Profile For Andy H. aka AZ Scooby

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    Northern, AZ

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    6 years, 6 months ago

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Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Start with Roehl on Monday

Hey everybody. I know its been a while but I've been driving my ars off. I finished training with my trainer on Oct. 30. Tested out on the Nov 1 and got my truck that day and got to go home for some much needed family time. I drove over 3300 miles in 10 days during training. That was 5 different loads. One load was a relay to Gallup, NM and the rest were loads back and forth between AZ and CA.

Started my solo career on Tues Nov 5 with a load of flagstone going to CA. Then had a 3 stop load of stainless steel pipe to Fresno. Picked up a load of cable from Okonite in Santa Maria to bring to our yard in Fontana. Then picked up a load of sheet steel in Vernon, CA to bring to WA where I'm currently sitting for a reset. Leaving tomorrow to pick up a load of lumber and got a great run to WI for another 2200 miles. I'll probably be picking up a relay from our Marshfield terminal to bring back to Phx and then home for 3-4 days. So for my very first 2 weeks out I figured close to 6500 miles. Not bad for a rookie.

I'm a Western regional driver but told my FM if they needed anybody to run to our terminals in the Midwest that I would be willing if it'll get me miles. Turns out it paid off. I've taken every bit of advice from this forum and have worked my butt off to prove my worth to my FM. Hopefully she'll keep throwing me these great runs.

I've had some hicups. Believe me. Gashed a tire on my very first load. Got a message from myFM that it was okay with a shipper to park at there business overnight. I got there and my load was on another trailer. I just had to swap trailers and secure and tarp the load. I secured it but ran out of hours. I called my FM to ask if I could bobtail down the street to get some foid because I was too tired to make my own at this point. Yes. So I go down the street get some food eat and eat it there. Come back and the shipper is closed down and gates locked with my trailer inside. Well crap. I'm not too worried because my FM says they'll be back at 8:00 am. No big deal so I go down the street and park for the night. I go back to the shipper in the morning and wait. No one shows up. This is Sat morning now by the way. I end up calling the number that's on the window sticker for some security company. They call everybody on the list and nobody answers. After about a half hour they finally get somebody on the phone. I ended up waiting another 2 hours for someone to come let me in so I could get my load and hit the road. So now I got the load and I'm headed to WA. I have a fuel stop in OR. Get to the Pilot and the pumps telling me to see cashier. He tells me I need my OR permit before he can let me pump. OR permit?? Okay?? Nobody told me about this. Go back to truck and tear apart my permit book looking for this thing. No Oregon anything in the book. Great!!!! Call weekend dispatch and get yelled at for not having the permit. Explained that I'm a new driver and no one told me. He proceeds to tell me how its my fault and if I got pulled over it would be my fine.....blah blah blah. He said he would fax one over in 10-15 minutes. Took him an hour and a half. My FM is awesome. The after hours bunch leaves much to be desired.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this week goes by without any more issues.

And Starcar if you read this, it looks like ill be heading right by you sometime tomorrow evening if you're still there. I'm gonna be heading east on I-84 on my way to WI. Red Roehl truck # 7535 with a load of lumber. Maybe ill see you out there.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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I need a job

We had a CR England guy in my Roehl orientation. So just be up front and honest with the recruiters. You might be surprised how many other offers you get.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Start with Roehl on Monday

Today was the last day of Phase one. Lots of hiring paperwork to fill out. Then right before lunch I learn that my trainer is nearby and I'll be the first one to head out. We were scheduled to be in the classroom until 3:30. My trainer showed up at 1:30. Was told to grab my stuff and go. Crappy part about that was we were gonna be able to borrow the shuttle van and go to Walmart for supplies after the end of class. So I missed out on that. Dang it!!!

The trainer seems like a pretty cool guy. Hes trained 14 drivers and only 1 failed. I don't plan on being number 2. smile.gif So he drives the truck and empty trailer to the hotel so that I can grab my stuff and then we head to pick up our first load just down the street. Its a load of aluminum needing a full tarp. So I'm not even 2 hours in and I'm already learning how to tarp a load. Best part about it is the trainer (Dan) said he's had drivers out for 2-3 weeks that never get a tarped load so he never gets the chance to teach them how to do it. We get the load secured and tarped and he drives for about 2 hrs until his time runs out. Tomorrow I'll be driving first thing. We're relaying the trailer to Gallup, NM then picking up a load to CA. This will be my first mountain drive. Pretty much a 6% climb for about 12 miles. Wish me luck!!

