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When Trucks Have Nightmares

When Trucks Have Nightmares

Do trucks have nightmares? If trucks have nightmares I’m sure these three would be at the top of their lists: 1. Blown over by wind Sometimes you can’t predict what the wind is going to do. Check out this video. Empty trailers are at more of a wind risk...
Trucker Talk

Trucker Talk

Dinner at Amelia’s in the Ramada Hotel is the best place to eavesdrop on trucker talk. The Ramada was my home during orientation at Prime Inc. and Amelia’s Bar and Grill is where I ate most every night. This Ramada is pretty unique for having business...
Trainer Tim

Trainer Tim

All of the in-house trainers at Prime SLC are pretty cool. I’ve had nothing but good experiences with them so far. But Trainer Tim shines just a bit brighter. He speaks with a gruff, aged hippie inflection (“Far out, groovy man”). But he’s full...
Tandem Suspension Pre-trip Inspection

Tandem Suspension Pre-trip Inspection

Today we focused on memorizing the suspension parts of the trailer tandem wheels. Repeatedly running through the verbiage for a pre-trip inspection is helping us to learn the names and locations of parts that are critical to the safe running of the vehicle. The...
Backing Boss Ben

Backing Boss Ben

Prime instructor Ben got us going on how to turn and use cone markers to complete straight-line, offset, and alley dock backing maneuvers. First he diagrammed them on a white board in one of the classrooms, then he took us out on the “pad” to practice the...
Pre-trip Inspection Jargon

Pre-trip Inspection Jargon

Yesterday a student from the class previous to mine gave us our first look at how a tractor/trailer pre-trip inspection is done. There are quite a bit of names and jargon to remember. The inspection is broken down into six areas: Engine compartment Driver’s door...