Start July 9th Company Sponsored Training....excited A Little Nervous Any Advice?

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Andrew J.'s Comment
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I start July 9th at Roehl in appleton Wisconsin. I’m freaking pumped and ready to go. I’ve gotta admit I’m a little nervous. I’ve been watching the pre trip videos over and over so it won’t be new when I get there. I’m trying to get through the whole high road training before I get there too. I’m gonna go up there ready to learn and do whatever they tell me. Any advice on other preparation in the next two weeks? Any advice on what to do when I get there? Thanks

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.
Dustan J.'s Comment
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I got my CDL through a school in Texas, and then went to Roehl for my new job as a student driver and went out for 11 days with a trainer. He was a good guy, and a tough and demanding trainer. That was a pretty good introduction to the trucking life. Anyway, during your training and orientation they will record everything. I mean everything. Everything. Everything you do and say is noted and typed up at the end of every single day that you are there. That is for their own interests since they are self-insured. They do not play around. Don't get too upset over that, because everyone wants to protect their own interests, as you should as well. Take copious notes, and definitely ask good questions when you get out there with your trainer. You might luck out and get an owner-operator training you, which opens up a new world of insight into the industry and to hustle for better loads and miles.

Also, remember that at the end of the day any company is an enterprise looking to make profits, and in all likelihood you will do great with them once you prove yourself and establish your standing with the company. I met guys who had been with Roehl for many years. I personally just wasn't doing well with them and went somewhere that was more my speed and I was just fine.

Overall, I get the impression that you will do great. I used this site to prepare ahead of the school and never scored below a 93% on anything along the way.

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.
Philip N.'s Comment
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I had considered Roehl. You'll have to keeps us posted on how it goes.

I start July 9th at Roehl in appleton Wisconsin. I’m freaking pumped and ready to go. I’ve gotta admit I’m a little nervous. I’ve been watching the pre trip videos over and over so it won’t be new when I get there. I’m trying to get through the whole high road training before I get there too. I’m gonna go up there ready to learn and do whatever they tell me. Any advice on other preparation in the next two weeks? Any advice on what to do when I get there? Thanks

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.
Dan S.'s Comment
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BRO Breath, Relax and keep Options opened

Keep your eyes and ears open. The less said is the best said.

Ask questions, but keep your opinions to yourself.

Don't just pay attention CONCETRATE.

Stay away from the negativity, and negative people. Stay positive and accentuate it.

Allow yourself an hour a day but aside preforming your daily routine you should be studying.

Rule in studying while I was in college. Two hours studying for each hour of class. That'll be hard to while in CDL school. But you get the general idea.

They'll be plenty of time later for joking and smoking.

Do what your told, when your told, how your told.

Always remember why your there.

EMBRACE THE SUCK.

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.
Andrew J.'s Comment
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EMBRACE THE SUCK.

You must watch red Viking trucker on YouTube. He just did a video on this.

G-Town's Comment
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Embrace the suck?

If it's sucking that bad, might not be the school or the instructor.

My advice;

Don't sweat the small stuff. There will be things that annoy and may be bothersome. Stay focused at all times.

Everything, I mean everything is a test. The screaming instructor? It's by design. They are testing you because if you cannot handle "that", out "here" you'll fold. It's weeding out process, keep that in mind. Respond with rational adjustments that lack any negative emotion.

Practice, practice and practice. This includes pre-trip inspection , backing and shifting. For instance, when on the practice pad while others are learning, watch how the trailer responds to input, or lack there-of. Change your vantage point, things are different depending on your side and angle of observation. Don't waste this using as a break to chat, it's an opportunity to learn from others mistakes and triumphs.

Get necessary rest. This is going to be unlike anything you've ever attempted. Do not underestimate it, show up to class well rested with a clear head.

Don't worry about the other students. It's okay to offer help, but not to the extent you compromise your own learning. Expect there to be lots of failures around you. Not about you when that happens.

Above all else stay motivated. They'll see that...and view it as a positive.

Good luck!

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.

Dan S.'s Comment
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EMBRACE THE SUCK.

You must watch red Viking trucker on YouTube. He just did a video on this.

To be honest? I always thought it was another term for the Marine Corps.

I've been using it for years. I'm a retired Marine BTW.

Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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Retired marine? You still are a marine.

G-Town's Comment
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EMBRACE THE SUCK.

You must watch red Viking trucker on YouTube. He just did a video on this.

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To be honest? I always thought it was another term for the Marine Corps.

I've been using it for years. I'm a retired Marine BTW.

I thought it was about being a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles for 59 years...? Huh...

Thanks, didn't know that was an alias term for serving in the USMC. And yes, I read your posts about being a Marine. We all thank you for that.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I thought it was about being a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles for 59 years...? Huh...

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