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Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Roehl driver training from start to end.....

Yes they are an excellent company. I was starting to get a little down on them because I was listening to other drivers. Somehow, trucking has a way to make you very humble, very fast!

Man, Thank you for this post. I feel even more confident that I made the right choice joining Roehl.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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You are in Kitty Hawk? Awesome. Bet I know you. I was a Paramedic for Dare county!

Thank you Winetaster for your posts. I am leaving a career of 24 years as a L.E.O. and feel the same way as you did when you left your "guaranteed job" or there about. I really liked your step by step approach. I am taking this slow as I don't want to make a mistake at any level. As a cop I can be aggressive and know how to get things across in a respectful manner when I have to but I am unlike most officers as I am pretty down to earth and have had a hard road to follow coming up. I know what it is like to struggle and have to put up with BS. I do so much appreciate your contributions to the trucking industry and us new drivers. God Bless and oh, I serve in the OBX of NC. Glad to see your from my home state. Take care buddy MSDonna

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Roehl driver training from start to end.....

So guys and girls,

I had my first major mishap. I was at a gas station and I realized as soon as I turned that the lot was going to be too small to accommodate me. So, I stopped and looked around and came up with a plan. Apparently, the place had just opened that morning. There were some small orange cones on the left along the road way behind the place. They were spaced far apart. I thought they were left over from construction and marked the edge of the road. To the left of the cones, it appeared to be a gravel lot that had been set up for trucks. So, when I stopped and looked, I saw some tracks when others had driven through that gravel lot. I went around the landscaped median and spun into that lot just to get turned around. My truck sank. It sank bad. My trailer tires were just a foot off the pavement. The 2 tow truck arrive, a small one and a medium one. The hooked to the front of me and I asked, "Would it be better to pull me from the way I went in?" Meaning pull from the back. They guy said no and I figured they knew better than me. It got a thousand times worse when they pulled me forward. By the time they were done. The truck was buried to the fuel tanks, the drive tires were completely buried,and the trailer tires were buried and the trailer leaning. The big guns were called in and this old guy walks up and looks at it. He set the guys to work and got me out in 2 hours. In total it took 8 and half hours and 5 tow trucks to remove me. The bill was quite high. I knew I was going to be fired. I drove the load I had and delivered it and then head to our terminal. I was sure I would hand in my eyes and rent a car home.

The gravel lot turned out to be some type of seeding spray material they had spread down. It looked like gravel. My fleet manager talked with me and told me to not worry. Everything was fine. Then I got called into the office of the flatbed division managers office. I thought it was over. He was amazing nice. He said I made a mistake almost any other driver could make. He explained that Roehl was a training company and understood that mistakes would happen. He said he understood how I made the mistake after seeing the many many pictures. I was due for a reset anyway so I started that while my truck went in for repairs. The front bumper got ripped off in the process.

I asked if I could get the corporate rate that Roehl gets at the local hotel. I told him I did not want to stay at the terminal for my reset because I needed to just take a breather on my reset. He made some calls and said, "You are all set. Go and decompress. The hotel is on us." Wait? What? So, I screw up and cost the company thousands of dollars and they pay for my hotel for two nights. They don't fire me. This morning I head back out onto the road. I am humbled and amazed. This showed me my research starting out about companies was why I came to Roehl.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Roehl driver training from start to end.....

Thanks Weatherman, this is helpful. However, I have follow up question. Is it good to have both FAST and TWIC if you want to be OTR driver?

Hopefully this helps

The Free And Secure Trade Card, better known as the FAST Card, is part of a program designed to expedite handling of shipments through customs between the United States and Canada.

TWIC is a common identification credential for all personnel requiring unescorted access to secure areas of MTSA -regulated facilities and vessels, and all mariners holding Coast Guard-issued credentials. Individuals who meet TWIC eligibility requirements will be issued a tamper-resistant credential containing the worker's biometric (fingerprint template) to allow for a positive link between the card and the individual. (homeport.uscg.mil)

Basically FAST helps speed up deliveries crossing the border and TWIC grants you access to shipping ports/docks.

TWIC does both I think. FAST does not.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Roehl driver training from start to end.....

TWIC and FAST do the exact same thing. TWIC is the better option but more expensive. There is no point to have both of them. As for Roehl, they require you to have a TWIC if you pull flatbed. I have used mine once in 4 months. It did make life a lot easier when I was delivering to a military base. The guy started asking all kinds of questions and when I should him my TWIC, he says, "Ol you got a TWIC. You know where you are going?" He gave me directions and off I went. Otherwise they were going to wait for an escort to come and get me and all kinds of extra checks and paperwork.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Roehl driver training from start to end.....

Reefer is only an option for the western fleet I think. And if you got a letter, you are good to go. Who is your recruiter?

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Roehl driver training from start to end.....

I am from the outer banks. They will not hire you from east of I-95. I had to get creative. My truck resides in Roanoke Rapids according to the company. I had to find a place to park and commute home.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Newbie goes to Roehl Training School

Awesome man. Seems like it is going well for you.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Roehl driver training from start to end.....

Wow! You guys are too kind. I have been doing great. I rolled almost 12000 miles in the month of June. I am still learning every day. The other day I saw a driver folding his tarps on a low steel load. He folded them without pulling them to the ground. Today, I had a similar load and folded my tarps the way I saw. It worked great! So much to learn out here. School is a blur. It seems like it was years ago. It was only three months ago. I have had my frustrations but I am starting to really settle in now and enjoy what I do. It amazes me how many people follow this tread. It is an honor to inspire so many. Thank you for the kind words.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Im a nervous mess right now HELP!!

Every one of us has had the exact same feelings. Take a deep breath, slow down and enjoy the ride. You will get through this. We were all there at one point.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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How much time did it take to get through company sponsored CDL school?

