Profile For Bill F.

Bill F.'s Info

  • Location:
    Northwest, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 4 months ago

Bill F.'s Bio

Born in the early sixties, man life is grand. Traveled the world with a military Dad, then did it again myself with 10 years active duty in the Army. Never saw war but did see a lot of strife. I don't put down other countries but I do love my own above all others. I was taught that you are what you make of yourself and that has proved true everywhere I have been. I have been a working man all of my life and they are now trying to stick me in an office. I won't have it. My health is good, there are a few minor issues, but I will get through them. Received my CDL A through 2 months training at the Panhandle Technical College. I already had a CDL B w/air brakes, so I know a little about the concept of schooling and testing.

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Posted:  1 week ago

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Trying to game in my truck!!!

If it works plugged into power at a truck stop or terminal, but cuts out in your truck. You are either over powering the inverter, or it's a cheap inverter that does not provide the proper current or voltage regulation. Watching Netflix does not draw as much power as gaming, so that may be why that works.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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I have 2 minor (personal) at fault accidents and 1 moving violation.

You hit a person from behind; But it's not really your fault.

You conspired to avoid reporting an accident; But it's not really your fault.

You are trying to hide this accident from your current and future employer/s; But it's not really your fault.

You really need to reassess your idea of what personal responsibility really is. Because you don't have a clue...

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Can a DOT medical examiner require my full medical and/or mental history record as a condition to passing the physical?

Kristina, pervRainy’s suggestion, here is a link to further you understanding:

FMCSA Guidance on Mental Conditions and Disorders

Good luck.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Can a hauler cause this damage?

Quite possibly happened in the loading/unloading process. When loading these carriers you usually drive the vehicle up the ramps (sometimes they are loaded by forklifts) if a wheel falls off or misses the ramp it can fall to the side and cause angled scrapes like that.

I have also seen low ground clearance vehicles scrape their lower body parts due to the high angle the front end gets up to when loading. This will cause scrapes that are not angled.

I'm sorry but it is difficult to describe clearly. But, yes, that damage could be caused by improper loading/unloading or in transit.

Posted:  1 month ago

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CDL school at Community College here I come

I cannot stress enough; you should definitely utilize the High Road CDL Training Program. It really prepares you for the CDL testing. Also, Texas, has an additional CDL manual chapter it throws at you. Search this site for "Texas" and you will find what you need.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Florida Panhandle Technical College CDL Program

I saw the training truck going down the I10 offramp at the Chipley exit today right before lunch. How is everything going?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Husband teaching wife to drive???

Tried to teach my wife golf once. Still have that 9 iron scar...

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Manual??

If you train and get your CDL on manual transmissions. Then, go to a company that uses automatics. They will train you to use the automatic effectively. If you then go to a company that uses manuals, and all your experience is on auto's, they will train you to use the manual. Yes, you are overthinking this. You will be provided the training you need to get the job done. If they don't want to provide this training, I would not work for them.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Schneider training is changing

It has already been said, but I want to elucidate on my first short post, concerning Schneider bringing training back in house. I have no personal knowledge of this it is my opinion. I have nothing bad to say about Trainco, just the many advantages training at Schneider using Schneider equipment, experienced personnel, on an actual Schneider truck. There is no way a 3rd. party can provide the same quality of training for Schneider, that Schneider can provide for itself. They are a large enough company to do this properly.

I worked for Schneider for a year, using their in house training, started getting paid after passing physical, drug test, and agility test (in the first week). They flew me up from FL to the Charlotte training center and in 3.5 weeks was driving solo. Was I ready for anything at that point. Heck no! Just don't hit anything and ask loads of questions.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Speeding ticket 1to10mph

You do, you really really do...

FMCSA LINK

Part 383 Section § 383.31: Notification of convictions for driver violations. Below are the available interpretations for the given section. To return to the list of parts, use the Parts link above. The menu to the left provides a full list of sections that have interpretations. To view interpretations for a different section, click on the menu item.

Guidance Q&A

Question 1: Must an operator of a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) (as defined in §383.5), who holds a CDL, notify his/her current employer of a conviction for violating a State or local (non-parking) traffic law in any type of vehicle, as required by §383.31(b), even though the conviction is under appeal?

Guidance: Yes. The taking of an appeal does not vacate or annul the conviction, nor does it stay the notification requirements of §383.31. The driver must notify his/her employer within 30 days of the date of conviction.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Schneider training is changing

I'll bet it's more quality of training than saving money. imo...

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Florida Panhandle Technical College CDL Program

I was going to do a review of the school after I graduated in 2013 but never got around to it. Pay attention in class the teachers will emphasize material you may see later. Also check out some of the skinny ass roads in and around Chipley. You will be driving them all. I had over 1300 miles logged by the time I was done. You will see several recruiters from the biggies and some of the local companies will send someone out. Best of luck...

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Trucks & Personal Protection.

Welcome Marine, thanks for your service. I am a definite 2nd. Amendment supporter and believe we should be able to carry pretty much any way we want. Liability to be sued and insurance costs if you don't restrict firearms are probably the major drivers on firearm restrictions. Have you ever wondered why our troops (I also served) are not allowed to carry on base/post? Many shippers also restrict firearms. on their properties. There are many ways to carry a weapon that is not obviously a weapon. Improvise, adapt, overcome...

Posted:  2 months ago

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I bet you wont click... 1st time posting.

That's awesome Bill. Chipley is where I am going to CDL school in August. Going to be commuting to Florida Panhandle Technical College for 8 weeks.

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Hey Jesse,

I'm just up the interstate in Chipley. Good luck/.

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That's where I got my CDL. Went through Aug-Oct it was hot as hell. Drink lots of water and be prepared to sweat your tail off. Say hi to Kevin and Otis for me, if they are still teaching...

Posted:  2 months ago

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Trucking vs Network/System administrator (need some insight)

There are lots of IT folks posting here. I was a network hardware/cabling infrastructure guy for years. I have always liked tech. Trucking can heap a pretty good load of stress on you also. And you are pretty much on your own with that stress. Not trying to steer you one way or another. I went military career to civilian IT career and now trucking in my late 50s. Whatever you choose give it your all...

Posted:  2 months ago

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I bet you wont click... 1st time posting.

Hey Jesse,

I'm just up the interstate in Chipley. Good luck/.

Posted:  2 months ago

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How to Calculate pay

If you get paid by the day. That pay rate divided by the hours you work is what you make hourly. Is it worth it? Only you can answer that question.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Looking for a seat to get into

I've got a pickup down here in Florida you are more than welcome to help out with.

But seriously, this is not a O/O info or sale site. We help the newbs becoming company drivers...

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Parking at truck stops

Too hard for me to judge from the picture, but that looks like an open spot to me. Could you not put your nose towards that yellow truck and do a slightly modified straight back in?

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