Profile For BK

BK's Info

  • Location:
    Madison, WI

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

  • Social Link:
    BK On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 10 months ago

BK's Bio

I'm a 69 year old (as of 10/21) single male. Retired from a 49 year construction career and getting into driving because I've always been interested in professional driving and seeing the country.

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ClassA Newbie Curious About Tyson

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About private fleets. Hiring can come and go, especially in the current economy. I was at Johnsonville in WI this week and they have a recruiting poster in the shipping/receiving office. Very attractive driving job with lots of perks. I checked out their website which states that the position has been filled. Translation: We are not currently hiring.

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Their website is accepting applications for OTR drivers out of Sheboygan Falls, WI (as well as Milwaukee, WI). It does specify 2 years of experience preferred. What catches my attention: "paid on hub miles," which is stated in the job listing. Man, it sounds like a pretty good gig there. 80 hours PTO right from the start. 10 paid holidays/year. Bruce, might be something to get in while the getting is good.

Ryan, I agree that Johnsonville Trucking is an attractive job. They are near where my grandson is attending college, so I would be able to see him more. However, I am very content with the company I’m currently with and don’t want to be a job hopper. I’m looking forward to getting my first year with them next March. Steady as she goes for now.

Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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ClassA Newbie Curious About Tyson

About private fleets. Hiring can come and go, especially in the current economy. I was at Johnsonville in WI this week and they have a recruiting poster in the shipping/receiving office. Very attractive driving job with lots of perks. I checked out their website which states that the position has been filled. Translation: We are not currently hiring.

Posted:  2 days ago

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Question of curiosity

Hi Ryan. A while back there was a discussion about these IdleAir installations at truck stops. I think one of Anne’s relatives had a part in their development. Most of the existing infrastructure of these can be identified by an elevated horizontal girder under which trucks parked and used the elephant trunks to heat or cool the tractors. A number of these structures still exist at older truck stops and I still see one occasionally.

It was an innovative idea at the time but was made obsolete by the APU.

Posted:  2 days, 6 hours ago

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Between a Class B truck (GVWR 33,000 lbs) and a Class A pick-up (pick-up truck towing a trailer >10,000 lbs), which is more difficult to drive?

Kearsey is correct, in my opinion. I’ve driven both straight truck and pickup + trailer regularly during my construction career. Have always had trailers. The one I had to be the most cautious with was a double axle Gator trailer used to transport my skid steer. It took a 1 ton truck to pull that load and it still made me nervous. Straight box trucks with no trailer, no problem.

Posted:  3 days, 8 hours ago

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Hotshot HOS Question(s)

Airborne, I think your email was well written and put the responsibility on the correct party, your employer. You got out in time and are much the wiser moving forward.

What puzzled me in reading what you posted is the point brought up about driving a semi instead of hotshot. You are very vague about your preference. Is it the team aspect? Why not get a legitimate job with an OTR company driving team? With a real sleeper compartment? You seem to be a conscientious person so you might do well with a legitimate gig driving for a company that is HOS compliant. I know hotshot driving can be done properly, but it seems to attract a lot of cowboys.

Posted:  4 days, 14 hours ago

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Coordinating your schedule with your circadian rhythm?

When you get to the point of finding a company to drive for, make that issue something you discuss with recruiters as it is a very critical issue.

My first employer, Schneider, was very dialed into determining what my natural sleep cycle was and they gave me assignments based on that. So my driving hours were very predictable and during the day driving dry van. Now refrigerated can be a different animal. My current employer only runs refrigerated and my driving hours are all over the place. They will not hire a driver who isn’t willing to drive at night. I find I can flip the script and still maintain adequate rest, but I can sleep during the day or night as required. You will have to take your own rhythm into consideration when you choose a company.

Posted:  4 days, 19 hours ago

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Starting

I was 66 when I decided to start driving with no previous experience in an 18 wheel vehicle. I’m 70 now and I wish I had started driving 20 years ago. The process was not easy, but that goes for probably every driver. Not easy, but very fulfilling.

Posted:  4 days, 23 hours ago

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Winter driving refresher tips and techniques

I carry two shovels with me. One is a regular snow shovel. I cut the handle down on one I already had so it would fit underneath the bunk, but I know foldable snow shovels can be found at truck stops. My second shovel is a short handled stirrup grip shovel with a sharp point for tackling ice and hard packed snow. Also carry some road salt and sand in small amounts.

Posted:  5 days, 4 hours ago

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Winter driving refresher tips and techniques

Since winter is now upon us, I would like to review the advice of experienced drivers about sound winter driving practices. I’ve driven through two winters without incident, but always like to keep up to date. I’m from Wisconsin, so I’ve driven in winter conditions all my life. But just the two winters driving a 18 wheeler. There are no doubt even newer drivers here who may be facing their first winter driving experience. Heck, I was in training with young drivers who had never even seen snow. Yikes. I would be especially interested in comments about avoiding a skid and the physics of handling one if a skid happens.

