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Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Blessed58, Was a yatch builder for 7years then retired from 23 years as a Lt. In Law Enforcement in 2014 and I always knew I would follow in my father's footsteps as an OTR driver after raising my daughters and grandchildren. Everyone in the families are doing great and stable and happy. I told them that it is finally my turn in life to do what I have always wanted to do. The best memories I made with my father as a little girl was riding everywhere with him seeing the different states. Now I will share it with my grown daughters and teenage grand children :)

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Looking for some sound advice...

Never to late!!!! I will be 59 in December and retired from a 23year career and got my CDL in August and just started with Roehl Transport. They have an excellent orientation to start you off right and back into the seat. We had a man that started in orientation the same day that I did. He was 60 and said that he use to drive but it had been 30 years since he drove. He had no problems getting back into the seat and has already been issued his truck and is already solo and enjoying every minute of it. For answers to your other questions I will let the more experienced drivers help you there. Happy Thanksgiving :)

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Starting at Schneider

Hi all you new driver recruits! I to was mind set on Scheider of until I came upon. ROEHL transport. I started there Oct. 26th. You stay at the beautiful comfort Suites in Conley, Ga.. You get a full breakfast free at the hotel along with excellent rooms. The Roehl van picks you up at 6:40 am and takes you to the terminal 10 miles away. They have an excellent orientation program and also start out at higher pay than Schiender. Prfessionalism and respect all the way. Great company to start with. You get issued almost new 2015+ 2016 trucks once you complete phase 2 of orientation. Program. I could not have found a more respectful company to become a team player with!!!! Alright look them up on their interest sight. Hell what do you have to lose!!!!!

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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What do you listen to while you drive?

What channel is K Love on? I love listening to the songs!

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Roehl's Orientation

Liz here again, I forgot to tell you how they pay for orientation. First week Monday through Saturday the following Thursday you will have a direct to deposit for $300 after taxes its about $265. If it does not show up call the 800 phone number and press the number in menus pertaining to payroll. The next week on Thursday your next deposit will also be $300. By that week of payroll I also already had 3 days out on the road with my trainer at $90 per day pay. I was told that that would also be in that 2nd check but it was not. So again I had to call payroll to see what was going on and I was told that the $90 dollars a day with your trainer is delayed being paid to you for 10 more days. So your told one thing in orientation and find out another thing when you expect it in your payroll and it's not there!! I do think they need to up their orientation pay because even with my personal bills cut all the way down to the basic needs getting only $300 after 10 days is ridiculous to keep your basic personal needs paid and on top of that delaying your $90 a day for 10 days on top of that!!! Just want new hires to understand how it's paid out so know one is caught off guard with one saying one thing and someone else saying something else.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Roehl's Orientation

I started Roehl orientation at Conley, Ga. About 25 days ago. Company put us up in a beautiful comfort suites about 8 miles from the terminal. Phase 1 started on a. On a monday morning . Van picked us up at 6:40 am each day lasted until 5:30- 6:00pm each day. Hotel served a full free breakfast bar each day,, lunch was a bag lunch provided at the terminal contains a sandwich chips and mini cookie, supper we were provided a $10 voucher for dinner at a restraunt near the hotel. First week Monday through Sunday includes the first day is just drug testing, physical, and weight and crouching, and other moveability testing. Other days were all classroom. The second week is the second phase and is some classroom and backing maneuvers the Roehl way. And alot of driving practice out on the road. They have an excellent set up maneuver that really helps you line your rig up in close quarter areas. The third week you go out on the road with your trainer for 14 days or longer if you feel that you need alittle more time to learn everything like using your PC, trip planning, learning how to figure yourroll over and recap hours, scaling, weight limits on axles, learning where to set your tandem wheels for regulations depending on what states you will be traveling through. After you feel that your done with your training you will be taken out for a road test and while your driving you do commentary driving by letting the instructor know what you see ahead down the road and what ever you notice that you are observing all around you out on the road. After that test day if you successfully complete that then within in a couple of days you will be issued your own truck and Usally sent home with your first load so you can have a couple of days to get your truck stocked up with everything you need for comfort. Great company, everyone have been very professional at all times and very helpful. Good Luck :)

