Miles As A New Solo Driver With Roehl

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Edward G.'s Comment
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What are the average miles a solo driver does weekly with Roehl new solo driver anyone who can help please do

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Edward, we have a number of Roehl drivers here so I'm sure they'll respond. But let me say that there's nothing different about Roehl that would either prevent you from getting really great miles once you've proven yourself, or guarantee you great miles if you're not a proven top tier driver.

As a new solo driver it's going to take a few months to really learn to manage your clock, work through challenges on the road, and prove yourself to be a top tier driver. So during the course of the first few months running solo you should expect some pretty big swings. You're going to have big weeks, and little weeks mixed in. It's very rare, though not unheard of, that a new solo driver will consistently get 2,500+ miles per week.

If you can average about 2,200 miles per week for a few months and get to every single one of your appointments safely and on time you can expect your miles to consistently average 2,500 per week or maybe even more.

Work on managing your clock, getting to know your dispatcher , and arriving safely and on time to every single appointment. As you get better the miles will get better and you'll know how to handle them.

And for any new drivers out there, everything I said applies to any of the major companies. There's no such thing as a major company that doesn't have great miles available for their Top Tier Drivers. There's also no such thing as a company that's going to keep putting big miles on a driver who isn't consistently getting the job done safely and on time. Over the long run you will prove yourself as a driver and you will thus be rewarded with great miles, or restricted by fewer miles accordingly.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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While at Roehl driving dry van national fleet, I averaged around 10,000 miles per month. Lowest was around 9,500, while highest was 12,066.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
PackRat's Comment
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I drove there for 11 months, leaving in Feb 2017.

Edward G.'s Comment
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I will be starting September 11th in cdl training how was the company to work for and is everything on the up and up heard good and bad things what is your take on it all responses appreciated

I drove there for 11 months, leaving in Feb 2017.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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I will be starting September 11th in cdl training how was the company to work for and is everything on the up and up heard good and bad things what is your take on it all responses appreciated

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I drove there for 11 months, leaving in Feb 2017.

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Edward, a driver's experience at a large carrier is almost entirely of their own doing. If you're miserable or lazy or have a bad attitude you're going to have a lousy experience anywhere you go. If you're super hard working, easy to get along with, and dedicated to being the best driver you can be you're going to have a great experience at any of the major companies.

The one thing you will have to deal with will be some people you really don't like and wouldn't get along with normally. But as a new driver you have to do everything you can to remain positive and friendly and get along with those people anyhow. It's just for a short time, so be the better person and keep a smile on your face.

In my opinion, you've made the decision to go with the company so dedicate yourself to being there for one full year and control your own destiny. Don't waste your time asking people's opinions or feelings about the company. Dedicate yourself to doing what you have to do to be successful and you will be. The only thing you're going to accomplish from asking around will be to shake up your confidence and let in doubts.

Listen to this if you haven't already:

Podcast Episode 18: Stop The Fear And Doubt, Focus On Your Own Success

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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