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    Central , OH

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I'm 40 yrs old and want to get into trucking. My dad is a retired lifelong driver who was an OO when I was little. And when I was young I remember being around trucks.....and loved it. I became an electrician in '98 and have been one since, but have always wanted something different for myself and finally decided (with my wife's blessing) to follow my dream of being a truck driver.

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Posted:  2 months ago

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Roehl GYCDL Training

Home for the weekend, getting to spend some quality time with my family. Just finished my first 2 weeks as a solo driver. I really enjoy it so far. No mishaps and everything has gone pretty smooth except for a flat tire on the tractor. Noticed it when I was on a fuel stop. Luckily not damage to the tire or anything and was able to get it patched and was back out on the rd in less than 2 hrs. (Had ran over a piece of metal) first week I had 4 loads and 2100 miles. This week was slower, only had 2 loads for 1300. Been kinda weird with the virus thing going on. Hope for more weeks like my first

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL Training

Had my first overweight load on Thursday. Picked up a preloaded trailer of drywall in Kentucky. No scale on site, drove to the nearest scale and it scaled at 82900. Took it back and had to get another load. Totally screwed up that day lol. Will be testing out on friday and then get my own truck. Have a good weekend everyone!

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL Training

12 days in and it's going good. Being with a regional trainer most loads are under 400 miles, so we've been doing a load a day. I'm on my 2nd solo load, which you've got to do 5 before you test out and get your own truck. I should be done with that the end of this week or the beginning of next week. I hope to test out of phase 2 by the end of next week

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Starting on my path to a career in trucking!

Very nice Brandon, seems like you're kicking a$$

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Roehl GYCDL Training

Same to you Chris! Finally heading out at 4am in the morning to meet up with my trainer. He's regional flatbed and lives about 90 mins from me. Ready to conquer phase 2 of training and start making some real money

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Preparing for a Trucking Career with Roehl

The way she made it sound during the conference call meeting she could have people in trucks by last Wednesday. The 2 others in my truck have been out since Friday. I talked to my trainer on Friday, he runs regional and was off yesterday. He lives about 90 mins from me and we are headed out 0600 tomorrow. Good luck

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL Training

Thank you everyone. It was a fast 4 weeks. I am currently back home for this week. Have to go to the dmv to get my cdl license and will then start my next phase of training with an ovr trainer hopefully by this Friday. Phase 2 is 19 days or so, then I will go to one of terminals to "test out" and then get my own truck. Ready to start making real money. I would highly recommend Roehl's GYCDL to anyone. It is a fast paced program. Its 4 weeks long but I didnt step foot in a truck until the 2nd day and had my cdl test exactly 3 weeks later. I really didnt have any issues as I pick stuff up pretty quickly. Even a few of the guys that didn't progress as fast still passed their test the first try, which I believe is because of the excellent trainers that are in the gary terminal. Thanks to all on TT for reading and commenting

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL Training

I passed the cdl test today!

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Preparing for a Trucking Career with Roehl

Congratulations Cowboy, I am testing tomorrow

Posted:  4 months ago

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Roehl GYCDL Training

Sorry I haven't posted more. I am really enjoying my time so far. Two weeks down and 2 to go. I am home right now. It's a 5 1/2 hr drive from my house to Gary. We had class on sat that covered life on the road. That lasted about 2 1/2 hrs then I booked it home. Ran into Brandon Kitts at the hotel on Monday. It was nice meeting you and hopefully you got your truck! Basically the whole week 2 is spent out driving half a day and then out in the training lot backing the other half. You start out with a van trailer for the first 3 or 4 days. Then you get to hook to a flatbed for the rest of the program. At least in Gary since all but one of us is flatbed. I have been doing well, just stupid small mistakes every now and then. My instructor has told me I just need to tighten up my stuff. The hardest part of learning to drive a tractor trailer that I see other than the obvious things like making turns and paying attention to everything going on around you is the shifting. It trips alot of people up. 4 of the 6 guys in my class are actually going in today for 2 hrs to work with a training instructor to concentrate on just shifting. If you are having problems with driving, backing or shifting they will schedule you to come in for 2 hrs either sat or sun to work on it. The training is tough but they want you to succeed and give you every opportunity to do it all you have to do is put the effort in Looking ahead to the 3rd week, we have a pre-cdl test that they do on tuesday that includes pre trip, backing manuveuvers, and a driving test. From what I've heard they grade it pretty tough just to see what we need to work on for the real test, which for our class is scheduled for a week from this Tuesday. I will try to update how my pre test goes. Thanks all for reading and hope it helps to shed some light on the GYCDL program

