Profile For Bruce K.

Bruce K.'s Info

  • Location:
    Madison, WI

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 4 months 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:  31 minutes ago

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Mail truck crash

I guess some of my fan mail will be late. Hopefully some bills, too. Lol

Posted:  4 hours, 46 minutes ago

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My first lot lizard encounter

Grumpy, I just saw the photo you posted. It's always great to start the day off with a good laugh! Thanks for posting that!

Posted:  12 hours, 49 minutes ago

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Would you refuse this load?

Is this a one time shot or a regular run? If they are asking you to do it just the one time (and you love working for this company), definitely accept the assignment without griping. And don't listen to the other drivers or worry about what they think.

Posted:  20 hours, 46 minutes ago

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Another Walmart Bans Overnight Parking...

If I parked at a Walmart, I always went in and did my shopping and then went to ask permission so the manager could see I was a customer. Not saying this is a sure-fire practice, but I was never denied permission, and even once when the no parking signs were posted. Besides, Schneider's company policy is to always ask permission.

Posted:  22 hours, 2 minutes ago

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Game: What Excites You Now That You Drive?

We sacrifice a lot of "normal" things when we head out to training or OTR. Taking a nice relaxing bath anytime you feel like it, going to a movie theater or mall, or even going to dinner with a friend. We all want what we dont have, so when we see it, we get excited.

After being on the road, simple things in life excite me such as cheap laundry with front load washers. Or a free shower on the OH turnpike.

What perks your ears and eyes with excitement?

Driving.

Posted:  22 hours, 28 minutes ago

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Prime inc help

Ok just got to Pennsylvania at the hotel they gave me my application to hand write in. No problem I have nothing to hide but they are asking if I have a copy of the FMCSA hand book in my possession. My bad was not on my check list and did not get one. Can I get one at the company store or what should I do. I don’t like not being prepared. I try my best to be a over achiever and this is not like me I feel like a a## .

Shawn, you are being unnecessarily hard on yourself. If you weren't informed you needed one, just tell them that, maybe they will provide one for you or help you get one. But just relax. Don't start school all tensed up, it'll be okay. Deep breaths!

Posted:  1 day, 1 hour ago

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Game: What Excites You Now That You Drive?

It’s a work in progress for the past several years. Hope to get it finished in the next five years, then live there full time.

Got indoor plumbing, or is it like a sleeper cab? Lol.

Posted:  1 day, 17 hours ago

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Game: What Excites You Now That You Drive?

Well, I'm not driving right now for at least 6 more months, so just seeing a truck going down the road excites me. It was all a great adventure for me.

What I enjoyed most was getting pre-assignments and seeing where I was going next. Sometimes the anticipation was better than the reality, but it was still great to get a pre-assignment on my tablet, get the Atlas out and do a pre-trip plan.

Posted:  2 days, 3 hours ago

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Half of us will be unemployed in 5 years.

Rick said: "I mean, you can go to sleep or have sex in a Tesla on autopilot ...."

Rick, are these Tesla models available to the general public? Where might I find one?

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Posted:  2 days, 5 hours ago

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My first lot lizard encounter

I had one knock on my door at the flying j in Indianapolis last October. Asked if she could come in and warm up.

Andrew, you only told us part of the story. Were you a nice guy and let her in for some hot chocolate?

Posted:  2 days, 16 hours ago

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My first lot lizard encounter

Marc, thank you. Schneider provided us with that number to keep in our trucks. I had it handy when I was driving. Very important.

Posted:  2 days, 17 hours ago

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My first lot lizard encounter

There is an organization fighting human trafficking in the trucking industry. Truckers Against Trafficking? Can somebody post that info here. The idea is to get truckers to call the number whenever they get the knock on the door. If women are being forced to go door to door at truck stops, don't just turn them away. Call the police. Hopefully, the police can arrest the pimps.

Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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Half of us will be unemployed in 5 years.

The guy who wrote that fake news article is the one who should be out of a job. Not in 5 years, but immediately. I'm calling total BS on that one.

Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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New career with a "best fit" for me.

Everything Old School and Tractor Man said is true and you can take it to the bank. OTR trucking is a very time consuming job. This past winter I had two home times consisting of a total 3.5 days and when I was home I was only able to do 2 things: Plow snow and sleep. Of course, you don't have to worry about snow, but you get the point.

If you and the wife have a business, you need to be sure she can run it without you because if you go OTR, you won't have the time or energy to help her. Or do what TM suggested, get a local job. I know several dump truck drivers who do quite well and work a fairly normal schedule.

BTW, what is the business you started?

Posted:  2 days, 23 hours ago

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Dash Cam Again

TM, I can always look to you for good advice and a good laugh to boot!

Posted:  2 days, 23 hours ago

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Dash Cam Again

Do any of you use dash cams on your personal vehicle?

Posted:  2 days, 23 hours ago

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Prime Upgrade Freeze

I scanned this thread, but I might have missed something, so excuse me if this has already been mentioned. If Eric hasn't got a truck yet, can he still back out of the lease agreement and go to company driving?

Posted:  3 days ago

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Dash Cam Again

PackRat, where did you mount it exactly? And is the "installs in minutes" true?

Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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What have your learned about trucking from your dog or cat?

I know this is weird, but I was thinking about my dog and how his personality factors into driving.

1) Always alert. Moocho Poocho is always looking ahead and never gets complacent

2) Non aggressive. Defensive (co) driver. Yields to idiot drivers to avoid accidents.

3) Friendly. Shippers and receivers respond favorably to his demeanor and friendliness.

4) Goes with the flow. Doesn't get agitated over delays or routine issues. If there is a delay, he just views it as an opportunity to rest and relax.

5) Willing to work long hours on guard duty if necessary. Never complains.

6) Gladly accepts HOS rules. Especially likes the 10 hour and 34 hour rule.

7) Loves truck drivers, (ok, he loves everyone)

8) Safety conscious. He wants me to slow down or stop when conditions are dangerous.

9) Makes me believe I'm in charge even though he really is. Keeps me aligned with company policy. Lol.

10) Doesn't want me to be a O/O or L/O because he's worried I wouldn't be able to afford dog food.

Posted:  3 days, 20 hours ago

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Which company would offer regular home time?

Drove for Schneider with a plan for two weeks driving, 3 days home. They were completely reliable on that promise, except sometimes I wanted to stay out more than two weeks. That was always okay with Schneider. Great company for a "company" driver, but they are no nonsense. So, if you want to run the company because you know more, go somewhere else.

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