Profile For Thomas R.

Thomas R.'s Info

  • Location:
    GA

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

  • Social Link:

  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 8 months ago

Thomas R.'s Bio

No Bio Information Was Filled Out. Must be a secret.

Page 1 of 2

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

So this morning we continued with the cargo securement class. At lunch we met one of the trainer fleet managers. He talked to us about what to do once we get home to get out with a trainer and about what out with the trainer will be like. Also told us who our fleet managers will be. After lunch we went out and the instructor showed how to open and use a curtain side trailer. Then we went to the example flat bed and learned how to roll and throw straps, and practiced on how to secure different types of cargo on a flatbed. Then it was back to the hotel. Have a half day class in the morning and then the 16 hour drive back home to georgia

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

So I didn't get a chance to post last night. Yesterday was test day. I passed. Got 2 points on the pre trip because they only had me do 2 parts of it that weren't in order. And got 2 points on the drive for 2 downshifts. Backing was perfect. I was the first to test in the morning so the rest of the day until everyone else finished testing was spent watching videos on roehl and driving. After everyone was through we basically spent the rest of the afternoon doing paperwork and going over power points. Today we started off the morning with more paperwork. Then more videos and powerpoints. Then with a foot plus of snow went out to try and do 45 backs and truck stop pull throughs. That didn't work. Truck kept getting stuck. So we aborted after an hour or 2 and back inside for more videos on equipment. After lunch we started cargo securement class and spent all afternoon on that

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

double-quotes-start.png

Thomas, I would love to know who your instructor's are. I went to Roehl's CDL school in Marshfield in October 2014. While I no longer drive for them I think their training is excellent. When I am driving some days, I can still hear my instructor and trainer's voice in my head in certain situations. I haul very heavy trailers each day and I can hear Dan telling me I need to put my foot in the throttle to accelerate or Brenda telling me to get a little more out of a gear! :-)

double-quotes-end.png

Brenda, my class has been like the ***** class haha. We've been passed around a lot. We've had Bill, Dave, Marc, Brian, Dan, Dale, and and another Dave that is up from ATL training on being an instructor

Sorry, Jolie*

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

Thomas, I would love to know who your instructor's are. I went to Roehl's CDL school in Marshfield in October 2014. While I no longer drive for them I think their training is excellent. When I am driving some days, I can still hear my instructor and trainer's voice in my head in certain situations. I haul very heavy trailers each day and I can hear Dan telling me I need to put my foot in the throttle to accelerate or Brenda telling me to get a little more out of a gear! :-)

Brenda, my class has been like the ***** class haha. We've been passed around a lot. We've had Bill, Dave, Marc, Brian, Dan, Dale, and and another Dave that is up from ATL training on being an instructor

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

So this morning we started off with the pre trip. Then we went out and drove around town for a couple hours. Came back to the yard and got some backing practice in. And finished going over the jj Keller answers before lunch. After lunch we did the pre trip again. Then my partner drove to the truck stop in pittsville. Got there and the instructor had me look at the map in the truck stop and told me to find a different route back. Got it with no problems. Drove around town a little more when we got back to marshfield. Then took the truck through the wash and vacuumed and wiped down the inside clean for the testing tomorrow. Then it was time to go back to the hotel. Got CDL exams in the morning in the snow

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

So Saturday was a half day in the classroom. Went over the pc systems in the trucks, hazmat regulations, and legalizing loads. Today, started off the morning doing the pre trip like normal. Then we hit the road and drove around town. Then hit the range for a little bit of backing. After lunch we hit the range again for more backing practice until break time. After break we went over half the answers from the jj Keller books. Then did more backing. Then drove around the block one more time before it was time to head back to the hotel

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

So today our class is now officially down to 4 people. And we will be testing next wednesday. We started off the morning doing our pre trips. Then spent the rest of the morning practicing all our backing until lunch. After lunch we did our pre trips again. Then took turns driving for the rest of the afternoon. Finished the day with our post trips and back to the hotel. Half day tomorrow being spent in the classroom

