Profile For Bill R.

Bill R.'s Info

  • Location:
    Nashville, TN

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

  • Social Link:
    Bill R. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    1 year ago

Bill R.'s Bio

I'm winding down a 40 year career in health care. Planning to start driving next year, when my youngest graduates college (I'd go now, but the current job covers her tuition...chunk of change you can't pass up...) Background: Grew up on a farm in north Mississippi. Learned how to work and take responsibility for what I had to do. Hard work at times, but good memories. Started college...not really knowing what I wanted to do. Started in "Pre - "insert major here)". Wound up switching to registered nursing and haven't looked back. I've worked just about every job in a hospital for a nurse, mostly ICU of some kind or in the Emergency Rooms, I did both Adult and Pediatrics. Moved to Nashville in 1987 and I've been at the same hospital since then, with one break when my schedule needs changed and my wife (she's a nurse, too) said "Well mine isn't, so you'll have to find a new job"...got back in 1999. I've been married to the most wonderful woman I know for 35 years...(hey, she puts up with me). 4 children (2 boys and 2 girls) and 2 grand-daughters.

Why did I decide to look into Trucking... I do have some experience second hand from my teens/early twenty's. My high-school girl-friend's Dad drove a team rig OTR for Kimberly Clark out of Memphis, TN. Weekly trips, usually home every weekend. He really enjoyed his work. Friend of mine's family raised beef cattle. They had a cab-over Mack and trailer. I rode on several trips with him, hauling cattle. Never got to drive but took it all in. Drove a school bus during college for 2 years, 5 speed granny with air brakes. I had a 67 mile one way trip, longest one they ran.

So here I sit one day talking with the kids about what I would like to do when I slow down from working healthcare. Do I want to do retail (Home Depot or Publix)?...Just something to keep me busy and make a bit of money. I really want to travel and see the country, but that could get expensive.... One of the boys says "Heck, Dad, as much as you like driving on trips, why don't you drive a ruck!??.... Ding, Ding, Ding....!!! "Road Trip" is one of my favorite terms...I frequently take 500 mile "day" rides on my motorcycle. I drive instead of flying by choice. So here I am, reading everything I can find on trucking and making it a new career. I'm learning a lot and some of my ideas on how this might go have been confirmed and squashed...good things.

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Posted:  22 hours, 35 minutes ago

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Survey: Your biggest worries and most important questions

Mack Truck....WKDF! WOW! I've not heard that name in forever. Thanks for that memory jog, Bill R.

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Yup.
I got to thinking after I posted...mixed up my DJs...Mack Truck was on 98.6 WSIX...Bubba Skynyrd was WKDF....boy I miss those days....rofl-1.gif
Bill

Posted:  1 day, 21 hours ago

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Survey: Your biggest worries and most important questions

Brett,
Thanks bunches for this great web resource. One of, if not THE best out there (to quote one of my favorite radio characters..."That's my opinion, ought to be yours"..."Mack Truck" 103 WKDF Nashville, back in the day).
I can't really think of anything that hasn't already been mentioned. Looking forward to any new articles.
You guys keep the info coming for us newbies.
Bill R.

Posted:  1 day, 21 hours ago

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A new grandson!

Congrats, Donna.
Spoil him up good.
God Bless you all and stay safe.
Bill R

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Look what I brought home today...

Congratulations, Susan!!!
Beautiful young lady. Love her up.
I know my 2 little girls are a couple of the greatest blessings we have had.
Bill R.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Hazmat Endorsement

Bill, no you do not have to have your CDL yet, but you do need to have your fingerprints & background check completed before you take the HAZMAT endorsement test.

Thanks for the confirmation. I was hoping I could get things in line to test out on all the endorsements at one time (and hopefully pass...)
I'll be wearing the High Road training out again soon.
Bill R

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Hazmat Endorsement

Looking to testing time in the spring.
Do you have to have "CDL in hand" to get the HazMat endorsement?
Read thru the regs and kinda seems you do. Does the permit count?
Bill R

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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How To Prevent Drivers From Tailgating You

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"Breaker Pigpen, this here's the Duck. You wanta back off them carcasses there? It's getting intense up here!"...
I just couldn't resist...rofl-2.gif
Ya'll be safe out there!
Bill R

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Never Forget - 9/11

Worked a 12 hour over night shift in the Pediatric ER. Got home, hugged my kids and went to sleep. The world had changed when I woke up that afternoon. We were also on alert for a while.
God bless all those who lost family and friends. We will not forget them.
Bill R.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Game for Newbies: Why Do You Think Trucking Will Be a Good Fit For You?

I could easily quote Rob D here and be done. I think I may have a "long lost brother" there.smile.gif
As my current career is becoming more and more of something I don't want to continue doing, I began looking for something that would interest me and provide time for some of the experiences I would enjoy (driving around the US of A and seeing more of this great country). Discussing this with my sons one afternoon, one said, "Dad, you just need to drive a truck."...
I really, really like to drive on the open road...bicycle, motorcycle, car...they're all good. How many different ways are there to get to the Tail of the Dragon in southeast TN?...give me that map...rofl-3.gif
I like an assignment/job with defined start and end points and my performance to get the load delivered safely is what gets the job done.
I don't mind being the only person around when I'm working. Team mates are OK, but I'd rather be out by myself...
I am more enthused about this potential opportunity than any job I've ever tried to get. My wife has even commented on this.
And a huge thank you to everyone who participates here. Great information provided and it really makes you think through this career decision.
Bill R

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Wow guyz!!! My inbox is full and texts unread!

