A Question About Roehl?

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Bad Bob's Comment
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A quick question: When you go out with a trainer with Roehl do you team drive or is it that you drive and the trainer teaches you what he knows??? I am asking this because I will be going through a local school and I have been looking at Roehl. A very long time ago I tried teaming. I'm one of those people who cannot sleep when the truck is moving. So for me, teaming is out of the question. When the truck is parked, sleeping is no problem. Anyway, I have found a few companies that say they do not do the training as team driving. I just want to know if Roehl can be added to that list. Thanks in advance.

Bad Bob

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
James R.'s Comment
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I haven't driven for them but the best thing to do is call and talk to a recruiter, they can also answer other questions you may have.

I'm sorry to say though that to my knowledge every company does some portion of team driving. Where i work for example, the last two weeks out of 5 is intended to be team driving.

Tim N.'s Comment
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When i was out with a trainer it was not team driving. You drove while the trainer instructed.

Jeffry T.'s Comment
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You drive the trainer rides in the passenger seat and instructs now like towards the end trainer would drive for 2 or 3 hours here or there because he was board and tired of just sitting and riding but there should be no team driving.

Bad Bob's Comment
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That sounds good. Of course I will verify everything before I do go with any company. But yeah, I do hate to waste their and my time if it isn't a situation that will work. Anyway, you guys are great. This site is a great resource. Have a Merry Christmas.

Bad Bob

PJ's Comment
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2 years ago all loads dispatched were solo driver scheduled. They always stressed not teaming.

Blessed 58's Comment
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Bad Bob, I started orientation on Oct. 26th. First week is classroom training, Oh the first day was the drug test both urine and hair follicle. They do that first so by the 2nd day some new hires already disappear. Second week is practice backing, docking, driving and paperwork. Then end of the second week you find out if your hired. Each week you are paid $300. Of course it takes two weeks to get your first check which is about $255 after taxes. So two paychecks are $300. If you make it through the second week, you are then assigned a driver trainer to go out on the road with for 10 -14 days. You live in their truck with them the whole time. There is absolutely. No team driving. You drive most of the time everyday. While your trainer is in the passenger seat observing and encouraging you on driving. If after 14 days you do not feel you have everything down that you need to know to go on your own truck please do not hesitate to ask for a few more days on the road with a trainer. When you start going on the road with a trainer you get paid $90 a day. They don't tell you but some Roehl payrolls delay payment to start for 10 days. All new hires need to know this especially if you have a family reliein on money coming in. When your trainer tells your fleet manager that you are ready for your own truck it will happen. You get assigned a very nice tractor. I got mine last week and it was still new. A 2015 Frieghtliner Cascadia. Not even a year old. They do not issue no worn down equipment. The company always focus on safety at all times. They treat all of the employees like family. They have very nice terminals you can pull into anytime you are near one to get maintenance or a nice hot shower, some even have a food service for the drivers and each one has a nice free laundry room and tv lounge to use and relax in. When you are assigned your trainer you are also assigned your own Fleet Manager. They check on you every other day to see how your being treated and to encourage you. When you get your own truck the following Thursday paycheck will include the remaining days out with your trainer at $90 and your 1st $200 part of your longevity bonus and mileage for all loads you completed that first week. You can not go wrong in picking Roehl for your first company to start with. I researched companies alot trying to choose the right one and Roehl was the best of all of them. Good luck and I wish you the very best.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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Thank you for that info. :)

Bad Bob's Comment
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Bad Bob, I started orientation on Oct. 26th. First week is classroom training, Oh the first day was the drug test both urine and hair follicle. They do that first so by the 2nd day some new hires already disappear. Second week is practice backing, docking, driving and paperwork. Then end of the second week you find out if your hired. Each week you are paid $300. Of course it takes two weeks to get your first check which is about $255 after taxes. So two paychecks are $300. If you make it through the second week, you are then assigned a driver trainer to go out on the road with for 10 -14 days. You live in their truck with them the whole time. There is absolutely. No team driving. You drive most of the time everyday. While your trainer is in the passenger seat observing and encouraging you on driving. If after 14 days you do not feel you have everything down that you need to know to go on your own truck please do not hesitate to ask for a few more days on the road with a trainer. When you start going on the road with a trainer you get paid $90 a day. They don't tell you but some Roehl payrolls delay payment to start for 10 days. All new hires need to know this especially if you have a family reliein on money coming in. When your trainer tells your fleet manager that you are ready for your own truck it will happen. You get assigned a very nice tractor. I got mine last week and it was still new. A 2015 Frieghtliner Cascadia. Not even a year old. They do not issue no worn down equipment. The company always focus on safety at all times. They treat all of the employees like family. They have very nice terminals you can pull into anytime you are near one to get maintenance or a nice hot shower, some even have a food service for the drivers and each one has a nice free laundry room and tv lounge to use and relax in. When you are assigned your trainer you are also assigned your own Fleet Manager. They check on you every other day to see how your being treated and to encourage you. When you get your own truck the following Thursday paycheck will include the remaining days out with your trainer at $90 and your 1st $200 part of your longevity bonus and mileage for all loads you completed that first week. You can not go wrong in picking Roehl for your first company to start with. I researched companies alot trying to choose the right one and Roehl was the best of all of them. Good luck and I wish you the very best.

Hey Blessed 58:

Thank you very much for your massive block of information. You probably not only sold me on Roehl but also at least a few other drivers as well. My attitude is, I am going to make it with whatever company I do choose to start with and be with that company until I decide to retire around the age of 70. I'm 56 right now so they will get their money's worth out of me. I'm the guy who was OTR over 20 years ago for 8 years with no accidents or tickets. So it's not a matter of, 'If I can do it,' it's a matter of making sure I get the most out of being an OTR driver. That's why I am being so picky as to the first company I choose. I do know about Roehl's liberal home time and while that is a big selling point I am pointing at being out for a month at a time so I can spend a block of time at home when I am home. To me it makes no sense to be gone for 1 week so I can be home for 1 day. I'd be rushing through the stuff I have to get done and not really enjoy the time. Anyway, Roehl does sound really good. I have them and 2 others that I am really looking closely at. I have the feeling that any of those would work out OK. Thanks again, this info is really appreciated. Sincerely,

Bad Bob

PS: I'm so serious about this that I am going through the schooling again. I start that 01/02/16.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Phillip M.'s Comment
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Blessed 58, thanks for the information. I'm flying to Atlanta tomorrow to begin orientation with Roehl. You've set my mind at ease that I've made the right decision. Thank you.

Bad Bob, I'm right there with you at 56 and starting a new chapter.

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