On My Way To Prime, Inc, CDL Training

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Josh C.'s Comment
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Sitting at the bus terminal (actually the back ally between a pizza joint and a bar lol) just waiting for the bus to show up........and. nervous as hell.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Old School's Comment
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Josh, congratulations, and try to relax. They are going to treat you well over there at Prime. From what I understand they really do try and take care of their new guys coming in. I understand the nervousness and the butterflies in your stomach, but I think you will find a warm reception over there, and some very helpful people. It's not a cake walk, but you can always come in here for some advice or even just to vent if needed.

Josh C.'s Comment
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Thanks old school, I'm sitting on the bus waiting to leave now. I should be at prime around 10 or 11 at night.

Josh C.'s Comment
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Of course it had to snow and sleet this morning.

Josh C.'s Comment
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Greyhound bus breaks are our whenever they use them. Something about reading through all this cdl stuff has got me being critical lol.

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.
Deb R.'s Comment
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If you actually wear a fez on the bus, you can be that "weird guy" that nobody want to sit next to, and you'll have the entire row to yourself.

Have fun!

D-Wash's Comment
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Greyhound bus breaks are our whenever they use them. Something about reading through all this cdl stuff has got me being critical lol.

Way to go Josh!!!....Good Luck at Prime my friend!!!!!

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.
Josh C.'s Comment
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If you actually wear a fez on the bus, you can be that "weird guy" that nobody want to sit next to, and you'll have the entire row to yourself.

Have fun!

Lol being the fat guy is actually working pretty well ;)

Old School's Comment
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Josh, you guys are cracking me up this morning!

I really can empathize with what you are going through - I endured 3 or 4 four bus rides, most of them in the 24 -36 hour category, when I was getting my start. Each of them had their own set of characters on the bus, and those people that hang out at the bus stations can be downright disturbing sometimes. I had one lengthy ride where myself and just a handful of the other riders were the only ones on the very crowded bus who hadn't just been released from prison and were on our free ride back home.

Yeah, those bus rides can give you some very memorable moments.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Josh C.'s Comment
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Lol so far I have not run into many characters yet..but I am playing a game of counting how many Swift trucks I pass....sure are tons of them here in New York.

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