BMI (body mass index). Last I had heard, if you had a BMI of 39 or greater you will have to be tested. You can google "BMI Calculator" to determine what your BMI is. It's not a big deal if you have to be tested. In fact, if you have sleep apnea it will be a huge improvement in your life if it gets diagnosed and treated. So no big deal.

Do many companies test for sleep apnea?

Thanks!

Yvonne

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Body Mass Index:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Kwessan C.'s Comment
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Prime it is!!! Heading there on the 26th of may and I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead it actually makes it much easier after reading lots of advice from this website good job Brett keep up the good work.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Prime it is!!!

Hey that's awesome! Congrats!!!

Do many companies test for sleep apnea?

More and more are testing for it all the time. It's become one of those hot topics in the trucking industry in recent years. I know Prime is one of the heavier testers. I don't know offhand who tests for it and who doesn't. The recruiters will be able to tell you when you begin applying for jobs. But if your BMI is around 40 or above you're definitely a candidate to be tested.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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