Preparing For A Trucking Career With Roehl

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Rookie Doyenne's Comment
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Congratulations on achieving your CDL , Cowboy! It's been excellent reading along in your diary, thank you for posting. Best going forward!

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.
Cowboy's Comment
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Go Chiefs!!!

Delco Dave's Comment
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Congratulations!!!

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Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Go Chiefs!!!

And, so..they did! ;) Congrats on your accomplishments, for sure. I read always, post not so much. Always following.

Annie

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

BigShow3915's Comment
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Congratulations Cowboy, I am testing tomorrow

Cowboy's Comment
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Thanks to all.

You got it BigShow, just stay out of your head and drive the truck. Good luck!

Cowboy's Comment
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G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations!

Cowboy's Comment
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Sunday, 9 Feb 2020

Made it home about midnight Thursday night. So good to be home for about a week. I made life-long friends at GYCDL, including my instructor, but it was nice to be home. Got my paper-copy CDL on Friday and will contact my Fleet Training Manager on Monday to let her know that I'll be ready to roll out with my Driver Trainer this coming Thursday. Looking forward to really learning the day-to-day operations and the lifestyle now that I'm licensed. I know that I know just enough to be dangerous without a lot of further training and I'm ready for the next phase.

I really appreciate all those who have been following along, including those who did not post but just read along. I can honestly say that I made the right choice, for me, going with Roehl. There are lots of good trucking companies out there, I know. Pick the one that fits what you want and need. For me it is definitely with Roehl and I could see it being my forever company, barring some unforeseen problem or issue. As of now, I love this company, their values, their commitment to safety, their care for drivers and their families, their equipment, their facilities, and definitely their training and continued training. I am a company driver and have a goal of becoming a million-mile safe top tier driver in that capacity.

If you're a family man/woman and are considering this career, please do yourself a favor and include your spouse/significant other in your research and decision making. Make your spouse a part of the team. I am home now and we are going through the process of planning for my absences. My wife has my driver code (and my truck # when I get one) and the proper phone numbers for my FTM in cases of family emergencies. We have synced up calendars so we are on the same page for what's going on and what's coming up. We use WhatsApp, Phone Calls and Duo for my down-time contact (stay off the phone when operating the vehicle). She knows I WILL contact her when I'm down. I check her texts and voice texts when I stop driving to catch up on her day and then respond accordingly.

When you're at work, be at work and have your head in the game. When you're home, be at home and have your head out of the game and with your loved ones. Keep it properly balanced. It's not that hard if you have your loved ones fully informed and educated about the seriousness of your work and the potential dangers of you being distracted. This can be a great, prosperous, fulfilling career if done the right way.

Stay Safe! Cowboy

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Delco Dave's Comment
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Very well put Cowboy!!! The phone issues with my wife is something I definitely have to iron out with her. Being my own boss for last 12 years and supervisor/foreman before hand, she is used to dialing me up at any time for anything. Been telling her thats not gonna fly anymore even with a hands free device. I not gonna be in a pickup or stake body with a 24 ft trailer on roads I know like the back of my hand anymore. Gotta be 100% focused on driving the rig safely

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