Starter, Mainer, Slightly Nervous, :/

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Katie jane's Comment
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Ok im gonna be starting school in march, and I have never left maine before ! kinda nervous, but this is some thing I really wanna do , lol i guess I`m mostly nervous cause what if some one tries to break into the truck?

Brian M.'s Comment
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Kaitlin, Of course that is always a possibility which means you really need to always be aware of your surroundings. Safety is always your first priority whether you are driving or at a truck stop. Our trucks at prime have emergency buttons that notify safety there is an issue. If possible park in well lit areas also chose busy rest stops and truck stops. Always carry your cell phone with you even when sleeping in the sleeper. Always know your location. Exit#, name of place you are at. Most importantly never put your life at risk. Most thieves want what's inside the trailer and want no part of getting caught so 99% of the time robberies happen while the truck is unattended. Of course this is bad but they are insured if stolen

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Hours Of Service

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Heavy C's Comment
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Will you be attending NTI Kaitlin? I went to the Scarborough campus and I really enjoyed it. Joe the classroom instructor is excellent and really wants to make sure you know your stuff before you hit the trucks. Also don't forget to use the High Road Training Program. It helped me tremendously when I went for my permit.

Secondly, about your fears leaving the state. Don't sweat it. This country has so many wonderful things to see. It's going to be an adventure you'll never forget. Just remember all of the tips Brian laid down and don't forget to use common sense and you'll be just fine. Enjoy every minute of it.

Also if you want check out my training diary to see what things will be like when you get to school. Here's the link...

My diary

And good luck!

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.
Indy's Comment
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Kaitlin, Like you, I will also be starting school in the "near" future ... and like you, nervous about lots of things related to becoming a truck driver. Perfectly normal ... I think. If you follow Brian's advice, you shouldn't have to worry about break-ins... as far as I know, they're not a common occurrence, at all.

I hadn't come across your diary before, Heavy C... I just read part of the first page... looks really good... can't wait to sit down tonight and read through it...

Heavy C's Comment
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Kaitlin, Like you, I will also be starting school in the "near" future ... and like you, nervous about lots of things related to becoming a truck driver. Perfectly normal ... I think. If you follow Brian's advice, you shouldn't have to worry about break-ins... as far as I know, they're not a common occurrence, at all.

I hadn't come across your diary before, Heavy C... I just read part of the first page... looks really good... can't wait to sit down tonight and read through it...

Thanks! I tried to be as detailed as I could. I even included maps of where we drove, although I'm not sure they still work. It was a year ago now. I hope it's a help.

MRC's Comment
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Hey Kaitlin, you will be fine, one big thing that you should know is that the roads outside of the Maine turnpike aren't all as smooth and deffinatelly not as straight. good-luck.gif

Katie jane's Comment
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Thank you all so much :) , I really appreciate the tips ! I`m gonna be going to Prime, Heard they needed some snow drivers

MRC's Comment
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Then you'll have plenty of friends, are you going for regional or OTR? There are plenty of Prime on the Me. run

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Katie jane's Comment
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Well i go to prime in march, n hopefully at the end of it all, i`ll have a route in maine

Jopa's Comment
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Well i go to prime in march, n hopefully at the end of it all, i`ll have a route in maine

Hey, you gotta broaden your horizons! If you have never been out of Maine, then you have missed the absolutely most beautiful parts of the good 'ole USA! I'm western born & bred (California, actually - more specifically the High Sierras - very specifically, Truckee, CA) and I'm prejudiced, it's true . . . However, the whole country east of the Mississippi is so densely wooded that all of the states resemble each other - it's hard to differentiate . . . and vistas? Fuggutaboutit . . . out west? You can literally see forever . . . the desert, the mountains, the open spaces . . . you NEED to see the whole country to really appreciate what a wonderful country we all have as a legacy . . . when you see what the pioneers went through to settle this place you HAVE to have a renewed respect for people who know HARD WORK!! I am humbled very day out here . . . my own grandmother WALKED (with her pregnant mom and hearty dad) from the south part of Missouri all the way to Western Montana (before migrating to SoCal - where the rest of us are from) . . . I'm blown away when I see the country they WALKED through . . . you'll really see a lot of great stuff if you let yourself . . .

Good luck,

Jopa

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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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