Question On Prime

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Ricky O.'s Comment
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I was looking at the training schedule and see there is a class on leasing their truck. If I go thru their training leasing isn't mandatory is it? Someday it might be an option but to lease right from the start sounds like a REALLY bad idea.

John M.'s Comment
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You can always train with company or lease to get an idea of what you like. I worked there, just talk to them there good about not pressuring you or anything wait a year go company and you can switch over at any time.

Old School's Comment
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Ricky, you definitely don't want to lease a truck fresh out of the gate. Just my .02 cents, but I don't think it's a good idea at any stage of the game - there are plenty in here who would disagree with me, but they will come around to my way of thinking after they get a few years of it behind them. (Just kidding! - we've got plenty of lease operators in here, and they already know my convictions on the subject)

Prime is not know for pressuring you to lease, they will offer it and you can simply tell then you want to be a company driver for now - that will probably be the last you hear of it, unless you initiate the conversation at a later point.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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You don't have to lease. They usually never talk about it unless you bring it up.

They have a lease training class to educate you on how it works. But the class isn't a part of your actual training that you will go through to become a driver. The class is separate from that program and you only participate in it if you want to lease.

Ricky O.'s Comment
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Great thanks for all replies. Would considering buying a rig on my own at some point not surely not right out of the gate.

Terry C.'s Comment
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To reiterate what has already been said above, Prime will not pressure you to lease but your trainer might. The first TNT trainer I had, still to this day is telling me what a fool I am for not leasing a truck. Meanwhile my FM and the FM I had for TNT training, as well as my 2nd TNT trainer all tell me to stay company as long as I'm going home as often as I do, PLUS living in Florida. You had best be staying out more than a month if you want to even consider leasing a truck. In 10 months I've been at Prime not one Springfield employee has ever told me I should be leasing including the leasing department. (Success leasing)


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.



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.

Brian M.'s Comment
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Just to add a little info in January when I went through psd the head of training Stan even told new students it was a good idea for us to get a year under are belt before we considered it.


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.
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