First Week Over And I Have Lived To Tell The Tale!

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Jolie R.'s Comment
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I finished my first week at Roehl Transport and everything was uphill after the yucky experience in the simulator. One of the instructors today told me students usually either love it or hate it. Well, you can put me in the hate it camp! smile.gif I can't say I drive any better or any worse than the other students in my class as we all have days we will do great up shifting and then the next day it seems like we have forgotten everything! The instructor said it is due to the amount of information coming at us in such a short period of time. I have most of the pre-trip information for the outside of the truck and trailer down and memorized but need to work on the verbiage and sequence for the in cab. I may try to post somewhere the pre-trip for Roehl as they have a specific way they want it done. It is lengthy!!!!

Everyone I have come in to contact with at Roehl has been the utmost of professionalism, and the people in Wisconsin are just so darned nice! If it weren't for the cold weather I would love to live here. Although I really wanted to go to a technical school near home, I am happy that I chose to come to Roehl's company school. For any of the women (or men for that matter) that are thinking you really need to go to a private or technical school, I would say it really depends on the school you choose. Thanks to everyone here for the support you have given me!!!!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

PJ's Comment
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Congrats, believe it or not the hardest part is now over. don't think the rest is a cake walk, cause it isn't but you will do fine. agsin congrats.

Deb R.'s Comment
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Glad to hear that you're getting on well! And, finally, some sunshine, eh?

David's Comment
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It only gets better as you climb this hill!!

Matt S.'s Comment
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Thank gerd it's not like the Navy Seals where the only easy day was yesterday.

Andy C.'s Comment
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Congrats jolie, i know what you mean, Marshfield is a great place. The information overload is incredible isn't it. But trust me, someone who had one heck of a time getting downshift right, it will come together ha. Gets to the point where you don't even think about it. The excitement of learning doesn't end. At least not yet. I've been alone for three weeks now and i still feel that rush, despite the rookie mistakes lol. I may have an ulcer by now, j/k but it's worth every minute. Keep the great attitude and you will be fine. Let us know how it goes for you!

Mikki 's Comment
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Hey Jolie, great job! Keep on keepin on! Your Amazing!smile.gif

Jolie R.'s Comment
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Congrats jolie, i know what you mean, Marshfield is a great place. The information overload is incredible isn't it. But trust me, someone who had one heck of a time getting downshift right, it will come together ha. Gets to the point where you don't even think about it. The excitement of learning doesn't end. At least not yet. I've been alone for three weeks now and i still feel that rush, despite the rookie mistakes lol. I may have an ulcer by now, j/k but it's worth every minute. Keep the great attitude and you will be fine. Let us know how it goes for you!

Hi Andy! Glad to hear things are going well for you! I am hoping everything begins to come together this next week and I am making fewer mistakes. One afternoon our driving instructor had something he needed to do for Roehl so a different instructor took us out on a commentary road drive (this was before we had been out on the road). He was driving along and having trouble getting the gears to slip in a said "something is wrong with Dan's transmission, he needs to get that looked at". I'm thinking tomyself, "well heck, if an instructor is having trouble shifting what chance do I have?????" rofl-2.gif Anyway, the truck and trailer are being serviced this weekend...not sure if that had anything to do with it, or Michael and I have just torn the transmission and gears out! I definitely know why rookies get the old trucks to begin with!!! Stay safe and I hope we can meet up sometime at one of the Roehl yards!

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