Profile For Dave W.

Dave W.'s Info

  • Location:
    VA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 2 months ago

Dave W.'s Bio

I'm embarking on my second career in life and looking forward to the journey. It's not so much where you end up, it's the adventure that got you there.

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Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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On my own

Good Evening,

Got my truck, ran my 1st week solo, and after being out 31 days (20 with my trainer), I came home for 6 days. Let me tell you, it felt absolutely wonderful to see my family, sleep in my bed, and take a shower whenever I wanted!!! Here's where the conflict in my head starts..... get some popcorn..... 2 days after I got home, I was ready to go out again. Got my 1st paycheck as a driver and HOLY COW! I can add that kind of money to my retirement??? I also missed the solitude, and the ability to set somewhat of my own schedule. Don't get me wrong, I love my family, but my urge to roam and go is pretty darn strong too.

Yeah, I had some absolutely crap days, but I also have days that are as smooth as glass. Sleep cures the bad days and driving makes the next day better. Im no trucking expert by any means but I love my job and the money ain't bad either :)

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl training: phase 3 (solo)

Congrats brother!

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Getting ready to go Roehl

Welcome brother and congratulations! I'm in phase 3 right now with Roehl and having a blast! These folks want you to succeed. I think you'll find that you made the right choice. I trained in GA at the Conley terminal and have only been to Marshfield once so far.

I wish you the best, and hope to see you out there. I'm in truck 6996, if you see me give me a wave.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Long Overdue Update

I passed my skills test!!! Now my FM is trying to find me a truck!!!!!

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Long Overdue Update

Good morning! Today is test day and I'm a bit nervous. Backing is what's got me nervous, but I have a plan. Just gonna take my time, get out and look several times, and get it done. Then they're going to put me up in a hotel for the weekend with the hopes of finding me a truck on Monday.

If your reading this and you have yet to go out with a trainer, let me give some solid advice....

1 - Always be the 1st one out of the truck to pre trip, pick up, deliver, and any other work that needs to get done.

2 - Take the initiative. Don't wait to be told what to do, see what needs to be done and do it.

3 - You are sleeping in someone else's home. Keep it clean. Take the time to clean the windows, clean the dash and other surfaces, be the one to take out the trash, keep your own personal gear squared away. Be the housekeeper.

4 - Every night when you shut down, and finish the post trip, get out and spend an hour or so in the truck stop. It gives you and your trainer a little personal space.

5 - Your trainer is the boss, no ifs, ands, or buts. They have responsibilities to you, the truck, the public, and the company. That's not to say you have to take abuse, but a sense of humor can go a long way.

With all that said... the experience can be a really good one. My trainer and I spent a lot of nights eating pizza and playing video games. The next morning it was back to work.

Posted:  9 months, 1 week ago

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Long Overdue Update

So you want to be a trucker......

Today is my last day out with my trainer. He's been great to work with and I'm gonna miss all the fun we've had. In the last 20 days I've cracked a mirror cover on a narrow toll both in Ohio (don't ask), driven through snow storms, conducted pre trips and drop and hooks in below zero Temps, driven through enough mountains in PA and NY to last a lifetime, been so tired I've gone to sleep without dinner, been a few days without a shower consistently, eaten enough truck stop food to last me for a while, and suffered through a few bad days where I couldn't back this truck through a mile wide opening if someone else was driving. Tomorrow I test out for my own truck. I want my own truck! I love my job!!!

And yes, I want to be a truck driver.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL and life changes

Howdy from somewhere in Western New York. The last 4 days have been a blur, a blast, and exhausting. Im tired so this will be short....

I love my job!

Goodnight

Posted:  9 months, 4 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL and life changes

Good morning! Been in a hotel in Cleveland since Wednesday waiting to get with my trainer. I'm going to meet up with him in about 2 hours. We've talked on the phone several times, he seems to be a laid back guy.

Am I nervous? A little...

I'm also excited to get started on my 19 day trainer period. We decided I'm going to do a vast majority of the work, which I'm glad to hear. But even better, we've already found some this / interests we have in common.

If anybody reads this, I'll keep it updated as much as possible.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Roehl OTR Training

Hey bro congratulations! If your coming to VA, better get here before evening time. Snow storm coming in.

