GYCDL With Roehl Starts Monday

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Thanks everyone. Been home a week now. Amazingly an envelope came Monday from Penndot (DMV) with my CDL in it. Didn't have to go down and get it.

Had my first Zoom meeting with Sarah my Training Fleet Manager on Monday. Went well. Looking at getting my trainer this weekend at the latest. I told Sarah I was ready thursday if I don't get out by Sunday I am eligible for $300 of home pay because they couldn't get a trainer for me so there is that.

Take homes from the Roehl GYCDL training program in Appleton.

1) the instructors care. They are honest. They want to make you the best they can in 3 weeks. They will not lie and they will not sugarcoat. If you suck at something they WILL tell you. And then they will help you fix it and learn it.

2) pay attention. There is a lot of information in 3 weeks.

3) do your best. As long as you are showing improvement you will pass and you will succeed.

4) don't get discouraged. There will be days you cannot back the 90 to save your life. It makes it that much sweeter when you nail it the next day.

5) Use the Jaccuzzi!!! Relax when you can. But only after you knock out the JJ Keller modules. Knock those out asap and study the pretrip. You will wake in the middle of the night saying Properly mounted, not damaged, not leaking.

6) Don't think. After about the 3rd day of back you will know what to do, don't think about it, just out it in the hole. You think about it you get in your own head and then nothing you do works.

Hope these help. I will update more when I get in the road.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

George B.'s Comment
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Best of luck and congratulations, Driver!

Old School's Comment
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I like that list of take-a-ways from your training. You had the right attitude and that helped you a lot!

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations on passing. Best of luck during the road training phase.

Safe travels.

Dingo's Comment
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Thanks everyone. Looking forward to starting this amazing journey. I am going to start a new subject on my over the road driver/training. Please follow for more exciting updates.

Dingo

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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