Profile For Bill F.

Bill F.'s Info

  • Location:
    Northwest, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

  • Social Link:
    Bill F. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    2 years 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:  3 weeks ago

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Chuck Norris Jokes You've Heard

When ghosts sit around a campfire, they tell Chuck Norris stories...

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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I need honest opinons

You should disregard any horror stories you may have found on the internet. The person who posted that horror story is probably the real problem. Schneider did not become one of the top 5 trucking companies because they mistreat drivers. I would recommend you stick with Schneider since you have already started there and then transfer to their flatbed division after you get some trucking experience. Learn regular trucking first, then try flatbedding. Flatbedders are a breed apart. It takes extra everything to be one.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Riding clutch when braking

That is a good question for your instructor. There are too many different ways regular drivers can approach a full stop under differing conditions. Do it the way your instructor wants you to.

Posted:  1 month ago

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It's Spring right?

Yes it is...

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Game

Slack adjusters...

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Looking to Make the Occassional Drive

The best way to find out is to call said companies and ask. Some of them will have trouble with your 5 weeks off though. They consider your driving skills to become stale after a short time not driving.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Possible self driving/ autonomous trucks opinions and time frame?

I’m just gonna throw this out there since you’re young enough to see some of this happen in your lifetime. What about;

Drones? Think about it. Vertical lift of an entire 53’ container, straight shot to delivery and no roads to deal with. Altitude lanes could be established so as not to interfere with other air traffic. Currently, pilots sit in boxes in The US and control military drones on the other side of the globe. Why not freight drones? And why not you?

Expensive? Right now yes. Impossible? Hmm.

Some will say it can’t happen, but I grew up watching The Jetsons and we’ve got hand-held phones now and food that practically prepares itself.

Dive in, embrace technological advances and maybe you will be a future freight pilot. 😊

The strongest heavy lift helicopter we have now can lift a little over 20K pounds. It creates a hurricane on the ground around it when loaded. The logistics behind drones and heavy loads will not be overcome anytime soon.

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Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart Portable Gas Grill

Whichever way you go, make sure it is OK with your company.

ps. not to start a war but charcoal is superior in taste to propane to just about everybody. It is usually the quart of "charcoal fire starter" that ruins the taste of charcoal grilled food.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Old School Responds To Criticisms After Busting The Free Agency Myth

Apparently some still don't understand the meaning of the word truth in this website's name...

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Three Blind Mice

Are you sure that those aren't part of Knight's new aerodynamic low drag trailer experiment?

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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Got cought with weed

If you are going to use illegal drugs, my advice would be to quit trucking.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Old/ new driver

Exactly what are you expecting them to do for you?

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Old/ new driver

Your years, remembered skills, and experience do count for something. That something will put you ahead of any others going raw through a company's training program. However, today its all about insurance costs and what hoops they have to make you jump through to lower those costs. Many would require an experienced driver who has not driven in 90 days to go through a refresher course. You can argue all you want that I know I am skilled, safe, and able to pick it back up quickly, but lawsuits and insurance costs put you back to rank newbie in the eyes of these companies.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Test Question - Suspension System

I stand corrected. One of the things I love about this site is clear concise responses from the more experienced among us...sorry.gif

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Test Question - Suspension System

The suspension system functions as all but one of the following:

a. It distributes the load evenly b. It distributes and carries the weight of the truck c. It provides ergonomic comfort for the driver d. The front and rear axles are attached to it

B and D are in the book we are using in class (Delmar's) so it isn't B or D. But A and C both seem correct as well...

I would have to say A. It is trying to confuse you with A and B having similar wording. The word that makes answer A wrong is "evenly". The suspension system does distribute the load, but it does not do it evenly. That is why the trailer tandems and fifth wheels slide, to even up the load and make legal weight on each axle.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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New to Field, Seeking Suggestions

So I am trying to go through and do more research and pick a company to start with again, however I am having issues finding a "starting company" that people actually LIKE.

Any tips or suggestions? Thanks!

Stop putting any credence in what people *****ing on the internet have to say. Any of the major starting companies that haul freight in the area you want will be just fine. Fill out the web applications on those companies you are interested in and you will be called. You will have to go through refresher/retraining at any of them.

Good luck...

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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PRIME 30,000-40,000 miles or Local Trucking School?? for CDL OTR or Local??

The reality is that what it costs a company to buy insurance for you to drive their truck is super expensive until you get 6 months to a year of safe driving experience on the road trucking. Small companies have a much harder time paying these costs then large companies like Prime and the others. There is no downside to being under contract as long as you fulfill your end of the contract. In fact if you are under contract with Prime they are more likely to forgive the little things like fender benders at truck stops that so many new truckers get involved in because they have time and money invested in your career. Go OTR for a year and most of these local jobs become available to you. Some get lucky and get local jobs right away, but then don't have that year of experience that you really need. You learn so much in that first year that makes you a safer more effective driver.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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What If Question - OTR Hot or Cold

As long as it is 70 in the cab I don't care. Adjust for the conditions and endeavor to persevere...

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Pre hires

Fill out your school's online application and make sure all the information is correct. Ask the instructors if it has been filled out completely. Find out if Schneider is one of the companies your school application is sent to. If not fill one out at Schneider's website and note your graduation date in there. Find the companies you are interested in and fill out apps on their website.

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Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Wagging double 28

You might find that going just a little faster or slower may change the wiggle factor. Also make sure tire pressures are as even as possible. And slow smooth steering input is very helpful.

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