Coming Soon To Prime: 9/7/15

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Mike V.'s Comment
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Realist, will do!

Jessica A-M's Comment
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Bus tickets in hand. Finishing my packing. I'll be on the first bus tomorrow morning at 7:15AM. I'll arrive in Springfield, MO at 11:20PM on Sunday. It's going to be an interesting trip. So far I've signed paperwork allowing a physical and some orientation paperwork with a general welcome and some pages telling me what to bring.

I've studied between the High Road Training Program, Oregon CDL manual, and some various long online practice tests. I'll finish the HRTP parts I need before Tuesday.

I also have a full print out of Daniel B.'s Prime pre trip (it took 22 double sided pages).

My wallet was stolen 2 days before I moved my things to my mom's but MO DMV has nothing about needing a valid ID or SSC. And, the recruiter said it would all be fine. I have a temporary state issued license. I'll probably update my trip on Sunday in order to conserve battery. If anyone else is going, see you there!

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Sclose757's Comment
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Have a safe trip! See ya there next week

Jessica A-M's Comment
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We just left Sacramento California over an hour and a half late and my next transfer is in Los Angeles. At this rate I might be getting to Prime later Monday instead of early Sunday.

It's been interesting. We had one guy sneak on the bus and he probably would have been able to stay if he hadn't been loudly spitting on the floor.

Another guy opened a large bottle of alcohol at a stop, drank it all on the bus over the course of a couple hours and then grabbed a woman around the neck with his arm. The sheriff had to be called and he was removed.

One highlight was stopping at a Pilot for lunch and seeing all the truck drivers milling around with their headsets and such. Hearing the call that there was no wait for a shower. It got me all excited. Soon I'll be one of those people.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
The Dude's Comment
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Daniel, please pm me with your phone number.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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We just left Sacramento California over an hour and a half late and my next transfer is in Los Angeles. At this rate I might be getting to Prime later Monday instead of early Sunday.

It's been interesting. We had one guy sneak on the bus and he probably would have been able to stay if he hadn't been loudly spitting on the floor.

Another guy opened a large bottle of alcohol at a stop, drank it all on the bus over the course of a couple hours and then grabbed a woman around the neck with his arm. The sheriff had to be called and he was removed.

One highlight was stopping at a Pilot for lunch and seeing all the truck drivers milling around with their headsets and such. Hearing the call that there was no wait for a shower. It got me all excited. Soon I'll be one of those people.

You were in my hometown there. I'm actually in Bakersfield right now so you'll be driving right past me most likely. I'm the red Prime truck with yellow thunderbolts.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jessica A-M's Comment
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I made it to Phoenix Arizona on time. Now I'm boarded and heading towards Flagstaff AZ and on to Albuquerque New Mexico.

I saw these weird trees in Arizona. They didn't have leaves and had all these spines on them. wtf.gif

Saw some really interesting graffiti in Los Angeles. Thought I was going to melt in Blythe California but the road beat me to it.

I've only seen 2 Prime trucks so far (not that I have been entirely awake the whole time). I have seen tons of Swift, a handful of Knight, a large assortment of O/O and Lease.

A couple tips for surviving the Greyhound. Do not pack important papers or fragile things in the luggage that you plan on going under the bus. I've seen my luggage thrown, dropped, "nudged" by someone's foot, and once dropped in water. Luckily it's all clothes sealed in space bags.

If you have a long ride, pack deodorant and at least a spare shirt in your carry on.

Do not engage the crazies more than you have to. Seriously.

Be courteous and polite to your bus driver, they'll appreciate it mostly.

Don't leave your phone or wallet anywhere that someone can get to.

Drink water.

Sandman's Comment
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I saw these weird trees in Arizona. They didn't have leaves and had all these spines on them. wtf.gif

I think you saw Joshua tree's.

Jessica A-M's Comment
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I did see some Joshua Trees but, I was making a joke about cacti. I've never seen one in person before.

Medicine Man 's Comment
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Lucky you. I was supposed to be going to prime for school that day as well but it got passed back for some various reasons to next month. Mabey You got the spot I opened up. O and by the way I have taken that same bus trip across the Midwest you are describing. Beautiful.

By the off chance you end up in Dallas be alert. Pickpockets ,thieves, scammers. It's best not to leave the station. But if you do you'll have a good story probably.

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