I'll do my best to keep these posts coming asap. Take care and be safe out there.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Start with Roehl on Monday

Today we learned how to secure 2 trailer loads. One trailer had 2 different types and stacks of metal pipe. The second one had a suicide coil, shotgun coils and a couple of concrete blocks. We learned blocking, bracing, strapping and chaining. I learned a lot today. I'm really liking this flatbed thing so far. I can't wait for phase 2 when we get out on the road.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Start with Roehl on Monday

Sounds like things are going very well. I am very interested in your experiences. I am in the midst of trying to get in with Roehl on the east coast. I don't have my CDL so will be going through their 3 week in WI. I did get the opportunity to meet their local training supervisor and learned a lot from him on their expectations. Sounds like your living up to those very well. Keep it up. The guys I spoke to here been with the company 10-14 years and love their jobs.

So far they have lived up to my expectations. They have a drivers lounge here so we've been able to talk to some drivers. They all seem pretty happy. I'm sure I made a good choice.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Start with Roehl on Monday

AZ Scooby...you sound like you are a perfect fit for the company you chose !!! Now you know why we say..if it all looks good, and it fits you, then go for it. I'm glad you are finding the schooling challenging and educational..thats as it should be. Keep us updated...and go show em how its done !!!

Roehl was my first choice for a number of reasons, so I'm really happy that I was chosen by them. So far I'm very happy with everything that I've learned. The instructors have been great and take the time to explain everything in detail before turning us loose to try it on our own. Anyways I will keep posting on my experiences as I go along.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Start with Roehl on Monday

It's nice to hear all these details. I am considering Roehl as they have advertised a VA program that allows you to draw VA benefits during your first 2 years. That will be a lot of extra pay. If you hear of anyone in your class in that category, please post what you learn. I am to contact a recruiter tomorrow and so I will already have some questions pre-loaded.

The only vet in our class was the one that had to leave because of his friend dieing. So no info for you. Sorry.

Posted:  6 years, 1 month ago

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Start with Roehl on Monday

Started with Roehl on Monday. 6 people total in the orientation. Thats all the classroom has room for which is kinda nice. Paperwork then pee and hair follicle testing followed by Roehls physical exam.

Tuesday we already had 1 guy quit. Said trucking wasnt for him. I think he was one of those people that think you just get in a truck and drive with no other responsibilities whatsoever. More drive time for me because he was in my truck. Morning was logbooks and map reading / route planning. Given homework to do throughout the week.

Wednesday was PowerPoint presentations on the Roehl Way then driving and 90 degree backing in the afternoon.

Thursday we were out driving while the other group did backing and then we switched in the afternoon. We weren't supposed to get tested on backing until Friday but everybody was nailing it so we tested out before the end of the day. Lost another guy but it was because of a death of a friend.

Friday we did our pretrip and driving test in the morning. That afternoon they tried something new. They made a box about 80ft x 70ft with an opening at the bottom left to pull into and another opening exactly 90 degrees from the pull in opening. We had to pull in the bottom and park it in the other hole without hitting any of the box. After we park we then pull out and back the trailer out of the original opening. Wow!! Cool thing is we're all getting it. We've been doing this over and over and over.

Saturday was load securement training and more backing.

Tomorrow we'll be securing metal coil and pipe.

Monday is our actual hire day and the beginning of Phase 2 So more paperwork. We get to find out who our driver trainer is and when we go otr for training, which could be as early as Tuesday.

I'm looking forward to getting out there and taking this training to a new level.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Start with Roehl on Monday

Congrats!! I've completed my CDL school and am just waiting to take my detail here in NH and as soon as I get license in hand I'm off to Roehls Appleton, WI terminal for orientation. Please keep us posted as I will do the same, I think two training experiences for same company at nearly the same time will help others who haven't decided who to go with whether or not ROEHL would be their cup of tea or not.

Wow. Lot of Roehlies showing up on here lately. What division are you going with? Rumor has it Roehl has started dropping reefers off at the Phx terminal. Looks like they're increasing their presence in the West.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Start with Roehl on Monday

That's great!

You caught a nice break getting to do orientation in AZ instead of Gary Indiana dancing-banana.gif

Woody

No doubt. I was told they only do orientation in Phx a few times a year. I got lucky for sure.dancing.gif

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Start with Roehl on Monday

I finished school yesterday at Southwest Truck Driver Training in Phoenix. So I'm now the proud holder of a class A cdl. My Roehl Transport recruiter, Lindsey, called me on Tuesday to schedule my start date. I asked if I could start on Monday and she said that was when the next orientation would be at their Phoenix terminal. As it turns out, if I finished school any later, then I would have had to go to Gary, IN.

I'll be sure to let everyone know my opinions of and experiences with them.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Truck Drivers Ages

I just graduated from school and there was a guy in our truck that was 57. He did as good as anyone and I see no reason why he wouldn't be a successful truck driver. So don't worry about it too much. If you can pass the physical then you should be as able as anyone.

