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Mariah F.'s Comment
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My oh my. So awhile back I was hoping to get into trucking. Then I had a job at Walmart for 3 weeks. Yeah. Self explanatory. So here I am again, dreaming of the open road and a beautiful big rig just waiting for me haha.

Now I can't quite remember, but I do believe I was going to go with Prime? Tell me something, I live in Va, how can I get there, and how soon?

Another questy, if my husband wanted to could he come with me for an undecided amount of time? I'd love for him to see it too.

Now I just turned 21, I got a no trucking experience, and not much else to go on either. I am determined however! Trust me, to still be talking about it all these months later, I could do it. Lol.

So, can someone help me through the baby steps of contacting, getting there, ecterta?

And if not Prime, what do you suggest and why?

Remember, I kinda need help traveling to the school itself. I remember one school paid for you to come by bus, but can't remember which one lol.

Thank you all very much :3

Good miles to you!!

Jessica A-M's Comment
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A lot of your questions are answered here: Company Sponsored CDL Training

The rest that aren't answered there can be answered by a recruiter for whatever company you're looking at.

I'm choosing Prime for the longer training time, decent training pay, and the fact that you can draw money in the beginning to pay back later which I'll personally need. Also, I would like to do food grade tanker eventually and Prime has a division for that. It's very much a personal choice and you should do your own research to make the decision that's right for you.

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.

OOS:

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.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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My oh my. So awhile back I was hoping to get into trucking. Then I had a job at Walmart for 3 weeks. Yeah. Self explanatory. So here I am again, dreaming of the open road and a beautiful big rig just waiting for me haha.

Now I can't quite remember, but I do believe I was going to go with Prime? Tell me something, I live in Va, how can I get there, and how soon?

Another questy, if my husband wanted to could he come with me for an undecided amount of time? I'd love for him to see it too.

Now I just turned 21, I got a no trucking experience, and not much else to go on either. I am determined however! Trust me, to still be talking about it all these months later, I could do it. Lol.

So, can someone help me through the baby steps of contacting, getting there, ecterta?

And if not Prime, what do you suggest and why?

Remember, I kinda need help traveling to the school itself. I remember one school paid for you to come by bus, but can't remember which one lol.

Thank you all very much :3

Good miles to you!!

Since you live right off I-81, you will be getting through that area quite often. I did my training and first 2.5 years with Prime, great company to drive for.

You can indeed bring your husband with you. You would need to request to be put into a full sized truck and lose out on .05/mile, but it can be done. Most (but not all) company drivers are usually pushed towards the LW (smaller sleeper) trucks, but you can request a full sized truck.

You would have to request for him to ride along (just a small formality) so that Prime knows who is on the truck should there be some sort of accident, etc for insurance purposes.

Any other questions, be sure to ask. Someone will either know the answer or be able to point you in the right direction to get the answer.

Ernie

Mariah F.'s Comment
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Thank you guys so much. I've done a lot of looking before at all the companies, it's just been awhile haha and my memory sucks.

I have another question, about personal protection. I know guns are out of the question, but what about a knife? Not really a pocket kife, but, I have one that goes on your belt, the blade is only about 6 inches, its a fixed blade. As a young women, I and my family are concerned about my safety.

Thanks a million guys, I really appreciate all the help :3

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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All gonna depend on company policy and then you have local and state laws in each town that determines the length of a fix bladed knife. Yes it's a thing.

At Werner we can only carry 3.5 inch blades and it has to be a folding knife. That's blade length. Handle not included. I had to stop wearing my 6 inch Gerber field fix blade.

Mariah F.'s Comment
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Okay, as long as I have something to protect myself I'm happy x3

I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with Prime, what are your thoughts on the company?(everyone)

Thank you again and a million times more

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Okay, as long as I have something to protect myself I'm happy x3

I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with Prime, what are your thoughts on the company?(everyone)

Thank you again and a million times more

In my personal opinion I think Prime is great. If I was to ever go back into training Prime would be the only one I would even remotely think about being a trainer for.

Mariah F.'s Comment
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Okay heres a question I'm having a hard time figuring out. Really, I've looked everywhere I can't find the answer.

I live in the middle of nowhere on the mountains of VA. How will I get transportaion to the school?

I am broke right now, another reason I'm going with Prime. I can not, n o t afford to travel out there myself.

I know some company somewhere pays for your ticket to the training center. Which one(s)?

I know Prime will pay for your way home of you decide not to go on during the training grace period, I'm really hoping you lovelies will tell me Prime will help me get there.

At the same time it sounds silly. "Hi I want to be a trucker? Give me bus ticket, ugga uugghh lol." XD but god forbid I'm broke I just need help lol.

Side note, I was telling my husband that I knew we could have a better life. I don't want to waste the life I have struggling all the time. This is my chance to make it better :3

Joshua C.'s Comment
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I've been with Prime now for 7 months and literally don't have one negative thing to say about the Company. Now on a wish list I wish we had a dedicated route in the Tampa Bay area but as far as how the Company is run and delivering on what they say, not one complaint.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Mariah F.'s Comment
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Joshua, that you for the comment, that only makes me more excited about Prime :3

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