That Feeling!

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Shantanic (Shannon F.)'s Comment
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Last night I sat behind the wheel. The proud owner of a crispy new class A. My tnt trainer had driven the day shift, now it was my turn.

We stopped at a loves right inside new Mexico, and left with me behind the wheel and him settling in for some rest.

Man, I can't tell you the Cheshire cat sized grin that plastered my face as i pulled out, floated the gears up to 10, and pointed us to California!

The night got a little long, but seeing the lights in Gallup was awesome. We had another Prime driver we were following, a friend of my trainers, and he kept an eye on me and every once in a while would holler across channel 19 to check and make sure I was doing ok.

Pulled into Kingman this morning, and my trainer slept sound all night. That alone made me feel good. I know there may be times I'll have to wake him, but getting that first night under me was awesome!

Pointless posts y'all, but another thanks to the veterans here for tips and pointers and encouragement!

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.

Justin N.'s Comment
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I remember having a feeling like that the day I drove my first load all by myself. I started team driving with this guy right out of training so had never been on my own before. Had about three months experience in all but always had someone there with me in the truck.

My partner was taking a few days off and dispatcher gave me a 900 mile run while he was away. I just remember that feeling of how here I am all alone, picking up the load and delivering it all by myself.

I do that all the time now but of course it will never be like the first time.

Dispatcher:

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.
Jessica A-M's Comment
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I got an overwhelming sense of, "YES!" when I read this. I can't wait for this feeling.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Last night I sat behind the wheel. The proud owner of a crispy new class A. My tnt trainer had driven the day shift, now it was my turn.

We stopped at a loves right inside new Mexico, and left with me behind the wheel and him settling in for some rest.

Man, I can't tell you the Cheshire cat sized grin that plastered my face as i pulled out, floated the gears up to 10, and pointed is to California!

The night got a little long, but seeing the lights in Gallup was awesome. We had another Prime driver we were following, a friend of my trainers, and he kept an eye on me and every once in a while would holler across channel 19 to check and make sure I was doing ok.

Pulled into Kingman this morning, and my trainer slept sound all night. That alone made me feel good. I know there may be times I'll have to wake him, but getting that first night under me was awesome!

Pointless posts y'all, but another thanks to the veterans here for tips and pointers and encouragement!

Just so I understand, that was your first night of driving? Your trainer was sleeping? Cool that you had another company driver watching your back... But... Am I missing something? Not to mention, you were driving into California. We all know that blissful feeling of taking over the reigns the first time and congrats by the way, but, I have red flags throwing themselves at me over this.

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.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Last night I sat behind the wheel. The proud owner of a crispy new class A. My tnt trainer had driven the day shift, now it was my turn.

We stopped at a loves right inside new Mexico, and left with me behind the wheel and him settling in for some rest.

Man, I can't tell you the Cheshire cat sized grin that plastered my face as i pulled out, floated the gears up to 10, and pointed is to California!

The night got a little long, but seeing the lights in Gallup was awesome. We had another Prime driver we were following, a friend of my trainers, and he kept an eye on me and every once in a while would holler across channel 19 to check and make sure I was doing ok.

Pulled into Kingman this morning, and my trainer slept sound all night. That alone made me feel good. I know there may be times I'll have to wake him, but getting that first night under me was awesome!

Pointless posts y'all, but another thanks to the veterans here for tips and pointers and encouragement!

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Just so I understand, that was your first night of driving? Your trainer was sleeping? Cool that you had another company driver watching your back... But... Am I missing something? Not to mention, you were driving into California. We all know that blissful feeling of taking over the reigns the first time and congrats by the way, but, I have red flags throwing themselves at me over this.

I think he was saying it was his first night driving TNT. He's already got his CDL , so not his first night driving, but first night solo (with a trainer available in the bunk, not in the passenger seat, driving team).

Congrats, Shantanic! It is a great feeling!

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.

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.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Last night I sat behind the wheel. The proud owner of a crispy new class A. My tnt trainer had driven the day shift, now it was my turn.

We stopped at a loves right inside new Mexico, and left with me behind the wheel and him settling in for some rest.

Man, I can't tell you the Cheshire cat sized grin that plastered my face as i pulled out, floated the gears up to 10, and pointed is to California!

The night got a little long, but seeing the lights in Gallup was awesome. We had another Prime driver we were following, a friend of my trainers, and he kept an eye on me and every once in a while would holler across channel 19 to check and make sure I was doing ok.

Pulled into Kingman this morning, and my trainer slept sound all night. That alone made me feel good. I know there may be times I'll have to wake him, but getting that first night under me was awesome!

Pointless posts y'all, but another thanks to the veterans here for tips and pointers and encouragement!

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Just so I understand, that was your first night of driving? Your trainer was sleeping? Cool that you had another company driver watching your back... But... Am I missing something? Not to mention, you were driving into California. We all know that blissful feeling of taking over the reigns the first time and congrats by the way, but, I have red flags throwing themselves at me over this.

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I think he was saying it was his first night driving TNT. He's already got his CDL , so not his first night driving, but first night solo (with a trainer available in the bunk, not in the passenger seat, driving team).

Congrats, Shantanic! It is a great feeling!

Ah, that makes more sense.

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.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I remember in great detail the first time I ever drove for a company with my trainer in the jump seat. And that was in '93! To say I was excited is an understatement. I was jumpin' out of my socks!

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Rolling Thunder's Comment
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I remember in great detail the first time I ever drove for a company with my trainer in the jump seat. And that was in '93! To say I was excited is an understatement. I was jumpin' out of my socks!

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True. There is no comparison to feeling that truck lean when you mash the throttle down. Man I love driving.

Shantanic (Shannon F.)'s Comment
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Rolling, yeah line Bud said it was my first night of TNT. We had sat at the yard for a week while he tested his PSD student out so to say we were all ready anxious to get rolling was an understatement!

Thanks y'all!

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.

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.

New Beginning's Comment
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Last niht I sat behind the wheel. The proud owner of a crispy new class A. My tnt trainer had driven the day shift, now it was my turn.

We stopped at a loves right inside new Mexico, and left with me behind the wheel and him settling in for some rest.

Man, I can't tell you the Cheshire cat sized grin that plastered my face as i pulled out, floated the gears up to 10, and pointed us to California!

The night got a little long, but seeing the lights in Gallup was awesome. We had another Prime driver we were following, a friend of my trainers, and he kept an eye on me and every once in a while would holler across channel 19 to check and make sure I was doing ok.

Pulled into Kingman this morning, and my trainer slept sound all night. That alone made me feel good. I know there may be times I'll have to wake him, but getting that first night under me was awesome!

Pointless posts y'all, but another thanks to the veterans here for tips and pointers and encouragement!

I know the feeling Shannon. I got my license on Tuesday and we are on our third run. With my trainer sleep I have driven I-80 west from Reno, Nevada to Oakland, Ca. The mountains were treacherous. From there I drove from Oakland to Portland, Oregon. Those mountains were treacherous. Mind you I drove them at night, because I know if I would have seen them during the day they would have scared the craps out of me. But anyway it is a great feeling knowing that 3 weeks ago I didn't even know how to make the truck move to having someone trust you enough to zip the curtain closed and actually go to sleep. Thanks again trucking truth truckers, couldn't have gotten down and up those mountains without you. Stay safe Shannon.

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.

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