Truck Driving Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Need more information? As you’re considering Prime or any other trucking company, there may be a few questions you want to ask. Explore our truck driving FAQs to find the answers to a few of those questions. If you need further help, please contact our recruiting department at 866-290-1568.

Driver Pay

Here’s a breakdown of our rates. Company driver rates are shown in cents per mile. Independent contractor rates are shown as a percent of linehaul. Visit our Pay & Benefits page for more information.

Solo company driver rates:

    • .46 cpm refrigerated, full-size truck
    • .51 cpm refrigerated, lightweight truck
    • .48 cpm flatbed
    • .53 cpm tanker

Qualifications & Training

Depending on which state you live in, you must be at least 18 years old to get your Class A commercial driver’s license. Once you’ve acquired your CDL, you can drive within the confines of the state you acquire it in.

You must be at least 21 to apply to Prime Inc.

Driver Policies

As an OTR company driver, you may be wondering how often you’ll be able to come home. As a company driver at Prime, you will be out driving three to four weeks at a time, earning one day off for each week out.

As an independent contractor, you can go home as often as you want. However, the most profitable are away from home three to four weeks at a time.

Home time may vary based on division. Contact a recruiter for more information. Company and lease drivers are able to take their truck home.

Leasing & Purchasing Programs

On a brand new truck, the lease term is three to four years, depending on the division. Used trucks have leases of varying lengths. The length of the lease is determined by the amount of time the truck has left in the Prime network. There may only be a few months remaining or almost the full life of the truck remaining.

None of the trucks available for lease and in service are over four years old in any division.

Start Right Program

The three-week period begins on the first day of the driver’s scheduled orientation. If there are delay issues, the extra days will NOT be paid and will use up part of the three-week period.

For Families

Drivers get 24 hours off for every 7 days worked.

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