It's Finally Official!!!!

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ShortRound's Comment
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After 20ish years of dreaming about driving truck, I have finally gotten my CDL!!! I have an orientation with Prime on Apr. 13th. I want to thank this site and the people on it for posting their experiences and advice. I have not posted much, but have followed several threads on this forum, that have guided me through the process to this point. Special thanks goes out to Brett for hosting, and maintaining this wonderful site. The High Road training program was invaluable, and set me up to be several steps ahead of my class in school. Thank you also to Daniel B.; you're threads documenting your experiences with Prime were instrumental in me choosing them as my first choice of companies to drive for. I know my education has just begun, but I feel I have passed a major milestone, and am eager to continue to learn and get on the road.



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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

James U.'s Comment
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Congrats !!!!!!! Prime is a good company and for me when I went there it was my best choice and it was the right fit for me..... again CONGRATS !!!!!!!!! dancing-dog.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing.gif

ShortRound's Comment
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Well, I'm off like a herd of turtles. Got on "the dog" for the first leg of my 20 hr. journey to PA for my orientation.

Wilson's Comment
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Good luck out there. Make your learning experiences a fun thing; you'll remember them easier.


Brett Aquila's Comment
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Good luck David! Keep us posted on how things go for ya.


ShortRound's Comment
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Finally arrived in Pittston/Wilkes-Barre. Settled in and ready for tomorrow.

ShortRound's Comment
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First day complete. We have a small group of 9 people in orientation (this is a good thing). Everything is going smoothly. Got the paperwork filled out, physical, drug screen, and about half the CBTs. Tomorrow will be finishing CBTs, Smith System, simulator, and somewhere in there we should be doing our interviews. Really impressed with 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.

Wilson's Comment
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..., Smith System, ...

Hey! We use that at Melton, too. Good stuff!

ShortRound's Comment
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Day 2 down. Finished CBT's, simulator, and Smith System. Tomorrow we have a few more classes, and by the end of the day I should be a Prime employee.

Carter's Comment
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Congrats David, now quit banging your cup behind me in class, I'm trying to sleep until I can go get my truck...

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