Posted:  4 years ago

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When you gotta go

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We all know you guys can make a knot with it, right? That's how you hold it in for so long....lol

Kidding asides, when you have to go and you're stuck in traffic, there's no escape. Now I figure that the guys can just grab an empty container and...you know. Us ladies...we can't do that. Specially if we're alone in the vehicle/truck and behind the wheel. I know there's a device sold in some natural health stores (Wholefoods) where you can slip it underneath you and pee "standing like a man"...lol but still, probably not that easy when you're behind the wheel and you need to lower your pants.

Also, I wake up a few times at night to go. It keeps me from sleeping if I don't. I don't see myself getting dressed, exiting the truck in the dark of night, walk to the bathroom at the truck stop, come back....you lose a good amount of sleep that way. Is there just enough room in the truck to keep a small portable/compact potty?

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For all ladies out there and men if your interested in what to do if you got to go. I was researching for my own needs as a lady driver going over the road starting tomorrow. I to have to go in the night due to my blood pressure with HCT in it. I found an item called Travel John. . They are disposable urnial bags with a special designed narrow top that is designed for no missed drips for ladies using. They each hold 28 ozs and as soon as the urine hits the ecial chemical inside it instantly goes odorless and turns solid. Each one can be used more than one time or until it's filled. No mess, No odors, and easy to place into a ziploc bag until you get near a trash can to throw it away. Found on Amazon.com in various sizes packs. 18 adult size pack sells for $24 dollars or at Drugstore.com about same price with free shipping. Small box of 3 with 2 adult and one child size in it for $4- $5 dollars sold at Bed Bath and Beyond and some outdoor stores like Handers and others. The big pack can only be bought on line. Outstanding reviews on them. Thought this information will certainly help lady drivers so they won't have to leave their trucks at night to use a restroom. Best investment I have ever made for convenience and safety purposes.

I meant also stated stores like Gander for hunters and campers.

Posted:  4 years ago

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When you gotta go

We all know you guys can make a knot with it, right? That's how you hold it in for so long....lol

Kidding asides, when you have to go and you're stuck in traffic, there's no escape. Now I figure that the guys can just grab an empty container and...you know. Us ladies...we can't do that. Specially if we're alone in the vehicle/truck and behind the wheel. I know there's a device sold in some natural health stores (Wholefoods) where you can slip it underneath you and pee "standing like a man"...lol but still, probably not that easy when you're behind the wheel and you need to lower your pants.

Also, I wake up a few times at night to go. It keeps me from sleeping if I don't. I don't see myself getting dressed, exiting the truck in the dark of night, walk to the bathroom at the truck stop, come back....you lose a good amount of sleep that way. Is there just enough room in the truck to keep a small portable/compact potty?

For all ladies out there and men if your interested in what to do if you got to go. I was researching for my own needs as a lady driver going over the road starting tomorrow. I to have to go in the night due to my blood pressure with HCT in it. I found an item called Travel John. . They are disposable urnial bags with a special designed narrow top that is designed for no missed drips for ladies using. They each hold 28 ozs and as soon as the urine hits the ecial chemical inside it instantly goes odorless and turns solid. Each one can be used more than one time or until it's filled. No mess, No odors, and easy to place into a ziploc bag until you get near a trash can to throw it away. Found on Amazon.com in various sizes packs. 18 adult size pack sells for $24 dollars or at Drugstore.com about same price with free shipping. Small box of 3 with 2 adult and one child size in it for $4- $5 dollars sold at Bed Bath and Beyond and some outdoor stores like Handers and others. The big pack can only be bought on line. Outstanding reviews on them. Thought this information will certainly help lady drivers so they won't have to leave their trucks at night to use a restroom. Best investment I have ever made for convenience and safety purposes.

