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Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Question on TMC physical test.

I'm trying not to think about it too much but it's hard not to think about the unknown. I've been trying to get my cdl for almost 2 years so I'm worried about something not working out again. I'm not giving up on this dream so I'm trying to know everything I can ahead of time to make sure I'm fully prepared.

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thank you for your words of wisdom. I feel much better knowing a little more. I'm going to give it my absolute best and prove my worth to them. This isn't going to be just a job for me. I've been wanting to do this ever since I was a kid and I want to provide for my family and doing something that I love is the perfect way to do so. Like that saying, do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.

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Nate, I'm fairly certain you'll be fine. Honestly, lifting the tarp is probably the hardest part. They are going to show you exactly how they want you to lift it, and it is basically the best way to do it. As long as you follow their directions you'll do fine. The first time lifting a tarp is an eye opening event for most people, but once you get the lifting techniques down it's not so bad.

They're going to have you do several things like stand on one foot for a certain amount of time so they can see how well your sense of balance is. They will have you climb a ladder that is leaned against the wall to see how well you handle heights and climbing. Basically they are looking for any clues that might indicate you will have problems executing the daily functions of a flat bed driver.

I think your concerns about climbing on the trailer are going to prove unwarranted. Again, they will demonstrate the technique they want to see you use which is basically the easiest and safest way to get yourself up onto a flatbed trailer from the side. At 5' - 7" you are plenty tall enough to do it. I've been to two TMC orientations and I witnessed a few vertically challenged overweight fellows who had trouble getting up on the trailer, but even though they sort of looked like a Walrus flopping himself up onto the beach, they still managed to get it done and land a job.

The main thing is that you pay attention, obey any signs on the campus, always be early for anything, and be respectful of the personnel and instructors. Remember they consider this whole time of orientation and training as one very extended interview. They are way more interested in your character than they are your physical prowess. If you are the type person they are interested in then they will help you understand what they need to see in the physical and agility tests.

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As you say, there are surely plenty of people your height that do it. I'm sure they will show you how. I wouldn't sweat it

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Question on TMC physical test.

thank you for your words of wisdom. I feel much better knowing a little more. I'm going to give it my absolute best and prove my worth to them. This isn't going to be just a job for me. I've been wanting to do this ever since I was a kid and I want to provide for my family and doing something that I love is the perfect way to do so. Like that saying, do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.

Nate, I'm fairly certain you'll be fine. Honestly, lifting the tarp is probably the hardest part. They are going to show you exactly how they want you to lift it, and it is basically the best way to do it. As long as you follow their directions you'll do fine. The first time lifting a tarp is an eye opening event for most people, but once you get the lifting techniques down it's not so bad.

They're going to have you do several things like stand on one foot for a certain amount of time so they can see how well your sense of balance is. They will have you climb a ladder that is leaned against the wall to see how well you handle heights and climbing. Basically they are looking for any clues that might indicate you will have problems executing the daily functions of a flat bed driver.

I think your concerns about climbing on the trailer are going to prove unwarranted. Again, they will demonstrate the technique they want to see you use which is basically the easiest and safest way to get yourself up onto a flatbed trailer from the side. At 5' - 7" you are plenty tall enough to do it. I've been to two TMC orientations and I witnessed a few vertically challenged overweight fellows who had trouble getting up on the trailer, but even though they sort of looked like a Walrus flopping himself up onto the beach, they still managed to get it done and land a job.

The main thing is that you pay attention, obey any signs on the campus, always be early for anything, and be respectful of the personnel and instructors. Remember they consider this whole time of orientation and training as one very extended interview. They are way more interested in your character than they are your physical prowess. If you are the type person they are interested in then they will help you understand what they need to see in the physical and agility tests.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Question on TMC physical test.

my thoughts exactly but for the physical test at tmc, they want you to climb up from the side of the trailer. After that, I'm going to use the safest and easiest way

I don't know anything about TMC except they have pretty trucks lol but as for climbing up on to or into any trailer, just climb up the ICC bumper.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Question on TMC physical test.

