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    Noblesville , IN

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    1 year, 1 month ago

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Posted:  3 days, 6 hours ago

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What do you guys think about Roehl ?

I’m a current Roehl driver here. I fully recommend it to anybody wanting to start in this industry. I went into the gycdl program last year at this time and am close to finishing my contract out. The training is top notch. After you get your CDL which takes 3 weeks you’ll go to out with a trainer for another 19 days. Then you’re by yourself and monitored closely by a training manager who works specifically with new drivers. They do micromanage the first few months but they have to since you’re new. I’d rather have that than having to team with another brand new driver like some companies do. It isn’t easy all the time and sometimes I have wanted to quit but have stuck with it and am at 52 cpm. I drive in the reefer fleet and the freight has been slow recently so they do give the freight to the more experienced and tenured drivers so keep that in mind if you’re not getting lots of miles. You won’t make a lot of money your first year but it gets better and pay increases along with the miles. I definitely recommend it.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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13 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Long-Haul Truck Driver

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Sorry but I don’t put anything into what cosmopolitan has to publish. Most of that isn’t accurate either.

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Most? Which parts? There is truth in all 13 points the author made.

Sorry I can’t agree, the majority of the article (surprisingly) is quite truthful and accurate. And chances are; there were additional details qualifying things like “driver shortage” that were edited-out.

Seems to rather talk about the negatives which is what I thought was counter productive here. But there is some truth there.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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13 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Long-Haul Truck Driver

Sorry but I don’t put anything into what cosmopolitan has to publish. Most of that isn’t accurate either.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Does Roehl Charge Tuition If You Fail Your CDL Exam?

As somebody who went through the Roehl training program and am a current driver with them I fully support their program and recommend it to anybody who is willing to work. They charge 7000 because once you’re there they pay for your hotel, feed you 2 meals a day and train you to get your CDL and you’re there for 3 weeks. It’s a significant cost for them to do that and you need to pay them back and the way you pay them back is working for them for 120000 miles. Nothing is free. I went into it fully expecting it to be challenging and it was. There have been times I’ve wanted to quit and say forget about it but I’ve stayed through and turned some good miles for them. I am up to 52 cpm in my 10th month and almost done with my contract. Half of the people I’ve came in with quit cause they weren’t getting paid like they thought they should have. They must not have researched and known that your first year you’re not going to make a lot of money. I’m glad I found this site cause I realized that going into it. If after 6 months you want to leave just stick it out another 6 months you’ve already come this far. And out of the 15 people I came in with getting their CDL 14 eventually passed. The only one that didn’t pass didn’t belong in the truck to begin with. I highly recommend this program to anybody willing to work.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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USPS trying out automated technology

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This is coming sooner than most people think. I work for a very large carrier and they have already put in an order for the Tesla trucks that aren’t even in production yet. The technology is further along than most people will admit. TuSimple (former Google autonomous start up) already has a tractor driving building to building with a human behind the wheel but doesn’t touch anything. I personally believe this will be accelerated once 5g hits.

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Have you ever flown on a commercial airline? What happens when the technology fails or malfunctions? The pilot and copilot takeover and fly the plane. And when the pilot and copilot are not properly trained? Do you not follow the news and the recent grounding of the most sophisticated airplane in history?

The margin of error is far greater in the air than on the interstate.

Until the infrastructure is completely controlled, meaning all vehicles are autonomous, the mass adoption of this technology is decades away. And there will always be driving jobs; they will take-on a completely different meaning. Something none of us can predict at this point.

That said...think what you will. But I’ll be happy driving until retirement.

