Profile For Tim F.

Tim F.'s Info

  • Location:
    Coxsackie , NY

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    9 years ago

Tim F.'s Bio

Hometown is about 30 miles south of Albany NY. 50 year old who searched for and found a new career in trucking. Divorced and have one son.

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Sent Home From Roehl

I went through the Roehl program back in 2014. We had a woman ( a TT member) Jolie in our class. Roehl tried to dismiss her from our class because they felt she wasn’t progressing enough to pass the test. She fought them and they let her stay to completion. Not only did she pass her exam, but she scored better than a couple drivers, myself included. They’ll do that to protect their numbers. This was in Marshfield.

Glad to hear you kept with it and got your license. I’d let go of the grudge though. You weren’t the first and likely won’t be the last to have that happen.

Good luck driver!

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Preventable accidents

Jeremy, Don’t worry too much about your CSA score or DAC That’s not saying not to be careful, just don’t live under the impression that it is the end all of reports. Stevens may or may not report it as a preventable. You can’t control that now. What you you can control is from here on out.

I pretty much destroyed the front corner of a Trailer in my first 6 months of working for my initial company (Roehl). Never heard a word after I reported it. I have been hired a few time since with various carriers ( employed by Ruan for 5 years now).

Good luck and turn the page. Focus on the now and not in the past.


Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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How would you approach this back?

First. There’s be no pickup parked there and if there were I’d ask them to move.

Then I think I’d straight back all the. Way in (staying close to the corner of the building….but not to close) and try to create a better angle to get around the building.

That eliminates the two rocks and if done correctly should get you closer to the doors.

The only other option is one of those “bendable” trailers…lol.

I had a back at a Target in Stamford CT. Early 6 am delivery so traffic wasn’t an issue.

I backed in off the street. Stopped. Got out and surveyed the dock area, the area around my tractor. We do double drop and hooks so I came up with a plan on where to drop everything while I switched trailers.

Then I proceeded to back in. It’s an underground parking/access road to the mall so there are curbs and pillars. I GOALED 4 times to make sure I was online with what I picture.

All this to say. 1. Develop a plan. 2. Execute said plan 3. Don’t do it fast, do it safely.

P.S. the landlord is a idiot to put those rocks there.

Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Load to Jacksonville

I used to run loads to Walmart west of Jacksonville.

I always found it easier to stay around the FL/Ga line then head down the next morning.

There are a few options to pick from on I95, if that’s your route into Fl.

There’s a few truck stops around the bypass by they were usually pretty small with limited parking .

I was usually in early 5 or 6 am so my view in the traffic is limited .

If you have a bypass for scales and such it will come in useful for the agriculture stations as well. I remember having to stop a couple times, but usually got a bypass.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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I’ve had a set back

Sounds a lot like what I did.

I decided to reach for the dock post while my jetski was still move. Felt a pop on the inside of my elbow…on the forearm side.

Extremely painful, but slowly feeling better. I used the Google to see what exactly I did. They say that rest and recovery will help heel it.

Hopefully you’ll get back to work soon

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Taking right turns into parking lots and driving test

When I attended Roehl Transports school all we did for two to three days was make right turns.

Here is how I was trained in the yard.

Bring the tractor straight out into the intersection until half of the trailer clears the corner, then turn into the lot. As with any turn, keep an eye in the trailer in your mirrors.

It seems pretty basic I know but it’s always work for me.

Good luck. I’m sure you’ll be fine.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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You don’t indicate why or how you failed your road test through the school.

It isn’t terribly important, but it does give us an idea if it was just a lack of seat/driving time, backing issues.

Also, if possible, give us an idea of who has rejected you for CDL school.

I went through Roehl Transport in their Marshfield Wi location several weeks after being rejected by Prime. Prime did not like my unemployment for 1-1/2 years which I understood.

The link Anne provided above is very helpful. Fill it out and send it as it may reach companies you had not yet applied.

Good luck and don’t give up.


Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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For the ltl guys. Thoughts on T-Force?

I saw one of their drivers on the Mass Pike about three feet off the back bumper of a car. He was trying to help her along by blowing his air horn.

That’s about all I can say about them. I’d hate to judge a company by one driver being an idiot.

Hopefully others chime in with more than what I offered.

Good luck

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Preventable accident on DAC report

I wouldn’t freak out too much about that being in your DAC report.

I’ll tell you my story

In the first 6 months of my career I damaged a Roehl trailer on the way to a delivery. I hit the back of a car carrier with the right corner of my trailer while turning into a parking spot. Pretty sure the whole corner had to be replaced. Luckily there was minimal damage to the car carrier. No damage to the cars.

Beyond the initial reporting to safety, I never heard a thing from Roehl. I lost my safety bonus, which is only right.

I’ve been working for Ruan now for 4 years on a local Target account.

They never questioned me on my DAC report (I know it’s on there).

So I’d say…relax, breathe…everything will be okay. Focus more on driving safely.

Good luck

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Just took a position with TQL. Tell me how I can be a partner and not a prick.

Most on here are company drivers. There some owner operators, but very few.

I don’t think this will be an effective source of feedback.

Good luck in your new position.

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