On The Bus Headed To Springfield, Prime Training.

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Sam C.'s Comment
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Just figured Id see who was all headed this weekend. Im on my way, studying while I take the journey.

Squirrel's Comment
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Headed there now... on the dirty dog myself. should be there Sun morning around 6am. See ya there

Sam C.'s Comment
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I get dropped around 6am as well. Sitting in Cambridge Ohio right now waiting on my transfer bus.

Squirrel's Comment
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Ok... I am wearing a biker vest and a marine hat. can't miss me

Squirrel's Comment
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Are you picking up the bus in st louis at 1:20am?

Sam C.'s Comment
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I was wrong the first time. seems Im getting to st louis around 6am. Wont get to springfeild til around 1pm. I do think there is a guy from pitsburgh going tho. Ive seen his trucking study guides poking out of his bag and heard him say hes on his way to springfield. Only 12 hours to go

Hudsonhawk's Comment
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Lucky man, I left Sacramento yesterday at 2pm and won't get there till tomorrow at 5pm. Rough ride two days on the dog when your 6"1.

Can't wait till I get there. You'll notice me probably glasses with a green army pickle pack and smoking Marlboro 27's.

Hudsonhawk's Comment
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How large are these orientation groups anyways?

Matt M.'s Comment
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Good luck! My group a year ago started with 80. I believe less than half of that made it to the PSD phase... No telling how many of us are left a year later. I still see someone from my orientation once in awhile. You can pretty much tell who's going to make the cut just observing people. Most of the people I run into still were in the circle I hung around with.

It's up to you and it's fast paced. Make sure you got the written test down if you haven't worked through the high road training or already got your cdl. Other than that, you have a week to get through all the other stuff you have to get covered.

Any free time I would spend drilling the pretrip. The day I came back to test, the two people in front of me didn't even get to the backing maneuvers because they failed the pretrip.


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.


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.
Hudsonhawk's Comment
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Is there enough time to study the pretrial while out training? I can learn on here but I don't even know half the locations of everything. I feel it's better to learn that hands on.

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