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Tracey K.'s Comment
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GO FOR IT! Man this sounds great! I know you are excited too. After all these years I still get excited too. We ain't dead you know, just matured around the edges. Well, I don't have edges anymore. (Baldy)rofl-1.gif

Can't even remember how long I have been this way. But I did have shoulder length hair in high school.

Oops! Where did I go?

I am happy for you. Will be looking forward to your future post. Keep in touch. Now, you better start studying.

Starcar's Comment
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Tracey...you are suffering from SBS........it happens when you have nothing to shade your brain in the summer, nor warm it in the winter....rofl-3.gif

Oh...and its called Senior Brain Splatter.....you can't keep on the same thought for more than 2 seconds...shocked.png

Tracey K.'s Comment
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Tracey...you are suffering from SBS........it happens when you have nothing to shade your brain in the summer, nor warm it in the winter....rofl-3.gif

Oh...and its called Senior Brain Splatter.....you can't keep on the same thought for more than 2 seconds...shocked.png

Splatter? It's more like Squiiiiish! rofl-1.gif

PJ's Comment
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Ok guys/gals I let my fingers do the walking last night and I googled Roehl Transport. I found several different review sites and they all had a common thread. Many bad reviews and many very good reviews. Pretty much a split down the middle. Made me wonder. So today I hoped on my bike and took a nice ride. And damn if I didn't wind up at their Atlanta terminal. I went in and introduced myself and asked to speak with a supervisor. I got 2. I explained why I was there, and that I was highly considering going to work for them, and I was told I would be assigned there if I was successful. Well at first they seemed shocked, and told me I should be talking to a recuiter. I told them I had been, and I didn't mean any disrespect to their company recuriting staff, but I would be theirs, so I wanted to meet them and get some boots on the ground answers about the way they ran there house. We got to talking and they opened up. The one even told me he was the local training supervisor, and if I made it that far he would have the final say on me. They both seemed very open and very happy with their careers. One has been there 10 years, the other 14. They gave me a complete rundown how they run the place. They did ask a lot of questions of me, and at the end told me they thought I would fit in fine with their group at that location. They made one request of me. To study my butt off and do well in the training for my CDL. I told them if I do get in I will give it 150% like I always do. All in all I thought the experience was positive. What do you folks think. Good idea or did I sign my own death warrant??????

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

Starcar's Comment
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PJ, you did the exact right thing !!! When recruiters are suspect, go find someone who doesn't have a stake in whether you go to their school or not. Now you KNOW what to expect after you finish school...AND you have made an impression on the people who count !!! Brilliant move....and you got to go catch some air on your bike....thats a perfect day in my book... Now get in that High Road Training Program and study your wazoo off !!! if you have any questions, just ask...thats why we are here...

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
PJ's Comment
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Thanks Star. I thought it was, my GF was a bit skeptical. She told me riding a bike to an interview wasn't proper. I told her I am who I am and besides, they were the ones being interviewed. And there was a beautiful Victory parked in front. Guess what. It belongs to the terminal manager. I am 80 something percent through the high road program. The log book section is kicking my butt though. Any advice how to make all that make some kinda sense????? I get the straight 11/14 stuff. But when you start throwing in the well if's I get all messed up.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Thanks Star. I thought it was, my GF was a bit skeptical. She told me riding a bike to an interview wasn't proper. I told her I am who I am and besides, they were the ones being interviewed. And there was a beautiful Victory parked in front. Guess what. It belongs to the terminal manager. I am 80 something percent through the high road program. The log book section is kicking my butt though. Any advice how to make all that make some kinda sense????? I get the straight 11/14 stuff. But when you start throwing in the well if's I get all messed up.

No, there's really no magic way to make it all make sense. Its confusing stuff when you're just getting in the industry. I felt the same way when I was in your position. Just learn all you can. You'll figure out the rest during your training.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PJ's Comment
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Ok guys guess I have took this to another level. I completed the high road program and other than being halted several times, I came out pretty well I think. It was truly eye opening. Still having trouble with the log book stuff, but I'll get it. I went through all the practice CDL tests here also, several times. I felt confident I was getting it down after all that. So this morning I went down to DDS and took my written's for the permit. Gotta say I wasn't to nervous going in, but having to wait an hour to get started the nerves kicked in. I kept running material through my head till they called me up. Figured I might as well make good use of the time, besides helped the nerves thinking about the material, rather than the TEST!!!! I sat down at the computer and took a few deep breaths and hit the start button. I was amazed here the computer gives you the question, you select your answer. It then puts your selection on the bottom of the screen for you to review. Then you hit enter and it accepts your answer. It tells you right then if it was correct or not. Kinda cool. The top of the screen shows your information and how many questions the test is, how many you can miss and pass, and how many you have missed so far. Gotta love technology. I went through the primary tests only, I didn't need the endorsements right now. General Knowledge I scored 90, Air brakes 92, and combo vehicle 95. Not as good as I hoped, but plenty good enough to pass. I am now the proud holder of a CDL Permit. YAY!!!!! Thanks to everyone her for your words of encouragement and help along the way, as well as a big thank you for the High Road CDL Training Program.dancing-dog.gif

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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Gratz!!!

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Richard O.'s Comment
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Congratulations PJ. When are you starting school?

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