Profile For Weatherman

Weatherman's Info

  • Location:
    SC

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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    5 years, 2 months ago

Weatherman's Bio

Just finished a 22 year military career as a weather forecaster. I am currently attending CDL school at Sage Technical institute in Lexington, SC.

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Posted:  4 years, 1 month ago

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Best and worst cities for trucking traffic?

Chicago has to get at least honorable mention for worst.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Leavin for Roehl tomorrow

Great company. Good Luck!

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Retired FD looking for part time CDL job

Check out Roehl Transport. They offer a 7 day on/7 day off schedule (among others). Thats about close as you can get to part time in the OTR world. They are also one of the top starter companies out there and have a terminal near you in Ellenwood Ga.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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The Big Three = Awareness

Been driving about the same amount of time as six string and he is spot on. Keeping proper distance and speed are huge as new drivers are going has slower reaction time and make some mistakes. A big things I had to realize is there is never a good reason to be in a rush while driving. Even if you get a run with a very tight (or unmakable) timeline, other than sticking to your 10 hour break and not making too many stops along the way you really have little control on when you are going to arrive at your destination. The best advice I can give so far is to be calm, focus on your driving, and try to get better each day.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Are Truck Drivers patient with Rookies when during backing?

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I have noticed at the truck stop I have been to so far that there are at least a handful of trucks that say the heck with backing up and pull forward into the parking spot. I am still extremely new, but it seems like it would be hazardous trying to back out of a parking spot, especially if you lack the skill to back into one.

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If you look on YouTube at trainerjames2013 he explains why some pull in instead of backing

Thanks for the video. Trainerjames makes some good points. My only concern would be that many, if not most, truck stops do not have the space he had to back straight out of the spot. I guess it depends on the situation.

Posted:  4 years, 7 months ago

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Are Truck Drivers patient with Rookies when during backing?

I have noticed at the truck stop I have been to so far that there are at least a handful of trucks that say the heck with backing up and pull forward into the parking spot. I am still extremely new, but it seems like it would be hazardous trying to back out of a parking spot, especially if you lack the skill to back into one.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Can a truck driver take 'Vivanse" for ADD if the doctor gives a prescription for the drug?

I have ADHD and recently completed my physical and received my DOT medical card from Roehl. Here is what you need to do if you are on an ADHD med.

First, Go see your doctor to determine if you can safely operate a commercial vehicle to while on your medication. If you and your doctor determine that it is safe to be on you medication you MUST have your doctor write a letter stating that it is safe to drive while on your medication. Do not stop taking your meds just to get into truck driving, if for some reason you decide to quit your medication you will still need a letter from your doctor stating that it is safe to drive while not taking your medication (I am not kidding about this). Bottom line: you will need a letter from your physician before taking your DOT physical. Make sure the letter also includes your doctor's contact information. Also bring the medication with you to the physical in its original bottle. I discussed this topic with my companies DOT physician and she only knows of one company that will not hire those taking ADHD medication (specifically Adderall). There might be a couple places out there that will not hire you because of your medication, but you should have no problem finding a good company to work for if you take the proper steps and have the documentation to back it up.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Roehl Driver Training: Ellenwood Georgia edition

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Day one is complete.

I would recommend letting your hair grow out on at least part of your body to make the hair test easier.

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Hair from your @ss crack acceptable?

Haha, Sure why not. Go for it.confused.gif

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Roehl Driver Training: Ellenwood Georgia edition

Sorry for missing a day. The Hotel internet connection has not been the greatest lately

Day 3:

We once again started the day practicing our alley dock throughout the morning followed by lunch and then a pre-trip exercise. Best of all though our drug test results arrived meaning we could finally drive on the road! I went out with two other students in the truck where we each took turns driving a short loop. I did okay, grinded a gear or two, but nothing unexpected.

Day 4:

Started with pretrip inspection and backing practice again (notice a trend yet?). I am feeling really good about backing at this point which is pretty sweet considering I failed the alley dock portion of the CDL exam twice. Now it is starting to feel like second nature.

I wish I could say the same about my road drive in the afternoon. I mean seriously WTF! The trucks have 10 speeds and I could not downshift to 6th gear to save my life (was trying to shift at to high of speed). To make things worse I let myself get frustrated and need my instructors help getting into a gear (several times). The good part is my instructor gave another short drive after the other students took their turns. The good news is I corrected my shifting problems but totally ran over a curb making a right turn. By far my worst drive in a long time. Hopefully things will be better tomorrow.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Roehl Driver Training: Ellenwood Georgia edition

Day 2: Backing, Safety and Maps,

I started the day with breakfast at the hotel before catching the shuttle to the terminal to begin training at 7:00 am. Training kicked off by going over pretrip procedures for about an hour before starting work on alley docking.

The instructor showed us Roehl’s alley docking method then we took turns practicing. I was a bit nervous on my first attempt but got threw it pretty well and the instructor were all pretty laid back and really helpful. We continued working on our backing skills until lunchtime at noon.