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Roehl GYCDL Training

Think its everyday here in Hammond Indiana on 94.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Roehl GYCDL Training

Good deal Brandon. Hopefully I'll run into you. 1 week down and I feel pretty good about everything so far. The first few days you almost feel overwhelmed with all the information they are giving you. But by the end of the week I am starting to feel more comfortable in the truck. It does go fast, like I said earlier we hadn't stepped foot in the truck till Tuesday and by friday morning they have is driving around an industrial park in live traffic with a van trailer. I'm looking forward to tomorrow morning, I'm going to be driving us from the terminal to the industrial park which is probably a 20 min ride.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL Training

Yea he has lol. Really like him as a trainer. Have learned alot in only 5 days. Didnt step foot in the truck until tues after lunch and this morning I was driving on the road.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL Training

Thanks Brandon. That's great news. Seems to really be alot of good people at Roehl. Our trainers are Norman and Lathan. Things are really starting to move along now. Spent the first half of today bobtailing around the lot. I really feel more comfortable with the truck. After a couple more runs on the simulator learning to make turns with a trailer we went out and got hooked up to one. We learned the rest of the pretrip for the trailer and the in cab portion. Tomorrow we will be more driving and possibly backing with the trailers.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL Training

Just finished my 2nd day. Most of the first day was paperwork and watching some videos and some power point stuff. We have 7 people in our class( one didnt show up) both trainers we have are really laid back and seem cool. 6 of us are flatbedders and 1 will be going into reefer. First half of the day today learning the Roehl way. I really get the sense roehl is completely committed to safety and treat their drivers well. After lunch we watched a pre trip video and then went to the 2 trucks we will be training on. Only 3 of us on my truck so I hope that means each of us will get a little more time each behind the wheel. Actually got to make some laps in the truck for the first time getting used to double clutching and shifting. All 3 of us seemed to pick it up pretty quick. All in all things are going good so far.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL Training

Thank you Anne. Got into Gary about an hr ago. The roommate I have is starting his 2nd week so getting some good info of what to look forward to. Hopefully get a good night rest and start fresh early

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL Training

Thanks guys, I'm excited to get started.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL Training

Hey everyone. My name is Andy. Im 40 and live in central Ohio. I've got a great wife of 5 years and 2 boys, 4 and 10. I've been an electrician for 21 yrs.....until yesterday lol. Have always had a fascination with big trucks. My dad being a lifelong truck driver probably had something to do with it. When I was young I remember when he owned his own truck and pulled a flatbed. Thought that was the coolest thing ever. So fast forward 35 yrs and being totally burnt out from the construction industry I am starting this Monday in the Roehl GYCDL program in Gary Indiana. And I will be in the flatbed division.

I want to thank everyone who posts in this forum. There is so much valuable information and I like the attitude that trucking is what you make of it and not all the company bashing that goes on in the other forums. Following all the great advice that's here I'm sure that I can be a success in this industry

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Starting on my path to a career in trucking!

I have enjoyed reading all your updates. It gives me an idea of what to expect. I'll be starting Monday in Gary for gycdl in the flatbed division.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Preparing for a Trucking Career with Roehl

I am to start the q3th in Gary. Good luck!

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