GYCDL With Roehl Starts Monday

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Dingo's Comment
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Day I have no clue...

Still stuck in the hotel room. Covid test was negative thank goodness but waiting on Health and Safety to clear Mr. Until then I can't go back. Fortunately Doordash delivers and the cable is decent here.

Still feel under the weather and have been sleeping alot but really need to get back out and get moving.

Dingo.

Stephen C.'s Comment
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That's great news! Get to feelin better and keep us updated! I'm emotionally invested at this point. 🤣

Day I have no clue...

Still stuck in the hotel room. Covid test was negative thank goodness but waiting on Health and Safety to clear Mr. Until then I can't go back. Fortunately Doordash delivers and the cable is decent here.

Still feel under the weather and have been sleeping alot but really need to get back out and get moving.

Dingo.

Dingo's Comment
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Day Friday... I am not even sure where I am anymore... got back in the truck today. Did not have Covid just a nasty cold.

First part of the day my truck mates did their pre test in prep for final testing next Wednesday. They both did really well. The Incab hamstrung them and the pretrip, but the backing was spot on and the road test they did really good.

I am being reassigned to a new truck on Monday with 2 other guys who got sick too. They are planning on having us test out next Friday.

We did some city driving today and I nailed my 90 degree alley back on the first try. I was pretty proud. Still need to work on my pre trip and in cab.

Tomorrow is half day, classroom. Legalizing loads and inspections. Then a friend of mine is taking me to dinner in Green Bay and to see Lambeau Field.

Can't believe I am 1 week away from getting my CDL. I have the same feelings I had 18 years ago when I got my EMT. I can't believe they are going to pay me to drive a big rig. It is the most exhilarating, frightening, fun thing I have done with my clothes on in the last 20 years.

I asked the hotel to change the sheets today and tidy up, new towels and stuff. Didn't happen. Kinda disappointed with that. But oh well.

Anyone coming up for the 10th start date, I'll be studying pretrip in the Jacuzzi Sunday. Stop by and say HI.

Dingo

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

G-Town's Comment
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Dingo described how it feels to drive a semi...

It is the most exhilarating, frightening, fun thing I have done with my clothes on in the last 20 years.

9 years later, I still the exact same as you do.

Good luck on the test!

Dingo's Comment
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Day 13 and 14... yesterday Monday got on my new truck. It was -8 an 0630 with a wind chill of -25. We did the straight back offset into the 90 degree alley back. All 3 of us had some missteps but we figured it out.

Our new instructor is fabulous. Been doing the job for 27 years. He is tough but fair and always has a smile on his face.

Today we found out that we are testing next Wednesday. The instructors talked it over and they felt it was not fair to us to be setup for failure. They want us to succeed. I was a little upset at first, not gonna lie but after I thought about it, it really means they are serious about us as employees and not just numbers to pass a test.

The wife was not happy. She has had to deal with me leaving and her mother's passing. I have thought about going home several times, but I know in the long run it is for the best.

Did 90's again today and offsets. Nailed my 90 again.

Road driving today was a blast. City driving today was amazing and we made the highway. Highway driving was even cooler then I thought it would be.

Off to study pretrip and get some sleep.

Dingo.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Day 13 and 14... yesterday Monday got on my new truck. It was -8 at 0630 with a wind chill of -25. We did the straight back offset into the 90 degree alley back. All 3 of us had some missteps but we figured it out.

Our new instructor is fabulous. Been doing the job for 27 years. He is tough but fair and always has a smile on his face.

Today we found out that we are testing next Wednesday. The instructors talked it over and they felt it was not fair to us to be setup for failure. They want us to succeed. I was a little upset at first, not gonna lie but after I thought about it, it really means they are serious about us as employees and not just numbers to pass a test.

The wife was not happy. She has had to deal with me leaving and her mother's passing. I have thought about going home several times, but I know in the long run it is for the best.

Did 90's again today and offsets. Nailed my 90 again.

Road driving today was a blast. City driving today was amazing and we made the highway. Highway driving was even cooler then I thought it would be.

Off to study pretrip and get some sleep.

Dingo.

Yeah, this wind; these chills are WAY less than FUN, tell me about it!! Awesome on the driving though, WOW~!!! You're gonna nail this, man.

That's awesome, tho. Actually GREAT of them, to give y'all the extra time, IMHO. Tell the wife to email me, if she wants to commensurate, LoL! Truly sorry about the loss in the family. There sure are a LOT of those, this time of year. Just lost a family's BFF on Christmas Eve; he would've been 54 today. Always the holidays, it seems.

Condolences to you both. Kudos to you, sir!

~ Anne & Tom ~

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dingo's Comment
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Wednesday was a so so day. Off sets were good, 90 was great. Driving was not so good. Didn't hit anything but damn if I could turn right. Just didn't want to happen. It was actually not all that cold. So over all a fair day Three of the guys I started class with passed their CDL test and get to go home Saturday.

Thursday more of the same

Today started off with congrats you are truck drivers and watched several videos about phase 2 training. Even though I have not passed my CDL test the instructors have faith that I will Wednesday.

We went to the simulator for winter driving. I nailed the first scenario with icy roads and did pretty good with the high winds. But when I got a foggy day with downhill curves and ice it was not pretty.

Failed my pretest on the pretrip. I forgot the passenger side lower steering arm and tie rod. And missed the spring leaf and mounts on the driver side. Points to stick on monday when I have to do it again.

I cab was good, didn't miss a point and brake checks were good.

Straight back and offset I didn't get a single point. But the 90 degree that I have been nailing good for 2 days was a disaster.

Passed the drive so all in all not a bad day. As long as I am showing improvement my instructor is happy and he always has a smile on his face.

Off to study. Half day class in the morning.

Dingo

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Stephen C.'s Comment
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Good to gear that you are doing well and on your way to passing that test Dingo! I just arrived to the hotel a day early today and am in my own room until checking in with roommate tomorrow. Didn't feel like Doin the drive tomorrow. Maybe I'll see you around! Keep us updated!

Stephen C.'s Comment
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Oh shoot! Thought you were in Gary instead of Appleton! So nevermind on seeing you around while I'm here, but hopefully I'll see you around on the road!

Dingo's Comment
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Good luck Stephen. Just remember the basics they teach you and get the JJ Keller mods done as soon as you can and study the pretrip.

Oh shoot! Thought you were in Gary instead of Appleton! So nevermind on seeing you around while I'm here, but hopefully I'll see you around on the road!

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