I will be starting at tmc on November 5 for their cdl program and had a question about the physical portion and how easy it is. I'm 5'7 and I like to think I have average strength for someone who doesn't work out regularly or much. I'm not to concerned about lifting the tarps although the 120 pound one might make me struggle a little but I'm fairly confident that I can lift it without much trouble. I'm more worried about lifting myself into the trailer from the side since I'm not too much taller than the trailer. The other portions of the test I'm not worried about. Anyone have any insight on how easy the physical test is or any advice on it? I'm sure there are people shorter than me that have passed. I'm just a little nervous about it. I want to succeed and not get sent home because of one thing.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Any advice on how to deal with leaving family?

You know, I thought we were past the honeymoon phase after 5 years, but I guess we still love each other more than I thought lol. I was thinking this wasn't going to be too hard to pack my stuff and go last week when we would talk about it. I was wrong. These last few days were emotional and today is not going to be easy but I gotta do it. I gotta try following my dream. I don't know if otr will be for me but I'm going to fulfill my contract with Roehl and see what happens. I might find something in my area that gets me home every night. With a cdl, my options are endless around my town. There are a lot of jobs that want someone with a cdl.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Any advice on how to deal with leaving family?

Thank you all for the words of encouragement and advice. I know its going to be tough but we will make it. We've been through a lot of ups and downs since we've been together and this will be another trying time. I'm definitely gonna talk to her every day. Once I get there and get started, I'm sure I will be fine and I hope she can find things to keep her mind busy as well. I look forward to the day I come home and show her that I made it and got my cdl....and of course lots of hugs and kisses!

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Any advice on how to deal with leaving family?

I start with Roehl transport on Monday to get my cdl. I leave on Sunday to drive there. Problem is that my wife and I are really not looking forward to that day. Its going to be very emotional for the both of us since we've never been apart for that long in the 5 years that we've been married. Any advice/tips on how to cope with this?

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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About to Start Training with Roehl

everything you've said matches up with what I've read and been told so its good to know things are consistent and I shouldn't be surprised with something

Thank you, I'm glad that my posts are able to help.

Just to give you a heads up, the Appleton terminal's schedule and backing maneuvers will be a bit different.

Here in Grand Prairie, we go from 7am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday and are off Saturday and Sunday. I've been told that the schedule at other terminals is 7am to 5pm Monday through Friday, go for half a day on Saturday, and are off the rest of Saturday and all of Sunday.

As for training, you most likely won't be doing parallel parking. Texas is one of the few states that require it. Our instructor that came down from Marshfield for the week hasn't taught it in a while. I think states that do not do parallel parking to 45 and 90 degree backs instead.

I think that Appleton's class sizes are also a bit larger, but I believe that they still maintain the 3 to 1 ratio of students per instructor.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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About to Start Training with Roehl

loving the daily posts. Its really calming my nerves to know what's in store for me when I start this coming Monday. Keep em coming and I will try to start my own diary as well.

Week 2 Day 3 complete.

At this point, our days are pretty much repetition of previous days. My driving and backing is getting better every day.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Starting Roehl July 17th

they got me in the national refrigerated. It's what I wanted to get into. I think eventually I would like to get into flatbed once I get more experience

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I hope I feel the same when my turn comes. I know i will feel so relieved when I finally leave my current job. What division are you going in?

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At the moment, my nerves are fine. I'm more excited and relieved that today has finally come.

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I'm going into National Dry Van.

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If you guys remember anything when getting started at this, remember what Brett advised you...

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My advice is to expect a lot of ups and downs the next few months because that's trucking, especially early in your career.

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That succinct statement is stellar. There are such high running emotions and devastating set-backs for any and all of us when starting this career. It seems like it should be so simple - just drive the dang truck! What we don't know when we are getting started at this is usually the thing that cripples us the most. It is a constant roller coaster of up and down emotions, accomplishments and defeats, of peace and serenity on the highway, which is followed by shear terror! I think being prepared to expect the emotional highs and lows is some of the best advice you can take with you as you begin your journey. Best of luck to you guys, and if you want to see this thing through and thrive at this career, my suggestion is to stay plugged in here. Don't just think you've got this and you don't need the support of others. If you hang around here, you will learn a lot of great things that will help you survive that first year, which is something that only about five percent of the people who try this manage to do.

