Prime has the SLOWEST sorry trucks on the road today, it's not even close

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  1. realsupatrucka

    realsupatrucka Road Train Member

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    Amen to that...I hate being hot lol
     
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  3. ironpony

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    Our loads don't tend to have more than "enough" time either. Maybe you should talk to you're owner about doing load planning at a safe speed... try 60 instead of 80. BTW... its part of the legal deal that YOU drive your truck at a speed that is safe for prevailing conditions, one of those conditions being the presence of slower traffic moving faster than the legal minimum speed limit.

    When you got your CDL recently it didn't say it on the paperwork anywhere, but you also signed up to be a PROFESSIONAL DRIVER. The public expects you to drive your truck like a professional, not a wreckless manic with an 80,000 lb poorly guided missile. I just ran I10 across Texas, and guess what? Where the upper speed limit is 80, there's more buzzards than people. There's also a lot of slower traffic that doesn't have "PRIME Inc." painted on it. If you're going to drive a 80,000 pound truck at 80 mph, everyone expects you to have the skill and professionalism to do so safely. I rarely find low time drivers to have the ability to do that at 55 let alone 80. Let's hope you're not headed for trouble.
     
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  4. Seebs

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    While I can't speak if it's changed in the past few years. But during my time at prime, company trucks were governed at 58 on the pedal and 62 on cruise. So they're pretty much just as slow as all the other big carriers.

    But while we're at it, let's sit back and think a little more. Look at the drivers that are being hired these days. The guys that take two hours to do a straight back, the guys texting while driving, or ones that can't seem to figure out how to make a wide turn. Do you really want them going 80mph?
     
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  5. Tall Mike

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    You forgot the guys with their left foot on the dash riding down the road watching a movie..
     
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  6. Tall Mike

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    LOL

    I'll check with the cows and see if they are ok with a little more time in that hot trailer...





    Prime has the SLOWEST sorry trucks on the road today, it's not even close


    Ok, back on topic..

    While Prime trucks are slow I wouldn't call them sorry..

    IMO they look like a well maintained and modern fleet but I have never been in one and most certainly never will...
     
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  7. freightwipper

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    they're cheap stripped freightshakers

    DSC23960.jpg newtruck_zps19114442.jpg


    At least Prime does pay better than most.
    I'm with Crete and they have the same kinda of basic Freightshakers...

    Seems if you want better pay, you gotta drive cheap ugly trucks.

    An example is Western Distributing Transportation.. you can get to drive a truck like this:

    5652050881_f4d40c485c.jpg WesternDistributing (2).jpg

    but get this.. they require 3 years experience and the pay is....... 32CPM.

    http://www.wdtc.net/employment.shtml

    A noob coming out of Prime's school driving this truck
    tx3r.jpg

    Can earn .42CPM right away once released from training... http://www.primeinc.com/paid-apprenticeship-cdl-training

    seems you can't have the best of both worlds

    Higher pay to drive cheap truck
    or
    Lower pay to drive a fancy truck
     
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  8. Tall Mike

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    Last I knew Western paid on the hub that does make a difference (but that's another whole disscussion), but I do see your point..
     
  9. freightwipper

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    nope they pay .32 CPM PRACTICAL Miles, it's on their site.

    It's ridiculously low pay for someone with 3 years OTR experience.

    If I stay at Crete another two years I'll be at .46CPM
    who in their right mind would take a near 30% pay cut to drive a nicer truck? :biggrin_25513:
     
  10. Tall Mike

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    I didn't know Western switched that's a shame..
     
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