Profile For Bill F.

Bill F.'s Info

  • Location:
    Northwest, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 3 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:  3 days, 23 hours ago

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Husband teaching wife to drive???

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

Posted:  5 days, 21 hours 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 week, 1 day 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 week, 2 days 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 week, 2 days ago

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Schneider training is changing

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

Posted:  1 week, 3 days 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 week, 5 days 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:  3 weeks, 6 days 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:  3 weeks, 6 days 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:  3 weeks, 6 days 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:  1 month 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:  1 month 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:  1 month, 1 week 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?

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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GPS Dependancy Is Bad

Interstate driver ends up stuck on North Carolina beach.

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Soooo close but so far...

Have her get a baby sitter. Drive to where you are, and have a night out in the truck... wink wink, nudge nudgedancing.gif

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Heaviest Weight You've Hauled...?

Permitted for 88K in my long dump, but regularly run in the low 90s. All depends on whether our runs go by the scales...

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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DAC report says "authorized location with notice" or "without notice"

Contact Hireright using their, dispute a report link. Find out from them where this information is coming from and go from there. Good luck.

Posted:  3 months, 2 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 months, 3 weeks 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.

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