BEGAN MY TRAINING AT ROEHL DAY 1 - 5 -- CONLEY, GA

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Rocket III Rider's Comment
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Hey all,

So the adventure has begun. Left my home in Charleston, SC on Easter Sunday and made my way to Comfort Suites in Stockbridge, GA..

Day 1 (Mon) I arrived at the terminal in Conley, GA the following morning at 6:30 and met my trainer. The first day was pretty much a paperwork drill, agility test and pretty much a "this how Roehl does it" day.

Day 2 (Tue) Arrived at the terminal at 6:30 am and continued with more videos on safety, maps, logs and other administrative type stuff.

Day 3 (Wed) Arrived at the terminal at 6:30 am and discussed pre-trip. We went out to the yard conducted a pre-trip and then began driving the tractor around the yard. This allowed us to get comfortable in the in and around the truck, in the seat and doing a little shifting. After lunch we continued driving but instead of driving in the yard we went out on the road. After a few hours of driving we made our way back to the terminal. I had a lot of fun driving the tractor and look forward to driving more on Day 4.

Day 4 (Thu) Arrived at the terminal at 6:30, discussed the previous day and what the plans were for the current day. We spent most of the day driving around the local area. A lot less grinding of gears when downshifting and no grinding up-shifting. Man, this is fun.

Day 5 (Fri) Arrived at the terminal at 6:30, waited for the sun to come up and conducted pre-tirp. The class was split in two groups of two, each with their own instructor. We hooked up to a trailer and off we went. We spent the morning driving with the trailer then came back to the terminal for lunch. After lunch we watched a few videos on turning and then went back out on the street for a couple more hours. Practically no grinding now; a small victory, me vs. 7th gear!! When we returned to the terminal we watched some videos on backing and did some map exercises. Tomorrow we begin straight backing.

So far I am really enjoying this training. The instructors at Roehl are great! They know what they are talking about, they take the time to answer all our questions and they WANT us to be successful. All the instructors are extremely positive!

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.

Dm:

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

PackRat's Comment
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Who are the two trainers at Conley you have?

Rocket III Rider's Comment
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Who are the two trainers at Conley you have?

Gene is the primary trainer. Have also been training with Roger and Vic.

PackRat's Comment
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I don't recall meeting either of those instructors when I went to orientation for Roehl, but that was more than two years ago.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rocket III Rider's Comment
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Day 6 (Sat) Today was a short day, it was only 7 - 11:30am. We were originally schedule to do straight line backing however we ended up discussing the proper execution of turns and attending a safety meeting.

Tomorrow we are off, back at it at 6:30am on Monday.

CHOWSIR's Comment
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Thanks for the information. I'm looking into the Trucking Industry. I just got my DOT on Thursday. I'm taking my CD Permit on Monday. Hoping all goes well. I have been researching a bunch of companies, including Roehl (which looks great). So what info that is presented on their website is correct, over-exaggerated? What was the reasons you went with Roehl? Good luck! Thanks again.

Hey all,

So the adventure has begun. Left my home in Charleston, SC on Easter Sunday and made my way to Comfort Suites in Stockbridge, GA..

Day 1 (Mon) I arrived at the terminal in Conley, GA the following morning at 6:30 and met my trainer. The first day was pretty much a paperwork drill, agility test and pretty much a "this how Roehl does it" day.

Day 2 (Tue) Arrived at the terminal at 6:30 am and continued with more videos on safety, maps, logs and other administrative type stuff.

Day 3 (Wed) Arrived at the terminal at 6:30 am and discussed pre-trip. We went out to the yard conducted a pre-trip and then began driving the tractor around the yard. This allowed us to get comfortable in the in and around the truck, in the seat and doing a little shifting. After lunch we continued driving but instead of driving in the yard we went out on the road. After a few hours of driving we made our way back to the terminal. I had a lot of fun driving the tractor and look forward to driving more on Day 4.

Day 4 (Thu) Arrived at the terminal at 6:30, discussed the previous day and what the plans were for the current day. We spent most of the day driving around the local area. A lot less grinding of gears when downshifting and no grinding up-shifting. Man, this is fun.

