Profile For Andrey

Andrey's Info

  • Location:
    DERRY, NH

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years ago

Andrey's Bio

I was born and grew up in Russia, then came to Texas as soon as I could. Now we live in New Hampshire. My parents told me that when I was a few years old I would stop near every truck and say: "I'll get in the seat, and drive." Well, I am 50 now, and I have to say, that nothing changed - I still want to get in the seat and drive.

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Posted:  2 days, 9 hours ago

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Busting some myths about Western Express

Very true! By the way, @Auggie69, are your two digits a year? Mine is 1970.

Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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Busting some myths about Western Express

A lot of people who say bad things about trucking companies online frequently use the word "lie" in its various forms: oh, they lied to me about this, this, and that, too... oh, they are just a bunch of liers... oh... and so on. I would like to share my experience here which helps me make a totally different claim - every single word I heard so far from Western Express turned out to be a complete truth. People who work at the orientation in Plainfield, CT are kind, hard working and you can see that they do care about what they are doing. And yes, the lunch was hot and real good, too! I know, that orientation is only a small part of a sinificantly bigger picture, but I have read and viewed so many bad reviews of WE orientation, that I simply could not remain silent.

Posted:  3 days, 16 hours ago

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A new turn on my winding road

Just try not to pay attention to all the negative stuff you hear

I realized that something is wrong when I talked to 3-4 WE drivers at two local truck stops. Nobody had any big problems with the company. But if you go to youtube, it is just wow :-)

Posted:  6 days, 8 hours ago

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Western Express 3-4 weeks training sufficient?

The original question was about training, whether 3-4 weeks is enough. Needless to say that everybody's different, so I am speaking only from my personal experience. I was trained at Roehl for three weeks with an OTR driver, and then another three days with a local guy in Gary, IN. After this training I had an evaluation: a road test and a 45 backing into a hole. Everything went smooth, and I felt confident. I am not saying that I got everything, which is impossible for a human :-) but I was definitely ready to keep learning in a solo mode.

Posted:  6 days, 21 hours ago

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Roehl Transport--Get your cdl program

Other trainees end up driving with two or more trainers in Phase 2, which can slow down completion.

I had two trainers, the second was a local driver, and I am very glad to have been placed in his truck, even for a few days, because I learned a different way of driving.

Posted:  6 days, 21 hours ago

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A new turn on my winding road

After driving local for three months I got fired. Well, personally I think that the company could keep me, but I respect their policies and decisions anyway, and I understand that insuring drivers is a complicated area. I am also grateful for the experience I accumulated over these months: my driving and especially backing skills significantly improved after making 10-15 deliveries/pickups every day in New England. Overall, it was a good company with good and hard working people. The two things I did wrong that terminated my employment was a broken mirror and a cracked plastic corner of a straight truck. I took off the mirror while backing to the door at the home terminal, it got caught by a yard horse's mirror parked next to me. So I was put into a straight truck for two weeks, and probably it was one of the low hanging branches, I cannot say for sure - touching/hitting tree branches is a common thing in residential areas, I noticed that cracked corner only when taking my post trip pictures. And next day I was terminated. I was upset because I liked everything - the job, the people, and the pay... Anyway, I started browsing craigslist and career websites again. It is hard, I need to tell you, to find a good job with only 6 months of experience and a poor safety record! Hard, but possible. Finally, I found a company that is willing to give another chance, it is a Western Express. They need a NE regional van driver, orientation is 2 days, then they assign a truck and I can start driving. Life is good!

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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My oldest truck (so far)

SInce I got my CDL early this year, every truck that I was assigned was 2018 or newer. I always wanted to try driving a truck from the old days, thinking that it may have something that new trucks are missing, just as cars - my first car was a 1951, and it is definitely the best car I ever had. So finally I had a chance to drive an older truck, not too old, just older than everything I had before :-) It is a 1992 Freightliner, DD 60 engine, 8 speed. What a difference, and what a cool truck!

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Posted:  1 month ago

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My truck hit in the parking lot wont reflect poorly on me?

If I'm not mistaken you were hit when you parked but weren't in a parking spot, or completely in a spot right? Thats much different than this situation where Davy was in a legal marked spot. It seems Roehl firing you was overkill for that but it seems things worked out well for you in the end, Andrey.

Yes, that's right, in some sense I am even glad that I was fired - I got a local job, and in three months learned more than I probably would have learned in a full year of regional driving :-) What I am saying here is that my both brakes were set at the time of that incident, yet Roehl told me that my truck had been moving. I requested to see the video or any records confirming that but my request was denied.

Posted:  1 month ago

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My truck hit in the parking lot wont reflect poorly on me?

The best thing to have is a witness who can confirm that you were parked and not moving. Otherwise the company may say that it was a preventable. A similar situation cost me a job a few months ago.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Parallel parking maneuver issues

This is just my personal opinion - the best thing you can do to improve your backing skills is forget what they told you at CDL school about cones, inches, and especially rivets :-) Just look where your tandems go, use every mirror you can, go slow and get out as often as you need.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

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Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Prime Inc is disabling Manual Mode on their trucks with the D12 Manual Automatic Transmission !

Roehl also disabled manual mode. Another thing I noticed, they disabled self-cancelling turn signals on all their trucks.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Different states with different driving cultures.

Each US state is the same. And driver's manual is the same. You always yield when turning left unless you have a green arrow. But even with a green arrow, if an oncoming guy is not slowing down, I would rather yield than kill him.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

A big advantage of driving local is a constant possibility of seeing something historical, intetesting, unbelievable, and so on...

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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Company CDL school tuition

New gig still working out? Payment plan set up?

Yes, thank you - all is good! Everyone is happy, including Roehl :-)

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Company CDL school tuition

Wow is this really true? So if I'm driving my (hypothetical) $85,000 Mercedes to my (again, hypothetical) summer camp on Lake Winnipesaukee, and some uninsured kid with no assets and no job T-bones me, I'm SOL.

Yes, in this case your hypothetical German car goes to a junk yard and you are getting maybe a few dollars a week from the kids' wages :-)

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Truck Stops - I hate them already 🤣

I would always prefer a rest area to any truck stop unless there is an urgent need for shower or some maintenance issue.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Probably the best way to improve backing skills :-)

Sorry for the typo.

Not a problem, I know that my spelling is both wierd and misleading. I cannot go with Andrew though, because it sounds too far from Russian (Андрей)...

Posted:  3 months ago

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Probably the best way to improve backing skills :-)

Audrey

Andrey, not Audrey, it's Russian for Andrew :-)

Posted:  3 months ago

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Finally decided to go with Roehl Transport after almost 2 years

Thanks in advance for any advice.

The main menu has ALL TOPICS BY TAGS, and there is a special tag for Roehl, it will bring up all the posts where this company is mentioned. Good luck, Roehl is a good place to get your CDL.

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