First Week At Roehl

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Thomas D.'s Comment
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Intense. That's how I'd describe my first week here at Roehl. There's a lot of information to take in, and a lot to study when you're not in classes. The first morning (Tuesday, May 31st) was spent doing paperwork (I9's, photos for ID badges, and getting setting up your My Roehl app for punching in and out and tracking activities. The afternoon was spent learning about the company, their values, and their commitment to safety above everything else. We also began learning the basics of manuvering and driving. The second day began with videos of accidents, distracted driving, snd some pretty cool drone footage of trucks making left and right hand turns. Then that afternoon we actually got behind the wheel and made a few trips around the practice field. Day 3 started with a presentation on the coupling system, classroom intruction on backing, and then back out to the trucks, this time out onto the streets for introduction to city driving. Today, day 4, was more city driving until afternoon, then back to the practice field for backing practice. Straight line, then slalom, and then going around the practice field ( a bit bigger than 3 football fields side by side), in REVERSE! And then back to the hotel to do our JJ Keller study courses. Half day tomorrow, so stay tuned for more from Marshfield, WI

George B.'s Comment
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Definitely sounds intense. Keep us posted. Hammer down!

Thomas D.'s Comment
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Definitely sounds intense. Keep us posted. Hammer down!

It is very intense. One of the instructors aptly described it as receiving information from a fire hose. I'll probably post another update next Friday or Saturday with this weeks highlights. Everyone be safe out there, and untill next time.....

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
George B.'s Comment
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Cool. Thanks man!

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Definitely sounds intense. Keep us posted. Hammer down!

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It is very intense. One of the instructors aptly described it as receiving information from a fire hose. I'll probably post another update next Friday or Saturday with this weeks highlights. Everyone be safe out there, and untill next time.....

Thomas D. (from a Tom's wife, haha!)

Ditto what George said!! I'm following, too! (With the Tomster, LoL !) Definitely a company 'we' looked into; the lanes just weren't right for where we live, back then.

Mad respect for Roehl (yes, "Rail" hehe...) one of the 'shorter' and 'astute' training programs, we've heard.

Stay safe out there, and tell your buddy Onsdag (sp?) to stop in, too!! Cool y'all met up!!!

Best wishes, man.

~ Anne & Tom ~

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ps: Was that instructor a former Fire Chief (?!?!) LoL !!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Travis's Comment
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Following as I'm considering Roehl for employment.

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Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Definitely sounds intense. Keep us posted. Hammer down!

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It is very intense. One of the instructors aptly described it as receiving information from a fire hose. I'll probably post another update next Friday or Saturday with this weeks highlights. Everyone be safe out there, and untill next time.....

Hay, Thomas !!

I KNOW you're super busy, and I get it ... but if you have a minute whilst in training, will you please ask the instructors if it's a new/real thing (and if its legal?) that Roehl is now charging company drivers $52/mo for their PrePass transponders?!?!?

Very curious. Wonder if this is going to become a 'thing' in some of the larger (and even NOT so) companies. Can't really find anything on this, yet.

I'd SUPER appreciate!

~ Anne ~

ps: Bet YOU'D like to know, too! LoL!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Thomas D.'s Comment
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Sorry for the long delay, but week two didn't slow down any at all. Most days ran the same formula, drive out on the road before lunch, backing practice after lunch. My driving is solid, but sometimes my speed is a little slow (out of an abundance of caution). My straight line back and my offset is spot on, but my 90 degree is hit or miss. The weather out here is bipolar on a good day. Week three was more of the same, just stepped up in difficulty. More driving during the mornings, but now adding in driving down Central Avenue in downtown Marshfield, and some interstate speeds on 10 East. Practicing 45 degree parking and truck stop pull thrus. Afternoons still practicing offsets and 90 degree backs. Thursday was test day for me. For my pre-trip I drew the coupling and the trailer, in cab and brake test. I got 45 out of 48, then to my backing test. I aced straight line and offset, went out of bounds 1 time on my 90, straightened out with a pull up, put it in the box perfectly on my first GOAL for a total score of 2. Off to the road test. I was waiting for the examiner to tell me to take the truck back and park it, but I kept on. When we finally returned to the terminal , I was certain I had failed. When the examiner told me I had passed, to tell the truth, I wasn't sure if I wanted to scream or throw up. I didn't hear much of what he said after that, except my score, an 8 on driving. I did it, I earned my class A. Three weeks of what felt like at times as pure HELL, but I survived. Saturday was a half day on atlas reading, then driving a total of 16 hours home, arriving at 4:02 am Sunday morning.

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PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations!

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Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Sorry for the long delay, but week two didn't slow down any at all. Most days ran the same formula, drive out on the road before lunch, backing practice after lunch. My driving is solid, but sometimes my speed is a little slow (out of an abundance of caution). My straight line back and my offset is spot on, but my 90 degree is hit or miss. The weather out here is bipolar on a good day. Week three was more of the same, just stepped up in difficulty. More driving during the mornings, but now adding in driving down Central Avenue in downtown Marshfield, and some interstate speeds on 10 East. Practicing 45 degree parking and truck stop pull thrus. Afternoons still practicing offsets and 90 degree backs. Thursday was test day for me. For my pre-trip I drew the coupling and the trailer, in cab and brake test. I got 45 out of 48, then to my backing test. I aced straight line and offset, went out of bounds 1 time on my 90, straightened out with a pull up, put it in the box perfectly on my first GOAL for a total score of 2. Off to the road test. I was waiting for the examiner to tell me to take the truck back and park it, but I kept on. When we finally returned to the terminal , I was certain I had failed. When the examiner told me I had passed, to tell the truth, I wasn't sure if I wanted to scream or throw up. I didn't hear much of what he said after that, except my score, an 8 on driving. I did it, I earned my class A. Three weeks of what felt like at times as pure HELL, but I survived. Saturday was a half day on atlas reading, then driving a total of 16 hours home, arriving at 4:02 am Sunday morning.

Congrats on passing! dancing-dog.gif good-luck.gif dancing-dog.gif Is solo next ?!?

Best wishes!!! Let us know the next step;

~ Anne ~

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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