Day 5 (Fri) Arrived at the terminal at 6:30, waited for the sun to come up and conducted pre-tirp. The class was split in two groups of two, each with their own instructor. We hooked up to a trailer and off we went. We spent the morning driving with the trailer then came back to the terminal for lunch. After lunch we watched a few videos on turning and then went back out on the street for a couple more hours. Practically no grinding now; a small victory, me vs. 7th gear!! When we returned to the terminal we watched some videos on backing and did some map exercises. Tomorrow we begin straight backing.

So far I am really enjoying this training. The instructors at Roehl are great! They know what they are talking about, they take the time to answer all our questions and they WANT us to be successful. All the instructors are extremely positive!

Hey all,

So the adventure has begun. Left my home in Charleston, SC on Easter Sunday and made my way to Comfort Suites in Stockbridge, GA..

Day 1 (Mon) I arrived at the terminal in Conley, GA the following morning at 6:30 and met my trainer. The first day was pretty much a paperwork drill, agility test and pretty much a "this how Roehl does it" day.

Day 2 (Tue) Arrived at the terminal at 6:30 am and continued with more videos on safety, maps, logs and other administrative type stuff.

Day 3 (Wed) Arrived at the terminal at 6:30 am and discussed pre-trip. We went out to the yard conducted a pre-trip and then began driving the tractor around the yard. This allowed us to get comfortable in the in and around the truck, in the seat and doing a little shifting. After lunch we continued driving but instead of driving in the yard we went out on the road. After a few hours of driving we made our way back to the terminal. I had a lot of fun driving the tractor and look forward to driving more on Day 4.

Day 4 (Thu) Arrived at the terminal at 6:30, discussed the previous day and what the plans were for the current day. We spent most of the day driving around the local area. A lot less grinding of gears when downshifting and no grinding up-shifting. Man, this is fun.

Day 5 (Fri) Arrived at the terminal at 6:30, waited for the sun to come up and conducted pre-tirp. The class was split in two groups of two, each with their own instructor. We hooked up to a trailer and off we went. We spent the morning driving with the trailer then came back to the terminal for lunch. After lunch we watched a few videos on turning and then went back out on the street for a couple more hours. Practically no grinding now; a small victory, me vs. 7th gear!! When we returned to the terminal we watched some videos on backing and did some map exercises. Tomorrow we begin straight backing.

So far I am really enjoying this training. The instructors at Roehl are great! They know what they are talking about, they take the time to answer all our questions and they WANT us to be successful. All the instructors are extremely positive!

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

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

Rocket III Rider's Comment
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Day7 (Mon)

Today we arrived at the terminal and conducted our pre-trip inspections. When we completed those we learned straight line backing and practiced that until lunch. When we finished lunch we were back out on the road. The instructor took us to intersections where the corners were pretty tight but we managed to navigate them successfully without hitting anything.

I am really enjoying this training and I'm looking forward to the day when I am out on my own. Until then, I am going to learn as much as I possibly can through my trainers.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rocket III Rider's Comment
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Day 8 (Tue) Arrived at the terminal at 6:30 am and studied my pre-trip. We watched a video on off-set backing, once that was complete we went and conducted a pre-trip on the truck and trailer.

After we finished the pre-trip went did a couple of straight line backs and then learned the off-set. That training took us to lunch, after lunch we learned the alley dock and practiced that the remainder of the day.

Tomorrow we will be on the road in the am and practice more backing in the afternoon.

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.

Rocket III Rider's Comment
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Wed (Day 9)

So, as usual the day started at 6:30 am at the terminal. Once the sun rose we pre-tripped the truck and spent the rest of the driving. The day ended at 5:30 pm.

Back at it tomorrow.

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.

Rocket III Rider's Comment
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Thu (Day 10)

Today was a pretty simple day. We completed the pre-trip and spent the day working on our alley dock backing. I am now able to complete the entire pre-trip inspection to include the in-cab and brake test from memory.

The alley dock is coming along, still unsure of the proper decision to make when I the critical point in the maneuver to get the trailer in the hole. It will come though.

Will be testing for CDL on a week from tomorrow.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.
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