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

So this morning we met in the classroom. Then spent the morning in the simulator doing hazard driving (weather, construction). Then took lunch. After lunch we went out to the trucks. Did our pre trip. Then for the afternoon our instructors did a surprise pre test on our driving and backing (for testing out early next) everything went well. The 4 of us should be testing next wednesday. Just have a couple things to work on before test day. Got done with that, did our post trip, and it was time to go back to the hotel

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

Ok so I missed yesterday. We started out most of the morning in the classroom going over the "roehl way" of driving. Then spent about 30-45 minutes working on the pre trip before lunch. After lunch we worked on the pre trip again and then spent the rest of the day out driving around town, some back County roads, and highways.

Today, we started out doing our pre trips. It started snowing and wind gust up to 40+ mph so the instructors had us pull in the shed to finish them. Then we went out and spent the morning driving around town. After lunch we went over the in cab of the pre trip again. Then we hit the backing range working on our offset and alley backs. Then it was back out to the roads. Instructor had us take the highway for a few minutes so that we could feel what it was like to drive in high speed crosswinds. Then we went back to driving around town. After that it was time to go back to the hotel

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

After a day and a half off, we all made some mistakes today. Started the morning off doing our pre trip. Then each of did offset and alley back. Then we hit the road until lunch. After lunch I drove the road (didn't get to before lunch) then it was back to the yard and worked more on our offset and alley back til time to go back to the hotel

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

Didn't get a chance to post last night, but Saturdays are only half days. And are spent in the classroom. Yesterday we spent the time going over trip planning, maps. Left at lunch and had the rest of the day and Sunday to relax or do whatever

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

Karen, it's really not as bad as it sounds. As long as you manage your time with everything. During breaks and lunch and such it's helpful to work the jj Keller book. It is basically like a cdl manual but it is lot more in depth. It also covers a lot of other things as well, like trip planning, load documents (bill of lading, freight bill, etc.), health and wellness on the road, and basically all the in and outs of day to day life as a driver. It's a lot of really helpful info

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

Hey Thomas, you've done an awesome job taking up where Rayzor left off!

I hope everything works out okay for Rayzor and we hear back from him soon, but we really appreciate your joining up and helping out like you have. It's really awesome to have such a helpful person jump in here with such informative posts right from the get go.

Thanks man!

It's no problem. I try to be as helpful and informative as I can. I know when I was still just lurking around there were some good diaries on the in and outs of the roehl program but they were all a little older. And some things have changed now a little. And I'm sure if there is anyone out there doing the research like I was I hope this is helpful to them.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

Karen, the school here is 6 days a week. M-F 7am-8pm Saturday 7am-11:30am. We originally had 6 people in class. Razor had to go home for an emergency. So that put us to 5 but one guy has been out sick for a day and half. They haven't given us any set homework assignments. They give us the J. J. Keller Driver Training Manual and said it needs to be done by the end of the 2nd week at latest. There is also the driver reference book and cargo securement books that need to be read

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

On to day 5. We started the morning out by doing the pre trip by ourselves in out groups. The guy the went home sick yesterday didnt show up today so it was just 4 of us. They put us 2 in a truck. Once we finished our pre trips we headed out into town. Took turns driving through downtown and back to the terminal. The while the other guy was driving a yawned loud while riding in the back and the instructor joked around and said alright now I got a surprise for when you drive. And he did. At an intersection we normally turn left at he had me turn right. It a small turn to make with a sign that hangs out into the road. And then he had me make an immediate right just through the intersection onto another small road that runs back behind the hotel. It was tight. When we got back to the yard it was lunch time. After lunch (actually half through lunch) we went out and did the pre trip again. Then we went over to the second range that is nice and sloppy from the snow melt and rain and took turns working on our straight line back, offset back to left and right, and the 90 degree alley back. We were all in one truck because we had another guy go back to the hotel at lunch for stomach issues. So it was just 3 of us this afternoon. After our backing we took break. Then after break we went out with a different instructor than our normal, and we did the truck stop pull throughs from left and right. Then we did out post trip and uncounted and parked the truck for the weekend. And it was back to the hotel

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

Thomas:

Thanks. I have to do my best to stay calm, in spite of errors I know I will be making.