-Andy

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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The training begins

Third and final week.

Monday was just more practice. Half day of backing and half day of driving.

Tuesday we were supposed to get tested on Pretrip but there was a mix up. Each of the testers thought the other was testing us so they pushed us back another day. We also got our original truck back. We had been driving a Freightliner for the last week and a day and now we got the International back. This made us all nervous as the Freightliner was much easier to shift. So we got another day of practice. Turns out I was the only one that had no problems with the transition. It was like I'd been driving it the whole time. That was huge relief for me.

Wednesday we did our pretrip and backing tests. Zero points off on each. Everybody in schools calling me an over achiever. If you follow their directions and study it's hard to mess up but most students do on one thing or another. The woman in our truck nailed all 3 backing tests on the first try but when she did the parallel she stopped and just sat in the truck for a minute. So rather than using a GOAL, she starts backing up and eradicating. She had that truck so twisted it was painful to watch. She ended up hitting 8 cones and drove over the line 3 times before finally getting it back in the spot. Crazy thing is, she sat there for a minute again and then started to back up AGAIN. At this point the tester told her stop and turn off the truck. She got out and started swearing every 4 letter word in the book. What she didn't know was the tester just saved her from failing. She was only one more point away from doing just that. So, let this be a lesson to anyone who has not gotten to this point yet. In the backing test you get 2 GOALs on the Offset and 2 on the Parallel. Use them. You won't lose any points and you're gonna be using them in real life so just do it. The rest of the day is more driving and we get our driving test schedule for Thursday. I'm first at 6am.

Thursday is Driving test day. I arrived at 5:45 with some pretty major butterflies in my stomach. I bought a ginger ale on the way in and it actually helped. I ended up waiting til about 6:20 before the tester was ready. So here we go. I make the first turn out of the school parking lot and immediately I'm grinding. WTH? I didn't grind a gear more than twice the day before and now I'm doing it right out the gate. Take a deep breath and tell myself to calm down. I nailed the next gear before getting to the stoplight for the first right hand turn. I made a decision before coming in today that I would take the turns a little wider than in practice. I would rather lose a point for that than to fail because I drove over a curb. The rest of the test was just a couple of rights and lefts, we got on the interstate for 2 exits and drove over the train tracks twice and then back to school. We pull back in and the tester says, "Good job. You past." What a relief. I'm smiling ear to ear. Tester even told me that I was the highest scoring student that has been trained by my driving instructor since he first started teaching there. He's still pretty new and hasn't perfected his training style yet. Overall I'm very happy with the school and the trainers. I wasn't there all day to see who passed or failed except for my group. The other guy passed with just 3 more points off than me and the woman failed. She drove over a curb right off the bat. I knew she would never pass. She was horrible. Never listened to anything the instructor tried to tell her for the 2 weeks she was training. Oh well. Her loss.

Anyways, I also got confirmation on my start date with Roehl. I'll be back in Phoenix Sunday night for Monday orientation. I got extremely lucky. Turns out that they rarely do orientation and training from their Phx location but my class ended at the exact time the training starts. I'll start a new thread on my Roehl experiences. I'm doing Western Regional Flatbed. And thanks to everyone and TT for the much needed support. I hope to see you on the road soon!!

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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The training begins

Week 2:

Everything has been exactly as I mentioned before. We started out on Monday going over Pretrip for 4 hours. Then after lunch we hit the farmland roads. I will definitely say the first day was rough. The woman that I mentioned before (Judy) is a complete idiot. She absolutely refuses to follow the instructors directions. I'm amazed at the amount of patience these trainers have. Now don't get me wrong, if you screw up they yell. And she gets yelled at from the second she gets in the seat until he finally kicks her out of it for not listening.

So the last student gets in the driver's seat and starts driving. We come up to a right hand turn and he says he can't get it into gear no matter what he tries. The instructor tries to help but can't get it in gear. So they switch seats. Now the instructor has to jam the stick into gear to get it to go. He ends up forcefully floating the gears all the way back to the school so that we can switch trucks. It was so bad he was running stop signs with horns blowing just to know episode the truck moving. Next we make it back to school, the instructor limped the truck to where they lease their vehicle and picks up the loaner. The first truck was an International and the loaner is a Freightliner. At least the shift pattern is the same except in completely different locations so now we have to learn to shift a different truck. By the time all of this happens it's lunchtime and then on the pad for parking for the rest of the afternoon. This actually went okay for me. Not great but better than I expected. Tuesday was better, pretrip in the morning, then 4 hours of driving followed by backing (parking). I now like the Freightliner better than the International. Much easier to shift. Everybody but the woman improved.

