About To Start Training With Roehl

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G-Town's Comment
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Good luck with the upgrade test.

Dart's Comment
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Thank you, G-Town.

Dart's Comment
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Well, while my last trainer and I thought things were going well, today marks the end of my journey with Roehl.

With my first trainer, things were going really well, and thought there would be no issues with the rest of my training. He had a truck with an automatic, so with shifting out of the equation, things were easier. The pace of his fleet was also modest, allowing me time to actually think about and process what I was learning. He was on the 7/7 fleet, meaning he was out for 7 days and home for 7 days. I was off for 3.5 days before meeting with my 2nd trainer.

Things started going downhill with the 2nd trainer. He was on a local/regional hybrid fleet that was fast paced and offered littie time to process what's going on. This trainer would have me delay slowing down for off ramps, then when I slowed down quickly to make the turn, he would get on me for going into the off ramp too fast. He would have me at a 4-5 second following distance when Roehl policy is 7 seconds. Because my calibration to the truck isn't quite there yet, I would sometimes get to within 2-3 seconds and be told to back off. He would also have me drive 2-3 mph over the posted speed limit when the truck was capable of doing so. He would also have me take corners that we did not have to stop for in 6th gear (company policy is 5th). I would also have to spend 1.5 - 2 days at the terminal while he was on his hometime. Prior to the Labor Day Holiday, it was decided that I would go with a 3rd trainer, which I did not meet up with until Wednesday of last week.

My 3rd trainer was on a fleet that allowed him more time for things to be slowed down. Over the first couple of days, I was doing OK overall, but still had some following distance, off ramp spspe, and other issues. By the 4th day, I had practically no issues. This trainer was going home for the weekend, so they sent me to the Gary, IN terminal and told me that they would let me know what to do on Monday (today).

After sitting in Gary all weekend and waiting all day for word on what to do, I got called in to the office at about 3:50pm and waited to be seen at about 4:30 pm, where I was told that I was terminated due to concerns of following distance and off ramp speed. They also told me that after 22 days of training, it would take more than 2 or 3 days more to get me where I need to be and that the training schedule did not allow for that kind of extra time.

Provided another company will take me, I'm not giving up.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

ELJOE1980's Comment
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Don't worry Shannon, I know that you're a good person, there are plenty of companies that will be willing to give you employment. I will test this week at Roadmaster school and I'm going with Werner transport, I don't know how that will go but so far they seem to be best. I was a Roehl back in July and they let me go after a week because they said my shifting was bad. They didn't even let me say good bye to my fellow students including you and Berry. Roehl is not as good as everyone seems to think they are. Good luck and don't give up you already have your cdl license.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Don't waste too much time...use this link to apply to as many companies as possible- Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

Rule out nothing.

Good luck.

Stacy M-Yellow Wolf's Comment
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Well, while my last trainer and I thought things were going well, today marks the end of my journey with Roehl.

Provided another company will take me, I'm not giving up.

I hate to hear that. I am glad that you are not giving up though . Get back out there and find a good fit for you. Best of luck Dart!

Dart's Comment
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Thank you all for the well wishes.

After a few disappointments, I'm now scheduled for orientation with Swift on Monday. Time to move on and put my previous setbacks behind me.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

G-Town's Comment
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Thank you all for the well wishes.

After a few disappointments, I'm now scheduled for orientation with Swift on Monday. Time to move on and put my previous setbacks behind me.

Good luck! Swift has always done right by me.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

ELJOE1980's Comment
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Good luck at Swift. I'm in my last day of orientation at Werner. I will go out with training on Monday or Tuesday.

Dart's Comment
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Good luck at Swift. I'm in my last day of orientation at Werner. I will go out with training on Monday or Tuesday.

Thanks!!! Awesome to hear. Good luck to you at Werner as well.

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