We love helping new drivers, it is what we do best. Get in, buckle up, and hold on... it's going to be a wild ride!

Best of luck to you guys!

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Thank you. Totally understand as much as a newbie like me can. I've probably done thousands of hours of research over the years to get myself as prepared as possible.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Starting Roehl July 17th

I hope I feel the same when my turn comes. I know i will feel so relieved when I finally leave my current job. What division are you going in?

At the moment, my nerves are fine. I'm more excited and relieved that today has finally come.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Starting Roehl July 17th

hey that's awesome! Maybe we will all run into each other at a terminal one day. How are your nerves? The more I think about it, the more nervous/excited I get. I'm kinda nervous about the unknown but I'm also excited to be finally following my dream. I will definitely keep you all posted on my progress and I look forward to hearing yours as well

Congrats and good luck!!!

I too have always wanted to be a trucker amd have just started my journey with Roehl. I'm currently waiting on my bus to their Grand Prairie (Dallas) terminal to start training tomorrow.

And WOW, 3 of us on here (that I've seen so far) going to Roehl at roughly the same time (albeit at different terminals). One that's already been at the Georgia terminal for a week, you starting on the 17th at Appleton, and myself starting tomorrow in Dallas.

I look forward to hearing your progress.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Starting Roehl July 17th

thank you all for the words of encouragement. I'm definitely going into this with an open mind. I'm going to learn everything I possibly can. I'm not the expert, they are, so I'm going to stay focused and not act like a know it all. I think you can expect ups and downs with every company, no matter what profession it is. This ain't a perfect world so I don't expect any different with my new future career. The only thing I'm expecting is that my office view is gonna be better than my current view from a forklift in a warehouse lol. I'm sure I can count on that. I've done my research, A LOT of research. I couldnt tell you how many threads I have read on here because honestly I don't know, I just know its a lot. I've read every Roehl related topic on here to help my decision of choosing them. I was actually thinking about making a training diary about my experience with their school and going out with my trainer and maybe even continuing on when I go solo if anyone would be interested.

Hey, that's all really fantastic news! Glad to hear it and I really wish you the best of luck.

My advice is to expect a lot of ups and downs the next few months because that's trucking, especially early in your career. You're with a great company but that doesn't mean their trucks won't break down, or you won't meet some surly personalities, or they won't have some policies you don't like. It means you can expect to be given solid equipment and every opportunity you could ever hope for to learn your trade, prove your worth, become a top tier professional, and make a really good living.

So buckle up, work hard, and stay focused on reaching that one year mark with the company. Learn how their operations work, get to know some people in the offices, communicate really well with everyone, and don't sweat the small stuff.

Oh, and one last thing. Keep us updated. Let us know anytime you come across situations you're unsure of. So many times people run into challenges, blame the company for all of their problems, quit their job needlessly, and then come here to tell us about it. Well it's too late for us to help! They should have come to us when things became challenging and we could have helped them work through it.

So keep that in mind. We're here to help you make it to that one year mark with the company so make sure you give us the opportunity when challenging or confusing circumstances present themselves.

Have fun and best of luck!

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Starting Roehl July 17th

Finally got everything all taken care of and in order after a little over 2 months of getting my health in good status. Its been a long struggle dealing with my blood pressure but its all good, got my health card, my permit and a start date at Appleton for Roehl's cdl program on July 17th. Finally get to follow a lifelong dream of mine to get my CDL and drive trucks. I'm super excited but super nervous since this will be a huge change for me and my family. Will this be the right career for me? I can't answer that but I have to follow my dream and find out. I'm going to give it my best and at least stick it out for the contract and go from there. Any advice from you fellow members? Anyone else going at the same time as me? I wanted to thank all of you for your numerous posts and Brett for your high road training. All of your words of wisdom and your training program have helped me immensely pass my test and pushed me to finally follow my dream and leave my factory job where I was miserable.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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About to Start Training with Roehl

that's awesome! I will be starting in Appleton for the national reefer division, no exact start date as i gotta get my official birth certificate from the courthouse and then I go back to the DMV to get my permit. I already passed the test so its all waiting on a piece of paper. Good luck to you

This morning I received my official acceptance into the Get Your CDL Program at Roehl's Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas) terminal and am almost set to start on July 3rd. I'm supposed to be having another chat with my recruiter on Monday to finalize all the details.

