Roehl Transport: Get Your CDL Diary

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Eric H.'s Comment
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Day 5 (6):

Today was a short day. Only at the Roehl Terminal from 7-11:30. Went over Trip Planning today. That was it.

Now still here at the terminal doing laundry. Which is free here. So hope everyone has a great day!!

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.

Mike S.'s Comment
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Eric,

When is your CDL Exam date? What week are you in?

Was there in January, if you need to know anything, ask me. I hope you got MO as your trainer. The guy is a riot!

When in doubt, wait it out. Sound familiar?

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.
Eric H.'s Comment
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Hey Mike! I'm heading into week 2 on Monday. And no, I have Ryan from Roehl as a trainer. For some reason he occasionally makes me nervous. I'm not sure why. But I have seen Mo. Kinda reminds me of Chibbs from SOA for some reason. But during dispatch he always looks so serious. I'm hoping we get to switch up soon. Just to get other trainers perspectives.

The only thing I'm struggling with is my nerves. They are what keep messing me up when I do. I get overly nervous and mess up from time to time.

Eric H.'s Comment
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Day 7:

Sure, it's an off day, but I thought I'd go ahead and post anyway.

Tomorrow is gonna be a big day for me. I'm first to drive in our group. Time to show my trainer that I listened to what he had to say Friday about not missing 7th gear. A few times I've went past the spring wall and went from 6th to 9th.

The thing is I see tiny improvements everyday I get behind the wheel. Which is what you want. No improvement= Bye Bye. And that is not something I want.

I spent last night and part of this morning going over everything in my mind. Right and left hand turns, shifting, visually scanning at all times, mirror checkes every 8-10 seconds, downshifting, just everything. I'm going to spend this week taking it all in and then implementing any feedback I get from my trainer.

As nice as it's been to esentially have this "34 Hour Reset" I'm ready to get behind the wheel and get these things hammered out.

The first week flew by (minus the day we were shut down for weather). So I'm excited to see what all we get in this week. Hopefully at least one day of highway driving. We began street driving in the community first. Which I understand why.

Highway/Insterstate driving is the easy part as my trainer says. If you can get things smoothed out and do city/town driving well, then the rest is gravy.

We've only worked on straight line so far. Which all 3 of us do well. So.hopefully tomorrow we'll work on the off-set and alley dock (90° back). Those were the 2 things that gave me problems in my previous experience. However, with the training they give here, I'm sure I'll get those two mastered.

I know the pretrip. But I still do a little studying on it nightly to make sure I have it down. Then, tomorrow or sometime this week I'm going to ask my trainer to do the brake test with me. I've done it before previously, but I want to know it's something I'm gonna pass. It's the part of the pretrip that you can not miss anything on.

Although it won't happen, my goal when I test is to get 0 points.... on all of it. The road test I can see getting a few points somewhere.... but at minimal, the pretrip and backing.... Goose egg is my goal.

J.J. Keller book final I'll knock out next weekend. I already did the mid-term Friday night. I got 14 out of 15. Which percentage wise is a 93%. It was open book, but I only opened it to answer the question I got wrong. Open book tests are typically ones I don't do well on, unless I do the opposite and not use the book.

But anyway. I keep rambling on. Trying to relax since it's only 10:15AM. Work out all my previous Week One nerves and get my mind focused on Week 2.

So, until tomorrow everyone!! Have a wonderful Funday Sunday!!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Eric H.'s Comment
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Eric,

When is your CDL Exam date? What week are you in?

Was there in January, if you need to know anything, ask me. I hope you got MO as your trainer. The guy is a riot!

When in doubt, wait it out. Sound familiar?

Mike, the "When in doubt, wait it out" is something Ryan says all the time. Thing about it is though, you'd think that'd be common sense. As I said, I have some small things to work on driving wise. But by the end of this upcoming week, I have a feeling I'll have it down ready for week 3.

As much as I'm ready to get the certificate to go home and get my CDL hard copy, I know I'll end up missing it here. Even this horrible cold weather !!

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.
Eric H.'s Comment
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Due to some unforseen situation my training at Roehl is over for now.... so this diary is over for now. . . Thanks to all who commented. . . . I'll get back to a diary once I'm back in training. And I will be getting back. While away I'll continue my studies as well on pre-trip and all. Can't let things get to me and get ready to get back at it....

Lunchbox's Comment
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Sorry to hear that, I am looking forward to the continuation of your training Diary. I was following along with anticipation as I start my training with Roehl in TX here on Monday. Good Luck, I hope you get everything sorted.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Eric H.'s Comment
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Thanks Lunchbox. And it's all good. I can say I got some time behind the wheel yesterday. A total of 8 miles. And since it was a Monday and all I was off synch. But it's all ok. I'm not giving up. I'll be posting again sooner than expected. Not gonna let the cat out of the bag on that one.

Mike S.'s Comment
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Hey Eric,

Ryan is good. I think he used to be a surfer in his younger years. Got that "chill dude" attitude. Mo, yeah, he looks serious, and he is, about training. But once in the truck, he's a riot. Very smart guy, and very patient and dedicated.

You will probably move to another trainer at the end of week 2 or start of 3. Maybe. I had Ryan in week one, and Mo the rest of the time.

Eh, no need to be nervous. Since you have ryan, you should be in an ryans international. low rpm shifts, and youll be fine. When in doubt swing it out. Or, as Mo would say, be greedy, take ALL the space, other drivers dont love, so be greedy.

Hey Mike! I'm heading into week 2 on Monday. And no, I have Ryan from Roehl as a trainer. For some reason he occasionally makes me nervous. I'm not sure why. But I have seen Mo. Kinda reminds me of Chibbs from SOA for some reason. But during dispatch he always looks so serious. I'm hoping we get to switch up soon. Just to get other trainers perspectives.

The only thing I'm struggling with is my nerves. They are what keep messing me up when I do. I get overly nervous and mess up from time to time.

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