Roehl Transport GYCDL Training - Phase 1 Start Date: 2021-07-06

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Still following, too! Did you use Daniel B.'s pretrip guides? Sure helps tons!!!

I DESPISE shoddy WiFi myself. We have issues almost daily, living in the country; and this extremely storm filled day sure exacerbated it!! Sorry!

Wish you well, rest up!

~ Anne ~

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

penn99's Comment
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Still following, too! Did you use Daniel B.'s pretrip guides? Sure helps tons!!!

I DESPISE shoddy WiFi myself. We have issues almost daily, living in the country; and this extremely storm filled day sure exacerbated it!! Sorry!

Wish you well, rest up!

~ Anne ~

Hi Anne....

Regarding Daniel B's guides... I have reviewed those. Thank you for the well wishes.... much appreciated!!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

penn99's Comment
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2021-07-08/ Phase 1 / Training Day #3

Today...

Worked on pre-trip... briefly worked on backing into and connecting to a trailer.... worked on pre-trip with the trailer.... worked on straight line backing.... worked on right and left turns with the trailer.

And.... 3.5 hours of JJ Keller videos after a quick dash to Wal-Mart. The videos are not hard... just time consuming... and as much as I want and need to focus on the pre-trip inspections, etc... got to get these required videos done.

Updates becoming shorter and shorter... for the time being. Sorry about that.

Its 10:30pm and its time to sleep... up at 4:45am... quick breakfast at 5:45am... then off to work....err, I mean training.

All is good.... should I say something about the WIFI at the hotel again?? I have found a secret location 'near' the lobby to do my video watching in peace.... sooooo......

Today was fun.... yup.... all is good!!

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.

Maggs's Comment
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Keep up the hard work, something you know all about I'm sure but now you're using it with all new material.

Great updates BTW!

penn99's Comment
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Keep up the hard work, something you know all about I'm sure but now you're using it with all new material.

Great updates BTW!

Thank you, Maggs!!

penn99's Comment
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2021-07-09/ Phase 1 / Training Day #4

Backed and connected to box trailer.

Pre-trip tractor and box trailer.

Instructor drove on various roads on outer edge of Marshfield…. Allowing us students to get a feel for driving on roads, turning corners, etc.

I volunteered to be the first to drive from the yard... I thought I would be more nervous that I was... but... I was not nervous... just felt.... a bit elated. I drove for about 30-40 minutes… about 25 total miles. Awesome experience and I did well on my first time out.

Second student then drove the same route…. then lunch.

After lunch all groups pulled their training trucks/trailers down to the training yard. One truck per corner. With instructors planted at each corner and providing guidance, we (entire class) took turns backing the trailers around the entire perimeter of the training yard… backing around 4 corners and 1 obstacle on one of the side lengths. Challenging but fun.

The 3rd person in my group drove the same route as the first two of us drove earlier in the day.

In the evening, I spent about 3.5 hours continuing with the JJ Keller videos.

2021-07-10/ Phase 1 / Training Day #5

Saturday, half day.

All week 1, week 2, and week 3 students combined in the same classroom…. classroom presentations and discussions.

In the afternoon and evening.... I spent all afternoon until about 8pm in an effort to finish up the JJ Keller videos and other required company videos. Whew… finally done!! Now I can focus on the studying for the pre-trip inspection... and driving.

2021-07-11/ Phase 1 / Day Off

Sunday. Day off. No training scheduled.

Now having an access badge and employee I.D….. I opted to go over to the terminal and practice my pre-trip inspections for about 4.5 hours30am. I was the only week 1 student there… unless one came in later in the day. There was a week 2 student who came in with one of his instructors. I suspect he was doing extra work to improve upon his backing and driving. I met and talked with him briefly. Nice guy.

Back to the hotel. Lunch. Review my pre-trip inspection notes. Walk down to the Hub City ice cream shop. Review my pre-trip inspection notes. Chat with my roommate. Look at my pre-trip notes briefly. Ok… I am done. Time to chill.

Start of week 2 tomorrow morning. Thank the good lord that I don’t have watch any more of those damn videos. And I can now focus on driving and pre-trip.

Week 2 of training:

I am doubting that I will provide any further 'daily' updates for training. I am unsure as to how beneficial they are, especially with the previous Roehl diaries that are here on TT. The daily training is not difficult…. But… we are here for about 9 to 10 hours each day. And for me… trying to get those videos done every night…. All week…. Wore me down a bit. So… I will play it by ear this next week. I want to focus on my driving and my pre-trip… and not have to worry about updating here. My apologies in advance.

I will offer some advice now, partially referring to the assigned JJ Keller videos and various company videos, that are required to be completed as part of the training.

I had seen references to these videos in previous diaries… but… I had no idea that trying to complete the videos would take so much time. The videos share good information and are not difficult..... and at the end of each JJ Keller videos, you are required to complete a quick quiz… again, not difficult…. just time consuming... all encompassing for the first week, if and only if you are trying to get the videos completed.

As such... I would highly recommend that you get a solid and in-depth jump start on learning the pre-trip inspection process… before coming to training!!! I thought I did... apparently, I did not do good enough. You can get a could start by looking at Daniel B’s info here on TT. You will be much better off and feel much, much better about yourself. Guaranteed.

Keep in mind.... we were 'shorted' a training day due to the holiday observed last Monday.

All is still good... and getting better!!

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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Your diary posts are very detailed and helpful, whether anyone comments on them or is just reading.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Your diary posts are very detailed and helpful, whether anyone comments on them or is just reading.

Indeed.

I'm always following.

Michael, in the main forum, will be reading as well...Roehl is one of his two top picks!!!!!

Awesome; carry on, good sir!

~ Anne ~

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Operating While Intoxicated

penn99's Comment
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2021-07-21

A quick update:

I went 'dark' here on TT after my last post. My apologies. I just wanted to focus and I disconnected from most things other than my time here with Roehl. As I will be closing out my 3rd and final week in the Phase 1 training on this coming Saturday... I hope to provide a better update once I return to the Phoenix area early next week.

Twelve of us started the class in week 1... and now as we close in on the end of week 3.... we still have 12 students. We are somewhat unique with the fact that we have had nobody leave/quit/dismissed from our class... as the classes for the few weeks before us, and the classes for the week following us, each have had multiple students leave/quit/dismissed.

As such.... I passed my CDL exam last Tuesday... and I am feeling a wee bit happy.

Myself... and one of my training truck partners were supposed to test on Monday... but we were delayed and tested on Tuesday. All four of the flatboarders in my class (including me) took the test... and all of us passed on Tuesday. As 'we' flatboarders have cargo securement training today and tomorrow (Thu and Fri).... we could not take the exam any later than Wednesday of this week.

And as it has gone this week: four of us tested on Tuesday.... four passed. Four of us tested on Wednesday... 2 passed... and 2 failed (currently being rescheduled for re-test). No-one tested today as the examiners were unavailable. And.... the final four of us will test tomorrow (Friday).

Friday... those who pass the exam will be in contact with our 'new' Fleet Training Managers... and we will learn more about our upcoming schedules and the specific information we need to get connected with our driver/trainers, etc.

Saturday... half day of class.... then we all go on our way back home... most of us preparing for Phase 2 of training with Roehl.

For now... two more days of class... and then onto going home for a bit... then onto Phase 2.

All is good.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations!

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