I'm Going Off To Roehl 'cause I Need To Train!

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Rob T.'s Comment
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How did your test go?

Avvatar's Comment
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How did your test go?

Well, I didn't pass. I nailed the full inspection and the backing, but apparently I cut off a car while making a left. Auto fail and a two week wait.

Luckily, I tested early. Because I tested early, I get to retest on may 10th. If I had tested next week with my classmates, I would have been dismissed. That decision came from two levels below Rick Roehl. Wow.

I'm going out with Bob again tomorrow. I'm so amazed at the level of commitment Roehl has shown me. They're paying for an extra week in the hotel, lunches, training and all that jazz. It makes me feel like they see something in me. It also makes me want to be loyal to the company. Seriously, I am so glad I chose Roehl.

I don't know what the future holds, but the only thing I need to do is redo my drive test to pass. I got it. Honestly, just having the OPPORTUNITY to test was an honor. Not many people have a story like mine, not many companies would keep me, but not many want this like I do.

I test again may 10th.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Great job passing 2 of the 3! On the bright side you dont need to worry about pre trip or skills, all your energy can be spent on the road. It doesnt matter how many times it takes your license will be the same as everybody else. It sucks you have to wait so long but it gives you more practice!

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Rob T., That's pretty well how I see it. I get two weeks to refine and hone my skills on the road. Then retest and nail it to the wall for my CDL. In 2 weeks, scores and such won't matter. Only that piece of paper that says I passed.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Yeah, it's no big deal not passing that first attempt. It actually helps you relax a little for the next shot at it. A driver isn't made during the training and testing anyways. You'll have plenty of time to develop into a professional when you are out there on your own. You're doing a great job, just keep digging in a little deeper. You got this!

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Thanks for the encouragement, Old School. I see it the way you do, this is simply a road bump to pass over.

As I was driving with Bob today, the clutch finally gave up. I couldn't get her out of seventh. While I was pulling to the side, Bob told me to put the clutch in because it was bogging down. I informed him that the clutch was into the firewall. We got the dang thing out of gear before it died then Bob looked to me and said, "let's switch up and I'll limp her back to the yard." Ok, Bob. You're the boss. He couldn't even get it in gear. I told him that maintenance had told us to try popping the clutch a few times with it in neutral. He did,it worked, and we got moving. He floated gears back to the yard. They're putting in a new clutch tonight. Whew! The next test might not be in the same truck, but it'll be nice to not worry about that for at least the next week.

Have a great night, guys and gals.

EllieMae's Comment
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Avvatar,

Thanks for the advice and encouragement! Im waiting for my hair follicle results and was told those should come back Monday or Tuesday. After that I'll get set up to start training with Roehl up in Wisconsin on May 6th. From everything you've been writing, it makes me all the more happy I'm working with them.

It says a lot that they extended your stay, room etc. to help you get in more practice and truck time. You showed them you really want this and your working to get it. Nothing worth having ever comes easy. You've worked hard and you got this!

Things are bound to go wrong, and crap happens. But it sounds like it was handled well all around.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Avvatar's Comment
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EllieMae, If you come to the Marshfield location on may 6th, look for the scrawny bald guy in the funny hat and yellow hoodie. Hoody? Hūdē. Hootie and the Blowfish? I dunno. But that's me.

Bob R.'s Comment
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EllieMae, If you come to the Marshfield location on may 6th, look for the scrawny bald guy in the funny hat and yellow hoodie. Hoody? Hūdē. Hootie and the Blowfish? I dunno. But that's me.

Soooo, did you pass? The suspense is killing me.

Army 's Comment
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Bob R.

If you read up, he has to retest on the 10th.

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