Profile For Bill R.

Bill R.'s Info

  • Location:
    Charleston, IL

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    Experienced Driver

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    4 years, 7 months ago

Bill R.'s Bio

Grew up on a farm in IL. Drove a ten wheeler for a long time up and down US 41 and into KY and IN. Those trucks are probably the most unsafe vehicles on the road. Weighing 48,000 lbs and having only three axles to stop, quite tough. We have had about 8 different semis on the farm. Currently (see avatar) we have a 379 Pete with a 500 Cat and a Fuller 13 speed. But... Now the farm is being sold. So, after getting my CDL, I am going to be driving on the road now.

I have a wife and two kids. A son (older) and a daughter. Great kids. Great wife. I have a great life, too. That is why I want regional, so I can get home to see my family as often as possible. Brett's book does a wonderful job of giving insight to trucking, and is a valuable resource. I enjoy playing chess and laughing. I have done stand up comedy twice. I am different than most.

Headed up to Veriha for orientation Sunday, December 06, 2015.

I worked at Veriha for about a year, but the pay was just not enough. Now driving for FedEx.

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Posted:  2 years ago

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What are a truck driver's best defense against possible criminal acts against them while on duty?

I too once questioned Second Amendment rights for truckers. After much research, I learned that as much as I hated to admit it, As a trucker your second amendment right is gone. Why you ask? I have a permit for Tennessee. Well? Not every state honors that permit. And all it takes is one ****ed state trooper doing a search on me to land me a felony and cost me the job and possibly land me some prison time.

I can keep an employer from finding out my weapon. I have done it for years at my current employer. I have worked for them for 6 years. Carried my 9mm every single day, They never found out. That's because I carry deep concealed and unless you did a frisk and pat down, You would never find it. Even if you did frisk me, You'd still have to see it to know it was a gun, otherwise, I'd just say it was some very private medical device that I wasn't comfortable talking about. No employer is going to risk the legal repercussions of a strip search. An officer, however? They would be more than willing to risk it and would indeed be covered once they found the weapon.

They were trying to pass a law that forced all states to honor any permit provided by any state, But so far it has not been allowed to pass. Until that day comes where you can't be federally prosecuted just because that state doesn't honor your permit? You can't legally carry that weapon and have no second amendment right in this field of work. I am sorry my friend. That's just how it is.

Now for some who may question why you'd want to carry a weapon? Let me give you a fine example a friend of mine gave me once.

"Forced dispatch. While you can express distaste for certain areas, If they give you a load going to a particularly dangerous area such as Chicago or New York City? Well... You might as well find a new company to work for."

In my opinion, Chicago (Sorry people of Chicago, Its nothing personal) is nothing but a cesspool of crime and violence. While I have not started trucking, I dread the day a delivery to or from that forsaken place ever gets sent to that Qualcomm . I dread the thought of going there without some form of gun protection.

I too once questioned Second Amendment rights for truckers. After much research, I learned that as much as I hated to admit it, As a trucker your second amendment right is gone. Why you ask? I have a permit for Tennessee. Well? Not every state honors that permit. And all it takes is one ****ed state trooper doing a search on me to land me a felony and cost me the job and possibly land me some prison time.

I can keep an employer from finding out my weapon. I have done it for years at my current employer. I have worked for them for 6 years. Carried my 9mm every single day, They never found out. That's because I carry deep concealed and unless you did a frisk and pat down, You would never find it. Even if you did frisk me, You'd still have to see it to know it was a gun, otherwise, I'd just say it was some very private medical device that I wasn't comfortable talking about. No employer is going to risk the legal repercussions of a strip search. An officer, however? They would be more than willing to risk it and would indeed be covered once they found the weapon.

They were trying to pass a law that forced all states to honor any permit provided by any state, But so far it has not been allowed to pass. Until that day comes where you can't be federally prosecuted just because that state doesn't honor your permit? You can't legally carry that weapon and have no second amendment right in this field of work. I am sorry my friend. That's just how it is.

Now for some who may question why you'd want to carry a weapon? Let me give you a fine example a friend of mine gave me once.

"Forced dispatch. While you can express distaste for certain areas, If they give you a load going to a particularly dangerous area such as Chicago or New York City? Well... You might as well find a new company to work for."

