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Dingo's Comment
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Happy Thanksgiving y'all... my name is Dingo. I am new here and new to the "lifestyle". A little bit about myself. I am 49 years old and was in EMS for 17 years until this morning. I handed in my drug box key and told my supervisor I quit at the end of my shift. Jist done with EMS and the medical field. I applied to Roehl last month and am studying hard for my CDL written in PA on Monday. Once I pass that my recruiter said to call her and schedule my start date... looking at Dec 27th. I am excited, nervous, and honestly a little scared. I have saved lives in all kinds of situations and been scared doing but it is the fear of the unknown. Being one who loves to learn and do new things, I have read everything I could get my hands on, watched YouTube videos until the wee hours and taken I don't know how many practice tests. My wife and family are totally on-board and excited. Can't wait to officially start this new chapter of my life and this new adventure. Sorry for being long winded but I and excited.

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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I'm excited for you!

Have a look at these:

High Road CDL Training ProgramPaid CDL Training ProgramsApply For Paid CDL Training

Becoming A Truck Driver: The Raw Truth About Truck Driving

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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What company recruiter have you been in contact with? PackRat gave you a good list of links to peruse... they are the best on the internet 😁

Laura

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Happy Thanksgiving y'all... my name is Dingo. I am new here and new to the "lifestyle". A little bit about myself. I am 49 years old and was in EMS for 17 years until this morning. I handed in my drug box key and told my supervisor I quit at the end of my shift. Jist done with EMS and the medical field. I applied to Roehl last month and am studying hard for my CDL written in PA on Monday. Once I pass that my recruiter said to call her and schedule my start date... looking at Dec 27th. I am excited, nervous, and honestly a little scared. I have saved lives in all kinds of situations and been scared doing but it is the fear of the unknown. Being one who loves to learn and do new things, I have read everything I could get my hands on, watched YouTube videos until the wee hours and taken I don't know how many practice tests. My wife and family are totally on-board and excited. Can't wait to officially start this new chapter of my life and this new adventure. Sorry for being long winded but I and excited.

Welcome to Trucking Truth, Derek!

Dingo .. .awesome dog, mate! Pretty aggressive, as your day!! Good for you.

Oh, WOW on just up & deciding so quick; good on YOU, though! Seems to me that folks that just 'GO FOR IT' have a harder/better drive for success. That's a good thing! (Thanks for your service as an EMT, however!)

PackRat sent you all the stuff you need, so PLEASE read up!! In addition, Andrey and Penn99 are our most current/recent Roehl'ers . . . so, more reading; diaries within here:

Roehl diaries: Andrey & Penn99 current ~ !

Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours as well, Derek! Please feel free to just 'jump in' any & all threads, and just chat the guys/gals up!

Enjoy the Holidays; your future (soon) awaits you!!!

~ Anne ~

ps: Any & ALL writings & Blogs by Old School are the treasure trove of information, if you aren't tired of reading..the above, Lol! Especially if you plan on going flatbed.

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.

P & D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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Happy Thanksgiving y'all... my name is Dingo. I am new here and new to the "lifestyle". A little bit about myself. I am 49 years old and was in EMS for 17 years until this morning. I handed in my drug box key and told my supervisor I quit at the end of my shift. Jist done with EMS and the medical field. I applied to Roehl last month and am studying hard for my CDL written in PA on Monday. Once I pass that my recruiter said to call her and schedule my start date... looking at Dec 27th. I am excited, nervous, and honestly a little scared. I have saved lives in all kinds of situations and been scared doing but it is the fear of the unknown. Being one who loves to learn and do new things, I have read everything I could get my hands on, watched YouTube videos until the wee hours and taken I don't know how many practice tests. My wife and family are totally on-board and excited. Can't wait to officially start this new chapter of my life and this new adventure. Sorry for being long winded but I and excited.

Congrats on taking the leap. I look forward to seeing a training diary from you, if you so choose to post one.

Links to help you in preparation:

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Dingo's Comment
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What company recruiter have you been in contact with? PackRat gave you a good list of links to peruse... they are the best on the internet 😁

Laura

My recruiter is Cheryl Nagle...She has been amazing. Answering all my stupid questions.

Banks's Comment
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The only stupid questions are the ones you don't ask. Remember that during training. Roehl was one of the first companies I was looking at due to their paid training and variety of freight. I've heard nothing but good things about them. I wish you the best, good luck.

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