I'm at home waiting on a trainer now, just got my CDL Thursday. Hope to catch up with you when we both finish training.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Roehl GYCDL and life changes

Yes mam, thank you!

Posted:  10 months ago

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New Year-New Career!

Hi Jared, I'm folling too! I made the change at 55 and so far it's been great!

I am properly mounted, not damaged, and functioning....lmao

Good luck, can't wait to read more....

Posted:  10 months ago

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Roehl GYCDL and life changes

Final thoughts,

Roehl was a great place to get started in the GYCDL program. The company is what it says it is and I have not found out anything different. They actually want you to be happy working there. While in training, I talked to a lot of drivers. Driver's that had left the company and gone elsewhere. They came back because they felt like they were not appreciated or valued as an employee. 'Nuff said. If your looking for a great place to get started, or looking for an employer that wants and values employees, I recommend Roehl.

I'm not making a dime off of this. I don't need to work, I'm retired. I'm here because I want to drive. All of my research led me to Roehl. I made the right decision. I love my job!!

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Roehl GYCDL and life changes

Test Day

Woke up at 0130 hrs. Coffee and a banana, then off to the terminal. We left for the testing site around 0330. When we arrived in Chattanooga, I was dozing.

I was the second in my group to test and I got lucky. The tester told me to pre trip the engine compartment and coupling system. My in cab and brake tets were pretty good, and my backing was ok. The road test went well and I figured I'd passed.

We got back and the tester told me I had a perfect score and it was obvious that I had put in serious work to prepare! I was kinda numb at that point. I called my wife and son, they were just as excited as I was!

I realize I have so much more to learn and master, but today was a win. Tomorrow I get to go home, and I feel like I've changed a little. Even with my age and life experiences, I feel a change. I have been given to opportunity to learn and master something new.

I love my job!

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL and life changes

Week 3

Days 1, 2, and 3

Backing. Backing. Backing.

However, on day 3, today, I finally conquered that damn 90 degre alley back!!! Everything came together and I could finally see it and make it happen!

I'm ready for my test on Friday. It seems like just yesterday we came into day 1 week 1.

I love my job!

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL and life changes

Brian D

I'll see you in the morning sir! If your staying at the hotel, plan for your own breakfast. The bag O crap they give you is not worth a dime.

I'm really glad to have helped!

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL and life changes

Week 2 Review

Everything was great until Friday. I forgot how to back up. It's like I had a complete mind blank. Then I got frustrated. That certainly didn't help. Again, my company amazes me. All of the instructors, individually, came to me at some point, and gave me some encouragement!

Now I know, because I've read a lot on this site, that those days happen. I've had mine, now it's over.

This week we will finish preparing for our CDL test on Friday. On Friday I will get my CDL!

Have a great weekend!

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL and life changes

Week 2

The days are flying by, seems like just a few days ago I met my roommate. This week has been backing, a lot of.it, and driving tight roads and turns. We got scheduled for our test next week and I feel like I still have a ton to learn.

I'm sitting here warming up the truck, waiting to work on my in cab and brake test, and I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity! I'm not a professional driver yet, but I will be!

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL and life changes

Week 2 Day 1

Backing, backing, and more backing. Did all 3 required backs today, multiple times. Every day I feel more confident and more things seem to fall into place. The instructors are all really good folks and you can tell they want you to succeed. I never realized how much work goes into this and I now have a much deeper respect for this profession. Well off to bed, tomorrow will be here soon. I love my job!

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL and life changes

Day 5 and 6

Day 5 - We drove around the South side of Atlanta and our instructor presented us with new challenges in turning 73 feet vehicles. I loved every minute of it! We spent the afternoon working on our pre trip inspections.

Day 6 - It was a half day and we learned trip planning. Again, im soaking up everything I can.

I have tomorrow off so I'm gonna catch up on sleep, laundry, and family.

Posted:  10 months, 3 weeks ago

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Roehl GYCDL and life changes

Dqy 4 - Backing and pre-trip. Man, I feel like I'm climbing a wall without 1 arm when it comes to memorizing the pre trip and in cab inspections. But I know at some point it will happen.

Backing was fun, and a real eye opener! I have a whole new respect for all of this.

Every night I am exhausted. Every day its something new. I'm still having a blast!

P..s. Anne the videos are online learning. I dont think anyone wants to watch an old fat guy in trucking school lol.

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