Bag lunches were provided at the terminal then we hung out for a while until the instructor returned at one.

The afternoon consisted of classroom material starting out with several safety videos with heavy emphasis on not using your smartphones while driving. The last hour was spent going through our road atlases with class ending around 5:00 PM. Oh, We also received our medical cards right after lunch.

Once again the pace and atmosphere was pretty relaxed but we got a lot accomplished. I am really enjoying training so far. Looking forward to working more on alley dock in the morning then hopefully some road time in the afternoon assuming our drug test results come through.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Roehl Driver Training: Ellenwood Georgia edition

Day one is complete.

I was expecting a lot hurry up and wait today but was only half right. There was plenty of wait but not so much hurry. We were picked up at the hotel at 6:40 am to begin Orientation at 7:00 am. There are 10 people in class and after starting the day filling out paperwork we waited in line for our drug test, another line for the DOT physical, and finally waited to take a strength and mobility test. The last couple of hours were spent going over Hazmat and hours of service.

The physical was not bad. I would recommend letting your hair grow out on at least part of your body to make the hair test easier. Even more important make sure you bring any prescription medications with you in the original bottle. And remember some medications may require a letter from your personal doctor stating that you can drive on said medication.

A bagged lunch was provided for free consisting of a sandwich (I had turkey), brownie, and chips. We were also given an $8.50 voucher to be used at a nearby restaurant for dinner. Throw in Breakfast at the hotel and all of my meal were paid for today.

Tomorrow we are suppose to work on yard skills in the morning then more class work in the afternoon.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Roehl Driver Training: Ellenwood Georgia edition

Well, after doing my research and earning my CDL through a private school I find myself setting in a hotel room waiting to begin orientation with Roehl Transport tomorrow morning. This thread will probably not be anywhere near as epic as Wine Taster's Roehl Training Thread but It should hopefully give a different perspective for those coming from a private school and/or looking to drive as part of Roehl's dry van fleet.

So far, all is going well. I was given a rental car to drive from Columbia SC to the hotel in Georgia which is an awesome start considering I was in no way looking forward to riding a greyhound (which is also an option if you prefer). The hotel is pretty nice and has an indoor pool. I do have a roommate however the rooms are pretty good size so at least we should not be tripping over each others stuff.

Tomorrow I can expect a lot of hurry up and wait. Most likely just Drug test, DOT physical, and other paperwork. I do not expect any issues long as my blood pressure behaves. I will update as I can but please let me know if you have any questions.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Roehl driver training from start to end.....

Man, Thank you for this post. I feel even more confident that I made the right choice joining Roehl.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Life as an oil rig driver!

Best of luck to you Max! You can add one more to the list of people starting next week. I am headed to Ellenwood Ga tomorrow to hopefully begin a great career with Roehl. :)good-luck.gif

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Different approach to CDL school

It will probably depend on what you military driving experience consisted of. One of my CDL school classmates received a military exemption from taking the CDL skills/road test. He still needed to go through a CDL school first because he only had experience driving straight trucks with automatic transmissions; however he received his license once the course was complete. Start talking to recruiters to see what they require and do your research as many companies love hiring vets and there are some really good programs available (especially if you have unused GI bill benefits).

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Will companies hire someone who didn't pass their CDL road test the first time?

I failed the CDL exam twice (damn you alley dock) and had no problems finding a job. Most places will take you as long as you have a CDL and a certificate from your CDL school.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Roehl driver training from start to end.....

I would say yes. Both provide you access to more loads and therefore will help you drive more miles. I am starting orientation next week and Roehl does not require you to have a TWIC card, but my recruiter recommended that I get one. I am also required to bring a travel document which includes either a birth certificate, Passport, passport card, Enhanced Drivers Licence, or FAST card. I already have a passport so I am bringing that with me. However I am not sure if there are any advantages to having a FAST card in lieu of a passport. That would probably be a better question to ask in the general forum.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Roehl driver training from start to end.....

Hopefully this helps

The Free And Secure Trade Card, better known as the FAST Card, is part of a program designed to expedite handling of shipments through customs between the United States and Canada.

TWIC is a common identification credential for all personnel requiring unescorted access to secure areas of MTSA -regulated facilities and vessels, and all mariners holding Coast Guard-issued credentials. Individuals who meet TWIC eligibility requirements will be issued a tamper-resistant credential containing the worker's biometric (fingerprint template) to allow for a positive link between the card and the individual. (homeport.uscg.mil)

Basically FAST helps speed up deliveries crossing the border and TWIC grants you access to shipping ports/docks.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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LTL Trucking - My linehaul job

Awesome information. Thank you for taking the time to write this up.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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$230 a week? Is that possible?

I am headed to Ellenwood Ga on the 28th to start my training with Roehl. I am going to agree with the problem driver theory. $230 is maybe 750 miles per week. Also keep in mind things tend to slow down at certain times of the year. I have been checking in with the Roehl thread on that other trucking forum, and it appears they just now recovered from the 4th of July holiday.

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