Getting Ready To Go Roehl

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Jim W.'s Comment
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Hello from Ohio!

So I had my appointment at DMV set for 4/20. Got an email on the morning of the 19th that my appointment was canceled. Checked online and the local office was closed down due to Covid again. Luckily I was able to get an appointment later in the morning about an hour away. Drove down there and I was in and out in 20 minutes. Got home and uploaded my info.

The only trainer they had available was an owner operator in a manual, so not having the restriction is already working out. They put me in a plane from Atlantic City to Atlanta two days later where I met my trainer in the afternoon on Thursday. Friday morning at 3:30 we were on the road to Ohio. Dropped off the trailer, found an empty, then spent the night at Loves.

Left this morning for a live load 2 miles away. Appointment was 7am but the woman in the shack says it probably won’t be ready til at least 6 pm. So back to the Loves it is and here I sit, waiting.

Good time to practice trip planning.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Robert B.'s Comment
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Congratulations on starting Phase 2! I'm a new Roehl Driver Trainer - I had my first trainee last month. Your description of the process is great - I'll suggest that my trainees read it. I'm not really that far out of GYCDL myself, and I remember it could sometimes feel overwhelming at this stage. Keep the reports coming!

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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Congratulations on starting Phase 2! I'm a new Roehl Driver Trainer - I had my first trainee last month. Your description of the process is great - I'll suggest that my trainees read it. I'm not really that far out of GYCDL myself, and I remember it could sometimes feel overwhelming at this stage. Keep the reports coming!

How long have you been driving, Robert B.?

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.
Robert B.'s Comment
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I've been with Roehl since last June, including GYCDL, so I've been on the road about 9 months. Before that, I spent three years driving hotshot, a pickup truck with a 48-foot enclosed car trailer. Before that, I drove a desk for 35 years. :)

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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