Wrong/missing Turns

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Mikey's Comment
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I am struggling real hard with this one missing some exits and not seeing turns. My instructor just uses the QC navigation system (which I am seeing it can be out of date), and I feel like I am going in blind to a shipper or a receiver. My questions are. Would it be better to use an after market set up? And would taking my time to really nail down a route help me? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. .

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Does he also use the local directions macro or just the QC GPS?

Mikey's Comment
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Does he also use the local directions macro or just the QC GPS?

Sometimes but few and far between it seems.

Mikki 's Comment
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I am struggling real hard with this one missing some exits and not seeing turns. My instructor just uses the QC navigation system (which I am seeing it can be out of date), and I feel like I am going in blind to a shipper or a receiver. My questions are. Would it be better to use an after market set up? And would taking my time to really nail down a route help me? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. .

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Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Jopa's Comment
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I am struggling real hard with this one missing some exits and not seeing turns. My instructor just uses the QC navigation system (which I am seeing it can be out of date), and I feel like I am going in blind to a shipper or a receiver. My questions are. Would it be better to use an after market set up? And would taking my time to really nail down a route help me? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. .

I use the GPS as part of the Navago system on the Qualcomm as well . . . it works 90% of the time OK but it WILL mess you up sometimes . . . the best way is to do the Macro 19 "I need directions to location _____" and put in the CODE for the location that comes with the load assignment . . . let me back up a bit . . . this is my Prime experience talking and it may not (most likely does not) apply to any other company . . . in any case, after getting the "local" instructions, I step thorough the GPS instructions and compare the two sources of info . . . this doesn't always point out any discrepancies, but it helps . . . I don't have a separate GPS system but I do occasionally use Google Maps as a third source . . . if you've never been some place before you are still going in somewhat "blind" but - like everything in this business - you get better at it as you do it more and more . . . our (Prime's) dispatch text message always includes a contact number so if all else fails, call the shipping dept and ask for help locating the shipper/receiver . . . don't worry, everything seems hard until you've done it a few times and then it flows a lot better . . .

Jopa

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Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.
Mikey's Comment
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I am struggling real hard with this one missing some exits and not seeing turns. My instructor just uses the QC navigation system (which I am seeing it can be out of date), and I feel like I am going in blind to a shipper or a receiver. My questions are. Would it be better to use an after market set up? And would taking my time to really nail down a route help me? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. .

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I use the GPS as part of the Navago system on the Qualcomm as well . . . it works 90% of the time OK but it WILL mess you up sometimes . . . the best way is to do the Macro 19 "I need directions to location _____" and put in the CODE for the location that comes with the load assignment . . . let me back up a bit . . . this is my Prime experience talking and it may not (most likely does not) apply to any other company . . . in any case, after getting the "local" instructions, I step thorough the GPS instructions and compare the two sources of info . . . this doesn't always point out any discrepancies, but it helps . . . I don't have a separate GPS system but I do occasionally use Google Maps as a third source . . . if you've never been some place before you are still going in somewhat "blind" but - like everything in this business - you get better at it as you do it more and more . . . our (Prime's) dispatch text message always includes a contact number so if all else fails, call the shipping dept and ask for help locating the shipper/receiver . . . don't worry, everything seems hard until you've done it a few times and then it flows a lot better . . .

Jopa

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Thanks Jopa I also feel once I get through this stage things will come alot easier as my instructor has me on edge alot. Don't get me wrong I appreciate him teaching me but I fear him yelling at me. All is well it is almost over after this short run here I will be about 2 hours shy of my needed 75 and get tested off next week. Also your directions should and will work good for me as I am a psd with prime atm.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

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.
Jopa's Comment
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Thanks Jopa I also feel once I get through this stage things will come alot easier as my instructor has me on edge alot. Don't get me wrong I appreciate him teaching me but I fear him yelling at me. All is well it is almost over after this short run here I will be about 2 hours shy of my needed 75 and get tested off next week. Also your directions should and will work good for me as I am a psd with prime atm.

Mikey,

You have my sympathy - my trainer was a "yeller" as well . . . he NEVER gave me one single positive feedback the whole time - that was PSD & TNT under the same trainer . . . he even kicked my off his truck three times ("What do you expect me to do? Get out and WALK back to Springfield??") However, I remained as humble as I could (only told him to f*** off once!) and did end up learning much in the end . . . hang in there, it will be such a feeling of liberation (and terror) when you finally get you own set of keys ("Whaddo I do now???")

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Jopa

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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.

Chris L.'s Comment
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I have the Qualcomm navigation on as well as my Rand McNally Truck GPS going at the same time. I also look at the Macro 19 directions like Jopa mentioned, and if it looks like I'm going into a busy tight area I'll check it out on google map satellite view.

Even still I'll miss a turn once in a while, it's gonna happen sometimes.

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.
Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Google Maps for me if it is a first time so I can at least make damn sure I don`t turn down a wrong road and end up in an apartment complex (again) with no room to turn around without taking out a telephone line junction box and messing up some highly manicured grounds... Again.

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I also use Rand McNally, send in a macro for directions and sometimes pull out the atlas. Good prep makes every run so much easier.

Mikey's Comment
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Thanks guys. I can See me doing a ton of pre-planning and probably getting the additional gps as I should be able mount it to my left and closer to my direct line of sight.. dancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gif

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