Profile For Bruce K.

Bruce K.'s Info

  • Location:
    Madison, WI

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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    Bruce K. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 8 months ago

Bruce K.'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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Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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45 degree alley dock HELP

Thanks, Larry. No stricter standards for experienced drivers. But the time frame is condensed, therefore no practice time. They put us out there to test with no practice beforetime. I haven't driven or backed for 2 years, so I guess I'm their most inexperienced "experienced" student.

That being said, Schneider is bending over backwards to help me. They held me over for 3 additional days for extra training at their expense. Both my instructor and his direct supervisor have been very good to me by allowing this extended opportunity. I just hope I can live up to their expectations next week.

I believe that they believe I can be more that just another pretty face as a driver. Hehe.

Posted:  1 day, 5 hours ago

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What is causing the backlog at the ports in Long Beach and Los Angeles?

Pandemic-induced shopping sprees ahead of the holiday season, coupled with a national labor shortage, are thought to be the main cause. (copied and pasted from the Business Insider)

I understand that things are in a similar state at the Ports of New York and New Jersey.

Posted:  1 day, 7 hours ago

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Intermodal driving

I've noticed that Intermodal driving is not mentioned very much. What are the main differences between Intermodal and flatbed/refer/dry van?

Posted:  1 day, 7 hours ago

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45 degree alley dock HELP

Bruce,

Don't forget about using the toy truck method we've talked about on here.

Yes. Thanks for the reminder!

Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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45 degree alley dock HELP

Turtle, thanks for putting all that effort into determining why I'm having trouble. Above and beyond the call of duty!

I think your observations are correct and I will try to tweak my process. I'm not that far away. My instructor says I'm at a "5" in their scoring. I have to get to an "8" to pass. So, I need to improve about 20% or slightly more. Thanks again for all the help.

Posted:  1 day, 11 hours ago

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Paths To Making GOOD money as a truck driver?

Hello all,

I've noticed that some people are making 6 figures as truck drivers while most aren't even close. What have the people that are making 6 figures done differently?

Some possibilities are that they started young and have a lot of experience. With that experience, they were able to get into a specialized area of trucking like heavy hauling . Or perhaps their experience allows them to be super efficient. I think the moderators on this site fit the super efficient category, which is why guys like me who are learning make it a point to read every word they post.

Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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Introduction

I'm assuming this fuel truck is not an "Articulated Vehicle". Just a straight truck, correct? What type of fuel will you be hauling? If so, it will not count as CDL experience.

Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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Training Complete... Test Tuesday

Good luck, Scott. I feel your pain because I'm facing a backing test next week. When you pass the test, and I'm hoping you will, you will have a great feeling of accomplishment.

Posted:  2 days, 4 hours ago

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45 degree alley dock HELP

Something a driver told me was to stay hyper focused on the tandems. And while doing that draw an imaginary line on the pavement and follow it. Slow it down as much as possible and try and wait and see where the tandems are going to go. I was making adjustments way to quickly.

By slow it down he meant use the clutch but I’m not sure how you would do that assuming you are in an automatic.

it's very easy to go slow in an AMT. The driver might have to paddle down to R1 and on a flat surface the truck will creep at idle. Same thing for Drive mode.

Posted:  2 days, 5 hours ago

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45 degree alley dock HELP

Sometimes the back of the trailer is too far left or two far right.

Posted:  2 days, 5 hours ago

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45 degree alley dock HELP

Definitely having an issue with when to start chasing. And getting the back of the trailer centered in the hole consistently.

Posted:  2 days, 8 hours ago

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45 degree alley dock HELP

I passed all my tests at Schneider, but failed the 45 degree alley dock. I have to re-take the test on Monday. Can anyone help me with some advice about this? All my setups are fine but I'm having trouble when I start backing in determining when to end the straight back and to start chasing the trailer. My instructor teaches differently than I originally learned and I'm not allowed to depart from his exact method, if that makes any sense. If I fail a second time, I will be sent packing.

