Coming To Prime? Some Advice For You

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Shantanic (Shannon F.)'s Comment
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I was planning on doing a training diary, but time has been short! There is so much to do! Amd such a short time to do it.

My one big piece of advice for anyone coming to Springfield is to have all your medical stuff buttoned down. What I mean by this is if you take any kind of medicine that may be questionable as to whether or not you can drive GET A DOCTORS RELEASE!

For example, I take a medicine for anxiety. I've had to have my family doctor fax a release up here before I can get my medical card. It's now here, but I'm still having to wait before I can shuttle to the DMV and grab my permit. So save yourself the time and get that before you get here.

Take some of your limited free time and knock out all your CBT'S (computer based training). Don't wait until the last minute or you'll go cross eyed staring at the monitor.

Take the simulator seriously! It's not a video game, don't call it that. For me, it was a great way to learn the shift pattern.

Finally, get and study the Missouri manual for the tests. I went through the high road training here and it well prepared me for the tests, but there is some wording in the Missouri manual that might throw you, so to me it's worth the time to study that as well.

I've gotten so much good advice and support here I wanted to give back a little. Now I'm off to wait on my med card, DMV trip, and testing out on the simulator. Y'all be safe!

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.

Sami's Comment
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Thanks Shantastic!

I was thinking I should get a physical before training and now I think I will, just in case, even if they're going to do their own.

If you find time, let us know how it's going. I love these training diaries! But, if you're too crazy busy feel free to ignore me :) I'm sure you have a ton going on. Best of luck!

Christy R.'s Comment
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Best of luck to you and thank you for the update!

Thanks to you and a few others, I'm definitely going to get my physical out of the way...or at least a mock one. Haven't found anyone in my area yet, but I just started calling today.

I have the Missouri manual in hand!! Prime won't accept me because I don't have a two year work history, but I'm researching others.

Shantanic (Shannon F.)'s Comment
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Thanks y'all! I just don't want anyone caught unaware.

On a side note, GOT MY TRAINER TODAY! Headed out tomorrow! Flatbedders here I come!

Daniel's Comment
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I'd definitely suggest EVERYONE get a DOT Medical card before signing any loan.

I see so many people sign, not get one, then owe $5000+ for nothing.

Card is ~$100. Physical & drug test.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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