Can't wait to get started.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Anyone go into Trucking from career burnout?

how was the schooling for the program? Did you enjoy it? I will be starting in Appleton soon.

I've been an Ironworker for 18 years. I'm now in the final phase of training for Roehl. I wanted to try something different, so I figured getting a CDL and learning to drive a truck would be interesting. I decided to go with Roehl's "get your CDL program" after researching for a while and discovering that a class A CDL isn't of much use without experience. Once I start driving solo I've got to complete 120,000 miles to fulfill my contract, after that who knows? I've got @13 days left with an OTR trainer, then I'll test out and get the keys to a truck. I'm enjoying everything so far. It's a big change from Ironworking. A lot of things had to line up in order for me to take advantage of the opportunity to try a new career. So far so good.

Posted:  2 years ago

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Truckers’ Message for You: Chill Out, Stop Texting, and Have Respect

great article. I wish all the papers would print that. I'm about to go to cdl school with Roehl and I've always had the most respect for truckers. I wish others would feel the same and everyone that drives should read this. Maybe they would care a little more and think about what they do. I've seen far too many accidents around here involving people not putting that phone down. Just saw one the other day. Young girl turning left off the highway on a very wide turn. She ran over the curb onto a bike trail and ran over a sign for the bike trail. Very scary. Lucky for her, nobody was biking there at the time but its a very used trail.

The New York Times just published another article about truck drivers:

Truckers’ Message for You: Chill Out, Stop Texting, and Have Respect

They asked truck drivers "...what they would say to drivers of four-wheeled vehicles if they got the chance."

They also published some funny and interesting pictures from inside the cab.

I replied to the author, Trip Gabriel, a National Correspondent for The New York Times, that I really appreciated the positivity in the comments he chose to publish. We all try hard here at TruckingTruth to be professionals and to promote a more positive and professional image for truck drivers, and it's very much appreciated that someone of the stature of the New York Times is choosing to do the same.

Who knows? With enough persistence maybe someday more carriers will begin expecting the same level of professionalism from their drivers that they would expect from their office personnel and our image will come full circle to what it was many decades ago - The Knights Of The Road.

We certainly have many Knights here at TruckingTruth. We're still outnumbered, but we'll keep pushing forward to change that!

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Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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What trucks do Roehl use in their OTR Flatbed fleet?

I'm going to Appleton in the next month or two for training. I believe I'm going refrigerated. That's what my recruiter said is available in my area. From what I understand from a few people that drive flatbed, you will either have a cascadia or a prostar mid roof

I have decided on going with Roehl to get my CDL's and drive on there OTR Flatbed fleet , But I'm curious on what truck the use. Thank's Guys

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Roehl or Swift

I'm personally going to be going to roehl for their get your cdl program in the next month or two when I get everything lined up. I think they have a great program, you get paid 500/week before taxes during school and then 90/day when you go out with a trainer. You do have to stay with them for 120 or 130 thousand miles (which comes out to about 15 months or you habe to pay them for the schooling. In my opinion, its not a bad deal. You shouldn't be jumping from company to company anyways.

Getting ready to follow my dreams and become a driver but cannot decide what company to choose to attend for training. Any insight? Roehl is offering more money doing flatbed (.41 mile) plus getting paid starting on day 1. Swift is only offering .31 mile and you don't get paid for the training. Roehl sounds like a no brainer but something is telling me I wont get no where near the miles that I would with Swift. Thanks guys

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Fuel Card Rewards

do you have to sign up for the rewards cards or does your company hand them out to you when you start? Sounds like a dumb question but I'm going to be starting with a new company (and career) in a month and just wondering how would a person obtain the cards

As a Company Driver, I do not choose my fuel stops. In my opinion Loves has the best rewards program. Any time you buy fuel, the Major Truck Stops will give you a free shower. If you are looking for Big Truck Stops with lots of Parking Spots, then TA and Petro seem to be the best bet. They both usually have a sit down restaurant attached. Dennys, Iron Skillet, Country Pride. Most Truck Stops or "Travel Centers" have fast food places attached.

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