A "Thank You" To TT, High Road, And YOU

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Michael D.'s Comment
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I started utilizing this amazing resource to compare different CDL training companies. I read the honest reviews and lurked on the forums for insight.

I applied to Prime's PSD and immediately began going through The High Road material (twice). The result was passing my General Knowledge, Air Brakes, Tanker, and Combination tests the first time. I'll come back and use it again for Hazmat soon.

I continued to browse about the forums for insight into the company and industry, from the pre-trip walk thorough to the lightweight truck discussions, while out on the road for my first driving portion of training.

I came back to Springfield two days ago and spent some time practicing backing maneuvers on the pad. Today, I took my CDL exam, and got the "trifecta". My pre-trip was beautiful, only missing my indicators on the in-cab (silly, nervous mistake). I scored zero points on my backing with zero being the best score you could get, and my driving portion went very smoothly regardless of the absolute downpour I had to do it in. I got a few points, but it was minor stuff. The instructor said "I'm happy to say you are a good driver..." at the end of it, and I can't explain the enormous sense of relief I had that it was finally done, and done well.

Anyway, this material and you guys on the forums played a huge part in getting me her. A big, sincere THANK YOU!

I get to go home for a few days now, and then it's back out on the road on Monday.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Yes, YES, YES!
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Daniel B.'s Comment
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I've been in Springfield for a week now! You could have met the man who's material you've been reading! Haha. I'm still here if you are.

As a matter of fact we were in the same classroom today (East Conference Room) at 0630.

Congrats on passing sir!!

David C.'s Comment
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Congrats on passing and best of luck to you. I get on the bus heading to Springfield Saturday morning, I' excited and nervous all at the same time. I have been using THR and the book. I'm thinking of taking the written test here in NC but not sure if I should or not. Anyways Congrats to you again.....

Michael D.'s Comment
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I've been in Springfield for a week now! You could have met the man who's material you've been reading! Haha. I'm still here if you are.

As a matter of fact we were in the same classroom today (East Conference Room) at 0630.

Congrats on passing sir!!

Thanks!

It would have been awesome to meet up, but I was either in my room hiding with my binder studying those small words like ripped, torn, worn, frayed, etc. or I was out on the pad backing up! I was a huge ball of stress.. Even in the conference room, I was sitting there fidgeting with my orange juice halfway in my own world thinking about the tricks and techniques to get my backing done smoothly. I was happy when my name popped up #2.

After testing, I went through the paperwork process - going to the DMV , applying for my TWIC card, getting my new badge... My wife showed up in time to bring me to the post office for my passport application so I didn't have to take the shuttle, and then head back to fill out my I9 (and get my free hat). After that, we skipped town! I live fairly close, so I got to come home to see my family for the weekend. I'll be back Monday morning though, for a very short time. I'll be throwing my stuff into my next trainer's truck and heading out for TnT.

By the way, I don't know how long it took you to put that pre-trip post together, but it is simply awesome. The video Prime has is a great resource, but it does miss a few things. The binder helped me fill in the gaps. Your post, though, was perfect for focusing on individual items I was having trouble remembering, or for studying the picture to understand how to recognize it on the truck. I'm not mechanically inclined, so that was a big deal for me.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Good deal. I'm glad it helped you! Good luck out there.

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