In my opinion, Chicago (Sorry people of Chicago, Its nothing personal) is nothing but a cesspool of crime and violence. While I have not started trucking, I dread the day a delivery to or from that forsaken place ever gets sent to that Qualcomm . I dread the thought of going there without some form of gun protection.

I've delivered to Chicago plenty of times. Never had an issue. The only thing I ever encountered in Chicago was a road got paved over and raised the height of a bridge. The sign posted 13'8", but the new pavement made it about 13'6".

Posted:  2 years ago

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What are a truck driver's best defense against possible criminal acts against them while on duty?

I find it interesting how people who are 2nd Amendment advocates always forget part of the Amendment:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Two of the first THREE words! Packing and trucking do not mix.

Posted:  2 years ago

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How much "You" time do you have at the end of the day?

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So if I am waiting to be unloaded at dock, That counts toward my 10 hours? Why am I waiting for them to unload it? Is there just not enough space or something, lack of manpower?

Your ten hours has to be uninterrupted. Space is a premium at most shippers. So, even though you are stopped, the ten hours does not work if you are forced to leave the shipper/receiver.

Posted:  2 years ago

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I've made it!

I was curious what some of you experienced guys and gals would suggest for must have equipment and oddities, things that make life on the road easier or the job itself more enjoyable? My trainer has already suggested Sirius XM is a good investment.

Well, it depends a lot on what your truck is going to have in it. There are many things you are going to want, but some might already be installed.

Must:

2500 Watt min, inverter Refrigerator Microwave Cell phone

Those are essentially required (for me)

Like to have:

Satellite radio Crock pot (one of my faves is to start the day by making dinner in the crockpots and they slow cook all day and I got to enjoy the smell all day) Laptop

I am sure I am forgetting things, but that is a decent start.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Backing Practice™ 15

Wow, so you have to go to the end, turn around, come back, enter in the drive before the one you want, go past your dock and back in there? That is a tough one.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Backing Practice™ 15

I am going to go turn around, pull past the entrance to the docks, and back in to the dock area from the street, so I do not have to blind side it.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Worried about backing

While backing into docks is not easy, to me, that pales in comparison to backing into a truckstop parking lot.

Those places are full of super truckers who never once had a hard time.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Nervous about OTR

Having driven for Veriha, I would say that you are starting with a good OTR company. Here is what you can expect from them. You will be home on either Friday night, or Saturday before noon. It is true, on occasion you will get in before noon on Friday, but don't count on it. Benefits are pretty good and the 401k is good, these are not GREAT benes, but good enough.

Sometimes miles are a bit scarce, but not usually. The people at Veriha are usually straight up, and their maintenance (Master Fleet) is easy to navigate and get repairs. Overall, a pretty good way to start.

Regarding what Dan said earlier: "...going OTR is easier overall than staying local because you're going to spend a lot of time on the Interstates, in large distribution centers, and truck stops. You're not doing nearly as much difficult backing and city navigation as you would be doing at most local jobs where you get home every night..." There are a few places that Veriha might send you that you DO NOT want to go in the beginning. If they want you to go to Reynolds Wrap in Louisville, KY, tell them that rooks should not go there (it is TOUGH to fit). But, staying local, usually you keep going to the same places over and over, so while it is more backing, you get used to it much faster. When starting out OTR, you will not get the experience for backing in as quickly.

As far as your gf at home time, etc, the only way to know how it is going to affect you and your relationship is to do it. The advice about job hopping is a good one. You need to stick with something for a while now. Third job in a few months is a bad sign. Sure, you will still be able to be hired,but there are many many companies you DO NOT want to work for, and those will be your only option if you keep switching jobs. Best of luck!

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Starting with Veriha

Wilder Rd sucks too, the traffic is bad, and I have seen many a driver, clearly frustrated, while in the cab. if you run there again, Best times to drive anywhere in Bay City, is between, 8pm,and 5am, most days.

I go there all the time now. I think I have been there four times now. And, btw, I think the Michigan interstate highways really suck.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Heading to Western Express for orientation!

Just remember that you know how to drive. Do what they say, get through it, get on the road. That's all the advice I have.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Millis, Crete...etc

That sounds pretty crummy, wage wise. I would look into Knight. They are a great beginner company and pay much better.

I am at Veriha. They are also totally awesome, I completely recommend them, but they only run in the upper midwest. I mostly run Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. But, they have gotten me home EVERY weekend so far.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Looking to begin as a driver.