With the pre trip, did you receive notes w/pics? Are the notes self explanatory? Did the instructor go over the notes w/the truck w/everyone? Are the notes overwhelming or do you think w/enough practice, the notes will essentially be memorized? Did anyone do any pre trip studying (at home) before starting class?

Sorry for the million questions lol.

Karen

Karen, they give you a packet on the pre trip. It basically goes section by section of the truck and trailer. Tells you what to check and the wording you say. There's not pictures, but the instructors do go over it all with group in detail about everything showing you everything on the actual truck and trailer. Basically all you have to do is memorize the packet. It's easy enough. It's a lot of repitition. I didn't do any studying before hand on it. But I was a tractor/trailer mechanic for 4 years. It's been a year almost since I've been doing that, but I still have a lot of knowledge about everything on it. As for everyone else in the class I can't say if any of them studied before or not

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

On to today's happenings. Started the morning out in the classroom to get our log in for the website and app (all of a couple minutes) then it was out to the shop (out of the cold) to go over all of the aspects of the pre trip. After taking the time to go fully into detail about the pre trip it was time for break. Afterwards we split into our 2 groups (they decided to swap out one person from each group). We hit the road again. The other 2 guys in my group drove making a loop around town back with right and left turns, RR crossings, sharp turning intersections, and crowded streets with close ontersections. Because of time I wasn't able to drive. Then we took our lunch. My group decided to take 30 mins early from lunch and head out and start doing some of the pre trip on our own. After lunch we hit the backing range. One of the guys from the other truck went home at lunch because he was sick. Not sure on if he will be back tomorrow or not. And the remaining 4 of us all piled in the same truck (our other instructor had to teach another class for the afternoon) Took turns on the 45 degree back (not on the test buy will be the most common used) and the 90 degree back. We all did pretty well. Our instructor said that he was glad to see we were all still cathing on fast. We spent all afternoon on backing with a break in between the 45 and 90 back. Then the instructor had us do the post trip on our own. And it was time to head back to the hotel

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

Boomshaker, I can't say I know how many autos they have or if that is what they are moving towards. We train on manuals of course, but as far as I can tell most of the tricks I have seen coming in and out of the terminal have been manual. I do know that an experienced driver that came in to orientation at the same time as my class said that he got a 2017 freightliner with an auto.

Karen, congrats on getting your start date. It is nerve racking when you first get in the truck and especially when you hit the road for the first time. The biggest thing to deal with that is to not let your nerves get the best of you. Especially out on the road. That is when you start making mistakes, and if you dwell on a mistake just made within seconds you've made 5 more. But don't worry too much. The instructors are there to help and guide you and will do everything they can to help you to perfection

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

Razor or Thomas, what is the length of orientation time? From the time get there till out on the road with a trainer, till you get your own truck? Thank you

You are in the school for 4 weeks, although our instructors told us that 4 of us are advancing so fast we may be able to test out the 3rd week and not have to stay a 4th week. Then it's home for a couple days and out with a trainer. They say the average time is 15 days with a trainer (not team driving). Then you get your truck and they route you home for a couple days and out on your own

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

View Topic:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Program - Day to Day

Day 3 down. Bad news. Razor had to leave this morning for a family emergency. I can try to do my best to keep up with posting the day to day. For my group, morning started out with doing some on road driving around the block making left turns. Then after break time we hit the simulator for backing exercises. After lunch was back out to the truck for more on road driving. For me it was two times around the block on right hand turns, then headed into the industrial district. Crossed railroad tracks (make sure window is down and no shifting while on tracks), making left and right turns on small curvy roads (ended up jumping 1 curb and scraping another on 2 narrow road sharp corners), and back to the yard. The other 2 guys in my group only worked on right hand turning around the block. Then shortly before leaving was back to the classroom to get our ID badges. Instructors told us that tomorrow we will be going over the pre trip in the morning. And then it was back to the hotel

Page 1 of 2

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More