Profile For Robert P.

Robert P.'s Info

  • Location:
    Bowling Green, KY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 7 months ago

Robert P.'s Bio

20 year driving veteran. Last 8 years with a regional LTL carrier. 12 years OTR.

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Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Equipment question.

I had another driver trainer ask me a question and I hope you all can answer it for me. I got two different answers on Facebook.

What is a "fifth wheel stop block"?

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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13 months driving OTR is over!!!

WOW! That is dedication! I have not heard of someone going through 13 months just to get into a position for a better job in a long time. Way to hang in there and kudos to the wife and kids. You are a great husband and father and they should be proud of you. It is good to know that there are some people out there who will work hard for what they want and not just sit by and wait for someone to give it to them.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Is this normal to feel this way as a truck driver

I drive Line Haul for a LTL company. I go from Bowling Green Ky to Cloverdale In every night and back. 524 miles every night. I do have a tight schedule, but my company tells us to take a break when we need to. (even take a 10 minute nap if necessary) Most good companies will want you and their freight delivered in one piece. I have driven for 5 companies in 21 years of driving and I have never had a problem with rest breaks as long as I communicated with dispatch properly. Very few companies that will be 100% perfect, but you can find what works best for you. Good Luck.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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LTL Thread ...for inquiring minds

Hey MG, Thanks a mil! My question is this: if you are coming from an otr flatbed background, which I'm not but am planning on so preparing for the future, how would you go about finding ltl positions? Thank you, Justin

Hey Justin,

I drive for a LTL company and they post all their job listings on a website called Indeed I hope this helps.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Should congress raise taxes to pay for highway funding?

I don't think so. I'm so sick of hearing how "we have to raise gas and diesel taxes to pay for highway funding because the gas tax hasn't been raise since 1993" I DON'T CARE WHEN THE TAX WAS RAISED LAST! The American people pay enough in taxes that the important things should not be a problem. I think politicians should pull their heads out of their backsides and stop spending the money they don't have. Just Sayin'.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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PRO TIP!!

I do a tug test every time I get back in the truck. Even if it is only for a few minutes. I've had them come loose on the SECOND tug.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Company drivers and trip planning?

Thanks for the replies everyone, i just got settled in springfield for primes training so will see how it goes. Thanks for all the tips and suggestions i love this site reading here has helped me feel way better prepared to start my trucking career

Get a map! Just in case the GPS goes down for any reason.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Anybody have one of these?

I'm still training with my company, but when I do get into my own truck my plan is to buy 21 pairs of underwear, 21 pairs of socks, 21 undershirts, etc. and do 2 or 3 big loads of laundry when I come home.

I can't help with this one.....I have never stayed out for 21 days.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Trick Drivers Running Nights

I love the great commentary I read here. The advice that comes from experienced drivers is priceless. Thank you all. I know that driving over the road is difficult, I did it for 12 years. The sleep cycle can get nerve racking. Sleep all night just to find out that your next load doesn't pick up until late that afternoon, it can really get to you. I have a little better time with it now because I run at night all the time for 9 years now working Line-Haul for an LTL company. The sleep schedule is steady. But what I have found is the body sleeps in cycles of 1 1/2 hours. Don't just sleep for 4 hours, try and sleep for 4 1/2. If you can wake up within the first 30 minutes of the 1 1/2 hours sleep cycle, you will not wake up as groggy. As far as getting to sleep when you need to, I do not recommend sleep medication, ie. Unisom. I tried that and after about 3 months of taking it regularly, it had the exact opposite affect. What I recommend is a natural supplement called Melatonin. (Though I am not a doctor) Just try a small dose first to see how it effects you and then you can play with the dose. Also, if you have to sleep during the day, try and block out as much blue light as possible. Any blue light and the body will think it is time to get up. Hope this helps.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Automatic transmission question

I've been driving an automatic for about 4 years now. The biggest problem is not having a clutch. You have to get the rpm's up to about 8-900 just to get moving. That becomes a problem when backing into a tight spot. Truck will surge in movement and will not creep. Some newer trucks are being equipped with slower engagement settings, but are not guaranteed. Hope that helps.

Posted:  5 years ago

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Shifting

I have been driving for 20 years. I drive an automatic truck now and I don't care for it at all. The only advantage for me is not having to shift when pulling out of a truck stop with a cup of coffee. I do think more and more carriers will go to automatics but I don't think it will be the great advantage they are hoping for.

Posted:  5 years ago

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I messed up could use some advice

I can't see this being a huge detriment to your driving career. Most companies know that a student is going to make minor mistakes, it just comes with the territory. I ran over a car my first week out in a big truck and Schneider National didn't fire me. (but that was 20 years ago) If this company is going to let you go this quickly, then maybe you should look for another.

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Weighing Stations

What if I just avoid scales altogether? I haul dry bulk.

Bad idea! I've been driving 20 years and I can't say that I have never gone around a scale, but I don't recommend it. If you get caught, things can get really bad for you.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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AJ 's Top Ten

I've been driving LTL for 8 years now, so my first choice is one of the LTL carriers. Problem is that most LTL carriers make you drive "casual" "part-time" "as needed". Basically, babysit a telephone for hours or even days on end, waiting for them to need you. If you can get in the door, MOST of them are, not perfect, but pretty good places to work. (Especially if you get into one of the regional carriers) Best of luck.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Tomorrow's my first day ...and I'm sick as a dog

Thanks Jolie and Joanna. I have to be up at 4:00 am and be there by 6:00. My tail is whupped. I know tomorrow and Tuesday we're just watching company videos. I doubt they'll have us get behind the wheel. That would be where I'd draw the line and say, "No, not today." Insert all the swear words you can think of right here. I'm throwing furniture and breaking dishes in my mind. LOL.

-mountain girl

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If it's just classroom stuff, the hardest thing will be to just stay awake. Best of luck to you though. I'm sure you will do just fine.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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What am i supposed to do with my car?

Many companies have secure parking at terminals or satellite yards for drivers' personal vehicles. You may need to get a parking permit from the company to hang on the rearview mirror to identify it as belonging there, but they shouldn't charge for it. One thing to keep in mind, though. Depending on how long you stay out, your car's battery might get a little run down and flat. You might want to consider investing in one of those portable jumpstart boxes, just in case.

This has been a dilemma for me for 20 years. I'd say it's about 50/50 if a company offers secure parking. My current company does not but I'm home every day now so it is not a big problem.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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Things that make you go WOW!

Love the views out west, but sad to say after 12 years OTR and the last 8 LTL, I have never been out west. Love the photos and the stories, even a rookie has something to tell. Keep posting.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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LTL Thread ...for inquiring minds

Great writing. I drive for a regional LTL carrier and our "meet and greet" we call a relay. Just two drivers coming from different terminals meeting somewhere in the middle to swap trailers. This keeps the freight moving and allows me to drive 550 - 600 miles and still get home everyday. Great post. Look forward to the rest.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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I gotta say

Trucking Truth has got to be the best site for truckers that I've seen. And I've seen many.

The variety of expertise and experience levels, the help and advice that everyone is willing to give, and the training and informative materials that are available are second to none. Thanks to Brett for putting together a site for truckers that is actually worth visiting on a daily basis. I plan on alot more posts and alot more visits.

On another note....its official. I start CDL school on October 20th and if all goes as planned I will graduate on January 5th 2015. Been a loooooong time comin.

Good luck Jimbo. Enjoy the ride and the experience.

Posted:  5 years, 7 months ago

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$230 a week? Is that possible?

If this is the trend for Roehl, then many of those drivers will not be there for long.

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