Roehl GYCDL Training

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Brandon Kitts's Comment
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They call Lathan Master Chi. Has he shown you his shifting with only wrist movements? It looks like he is doing lung fu with just a flick of the wrist. Lol

BigShow3915's Comment
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Yea he has lol. Really like him as a trainer. Have learned alot in only 5 days. Didnt step foot in the truck until tues after lunch and this morning I was driving on the road.

Brandon Kitts's Comment
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Big show it goes by faster than you think. I'll be at the hotel in Gary on Sunday night. I test for my truck on Monday.

BigShow3915's Comment
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Good deal Brandon. Hopefully I'll run into you. 1 week down and I feel pretty good about everything so far. The first few days you almost feel overwhelmed with all the information they are giving you. But by the end of the week I am starting to feel more comfortable in the truck. It does go fast, like I said earlier we hadn't stepped foot in the truck till Tuesday and by friday morning they have is driving around an industrial park in live traffic with a van trailer. I'm looking forward to tomorrow morning, I'm going to be driving us from the terminal to the industrial park which is probably a 20 min ride.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Watch out for the "Sunday drivers"!

BigShow3915's Comment
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Think its everyday here in Hammond Indiana on 94.

SRJ's Comment
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Big Show - How is your training going for you?

BigShow3915's Comment
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Sorry I haven't posted more. I am really enjoying my time so far. Two weeks down and 2 to go. I am home right now. It's a 5 1/2 hr drive from my house to Gary. We had class on sat that covered life on the road. That lasted about 2 1/2 hrs then I booked it home. Ran into Brandon Kitts at the hotel on Monday. It was nice meeting you and hopefully you got your truck! Basically the whole week 2 is spent out driving half a day and then out in the training lot backing the other half. You start out with a van trailer for the first 3 or 4 days. Then you get to hook to a flatbed for the rest of the program. At least in Gary since all but one of us is flatbed. I have been doing well, just stupid small mistakes every now and then. My instructor has told me I just need to tighten up my stuff. The hardest part of learning to drive a tractor trailer that I see other than the obvious things like making turns and paying attention to everything going on around you is the shifting. It trips alot of people up. 4 of the 6 guys in my class are actually going in today for 2 hrs to work with a training instructor to concentrate on just shifting. If you are having problems with driving, backing or shifting they will schedule you to come in for 2 hrs either sat or sun to work on it. The training is tough but they want you to succeed and give you every opportunity to do it all you have to do is put the effort in Looking ahead to the 3rd week, we have a pre-cdl test that they do on tuesday that includes pre trip, backing manuveuvers, and a driving test. From what I've heard they grade it pretty tough just to see what we need to work on for the real test, which for our class is scheduled for a week from this Tuesday. I will try to update how my pre test goes. Thanks all for reading and hope it helps to shed some light on the GYCDL program

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Thanks for the fine update, BigShow. I'm enjoying following your journey.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

BigShow3915's Comment
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I passed the cdl test today!

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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