Pretty much all of your questions are already answered here. Check out the High Road Training program to get started. Then do searches here. All those questions are answered.

Also, about going local, totally depends on the company, but you probably will have to "put in your time" before getting a local gig.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Has anyone heard of KLLM Transport Services?

I see KLLM out on the road most every day. They run quite a bit in the upper midwest (Michigan, Wisconsin, IL, IN). Equipment looks decent, but hard to tell going by at 64 MPH.

Posted:  3 years, 2 months ago

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Need help with alley docking

The best advice I have is what I do when I am on the road. LEAN WAY OUT THE WINDOW.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Anyone Else on the 'Petite' Side?? :) oh, and Learning to Drive a Stick??

Being petite has a different difficulty. There are physical aspects that are tougher for you.

1.) Securing loads will be a bit more difficult. It won't be an inhibitor, but it is a little more difficult.

2.) The physical part of the job (not driving) will be more difficult, in and out of the truck will be harder. Also not a prohibition, just realize it will be harder.

Just some thoughts.

Bill

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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HOS and 34 hour reset

From the sounds of the comments, I think I can assume this is a company policy if enforced, which is good. I don't want or need the government to tell me when I am tired.

Well, Dan, the problem is, SOME people do require the government to tell them when they are tired. I've been running pretty good miles and still conforming to the hours.

E-logs will become required in the future and I can't say it's a bad thing. I don't want to be I the road with a guy on his 15th hour of his second log book.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Starting with Veriha

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Where to in Bay City? I lived there for 10 years. I may be able to help with some road info, if ya need it. And glad it is working out for you, so far!

It was SC Johnson. Done with that one. Auto parts now.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Starting with Veriha

So, after 48 hours at home, off to Bay City. Smooth. Made delivery on time. Now, load to drop yard in Romeoville, IL. Drop and hook, back to Michigan (Oxford this time).

So, now I want to give my impression after two weeks:

I really like this company. Seriously, they do take care of drivers. The only thing is average to poor expensive insurance. I have their oldest (non-training or non-local) truck (2012).

About trucking for newbies:

It seems that 11 hours max drive time is going to leave you free a lot. Nope. You get REALLY exhausted in the beginning. Wiped out at the end of each day. But I can see that in about two weeks, it is going to be so much easier. After I get used to it, I won't be wiped out every day.

Right now it's pretty stressful, but better and easier every day. I do love it though.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Starting with Veriha

So, I call my DM, "Tim, Brian says it's not his load."

"Did you verify the Bill of Lading (BOL)?"

Sheepishly, "Never looked at the BOL."

"You got the wrong trailer. Go back and get the right one this time."

So, my first load was a fiasco. But, I got the right load, made that delivery and one more that day. My DM said he was glad it was only 59 miles not 559. He said it happens lots but never twice to the same guy.

So, Tim was ok with it.

Then, I had to haul to Milwaukee, then suburban Chicago (Melrose Park), then Centralia, IL to get a load for Bay City, MI.

After getting the southern IL load, 48 hours at home.

That all went great.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Starting with Veriha

Well, finally decided to start with Veriha Trucking, Marinette, WI. After about 18 months of researching companies (during which working a different job), I had it narrowed down to two (Veriha and Knight).

The pro for Knight was a good starter company, solid, established, travel all 48. But, home 3of 4 weekends. That tipped it to Veriha (home every weekend).

So, travelled by the car they rented to the Best Western for a week of orientation. Since I had experience (farm driving only), I was their first (me and another guy) in a program called "Super Student".

This meant that our orientation was an additional day but we would not be going out for weeks with a trainer.

So, after the first day of orientation (paperwork and the usual "Rah-Rah" company stuff, they had us 2 Super Students back around the yard, into docks, road tests, etc for three days (Tuesday-Thursday).

Friday I got my truck. A 2012 Yellow Frieghtliner with a Fuller 10 speed. Good running truck, only 199,882 miles. I'm feeling pretty stoked. Get my first load. Easy. Boxes of wood pulp from Menominee, MI to Green Bay, WI.

Easy. 60 miles. Wham bam easy. Go to shipper, get trailer. Drive to Green Bay. Arrive at shipper, 30 minutes to spare. Beautiful. Pop into the office. Brian in the office, "This isn't our load."

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