I went with Roehl. The training period is much shorter than other companies. You are in school for three weeks. Then you are out with a trainer for 11 - 14 days. After that, you have your own truck.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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WT ... dude, this was such an awesome thread, I couldn't stop reading it until I was done !!! lol

This should be mandatory reading for anyone getting into the industry. Perfect. Thank you so much for your time spent.

When you have a break, would you explain the different methods of getting paid?

So far I have gathered... Miles, tarp time and some sort of downtime waiting to unload.

...and why you decided to focus on flatbed , instead of dry van or reefer...

grazie, brother.... you are a gem :)

Wow. Really glad this is helping you guys and gals. There are different types of pay. I will try to explain them.

1. At Roehl you get paid 35 cent a mile loaded or empty starting out as a flatbed driver.

2. Tarp pay. You get $24 to put on a lumber tarp and another $24 to take the lumber tarps off. It takes 2 to 3 hours at least to completely tarp and untarp. Step tarps are smaller so you only get $12 on and $12 off.

3. Detention pay. You get detention pay if you arrive to a shipper or receiver before your appointment time. If you are late, you do not get detention pay no matter how long you are there. Detention pay starts two hours after your appointment time. Say you have a noon appointment to deliver. You got there at 1145. They have you wait to unload. At 1400, you start getting detention pay at $10 per hour.

4. Layover pay. Layover pay is paid if you are waiting to deliver. You have to be within 50 miles of the receiver. You may not be at a company terminal. You have to be 36 hours early. You get paid $60 for each day you have to wait. At 36 hours, you get $60 and then every 12 hours after that you get $30.

5. Weather pay. If you shut down because of iced roads for more than 24 hours because it was unsafe, they pay $60 a day I think.

6. Stop pay. I had a load last week. I loaded at one plant and went to another one and loaded again. That second loading was my first stop and I got paid an extra 25 bucks. It was farm equipment. I had to stop at 4 different places and unload one piece of equipment. Each stop I got $20 more.

There are a lot of ways to get paid. Most people do not read their company policy manual. Read it! Find every little way to make them pay you. It adds up. In reality, the best money is made only when the wheels are turning.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Roehl driver training from start to end.....

WT ... dude, this was such an awesome thread, I couldn't stop reading it until I was done !!! lol

This should be mandatory reading for anyone getting into the industry. Perfect. Thank you so much for your time spent.

When you have a break, would you explain the different methods of getting paid?

So far I have gathered... Miles, tarp time and some sort of downtime waiting to unload.

...and why you decided to focus on flatbed , instead of dry van or reefer...

grazie, brother.... you are a gem :)

Wow. Really glad this is helping you guys and gals. There are different types of pay. I will try to explain them.

1. At Roehl you get paid 35 cent a mile loaded or empty starting out as a flatbed driver.

2. Tarp pay. You get $24 to put on a lumber tarp and another $24 to take the lumber tarps off. It takes 2 to 3 hours at least to completely tarp and untarp. Step tarps are smaller so you only get $12 on and $12 off.

3. Detention pay. You get detention pay if you arrive to a shipper or receiver before your appointment time. If you are late, you do not get detention pay no matter how long you are there. Detention pay starts two hours after your appointment time. Say you have a noon appointment to deliver. You got there at 1145. They have you wait to unload. At 1400, you start getting detention pay at $10 per hour.

4. Layover pay. Layover pay is paid if you are waiting to deliver. You have to be within 50 miles of the receiver. You may not be at a company terminal. You have to be 36 hours early. You get paid $60 for each day you have to wait. At 36 hours, you get $60 and then every 12 hours after that you get $30.

5. Weather pay. If you shut down because of iced roads for more than 24 hours because it was unsafe, they pay $60 a day I think.

6. Stop pay. I had a load last week. I loaded at one plant and went to another one and loaded again. That second loading was my first stop and I got paid an extra 25 bucks. It was farm equipment. I had to stop at 4 different places and unload one piece of equipment. Each stop I got $20 more.

There are a lot of ways to get paid. Most people do not read their company policy manual. Read it! Find every little way to make them pay you. It adds up. In reality, the best money is made only when the wheels are turning.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Got a Got

The absolute best thing for bugs I have found..... 409. Spray it on and let it sit for a few and presto bye bye bugs. Also, one of those green scrub pads is good but be careful to not scrub too hard and scratch the windshield. Ol, 409 will strip the wax off paint too!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Roehl driver training from start to end.....

My latest run is taking me somewhere I have never been, Texas. Looking forward to this trip. Everything has been going OK. A few bumps along the path but still doing well. Training seems like such a blur now. I did get to see Mike aka Big Daddy Shotgun Blast this weekend. We both picked up a load and convoyed all the way up to the U.P. of MI. Then we hung out last night. We were both picking up pre loaded trailers and heading out. He found his trailer had a flat tire. He had to limp 50 miles this morning to get some air and repair.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Passed my CDL a permit test!

WTG!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Just like Arnold, I'm baaaaack . . .

Awesome Jopa! Glad things are going well...

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Can some help me with south carolina permit test

Did you do the

High Road Training Program

on here?

If not, do it! You will pass no problems. I did the High Road Training program and tested for my CDL and every endorsement and passed them all first try. I never even opened the DMV book for CDL in NC.

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Newbie goes to Roehl Training School

Give it time. It will come together. All the instructors will do everything they can do get you through it. And, you will get through! Rome was not built in two days either!

Posted:  4 years, 11 months ago

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Newbie goes to Roehl Training School

Awesome! Welcome to Roehl! Wow, they really have changed it up a bit. I guess we missed the sim by just a couple of months.

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