Posted:  4 years ago

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CDL regulations changing in January?

Being a lady did you ever stop to think that they were telling you that information to edge you on to sign up and go into debt with them? All they want is your money. You could take the time to call DDS to see if there is any changes that will be coming in the future. They will say anything to try to get you to sign up quicker. Just be wise when companies try their pressure tatics.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Starting as a D&P driver?

Hi, check to see if any technical college in your area offers the Commercial Truck Driving Course. If there is one you can Usally apply for grants in their financial aid office that will cover the payment for some or all of the costs. Best of all you do not pay the grants back. Good luck and check out going that way.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Officially Official

Good Luck!! I'm going through their orientation. Right now and couldn't have picked a better company!

Posted:  4 years ago

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Do I or don't I?

This site has alot of information on different companies. A good company doesn't mind you asking as many questions as you can put on your list. They won't mind giving you detailed answers. They will put everything in writing for you. I'm 58 will be 59 in December and I'm so blessed to be able to start my second career and following in my father's footsteps as an OTR driver is an amazing journey. Nervous, scared, terrified are all the feelings going through the whole process since CDL school started on May 18th. Now after researching companies for 2 years I wanted a great company whom had a lengthy orientation program that involved classroom and sending you on the road with a company driver for 1-2 weeks so you really get to know the whole process of the company. I could not find any comparison to the company ROEHL Transportation. I'm going through their orientation right now in Atlanta. Absolutely the right choice. I couldn't have picked a better company to start with. So take your time and really do your research. Good Luck!! Take a chance and go for it :)

Posted:  4 years ago

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Beginning Roehl Flatbed Trucking Phoenix

Good luck to all the ladies on this sight at starting your trucking careers. I'm 58 and retired from one career last July 2014. Now starting my second career. Just arrived in Atlanta, Ga. To start my orientation with Roehl transportation tomorrow morning. Yes I'm nervous and scared but starting another career at my age is not easy. I'm confident and strong and .independent and I know I can do it!! Mother of 2 daughters and grandmother of 5. If I can do it you can to. If the going gets tough you just reach within yourselves and muster up more strength and guts. Good Luck to All. :)

Posted:  4 years ago

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Starting Pay For Schneider

Hello I will be getting my CDL license on 11/06/15 road test day and Schneider has already given me a conditional job offer I have applied for a region position home weekly and next Wednesday I have a big phone interview/call with the recruiter to talk about the positions and pay but I would like to know if anyone has inside knowledge of the starting pay the minimum I found on there website was $48,000 a year and then all the way to $65,000+ being that I have no experience I assume I would be starting At the lowest pay but I would like to know if the $48,000 is where I would most likely be starting out at? Thank you in advance for any and all help!!!

More on Schneider Starting out at 28 cpm + 3 cpm safety paid quarterly and then by the end of the first year you should be at 38cpm. The key word is SHOULD be!! Every driver has to prove them selves to what ever company they start with. I'm 58 years old and the minute I new what day I was finally retiring from law enforcement I started researching what company I wanted to work for. I took 2 years researching and it was worth taking that amount of time to gain the knowledge that I now have in starting my driving career.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Starting Pay For Schneider

Hello I will be getting my CDL license on 11/06/15 road test day and Schneider has already given me a conditional job offer I have applied for a region position home weekly and next Wednesday I have a big phone interview/call with the recruiter to talk about the positions and pay but I would like to know if anyone has inside knowledge of the starting pay the minimum I found on there website was $48,000 a year and then all the way to $65,000+ being that I have no experience I assume I would be starting At the lowest pay but I would like to know if the $48,000 is where I would most likely be starting out at? Thank you in advance for any and all help!!!

