Are All Prime Governed At 60mph?

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Joe S.'s Comment
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Hi I am in training right now, and I have only driven for about 9 hours each day for the last three days. One thing I have noticed is that all the Prime trucks go pretty slow. I was just curious as to if they are governed at 60mph? I usually only drive 65mph and many times find myself having to go around them. On my first day I was going up some big hills or mountains and staying behind a Prime truck kinda messed up my momentum for getting up the hill and I ended up needing to downshift to eighth just to get up the hill.

The Dude's Comment
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62 on cruise. I keep hitting that accelerate button on the cruise and it just won't go any higher.

Terry C.'s Comment
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L/O are governed at 65. Company drivers are 59 on the pedal, 62 on cruise. If you're company and you drive to much at 62 they will being you in and dial your truck down. They don't want you driving over 58 for any length of time. Trust me, I've already got the warning. Even though my weekly average is usually at or above the fleet average. For a week and a half I drove against the governor and got a nasty gram from my FM on Qualcomm and also on the phone.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

Fm:

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.
The Dude's Comment
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If you get her up to 79k and find yourself a nice hill to roll down, you can get her up above 70. It's like Christmas morning.

Heavy C's Comment
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My companies trucks are set to 69 and i wouldn't have it any other way!

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Daniel B.'s Comment
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The Dude, I seriously don't recommend going above 70mph especially as a rookie. Safety is going to chew your ass so hard once they find out.

Its no secret, Prime is the slowest fleet on the road. Personally, I drive 62mph and my FM doesn't say anything to me about it. But I'm well established in his fleet, he looks the other way a whole lot for me.

I highly recommend company drivers stay 57-58mph, it will maximize your fuel bonus and get you on your FM's good side.

Fm:

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.
Pat M.'s Comment
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My companies trucks are set to 69 and i wouldn't have it any other way!

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Our trucks aren't castrated at all. It will go as fast as it wants to. There is also no RPM limiter, I could take it to 3k if I wanted to. The one I drive is wide open 625 hp 3406e CAT with an 18 speed and 3.73 gears. But all that does no good here except on the passes because the truck speed limit max is 65 mph. I have driven 80 in Utah once but mostly stay under 70 to conserve fuel. That one time I was trying to make up time and it worked.

David's Comment
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The Dude, I seriously don't recommend going above 70mph especially as a rookie. Safety is going to chew your ass so hard once they find out.

Its no secret, Prime is the slowest fleet on the road. Personally, I drive 62mph and my FM doesn't say anything to me about it. But I'm well established in his fleet, he looks the other way a whole lot for me.

I highly recommend company drivers stay 57-58mph, it will maximize your fuel bonus and get you on your FM's good side.

Daniels the FM's pet. he gets special loads a treatment.. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA rofl-3.gif

Fm:

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.
The Dude's Comment
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He gets that special treatment for things like telling people not to hit 70 coming down those hills or they'll get spanked! Teacher's pet!

Just playing.

When I get solo, I'll run 57 always. The company driver instructor wanted 62 pretty much always. The L/O TNT wants her going every bit of 65. I'm not here to argue with any captains of any ships. I'll bring her from the 01 to to 90 going 50 or 80. Just let me know the path of least resistance to get solo.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

David's Comment
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He gets that special treatment for things like telling people not to hit 70 coming down those hills or they'll get spanked! Teacher's pet!

Just playing.

When I get solo, I'll run 57 always. The company driver instructor wanted 62 pretty much always. The L/O TNT wants her going every bit of 65. I'm not here to argue with any captains of any ships. I'll bring her from the 01 to to 90 going 50 or 80. Just let me know the path of least resistance to get solo.

Gordon Trucks are governed based on MPG as well. Kind of annoying, though I push 7.9-8MPG with a heavy load and I roll 60-61. We top at 62, I leave my self a MPH or 2 in case I come across a slow driver *cough* PRIME *cough* *cough*

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

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