Wednesday was pretty much the same except the woman was even worse today. She has got to be the most stubborn woman I have ever seen in my life. She just will not follow directions. Thursday was pretrip, then city driving and then more parking. City driving was actually fun to me. The instructor had one of the students drive us out. He spent almost 2 hours driving. Then it was my turn. He told me just drive where ever I want and zigzag around to practice turns. I was doing much better. Actually got a few good downshift in. For me, this is the hardest thing to learn. In the afternoon on the pad, I had my game on. I nailed all 3 parts on the first try every time I was in the seat. What a great feeling!!!!! I'm trying not to get too ****y or complacent. I know I'm still a student and tomorrow I could screw up every time so I'll remain humble for now.

Overall I think this week has gone well for most of the class. There was one drop out on the second day and there's at least 3 that are struggling from what I hear from the other groups.

Next week is testing and more practice. I'll post more as it happens.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Pre-trip inspection

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On a whim I tried pre-trip.net and I think this is the site he was referring too. Pictures are larger.

That did work. Thank you!!!dancing.gif

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Pre-trip inspection

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The flash cards here are good. There is another site that you can use. Its pretrip.net. The pictures are larger. It also gives you study points. Use all information you can get. If you have more questions please ask us. Be sure to check out the other i.formation here. It is really going to help you.

Good luck

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Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Pre-trip inspection

The flash cards here are good. There is another site that you can use. Its pretrip.net. The pictures are larger. It also gives you study points. Use all information you can get. If you have more questions please ask us. Be sure to check out the other i.formation here. It is really going to help you.

Good luck

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Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Physical requirements for OTR trucking question

Every company is different but this should give you an idea of what to expect:

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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How much home drama should I share with my otr trucker?

Thank you so much Andy, Daniel and Tracey! After I read your replies I felt better. I spoke with him several times during school breaks and after school today. I decided that his peace of mind is more important than anything right now. So I smiled and told him about how I am NEVER going to get the hang of straight backing and how being the only female in this school is a bit much. He, of course, said all the right sweet things and supported me. And that made his day! I decided I'll be ok, I make an awesome Vegan bean soup lol! AND, my mom and dad were passing through and filled my car with gas, bought me dinner, so I have gas to get to school! Feeling super blessed thank-you-2.gif

you guys rock :)

That's great, Jana. I'm glad everything worked out and we could help. Sounds like you have some wonderful caring parents as well. Take care and remember, we're here if you need us.

Andy

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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The training begins

I started my training at Southwest Truck Driver Training on Mon. I was the only one of 20 that obtained my permit outside of school. I got some funny looks on my first day. Everybody was like, " Who the heck is this guy?".

This whole week has been book work and videos. The videos have been pretty bad. They all looked like they were made in the early 80s and some contained information that's no longer true. So the teacher is constantly having to correct the videos as they're playing. We lost 3 people for attendance problems. There's also 2 students that are completely clueless. The instructor will spend 10 minutes talking about a subject and then move on to something else. After about 5 minutes one of them will ask, "What about *******?". We just spent 10 minutes talking about that. WTH were you doing the whole time. This happened 2-3Times a day. We got our truck assignments for next week and guess who's in my truck. The worst one. GREAT!!!!! She constantly interrupts the instructors also, so I hope I can block her out and concentrate on my own learning. I have no clue how they're passing the tests.

Everyday was at least one test plus a final. I received a final score of 99%. The highest in the class. Next closest score was 96%. It was funny because everybody was asking how could I possibly get better scores than they did because I Wasn't even there the first week. My answer, TT of course.

Next week starts with Pre-Trip in the morning. There's 4 groups. 2 groups will be doing Backing and 2 will be Driving on the road. I will be in the Driving group to start. We'll be going out by PIR (Phoenix International Raceway) which is in the middle of farmland. We'll do that for 2 days then we'll drive in traffic on the 3rd and 4th day. We were given a diagram of the shift pattern to study and memorize over the weekend. They have new International Prostars with 10 speed trannies. Cool thing is this is the exact same truck that the Roehl flatbed drivers get so it should be an easier transition for me. I've met all of the instructors and they are all very funny. They make a lot of jokes and keep the stress levels low. I talked with a few of the previous weeks students and they all had great things to say about the instructors. There was one girl that was having a really hard time and they didn't think she was going to pass. Come testing day they said something just clicked and she aced it. They said she broke out in tears she was so happy. I love hearing those kind of stories. They also said every student but one passed the test. The last one made one mistake and shifted on a RR track. He gets to retest either today or Mon and are convinced that he'll pass. They are really stressing to us to relax and listen. Everybody grinds gears, etc. Everybody messes up. Just stay calm, listen and learn. I think the next 2 weeks are going to be great.

Wish me luck and I'll keep everyone posted next week.

-Andy

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