Will The Trainers Take The Wheel Durning Training?

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Dominick M.'s Comment
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Most companies will send you out with a trainer for some time before you can go solo. Will the trainer take the wheel for a few hours? Do you drive teams during the training period? I'm guessing if you're spending a 12 hour day on the road the trainer would grab the wheel for a few of those hours. Not sure ...

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Skar Hed's Comment
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All depends. They could do half the driving, they could let you do all of it while they watch porn videos in the sleeper berth.

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

Jerry R.'s Comment
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Depending on company ur going with Some will drive the first day n then u start driving with trainer in the passenger seat

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Each company and trainer will indeed have their own way of doing things. Some companies will have the student do all of the driving for the first week or two and dispatch the truck as a solo truck. Then after that time period the student and trainer will both drive and the truck will be dispatched as a team truck.

Other companies will dispatch the truck as a team from day one and it's up to the trainer to decide when the student is capable of driving and when the trainer should take over. In the end what you'll normally find is:

1) You'll often feel like you're in over your head, especially in the beginning. To varying degrees they'll push you to drive more hours than you might feel comfortable with and through difficult situations you might not feel comfortable with.

2) The trainer is in the truck with you and that person doesn't want to get in a wreck any more than you do. So they're going to push you because that's the only way you'll learn, but at the same time they're not suicidal so hopefully they'll have a feel for where to draw the line.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Most companies will send you out with a trainer for some time before you can go solo. Will the trainer take the wheel for a few hours? Do you drive teams during the training period? I'm guessing if you're spending a 12 hour day on the road the trainer would grab the wheel for a few of those hours. Not sure ...

Depends on the company and what phase of training you are in.

When I did my training with Prime, my Instructor (for the first part of the training to get me my CDL) would drive if I was getting tired so we could keep on schedule. Otherwise I did most of the driving. Because I was still on a permit, he was required to be in the passenger seat while I was driving, so his clock was running down just like mine was.

During the second phase of the training (I now had my license), my trainer & I split the drive time between us. I was expected to do my share of the driving (team driving).

Hope this helps answer your question.

Ernie

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Little Syster (a.k.a. Sun's Comment
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Oh mercy, I hope I don't end up with a trainer who watches naughtiness while I'm sweating bullets! I'm glad you asked this question because I had the same question and two more:

If you get on with a company and you already have your CDL , how long (approximately because I would imagine every company is different) is training? Or maybe there isn't training and I'm getting confused!

Do you get paid your usual wage during this period of time? Just trying to make sure that I have my bills covered when I'm training.

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.
Greenhorn Trucker's Comment
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Oh mercy, I hope I don't end up with a trainer who watches naughtiness while I'm sweating bullets! I'm glad you asked this question because I had the same question and two more:

If you get on with a company and you already have your CDL , how long (approximately because I would imagine every company is different) is training? Or maybe there isn't training and I'm getting confused!

Do you get paid your usual wage during this period of time? Just trying to make sure that I have my bills covered when I'm training.

I believe Prime does 40,000 miles worth of training, however that is broken down into 10,000 PSD and 30,000 TNT. From what I have read the trainers driving will add into your mileage much like team drivers get, so in theory this should knock out the 40,000 total miles rather quickly. During TNT I believe I read it is .17¢ a mile with guaranty of $700 a week, I assume that means whatever is greater at the end of the week is what you will get paid. While mileage is shared in relation to the 40,000 miles needed to get out of training I do not know if the pay per mileage is shared; IE you are paid for the trainers mileage while they are driving but I assume it is not. Also note that the trainer will determine if more time is needed before releasing you from training or not, so focus more on the learning aspect more than what the trainer is doing. However like with dealing with most people you might get the trainer you absolutely cannot stand or you feel you are not getting value out of their instruction do not be afraid to call in and request a new trainer. But just know you will be dealing with a stranger for an extended period of time in close quarters no matter what so it is best to just tolerate that person knowing that soon™ you will be free of them and on your own.

This coming from a person who is an introvert and have had to do this most of my life, lucky it is only one on one and not a large group of people for an extended period of time.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Little Syster (a.k.a. Sun's Comment
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Remind me of what TNT and PSD are? Thanks for the other clarification.

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.

Greenhorn Trucker's Comment
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Remind me of what TNT and PSD are? Thanks for the other clarification.

PRIME STUDENT DRIVER (PSD) PROGRAM and TNT stands for Trainer and Trainee time (though I could be wrong on that). I believe if you get your license from a CDL school you MIGHT be excluded from the PSD as, from my understanding of it, it is for those working on getting their CDL upgraded from the permit. I am sure there is someone who knows far more than I do on their meaning and what works which way and I welcome being corrected.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Remind me of what TNT and PSD are? Thanks for the other clarification.

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PRIME STUDENT DRIVER (PSD) PROGRAM and TNT stands for Trainer and Trainee time (though I could be wrong on that). I believe if you get your license from a CDL school you MIGHT be excluded from the PSD as, from my understanding of it, it is for those working on getting their CDL upgraded from the permit. I am sure there is someone who knows far more than I do on their meaning and what works which way and I welcome being corrected.

If you go to Prime with your CDL, and no experience you will have to do the entire 40,000 miles. If you are getting your CDL through Prime, you are credited with 10,000 of the 40,000 miles required to upgrade.

Hope this clears up your question.

Ernie

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

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