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Tastebuds's Comment
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What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Bud A.'s Comment
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What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

An African or a European swallow?

Unholychaos's Comment
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What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

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An African or a European swallow?

Uh... I don't know... AHHHHHHH!!!!......

Rick S.'s Comment
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If a swallow is "laden" - what is it actually carrying?

I'm certainly going to look for answers to life's mysteries, from the guy who changes toiler paper rolls at a rest area, and advises people to lie on their DOT Med Exams.

Rick

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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If a swallow is "laden" - what is it actually carrying?

I'm certainly going to look for answers to life's mysteries, from the guy who changes toiler paper rolls at a rest area, and advises people to lie on their DOT Med Exams.

Rick

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And no caps to distract from your wit. I like it.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Pianoman's Comment
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he say's he loved it, a certain trucker on youtube can't say enough good about it, kinda gives ya the will to live

Most of us who stay in it do so because we enjoy it and it still pays pretty well--maybe not what it used to, but still decent. You'll definitely meet some stereotypical truckers out here, but most people I meet are just regular people trying to make a living.

But trucking gets in your blood, so to speak. I used to work with a lady at a gas station whose ex-husband was a trucker, and she used to work at a truckstop. She always said truckers were a special breed. I never really knew what she meant until I got out here. It takes a certain level of drive and crazy to get out on the road and stay out there all the time driving hard. Most people, including me, get burned out and either quit or find something local. But even some of the people who do quit end up eventually going back out on the road later.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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It takes a certain level of drive and crazy to get out on the road and stay out there all the time driving hard

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Very well said, and very true.

And I must say that the guys who do it nowadays on elogs are even crazier than guys like myself who did it with paper logs. I could cheat all I wanted to on paper, which for me meant I could drive whenever I wanted to and sleep whenever I wanted to. I didn't have to keep pushing through for super long stretches at a time like guys have to nowadays.

I would give anything to eliminate that stupid 14 hour rule. I still can't believe they ever created it, and I'm even more appalled that it still exists today. I thought for sure they'd come to their senses and realize you shouldn't make someone cram all of their work into one super long stretch like that.

So kudos to all of you pushing 3,000 miles a week on elogs with that awful 14 hour rule. It really is impressive.

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Elogs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Aaron M.'s Comment
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What is ironic to me is that major truck companies will tell you that you must take a sleep apena test if you're overweight but there isn't a lot of healthy choices out here on the road.

I have heard of drivers who were thin and fairly healthy before and after some years of OTR they became overweight and diabetic.

It does take serious discipline when out here to try and maintain a healthy weight. I try to stay away from fried foods. I try to only eat subway and drink lots of water and since its warm out I like to walk around the truck stop parking lots a few times.

I don't have sleep apnea or diabetes but out here it is possible to get just based on the nature of the job.

I wouldn't lie just to get a job though.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

Chris L.'s Comment
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One of the things I'll miss about being on paper logs is being able to park at a truck stop or Walmart 5-10 miles from my delivery. I can drive there without starting my clock and sleep near food and bathrooms rather than outside the receivers gate on the street with no services. Just to deliver without starting my 14.

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It takes a certain level of drive and crazy to get out on the road and stay out there all the time driving hard

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rofl-3.gif

Very well said, and very true.

And I must say that the guys who do it nowadays on elogs are even crazier than guys like myself who did it with paper logs. I could cheat all I wanted to on paper, which for me meant I could drive whenever I wanted to and sleep whenever I wanted to. I didn't have to keep pushing through for super long stretches at a time like guys have to nowadays.

I would give anything to eliminate that stupid 14 hour rule. I still can't believe they ever created it, and I'm even more appalled that it still exists today. I thought for sure they'd come to their senses and realize you shouldn't make someone cram all of their work into one super long stretch like that.

So kudos to all of you pushing 3,000 miles a week on elogs with that awful 14 hour rule. It really is impressive.

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Elogs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Vendingdude's Comment
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This thread swerves again:

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It takes a certain level of drive and crazy to get out on the road and stay out there all the time driving hard

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rofl-3.gif

Very well said, and very true.

And I must say that the guys who do it nowadays on elogs are even crazier than guys like myself who did it with paper logs. I could cheat all I wanted to on paper, which for me meant I could drive whenever I wanted to and sleep whenever I wanted to. I didn't have to keep pushing through for super long stretches at a time like guys have to nowadays.

I would give anything to eliminate that stupid 14 hour rule. I still can't believe they ever created it, and I'm even more appalled that it still exists today. I thought for sure they'd come to their senses and realize you shouldn't make someone cram all of their work into one super long stretch like that.

So kudos to all of you pushing 3,000 miles a week on elogs with that awful 14 hour rule. It really is impressive.

One of the things I'll miss about being on paper logs is being able to park at a truck stop or Walmart 5-10 miles from my delivery. I can drive there without starting my clock and sleep near food and bathrooms rather than outside the receivers gate on the street with no services. Just to deliver without starting my 14.

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It takes a certain level of drive and crazy to get out on the road and stay out there all the time driving hard

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rofl-3.gif

Very well said, and very true.

And I must say that the guys who do it nowadays on elogs are even crazier than guys like myself who did it with paper logs. I could cheat all I wanted to on paper, which for me meant I could drive whenever I wanted to and sleep whenever I wanted to. I didn't have to keep pushing through for super long stretches at a time like guys have to nowadays.

I would give anything to eliminate that stupid 14 hour rule. I still can't believe they ever created it, and I'm even more appalled that it still exists today. I thought for sure they'd come to their senses and realize you shouldn't make someone cram all of their work into one super long stretch like that.

So kudos to all of you pushing 3,000 miles a week on elogs with that awful 14 hour rule. It really is impressive.

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I agree in totality here. Brett, and others, are there discussions on this site about what a better solution would be? I have some thoughts on this and would be curious to know what other drivers have to say. Alternatives, not just complaints.

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Elogs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

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