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Spencer Hastings's Comment
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So im just about to go for my cdl test and i'm still looking into jobs . Im leaning towards Prime Inc due to their pay for training and on the road highest for rookies right now and great training. Now my big question is (which i will talk to my recruiter about but want the truth from u guys cause i know they will say anything to get you in the door) I live in Massachusetts and because i will have my licence when i go to prime i will be going to pennsylvania for training. Its only about 2 almost 3 hours away. Should i take my spare car to training so if they say we have no loads going to massachusetts i can take my car home for my days off? Has anyone done this? Remember it's my first year and this is very helpful info anyone that works at prime ? Got any details on this thanks.

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.
Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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No need to take your car to the Prime Pittston terminal. They have lots of freight going into & out of MA.

Now be aware that you will possibly be talked to about being a North East (NE) dedicated driver. The good/bad about that is that if your loads start/end in the NE you get an extra .05/mile and you could possibly be home a lot more often than most Prime drivers, bad is the lack of parking and most of the state (PA is really bad) roads in the NE in my opinion for the most part SUCK. But that is just my opinion.

Hope to see you on the road soon.

Ernie

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Gary J.'s Comment
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Yeah the roads suck in NE, but if your born and raised there like I was it's all good. It adds to the beauty of the area.

Spencer, I worked in Ludlow for a total of 16 years, are you attending United Tractor Trailer School? I was planning on attending this summer, but my plans changed. Staying in MO. They seem like good people at the school.

Good luck and drive safe!

Heavy C's Comment
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Man you guys keep putting down my beloved NE. Ok so the roads are a little bumpy. And you can hardly find parking anywhere. And all the streets are cramped and hard to maneuver in. And the other drivers are rude and reckless. But what's not to love! We have a all four seasons. We've got mountains and plains and ocean and cities. And the best part is since is has a huge population density the freight will always be there. Don't be afraid of taking a NE dedicated. You're already a M******* so you fit right in lol. Good luck

Spencer Hastings's Comment
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No need to take your car to the Prime Pittston terminal. They have lots of freight going into & out of MA.

Now be aware that you will possibly be talked to about being a North East (NE) dedicated driver. The good/bad about that is that if your loads start/end in the NE you get an extra .05/mile and you could possibly be home a lot more often than most Prime drivers, bad is the lack of parking and most of the state (PA is really bad) roads in the NE in my opinion for the most part SUCK. But that is just my opinion.

Hope to see you on the road soon.

Ernie

I should be off too prime aug first . Got one more test to take forst time i went i passed alley dock sight and blind side parellel park second time i got pre trip and lane change bust found stuff messed up on truck diring pre trip so have to go back for the actual road test

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Spencer Hastings's Comment
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Yeah the roads suck in NE, but if your born and raised there like I was it's all good. It adds to the beauty of the area.

Spencer, I worked in Ludlow for a total of 16 years, are you attending United Tractor Trailer School? I was planning on attending this summer, but my plans changed. Staying in MO. They seem like good people at the school.

Good luck and drive safe!

Wow i live right up the road i live in chicopee and yest i did go to united but i been driving from here to virginia all my life as a four wheeler born and raised in mass it is tight but it is home.

Spencer Hastings's Comment
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Man you guys keep putting down my beloved NE. Ok so the roads are a little bumpy. And you can hardly find parking anywhere. And all the streets are cramped and hard to maneuver in. And the other drivers are rude and reckless. But what's not to love! We have a all four seasons. We've got mountains and plains and ocean and cities. And the best part is since is has a huge population density the freight will always be there. Don't be afraid of taking a NE dedicated. You're already a M******* so you fit right in lol. Good luck

Everyone puts down our neloved ne cause they wernt born here but if u want my opinion. Im getting in this buisness for a challange i work as a machine opp and get bored quick with all these jobs the way i look at it ne +plus tight and conjested roads =challanges . Thats what i want ao thats what we get for being m#%$£%##! Lol

James U.'s Comment
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I live in mass and drive for Prime. there are enough loads going to mass to get you home. But I dont drive the North East much due to the fact I have a full size truck because Iam a trainer and the loads are short hops that will still take you longer than they should due to traffic. so to me they dont pay much. so i get loads to get home and get out. I am heading back out from mass on monday was on vaction the last 10 days ahhhh felt good dancing-banana.gif

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