Roehl Transport--Get Your Cdl Program

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David K.'s Comment
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Week 3, June 14: Today, we spent a lot of time on pre-trip inspections, and we did some driving around Atlanta. My instructor told me that he was confident that I would pass the CDL test on Friday. I believe that Tuesday will be crunch day because we are going to spend all day Tuesday on the backing maneuvers. Consistently performing those maneuvers well will be necessary to proceed on to testing day.

On Saturday, June 12, we had a half-day of in-class instruction on trip planning.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
David K.'s Comment
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Week 3 --June 15th. We spent about an hour on pre-trip in the morning; then, we practiced backing the rest of the day. The trainers were grading were grading our backing, and I passed every attempt. However, I remain very inconsistent with my straight line backing. Sometimes, I do well, but at other times I have to make a pullup or two. On the last attempt, I ran over three cones during the straight line back. That was the first time that I ever had hit a cone, but because I lost only one point on the offset and alley dock, I still passed that last set of backing maneuvers. I believe that only one person in our group is not passing the backing maneuvers. We are scheduled to test on Thursday and Friday. I'm in the Friday group.

Our group, in week 3, still has five trainees. The group in week 2 lost two trainees, so they are down to four. The new group in week 1 started with only three trainees .

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Still following along, David.

Sounds like you are doing fine!! Roehl is one of the quicker paced training companies, and you seem spot on. Happy for ya!

Best wishes to ya this Friday; you'll nail it, I'd bet!

~ Anne ~

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Operating While Intoxicated

David K.'s Comment
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Week 3--June 16. Thanks Anne.

In the morning, we drove the truck south of Atlanta, primarily practicing tight turns, but getting some highway driving in, also. In the afternoon, we spent some time on the driving simulator, mainly driving through construction zones. Early tomorrow, the first truck in our group will drive to Chattanooga, TN, for their CDL test. They are leaving at about 2:30 a.m. They will have three trainees from our group testing. On Friday, I and another trainee will make the same trip to TN for our CDL tests. I believe that Roehl has, at least, a 95% pass rate on the CDL, so the pressure is on to perform successfully.

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.
David K.'s Comment
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Week 3--June 17th. Today three people in our group drove to TN to take their CDL tests. We heard back that two of them passed, but we have not heard back about the third person, as I write this note. The fourth person and I will test tomorrow. We spent the morning practicing the backing maneuvers a couple of times. I managed to successfully perform those without losing any points, so I am fairly confident about testing successfully on Friday.

The group in Week 2 lost another trainee, so they are down from six to only three.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
David K.'s Comment
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Week 3--June 18th. Success! All five of the people in our group passed the CDL driving test. Tomorrow, we have a half of training; then, we travel home for three to eight days. Once we have our CDLs from our home state, Roehl will schedule our Phase 2 driver training. In Phase 2, we deliver nineteen loads under the supervision of a driver trainer in the truck, and the last five loads must be completed on our own, with limited help from the trainer. In Phase 3, we are solo driving.

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Week 3--June 18th. Success! All five of the people in our group passed the CDL driving test. Tomorrow, we have a half of training; then, we travel home for three to eight days. Once we have our CDLs from our home state, Roehl will schedule our Phase 2 driver training. In Phase 2, we deliver nineteen loads under the supervision of a driver trainer in the truck, and the last five loads must be completed on our own, with limited help from the trainer. In Phase 3, we are solo driving.

MAJOR congrats, David!!

Enjoy your well deserved home time!!!! (Man I remember those days (2003!) like yesterday; how exciting!!!)

You're conquering, man. Happy for you!!!!

~ Anne ~

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations David K.!

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Old School's Comment
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Congratulations David!

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You did it - now the real fun can start.

Ryker 's Comment
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David this was super helpful! I have a phone interview this week with a recruiter at Roehl. She said the GA location is filled up and i need to wait until july 12th to possibly get in. I have a few questions for you if you have time.. I’ll ask the recruiter these questions during the interview if you don’t want to answer. I just wanna give it a shot though and see if you might can help me with them

what is the cpm in phase 3 and after?

can drivers use personal conveyance? (a review online stated they cannot. I don’t see how this is possible though. pc seems like it’d be much needed at times)

is transportation provided to get back home after phase 2? (i’ve heard people on youtube say roehl paid for their flight or rental car)

during the first week, did they separate people who already had their class a cdl from those who did not? (asking because i have it already, but no experience and was told I will be doing 2 weeks of training and then an evaluation)

does roehl require us to pay for an uber each day to and from the training yard (if we don’t know anyone with a car?)

does each person have a private bedroom inside the hotel room?

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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