Thanks, Turtle. The setup I'm doing is to run perpendicular to the trailers I want to park between, about 3 feet away from the fronts of those two trailers. At this point my tractor and trailer are aligned and straight. (53' trailer) . Get my tractor drives centered on the hole. Tractor pointed at 9:00. Then hard right until tractor is at 12:00. Then hard left until tractor is again at the 9:00 position. Stop with steer wheels straight. Reverse until the rear corner of the driver's side of trailer is at the imaginary line extended out from the first line of the space. Then begin a hard chase of the trailer. If I understand your method, Turtle, you back straight a little further, until your rear driver's side trailer wheel meets the same line before you begin your hard chase.

One of my problems is that I've had at least 5 instructors, at various times in my career teach this maneuver in different ways. Sometimes the differences were only slight, but still confusing. Early on, one instructor didn't like the 45 degree back, so he taught the 90 degree back.

Posted:  2 days, 18 hours ago

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TV problems

Keep your money and read library books or get audio books. Best sleeping pills are books.

Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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45 degree alley dock HELP

I passed all my tests at Schneider, but failed the 45 degree alley dock. I have to re-take the test on Monday. Can anyone help me with some advice about this? All my setups are fine but I'm having trouble when I start backing in determining when to end the straight back and to start chasing the trailer. My instructor teaches differently than I originally learned and I'm not allowed to depart from his exact method, if that makes any sense. If I fail a second time, I will be sent packing.

Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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Becoming inactive pros and cons

Why not just get a two year card for under $100, skipping all the hassle later?

If what PackRat suggests is possible, that would be the best solution. My CDL is from Wisconsin and two years ago I had to stop driving. By Wisconsin law, I had to downgrade my CDL to a Class B, In-state-driving-only. Getting upgraded again to a Class A CDL was exactly what PackRat said: A Huge & Expensive Hassle

Posted:  3 days, 18 hours ago

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Lumpers

I hated loads that required lumpers. What a hassle. Glad that they were seldom a factor.

Posted:  3 days, 18 hours ago

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Hello all! Nervous Newbie with questions.

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Hey all! First time poster, long time lurker.

First I’d like to say I’m a big fan of what you guys have here. It’s nice to have a community of great people with an open mind and a fount of knowledge of all things trucking. Over the last 10 months I’ve read almost every post, thread, diary, and article on here. I’ve learned much, but hope to learn much more in the next couple of months (and hopefully years to come).

After months of research and consideration, Ive done what I see lots of newbies do on this website. I’ve picked several starter mega carriers that I would like to begin my career with. In no particular order they are: TMC, Prime Inc, and Schneider (hoping to do flat bedding, but would take anything I can get). Ive been doing research and have been getting all my ducks in a row to transition to my new career after the end of the December holidays.

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Sorry for the wall of text, if your still reading Congratulations! Any advice for this hopeful newbie who has since turned into a nervous wreck? Much obliged

-Jay

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As a recent graduate from Schneider ( I get my truck Friday 09/24/21) I can tell you they will pull your driving record for last 4 years. If there is no charges or tickets for the accident then it's unlikely to show. I had a similar incident that was just out of the 4 year range. Luckily the officer who knew I wasn't at fault but under .....modern social pressure...... was pressured into writing me the ticket and only gave me a traffic light ticket. No worries. You'll be fine.

Donny, with all due respect, Schneider (and probably all other companies) will know about the accident. How do I know? From personal experience.

Posted:  3 days, 18 hours ago

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Some questions about truck driving

Try Schneider. Company paid CDL training program starts in January. Schneider quit training students for their CDL long ago, but that program will resume in January 2022.

Great training program, stable employment, advancement opportunities, excellent equipment, steady flow of work. Intermodal pays very well.

Posted:  3 days, 22 hours ago

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What is causing the backlog at the ports in Long Beach and Los Angeles?

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Does the back up of ships have any connection with the recent blockage in the Suez Canal?

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I would think that blockage would’ve affected east coast but not west coast.

From what I read, some of those ships that were blocked had to go around south America instead of the Panama Canal to get to the Left coast. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Posted:  3 days, 23 hours ago

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My Trucking Journey from the beginning

Trucking is like life in general, a roller coaster ride. There are incredible lows and incredible highs. The trick is to average those two extremes into a realistic and stable outlook on life. Stay the course and you will have success.

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