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:
    10 months, 1 week 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" 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.

Page 1 of 2

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Posted:  1 day, 13 hours ago

View Topic:

How To Prevent Drivers From Tailgating You

"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:  1 week, 3 days ago

View Topic:

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:  2 weeks ago

View Topic:

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"
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:  1 month ago

View Topic:

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:  1 month, 1 week ago

View Topic:

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. 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:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Smallest/lightest load you have hauled?

Well, haven't hauled anything,

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.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

View Topic:

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:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Coming to a complete stop

NeeklODN said...

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

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

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

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.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

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.

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:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

View Topic:

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.

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:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

View Topic:

From The Corporate Environment To Trucking

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.

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.


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

Posted:  5 months ago

View Topic:

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...
Bill R

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

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

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

View Topic:

Buuurrrrr, It's Cold Up Here!

I had one stop in Pella,IA and one in Wasau, WI for today. Man, I don't know how you folks do it up here. Get me back to Texas - I wasn't made for this kind of weather!

Old School, I hear ya'.
We've been in Prairie du Sac, WI; visiting our about timing. Stayed 3 nights. Last 2 getting up every 3-4 hours to start the car and keep the battery alive.
-33 degrees when we left this morning (Thursday 0400). Back to Nashville at 1500...+43 F...balmy.
This old Mississippi boy didn't appreciate that cold.
Stay warm and safe out there.
Bill R

Posted:  7 months, 4 weeks ago

View Topic:

Help your fellow driver

I look for my supply of bungee cords to help him secure it from flopping in the wind, can't find the things in this disorganized mess of a non-storage truck of mine, but I did find a cheap dollar store extension cord I let students use to be able to charge their phones or laptops in the upper bunk.

Love that, Susan.
My favorite: "Duck" tape, baling wire and Vice Grips...a redneck never leaves home without some in the toobox....
So refreshing to read stories of helping, instead of heckling...well, heckling is fun long as nobody gets
Bill R

Posted:  7 months, 4 weeks ago

View Topic:

So this happened

What ya want to know brother? There is a lot to know and being that I haven't even started on my own, I've only just begun to scratch the surface.

Anything you want to throw in here. smile.gif
Loading/unloading, how to you place the vehicles for multiple stops/pick-ups, etc.
I see the haulers going down the road and wonder those things all the time.
Learning so much on Trucking Truth...the more the merrier.thank-you.gif
Bill R

Posted:  8 months ago

View Topic:

So this happened

Dude it's amazing. I was seriously questioning my decision to haul cars the first week but my second week has put my mind at ease. We have a great trainer who has been hauling cars for over 30 years and he is a great teacher. Once he broke it down to its simplest form, I immediately started to understand just how it works.

Post up some more info when you can. Always been interested in how the car haulers did all the stuff that's involved.
Glad you're enjoying the work. Bill R

Posted:  8 months ago

View Topic:

Help your fellow driver

Great use for an old trick...I stopped smoking years ago....gotta remember to keep a lighter handy, like Rainy said.
Extra good to help a person out. We're all to quick to "look the other way" when we see someone who needs help.
You and Mrs. Turtle stay safe in this weather.
Bill R

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

View Topic:

Got To Get A Sleep Study Done

Thread hijack....

Rainy wrote:

When i was 18 i saw a video of how they did the surgery and said oh helllllll no.

Honestly, i dont have headahces or back aches or anything. I probably will later in life though.

In one of my previous existenses in my nursing career....I did insurance reviews for a major company. One day, I received a package from a physicians office...labeled "Photos, do not bend". Opened it up, cover letter said this was a request to cover a surgical procedure and supporting documentation and photos were included....

Plopped out the photos and immediately went into "Oh my goodness" mode...shocked.png

Turns out when you want to have a breast reduction, you have to send in "before" photos to demonstrate the problems...I think I made a couple of gasps and said a few choice words....

Now, understand I'm working with a bunch of women and my face was red as a brick....they didn't let me live that one down for several days....

Back to the original topic:
In the gym working on losing extra pounds now. Already feeling some better. Hoping I don't have to do the CPAP thingy.
Thanks for the giggles.

Page 1 of 2

Next Page
Go To Page:    

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More