Profile For Pete B.

Pete B.'s Info

  • Location:
    VA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    Pete B. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 6 months ago

Pete B.'s Bio

Striving to be a safe, productive, and courteous driver, and living up to my bobble head proclaiming that I’m my “Wife’s Greatest Hero.”

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Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Truck Mattress

Ok, thanks Rainy.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Can You Go Home Again?

I can’t explain the difference, but I went home recently after 14 mos. away, and while walking down the sidewalk with my wife, later in the first day back, holding her hand, it felt so comfortable, as if I’d never left.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Truck Mattress

What did ya’ll do with the old mattress, after buying the new one? Would you put the new one on top of the old one?

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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May I please have some advice?

Big Jim, I’m going to discourage you further from starting out driving tankers; you really need to learn the principles of driving a big truck before hauling liquids. The surge is no joke. It takes practice to anticipate how the liquid will act while traveling down a mountain, and negotiating curves on the way down. Nighttime driving is twice as precarious because you can’t see the bends in the road as far in advance as you would in the daytime.

You seem to think hauling tankers is more profitable; I don’t know about Prime and their food-grade loads, but on the chemical side, yes, we earn more cpm’s, but the miles are much shorter. The vast majority of loads are under 1000 mi. I am a bit of a hypocrite, I started as a newbie driving tankers, and wouldn’t haul anything else at this point, but I don’t recommend it for new drivers. The learning curve has scared the hell out of me at times.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Here's what I'm up to now

Daniel, congratulations on finding something that you and your wife are happy with. I have a friend who used to be a suit with Old Dominion; nothing but good things about that company!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Trucking questions

To continue the hijacking of this thread, at one of our OC‘s last year a truck caught fire, which spread to four other trucks. I shot a real nice video, as I was close enough to feel the heat, which I then uploaded onto YouTube. Two days later I got a phone call from my driver manager asking me very nicely to please take it down. Which I did without hesitation.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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I need honest opinons

I drive tankers for Schneider, but see plenty of their dry vans at the OCs; I assure you, our equipment is top-notch. The support system is phenomenal. I can’t imagine a better ‘first company’ to work for.

I believe you are under the mistaken impression that the job you take will affect your level of fitness. Maybe I should have led with this point. If you are not in the habit of exercising and maintain a poor diet, flatbedding isn’t going to change that. You aren’t going to get your heart rate up enough often enough tarping loads to make a difference physiologically. With regard to exercising, nearly every Schneider dry van OC (and they’re lots of them) has an exercise room. And you can always walk outside. You need to fix your diet regardless of what company you drive for. 40lbs is no joke. Know what I’ve put in my stomach today? Coffee, apples, and yogurt. I’m about to fix dinner... a salad w/reduced fat Wheat Thins. It’s not that difficult. You can do it. Stick w/Schneider for one year, then re-evaluate your options.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Chuck Norris Jokes You've Heard

Chuck Norris doesn’t sleep. He waits.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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A statistic

Best of luck to you Jmart; if it was putting undue stress on your family, I’m glad you chose family.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Share A Cool Moment From Your Day

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This isn’t even close to the beauty I saw today driving through The Rockies in southern Colorado, but it’ll do for my 10hr break. Chama, NM.

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Throw The Dog A Bone

That’s wonderful , Old School, I’m so happy you get to spend time with your family in Dayton. It’s also a great real-life example of how all the things you write about pay off handsomely for you in the end. Enjoy the time off!

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Let's put some faces to names

There’s a nice collection of mutts on here, but none as cute as my Popa (pronounced “poe-pah”); sadly, she’s not traveling with me.

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Me w/my better half:

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Posted:  2 months ago

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HAZMAT and HighRoad?

A bit late to the party here, but I too used High Road’s HAZMAT training exclusively, passing the HAZMAT tests in Montana and Texas.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Is This True?

First I’ve heard of it. My company passes the detention pay on to the customer. In my particular line of trucking it would induce chaos. There are several other ways we are paid besides cpm’s.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign

I need to give up trying to use the quotes.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign

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I've driven past that sign in Wisconsin many times. Always gives me a laugh. Should be at mile post 420.smile.gif

That’s hilarious... I’m surprised some of the local teens haven’t thought of that yet... erecting an honorary milepost sign. Or maybe they do, and as soon as it goes up, the law takes it down.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign

After I’m all done driving, maybe I’ll stop by…

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Posted:  2 months ago

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Getting high on my 34

I took a girlfriend skydiving for her birthday, a present that I enjoyed as much as she. It was our first time, so of course it was tandem. I hardly noticed the person strapped to my back. It was one of the greatest thrills I have ever had. I don’t know which I enjoyed more, the free-fall or the floating once the chute opened. It was a gorgeous day, mostly sunny with a few clouds, with the temp in the 80s. The jump occurred near Williamsburg, VA, so there was plenty of water and land all around. This was in the mid- to late-90s, so unfortunately my video is on VHS. But I still have it.

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How I Poisoned a Terminal Rat

You’re a better man than I, Old School. I probably wouldn’t have ordered her the egg rolls, pretending to forget to add them to the order. I’ve found my fuse is incredibly short with people who are always seeking the easy route, preying upon the benevolence of others. I commend you for your efforts, even if you almost killed her!

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Urine and hair tests

I have given urine samples in the states of Montana, Texas, and Indiana; not once did someone observe me providing the sample. I am bald; to obtain hair for the hair follicle sample it was removed from my arm with a razor.

The only people I’ve known to remove all of their body hair are swimmers and triathletes; if an overweight or out of shape person shows up with all of their body hair removed, I would consider that highly suspicious.

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