Profile For Bruce K.

Bruce K.'s Info

  • Location:
    Madison, WI

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years ago

Bruce K.'s Bio

I'm a 66 year old (as of 10/18) 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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Posted:  1 day, 13 hours ago

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Will I pass the DOT physical?

One of the best comments I've ever heard is that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Stamos, it sounds like you have learned the hard way how sacred and valuable life is. I really don't know the answer to your question but I would encourage you to try hard and I think you will find a way to be successful.

Posted:  1 day, 13 hours ago

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I saw a Turtle!

Hey, nobody picked up on my Turtle joke. Where does Turtle get first aid? At the Shell station. C'mon, that's funny I don't care who you are!

Posted:  1 day, 14 hours ago

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Prime Training starting 2/18 SLC

Porkchop, how is your water intake? My doctor told me I wasn't drinking enough water, and sure enough after a week of drinking at least 80 ounces of water per day, my BP came down to acceptable levels. So make sure you hydrate well before your next test. Besides that, caffeinated beverages should be avoided for a long as possible before the test. Soda like Coke or any of the sweetened beverages should be cut out completely and permanently. If you miss the carbonization, like I did, switch to carbonated water. Good luck and let us know how your test goes.

Posted:  1 day, 14 hours ago

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Family riders/passengers

Rainy, I don't remember a thing from my life before the age of 3 or 4. But I remember almost everything from my previous lives. Like the time I was an OTR chariot driver..........

Posted:  1 day, 15 hours ago

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Tracking Gladhand

Will they let me in with my Schneider truck & trailer? I can even bring a note from my mother.

Posted:  1 day, 15 hours ago

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Prime Training starting 2/18 SLC

Tell em the gap was "Personal Enrichment" time taken to get mentally prepared to be Primes star student.

Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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Was let go today.

At my age, I hold on for dear life every time I get in and out. What I fear most is a head injury. I'd hate to damage something that's never been used.

Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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Finally we got to leave West Valley

Raptor, are you getting daily pay while training? This is one of the issues with truck driving. If we get paid by the mile and something beyond our control happens, then we get no miles. I'm currently sitting idle for the third day in a row because of a breakdown. But delays happened when I was in construction and there was no pay for that, either, so I guess it has to be absorbed and then the beat goes on.

Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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Glad I didn't have to pay for this

Thank you, Pete. I failed as a political commentator, so I'm trying to switch to humor. Much less controversial.

Posted:  3 days, 2 hours ago

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Music Time...

Dave, that's a great, great suggestion. I have a echo dot at home. Never thought to use it in the truck. Thanks for the info!

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

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Glad I didn't have to pay for this

That's right about what most owner operators would do. That's the independent, can-do spirit of an OO. I would have done that myself if the company had let me. I would have considered it my "starter job".

Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Trailer Tire Woes

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Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Winter weather and Snow or Ice

All good advice. Growing up in Wisconsin and driving in winter conditions ever since I was 16, it can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you drive every winter in it, but only in a car or small truck. So it's easy to be over confident and think it's the same in your big truck with that big trailer behind you. Be very cautious and slow. Don't keep on the accelerator over bridges. Be more vigilant to look as far ahead as possible and slow up for curves and other situations coming up. If you are impeding traffic, get off, park and wait for conditions to get better.

Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Trailer Tire Woes

Kids, I'm telling you for your own good, crack is no good.

Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Rainy - CPAP question

Hey thanks for posting this topic and all the great replies My friend from school is going to check this out and hopefully become a contributor here. Right now he's struggling with the CPAP issue.

Posted:  3 days, 11 hours ago

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What CDL training company does not use hair follicle testing?

They did a hair test on me. I didn't have enough head hair, so they shaved my chest. (even then it was hard to get enough hair since hair doesn't grow well on steel) My tests came back positive for Geritol, Preparation H, and horse liniment. (The knees) But the company still hired me under the Senior Citizen Exemption (Federal regulation BS101)

Posted:  3 days, 11 hours ago

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Glad I didn't have to pay for this

Yesterday I was ready to go to work. Tried to start my truck. Nothing. Ohoh! I was at home and itching to get back on the road. So I haul out the battery tester and the batteries were fully charged. So I call emergency maintenance and everybody suspects the starter went mother in law. They decide to have it towed to a repair facility about an hour away. I asked the tow truck driver how much the tow would cost. He didn't know exactly but said "over $1000 for sure". Then I called the repair shop this morning and yup, it was the starter. Supposed to be done this afternoon and then I have to find a ride to go get it, plus 2 days idle with no pay. (Not complaining, I had plenty to catch up on). All I can say is this one relatively minor breakdown cost the company a lot of money. Don't think the trucking companies are breaking the bank. How many loads will I have to complete to make up for this expense to the company? I'm guessing 10 or 15? I'm just glad I didn't have to pay for it.

Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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Here is an example of why we stress staying with your company for a full year.

G-Town, Congratulations on your 6th anniversary. As a side note, I was in my car yesterday and I saw a great decal on a Swift truck. Right behind the passenger side door was a black and yellow sign, about 12" square, that said : WARNING YOU ARE IN MY BLIND SPOT Every truck should carry that warning.

Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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Preparing for CDL school is a family affair!!

Maybe you should prepare an isolation room for him. Totally sterile. Like in the movies, ET, etc. Although if you can't wait to "get your hands on him", you might lack total commitment! Have a great reunion, and remember people get sick all the time no matter how careful you are.

Posted:  3 days, 13 hours ago

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CRST Exit Oppurtunities???

Doug, Why did you choose CRST? Do you have specific reasons to want to team? Just curious because I know only one person I've ever met that I would consider teaming with. Getting assigned a total stranger would be a risk I couldn't take a chance on. You seem to be a very thoughtful guy, so I just wanted to see what your thought process was on this matter.

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