I’ve been reading a lot about this and of course I’ve been reading the “know it alls” on the internet talking about how it’s going to take jobs by the end of 2020. Even this TUSimple company saying they are going to replace the driver by the end of next year. The most annoying part of this is the arrogance of that company. They say stupid things like we’re going to replace all drivers by the end of next year and stuff like we’re going to do the driving so you don’t have to blah blah blah. I do hope they fail. Even the name TUSimple is arrogance in itself. But your explanation is probably the most accurate prediction of what’s to come.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Autonomous trucks on USPS test run

I’ll start to worry about it when loves stops putting up new stops. With all the new locations they are putting up they must not think it’s gonna happen anytime soon. I don’t think it’s anything to worry about. They might get some self driving trucks in the next 20 years but this is a diverse industry that they can’t replace everybody. Flatbed, hazmat, oversize, even local can’t be self driving.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Self-Driving Trucks Will Carry Mail in U.S. for the First Time

Something tells me this isn’t going to turn out well.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Prime Inc TNT students will see increased mileage requirements in training

Wow I’m glad I went with Roehl. Smaller company and maybe not the freight base that prime has but I only went with a trainer for 19 days. After 2 months from being hired I was in a truck by myself and it’s been great ever since. Looks like there are a lot of people applying and not as many trucks and or freight. I heard they stopped hiring from Florida too.

Posted:  1 month ago

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What Are The Best Truck Stops, And Why?

Joplin Petro is like being a kid in a candy store

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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The devastation of smoking

My dad started smoking at 16 years old and smoked all of his adult life. He would quit only to start up again after a few months. Labor Day 2016 we were over at a family outing and he was acting weird. Slurring his speech and not sounding really coherent. He also looked rather skinny, I just chalked it up to him getting older. After all he was 63 but I thought that he was starting to really age. Well he went to the doctor and he was diagnosed with lung cancer that metastised to the brain. Doctors couldn’t give him a timeline but said it was terminal. He didn’t even last till thanksgiving. Even almost 3 years later I have a hard time with it and now his brother my uncle is in hospice with liver cancer cause he was an alcoholic and he is 63. If you don’t take care of yourself you won’t live a long life. I still look at 63 being very young and I’m 37. I occasionally drink but don’t smoke. My problem is unhealthy eating which it’s tough to eat well as an OTR driver but I’m trying. Hug your family members cause you don’t know how long you have with them.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Truck Crash Colorado - With Videos

My theory here is that he is only 23 so at the most he’s had 2 years of experience but I doubt he had half that. He’s probably been out by himself for a few months and might have never gone down a mountain. I’m speculating here as to his experience but I don’t think he knew what he was doing. The video showed him swerving everywhere and it showed him miss a run off ramp. I don’t want to blame the company but he shouldn’t have been out there without more training. At least he shouldn’t have been routed that way going down that mountain with a heavy load. Just my 2 cents.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Questions for Roehl Drivers

Yep, you can stay out those 7 week stretches and make the home time, but why? Why not get routed home after 11-14 days out and take 3 days off? Seems allot mo betta to me. But to each his own.

While it’s not a problem with doing the 11-3 you’re going to find out quick that you’re not going to make much, get the miles and the good runs if you do the 11-14 days out and come home 3. I thought the same thing coming in and once I did it a few times and I was getting one good check and a bad check the best thing for me and To support my family is to stay out longer.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Questions for Roehl Drivers

Current Roehl driver here in the reefer national fleet. Yes Roehl is a great company. Everybody is here to help and support you especially at the corporate office in marshfield. Sometimes the mechanics aren’t as friendly but I don’t walk in there expecting them to smile at me. Dry van will run you but your cpm will be the lowest compared to reefer and flatbed. If you do a good job they should get you 2500 and possibly up to 3000 a week in dry van. As far as home time i don’t recommend the 11 out and 3 home if you want the good miles. They have to find a load to get you home so once you’re hometime is near they might make you sit on a load an extra day or two to get you home. If you want to get the good miles and good paychecks you need to stay out the 7 weeks like you said, maybe a few weeks less than that would be ok like 4. But you can come home for 7 if you are out that long. Other than that I think it’s a great company. Just don’t expect them to roll out the red carpet for you and come expecting to work and you’ll need to prove yourself to them that you’re a good driver that can make your appointment time and they will reward you with good miles. Hope that helps.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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TruckingTruth Article: Self Driving Vehicles Are Coming Soon You Say? I Say Please Stop Clowning Us

Brett, will give you that one. and NOT BEING negative, however Tesla, MB, Volvo all these high tech outstanding companys spending huge amounts on R@D, make one wonder the motivation. We like our Siri too, but she can not cook!!!! be well.