Great video. I really appreciate the ones that actually provide information I can use. Will be looking forward to more.
Hoping for the best on the weight loss. Right there with you on that task. Cutting down on the junk food and focusing on veggies. Had luck with that in the past.
I'm also back to pedaling my "trike" 10-15 miles a day, starting to lose the extra inches I've packed on the last couple of years.

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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New York City combats rash of cyclist/truck clashes

Rick S. wrote:

but if the bicycle riders are anything like the last time I was there, they (for the most part) ride like they own the road without consideration to any traffic around them. So it's no surprise to me they get themselves "eaten" by trucks. Bikes are one step down from cabbies in their complete disregard to others around them.

As a cyclist and one-time commuter, I can't agree more with Rick.
On any cycle (I currently ride a recumbent trike and just sold off my motorcycles) I keep my head on a swivel and in the mirrors. Bicycle riders are getting more and more "brave" and don't pay any attention to where they are in a lane or what is around them.
And motorists here in Nashville aren't making it any better, either. I rarely ride on the streets around here due to the quite likely chance some SUV will veer over the right line and BOOM. One of the main reasons I stopped commuting on the bicycle years back.
Thank goodness we have some decent bike trails/paths near my home.


RealDiehl...you hit that one right up the middle. Stopped at a red light on the motorcycle one day...SWOOSH!!!!...Escalade with a soccer ball on the back window just about took my left elbow off as they ran the light in the left turn lanewtf.gif the wind blast actually rocked me a bit.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Smallest/lightest load you have hauled?

Well, haven't hauled anything, yet....smile.gif

I passed an Averitt Express flat bed on I-40 West out of Nashville the other day.
He had 1 electrical transformer on a pallet, the size that you see in neighborhoods. He had it sitting over the drives, 2 straps.
Bill

Posted:  5 months, 4 weeks ago

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13 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Long-Haul Truck Driver

G-Town wrote:

Sorry I can’t agree, the majority of the article (surprisingly) is quite truthful and accurate. And chances are; there were additional details qualifying things like “driver shortage” that were edited-out.

Normally, I wouldn't read anything from Cosmopolitan, either.
I have to agree with G-Town on this one, though.

Read the whole article and it pretty much tells everything I've alrady gleaned from reading through Trucking Truth. No fluff, no drama, just some good facts.

I guess this one falls into "Don't judge a book by the cover"...
Bill R.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Coming to a complete stop

NeeklODN said...

I'm waiting at a shipper. Popcorn at the ready.

Mmmm...popcorn....And a very large col' drank...in my deeply Southern accent... dancing-dog.gif

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Swinging Doors

I bet that is kinda disconcerting when looking back and seeing all that trailer wall.embarrassed.gif

Great that you'll have time to visit your daughter. Hope you get there safely and have good weather.
Bill

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Question for downhill driving with an automatic?

Tractor Man wrote:
I use the "safe speed" formula. For example: If I have determined my safe speed to be 45 mph, I choose a gear and engine brake setting that will actually keep me below my safe speed.
once I reach 40 mph i will briefly push the accelerator to release the engine brake, get back up to 45 mph, then let the engine braking slow me back down to 40 mph. I rarely use the service brakes when going down hill.

Tractor,
Excellent advice. Putting this one in the helpful hint file. I've done the same thing in my personal vehicle, but it has never crossed my mind when thinking over CMV driving.
Bill R.

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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The end of an adventure, and how Prime is helping me begin another.

Turtle said:

However, I grossly underestimated the strength of us missing them.

Turtle,
I'm right there with you, man. My 1st grandbaby is in Wisconsin (we get up there every 3-4 months) and it's looking like #2 will eventually wind up on the Gulf Coast. Hoping OTR can get me some loads in the vicinity for a short visit or reset once in a while.

Seems like you really have a great thing going there with the new direction at Prime. Wishing you all the best.

Really appreaciate all these positive examples that show what can be done in trucking when you apply yourself and do a great job.


Bill R.

Posted:  7 months, 2 weeks ago

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From The Corporate Environment To Trucking

Brett,
I would really like to read something like this, especially as it is exactly where I'm sitting right now...coporate job and politics getting older by the minute...looking for something new.

G-Town,
Excellent response, as usual. Great questions/responses to get one thinking over this new career change we are considering.

I'm in a very similar situation to TXGooner with family and money (college tuition), but I do have an end point in sight when my daughter graduates next year. Family is supportive and understand what I am hoping to do with the new career. I just have to stick it out that long.

Getting my patience and humility practice in...don't tell 'em what I think. Just get the job done and make sure my customers are receiving great service from the work I do.

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Looking forward to more replies and the article, eventually.
Bill R.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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How Can Truckers Protect Themselves From Being Attacked On The Road? Article by Rainy

PackRat said:

If I’m ever parked close by, I’m going to jump up on the running boards, then tap Morse coded messages to you through the back of the sleeper.

I'll help!!! rofl-1.gifrofl-2.gif

Rainy, Great article, BTB...
Thanks,
Bill R

Posted:  8 months ago

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Question for you men.....

I've been working with mostly women (Hospital nursing) for 40 years...after all I've heard and witnessed, "I'm just "one of the girls"...thank-you.gif Write on, looking forward to the read. Bill R

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