Question To Roehl Drivers/trainers

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Leo S.'s Comment
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Hi guys, I finally got my 1 year of experience and started doing OTR with Roehl just a few days ago. I'm in a National Fleet and I’m supposed to do all 48 and I told my Fleet Manager I wanna do all 48 and I can stay out for a long time. But so far I drive around around Chicago every day having 3-4 stops a day and no miles at all. Is it what I’m supposed to do for a few days/weeks as a new driver or did they accidentally put me in a Midwest Regional Fleet? I’m just wondering what’s going on because my Fleet Manager will only be available on Tuesday. Thanks

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

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.

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.
PJ's Comment
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Leo they are probably giving you what they have the most need for. You just started, you need to have some patience. I spent a week just running back and forth to the rail yard when I was brand new, many years ago.

The holiday doesn’t help matters either. See how it goes after the holiday.

PackRat's Comment
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I'd rather be doing that out of Gary, as opposed to the same thing around Atlanta.

Onsdag's Comment
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I'm still in training with Roehl, and I can't really speak with any authority, but my understanding is they mostly operate east of the Mississippi River. Sure, they do loads out west too, but realistically I'm not sure how often that'll happen on the National Fleet since most of their business is currently in the midwest and eastern states.

I'm really hoping they expand their presence, growth, and business out west. My trainer is on the Intermountain fleet and we are regularly running from the Midwestern states out to Idaho/Utah/Arizona and back, so maybe that's an option for you.

It could also be that you're new and so they're giving you a lot of local loads to see how you do before sending you farther afield. Again, speaking without any real knowledge or authority. I'd give it some more time, and then talk with your FM again if you're not seeing the variety you're hoping for.

Fm:

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.
Leo S.'s Comment
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Is this a good company at all? Because my first impression is not.

PackRat's Comment
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Is this a good company at all? Because my first impression is not.

You literally just started, so what do you base this on? What are your first hand observations?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Everyone comes into trucking and companies with unrealistic expectations. Of how training should be... Of how dispatch should run... Of how much money they will make.

Hang in there. Be on time and safe and good things will come.

G-Town's Comment
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He not new Kearsey…great advice though. He’s been driving for a year. Which makes his question all the more odd.

Everyone comes into trucking and companies with unrealistic expectations. Of how training should be... Of how dispatch should run... Of how much money they will make.

Hang in there. Be on time and safe and good things will come.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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😂. That goes to show I'm getting old.

"Newbies" in my mind are now 3 years or less

I need a vacation.

Thanks G Town

G-Town's Comment
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😂. That goes to show I'm getting old.

"Newbies" in my mind are now 3 years or less

I need a vacation.

Thanks G Town

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