Hi, I thought for months that Schneider was whom I was starting with but after alot of research and finally catching some of their drivers stopping at different places to eat it really changed my out look on that company. The drivers had nothing good to say about the company and nothing good about the trucks they were given to drive. I had my questions pre paired ahead of time just in case I ever caught a driver to get their feedback. Yes I to went as far as having the phone interview and got their pre hire letter offer. First off your pay is 28CPM with a 31 CPM safety bonus paid every quarter. The newbie sign on bonus is $1000 paid out over a years time so let's break down down to about $81 dollars a month so an extra $25 bucks per week. WHOOPIE!!!! You are not allowed much idle time and their trucks do not have APU's in them to give you better comfort and to run a regular mini frigerator and regular appliances to fix your meals in and a microwave. All of those comforts really matter to a driver is is going to be out at 2 weeks or more at a time. So do alot of research on company's. This site gives you alot of knowledge but you have to put in the time reading their articles and input from the very experienced drivers on this site. I find that Roehl is a great company and hires you right out of school. Of course your motor vehicle report and background check also determines if they offer you a position. Good luck on your search.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Just want to say Thank You :)

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Thank god I was blessed with grants to pay for every dime of the cost for the school course.

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Can you go in to more detail about the cost of the program and the grants that were available to cut those costs? I went to a community college myself and I feel like a lot of people are unaware of the many options available to help pay for that route.

At technical colleges that offer the CDL class which is a certificate course you go to the financial aid office and apply for aid. The Pell grant usally do not give grants for certificate courses but this your they started a new pilot program as a work study trial program and a few students were selected for it and received a $1000 and it was deposited into their checking accounts. So here in Georgia when you apply at the financial aid office you get $500 from the hope grant and $1000 strategic. Grant and if lucky the $1000 Pell grant study trial. And in another office you could apply for WIA funding they would pay any balance due after the first two grants and cover your books and give you $15 per day for gas and lunch each day you attended class. So the cost of the 10 week CDL school was a total of $1680 dollars. My grants covered every cost even though I did not get the $1000 Pell trial grant. Even at the college know one tells you about the grants that are available I was just lucky to know a friend of another lady my age that had just completed the course and she told me what I could apply for. So I hope this information helps other people wanting to enter the career. I tell everyone that I can to help others. Anymore questions I'll be glad to answer them.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Are There Any Trucker's Wives Here?

I am a trucker wife to Daniel B. the moderator on here. It's not something every woman can handle. Trucking can break your family, luckily we have stayed together and in love while he's out there. It takes a lot of trust on both people.

Olga B. Grandma Liz here, hi dear I will tell you that being married to a trucker is just like being married to a military man in the 82nd air borne infantry division. They are gone all of the time and yes you worry so much and wonder so much. You have to believe in your faith and your trust of your husband while on the road. It takes so much strength and your mind will wonder every minute he is on the road. Do not let so called friends and so called family put evil thoughts into your mind because they will try anything to put any doubt into your mind. Stay strong and believing the love between you and your man.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Just want to say Thank You :)

My father passed away 2 years ago from parkison disease. And he would have been so proud that out of 7 children, one daughter who appreciated all of the over the road memories that we made together followed in his career footsteps after raising her own two daughters and 5 grandchildren. What a blessing for my dad. I Love You Dad. No matter your bad habits!!! On your off time!!!!

Posted:  4 years ago

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Just want to say Thank You :)

Fantastic. I absolutely appreciate your words and connection to your Father. What a wonderful way to keep the connection! How beautiful. Very Very sweet!

Thank you Marcella with your input. While my father was giving was the only time he was not drinking. So I took advantage of all of his sober moments growing up when he was truly a real father figure. I loved him dearly while he was sober! Thank you for your response to my post. It means alot.

Posted:  4 years ago

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Despite the good advice I made an illogical decision.

The numbers are not for it. The logic are not for it. The advice I got here was against it. But I decided to go for the lease operator option. I know some will say a wrong choice well future will tell I'll try to keep you informed monthly how it's working.

Do not get into no lease option program with any company!!!! That is the biggest wrong move that you could ever make!!!!

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