Posted:  5 days, 4 hours ago

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High Road: Tire Tread Terms, Questions

Pelican, you can pick up an inexpensive tire tread depth gauge at a truck stop. Both companies I’ve driven for have provided such gauges and pressure gauges to their new drivers, along with some other starter kit items like a trucker’s road atlas, etc.

Posted:  5 days, 16 hours ago

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What would you do?

What I wonder about is if there is a traffic law that applies to that situation. 1) Do you have to stop and wait until the red lights go off? 2) is it like other flashing red lights, complete stop and then proceed with caution? Depending on the visibility, if I could see far enough in both directions, I would cross the tracks. Who knows how long the lights would stay on and make me wait.

Posted:  5 days, 21 hours ago

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Internal debate on recaps vs resets.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I look at the 34 hr reset as more of a 24 hr reset. I can usually arrange my schedule to run out my clock as close as reasonably possible to using up my 11 hr/14hr clock when I’m approaching 70 hrs. Then I have to take a 10 hr break, (which I have to take regardless of where I am on my 70), then I only need 24 more hrs to complete the reset. This is how I look at it and try to get a 10 and my 34 all rolled into one reset. Doesn’t always work out perfectly but it does more often than not.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Werner Enterprise Question

Yes, Werner owns Roadmaster. My best trucking friend started with Roadmaster as an instructor about 8 weeks ago.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truck driver troubles

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On Saturday I got a call to check on a company driver who was unresponsive. I was the only driver in the area, so I re-routed to get to her location.

I actually had to do some detective work at the truck location. I got some info from the CEFCO location and relayed that to the company. They eventually found the driver. She was wondering around. Either drunk, sick or on drugs. Unfortunately, before help could arrive, she wandered into traffic, on foot, and got hit. She is now in the hospital in critical condition. Very sad situation to say the least.

I just wish I could have gotten to her sooner and I know she would be ok if I had been there to help her. Her name is Susie and I hope she survives.

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I hate to say it, but that's a horrible position to put a driver in. I know that you would have done your best to help her, as any of us would, but we are not first responders. I wonder why dispatch didn't contact local police to do a welfare check. In my opinion, that would have been more appropriate.

Yeah, those are valid questions. I don’t know all the extenuating circumstances. I do know that the sheriffs dept. was called early on and apparently they let her go. It appears that she got hit after that. I’m sure the company will conduct a thorough investigation, at least to clear itself of any liability. I just wish I could have been there to prevent this from happening.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Start with my training in a few weeks

Etch-a-Sketch, (lol),

Great news. And good luck, you can’t go wrong starting your career with Prime. Maybe some day I’ll pass your truck!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truck driver troubles

On Saturday I got a call to check on a company driver who was unresponsive. I was the only driver in the area, so I re-routed to get to her location.

I actually had to do some detective work at the truck location. I got some info from the CEFCO location and relayed that to the company. They eventually found the driver. She was wondering around. Either drunk, sick or on drugs. Unfortunately, before help could arrive, she wandered into traffic, on foot, and got hit. She is now in the hospital in critical condition. Very sad situation to say the least.

I just wish I could have gotten to her sooner and I know she would be ok if I had been there to help her. Her name is Susie and I hope she survives.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Signage for truckers

Ryan brought up an interesting issue in a previous post.

Sometimes signage is really lacking. An example from my recent experience is from a delivery I made to Avrio Logistics in Woodbridge, NJ. Very obscure location, no business sign, confusing directions on the Omnitrac. I went past the location twice before realizing it was my only option. If there was a sign, it would have been so much easier.

So why do businesses that rely on trucking for pickups and deliveries not realize the need to have signs? The lack of proper signage can be very frustrating and time consuming.

What experiences have you had that relate to signage?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Leaning tower

Nice marketing scheme!

Harvey, great job finding that link. Really cool to know the history behind that water tower. I had no idea that it was tilted on purpose. I spent the night parked in Elk City, OK, across the street from the Route 66 museum.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Kansas City Sports Complex interchange.

Yes, 435 north to 70 east. Exit 63A, I’ll write that down for the next time. Thanks.

Posted:  1 month ago

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A new recipe to share - Cowboy Beans

Wow, that does look good.

For those of us who cook in the truck, I think your recipe could be done in a crock pot. Also, for truck cooking, you can buy at Walmart and probably other stores, jars of chopped onions and bacon bits. I carry those ingredients and it makes crock pot recipes easier for the truck.

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