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Hey you need to send Siri to the dungeon lol.... but on a serious note the insurance companies do not even want to hear about 18 wheelers being on the country highways without a driver sitting behind the wheel. If that happens you will see them running through the mountains closing down their trucking departments. Ameliorating the safety features and the living spaces for the drivers is a welcome idea but driverless truck????????wtf.gifwtf.gif

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Go back and read Brett’s article about this. He states the motivation behind it. One thing I’ve noticed is that they are marketing it hard. I watched a video a few weeks on it and they must have spent lots of money on that video cause it was so well done. They want more people to invest to get more money. It will be an endless cycle for many years.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Company vs Paying for your own Cdl

I started in July with the Roehl GYCDL program and went solo in the beginning of September which gives me about 8 months solo. For the last 6 months I’ve made 28372 and I’m in the refrigerated national division. I have stayed out for extended periods of time. The most I believe being 6 weeks at a time. They almost always have kept me moving. I did sit for New Years day in north Carolina cause there wasn’t any freight but that was the only time and I didn’t complain. Granted some runs have been short but I get short haul pay. I’ve been called by the operations manager stating how well I’ve been doing. I do everything they give me and I make sure I’m not late. I very rarely complain to dispatch. Although I admit sometimes it is hard to keep a cool head with some of the things that happen but I’m trying. Moral of the story is if you try you will do well.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl Transport & Forced Dispatch - New CDL graduate needs more information

I’m a current Roehl driver in the reefer division and yes they are forced dispatch. When I first heard it I didn’t like the sound of “forced dispatch”. But it’s not a big deal. The way I look at is that it’s work to get paid. I’d rather be forced diaspatched than sit and not get paid away from my family. If I’m going to be out here doing this away from my family I’m going to get paid. I very rarely sit here. Usually when I’m 100 miles away from my drop off I get a preplan for my next load. They definitely keep you moving here. So bottom line don’t worry about Roehl is a good company.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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OO/LO vs. Company Driver

I would be an o/o if the pay was more. I think that if you’re gonna take the risk you should get paid a substantial amount more. But from what I’ve seen is you don’t get that much more. Not that I’ll ever rule it out but I’m gonna wait. Plus if I ever do I want all my debt paid off and have some money put aside. It’s company driver for me for a while.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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TruckingTruth Article: Self Driving Vehicles Are Coming Soon You Say? I Say Please Stop Clowning Us

It’s amazing the number of people I talk to that say it’s happening in the next few years. My driver trainer at Roehl was telling us in the truck that it is going to happen and we won’t have jobs in 10 years. What a way to start at a new company. Then on social media I have conversations with people all the time that it is going to happen soon. What I realized is these people tend to be very pessimistic and cynical people with their views. They say “the technology is already there” “they are already making deliveries”. RVT referred to Steve Wozniak coming out a few months ago and saying that he can’t see it happening anytime soon. Steve Wozniak was the brains behind apple. If he says it isn’t going to happen it isn’t going to happen. His reasons are the same as Brett wrote in his article.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Watched the evening news about automated trucks

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I watched the NBC evening news

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That, right there, was your FIRST mistake!

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Haha. Exactly. I’m not going to name the stories but how many of the reports that nbc news have come out with this past year have been right? Cough cough Russin collusion. Cough cough

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Automation and the future of trucking

This is all refreshing to hear. There’s a lot in the news about automation lately. This Andrew yang guy running for president is certain well all be automated in 5 years and us truckers will be out of a job. Which is why he is wanting a 1000 universal income. Haha

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