Roehl Transport Training

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Badgerland's Comment
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I started the GYCDL Program last week on August 17th. First day was mainly paperwork, going over Hours of Service rules,learning how to fill in paper logs, and end of the day we tried out the simulator for double clutching. Second day was the Roehl Way class about 5 hrs long. Went over protecting the other drivers,being safe, after lunch we worked on pre-trip. Third day we started driving in the training area, practically shifting all day and making right hand turns. Our 4th day was shifting all day again, left hand turns, more pre-trip on tractor and trailer. After lunch we did some straight backing exercises and a serpentine backing exercise. 5th day consisted of 90 degree backing around the lot, straight backing several hundred yards.After lunch our instructor took us out in public just around the block doing 4 left hand turns then back to the terminal to give us a go. I was the only one in our group the instructor let drive in public. Didn't hit anything or any person, need more practice on the downshifting. Saturday we had half a day in the classroom going over HAZMAT ,learning the driverlink app in the truck,more safety videos from current drivers. Ill post more information concluding Week 2 of training!

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

PackRat's Comment
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Lots of people will be reading your training posts.

Which location are you training?

Anthony D.'s Comment
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I’ll be starting my GYCDL training at Roehl in Gary Indiana on 9/14 ... National flatbed ... I’m looking forward to reading about your experience

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.
Badgerland's Comment
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Lots of people will be reading your training posts.

Which location are you training?

I'm training at the Marshfield terminal

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.

Badgerland's Comment
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Today started off Week 2 of training with Roehl. We started out with our group making left hand turns, then we went to an industrial park and did several left and right hand turns in tighter situations. The afternoon was all learning to back at a 45 degree angle. Setting up correctly was key to success. We backed in between 2 trailers like a mock truck stop setting, learning of course what to do and what not to do if your setup isn't good or if you put too much bend and unable to correct. Pulling up and taking out the bend or just starting completely over were the best options.

Badgerland's Comment
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Sorry about that PackRat I see how to comment outside the quote now. I'm training at the Marshfield terminal

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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Following your progress here daily. You're doing fine!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Badgerland's Comment
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Day 8 of training consisted of 45 degree backing all morning and driving around industrial park again making left and right hand turns again

Guy B.'s Comment
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Wishing you the best!

Badgerland's Comment
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Day 9 consisted of offset backing for the morning. Afternoon we upped the ante and did a merge onto a highway and some city driving. If I haven't mentioned it yet, clutch control is the key to success for everything. Specifically backing,starting from a stop and not depressing the clutch too far when shifting. Little baby clutches,not the clutch break when shifting. I'm enjoying my training, getting better one day at a time. Pre-trip is on us to study and memorize on our free time. My group has just been backing,driving and a quick light check and in-cab inspection with our instructor.

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