Almost Pulled It Off

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Unholychaos's Comment
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Been running off recap this week, which I try not to do but that's how the loads fell. Yesterday I had 9h11m to drive 475m from a rest area just west of St Louis to Coldwater MI. Started my day at 0245, blazed through St Louis, extended 30m break before Indy timing the late morning rush, blazed through that, got to my drop in 7h 40m, had enough time to grab my next load and legally park in Battle Creek. Today, 10h24m on my 70. Have to go to Gary IN 146m to relay this load. ETA set for 0700, started my day at 0200, arrived at 0330, did my work and waited until 0400 to show arrived (3h before ETA is still considered on time towards bonus). Deadheaded 63m to Itasca IL, dodged morning chicago rush hour, got loaded and ran like a bat out of hell towards Cedar Rapids IA to drop and hook my load taking me home. I arrive with 2h15m on my 70, 3h30m on my 14, it's exactly 120m going the fastest route to get home. Drop the trailer, realized I don't have a trailer number to pickup. Called up my dispatcher , apparently the load that was supposed to be ready at 1000, is now not going to be ready until 1330. Place is 1 for 1 and aren't releasing empties. I'm now stuck in the international paper plant waiting for the load, 14h clock now at 1h30m...

Busted my ass for 2 days straight trying to make this work, but in the end, I failed due to issues out of my control. Welcome to trucking!!

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Pianoman's Comment
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Busted my ass for 2 days straight trying to make this work, but in the end, I failed due to issues out of my control. Welcome to trucking!!

Haha I remember a time that happened to me. Had to time everything just right to make it work. I had it all planned out and was busting my ass, then got to the first receiver to drop my load and they didn't have any empties for me to take. Ended up wasting like 6 or 7 hours the next day driving all over Chicago on a wild goose chase looking for an empty--at least I got paid for the extra miles!

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OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Unholychaos's Comment
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I'm usually not pre planned too far out in advance so I kind of had to do this all on the fly, but knowing I was going 600+m in the opposite direction of my home with limited recap hours made me really kick it into high gear. At the end of the day, I just try and make the most out of my time as I can. Starting early to guarantee myself a parking spot in the early afternoon helps too.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big Scott's Comment
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You said it right. It's 14:41ct and I got to a 13:00 pick up early. They started loading me at 13:15. I have to take this 300 miles from OKC to Waco Tx. I currently have 7 hours and 30 minutes on my 14. Welcome to trucking.

Unholychaos's Comment
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Finally got a trailer assignment, but I had 3m on my clock by the time I was ready to roll out. Absolutely no onsite parking allowed so I had to go over my hours to get to our drop lot about 4m away. I get there and it's 100% full.... ugh... had to continue going over my hours to get to a legal park location. Absolutely out of my control. I did the very best I could possibly do today, hauling ass when I safely could, but was all to no avail.

John M.'s Comment
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Better then me, I pulled into the truck stop today with 2 minutes on my 70 left, my god was I sweating bullets not to mention having to stop at a weight station just prior, but rolled through it with 6 minutes to spare by was I letting put a sigh when i got here

ChefsJK's Comment
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I find this kinda funny actually, you were driving illegally over your hours because you had to find a park location, yet not to long ago you were ready to turn out another Schneider driver because he was parked in a improper spot. Kind of hypocritical dont you think considering he probably had no other choice to park where he did and you had no other choice but to keep driving over your hours to find a spot. Just remember things happen and there isnt much you can do about it sometimes.

Finally got a trailer assignment, but I had 3m on my clock by the time I was ready to roll out. Absolutely no onsite parking allowed so I had to go over my hours to get to our drop lot about 4m away. I get there and it's 100% full.... ugh... had to continue going over my hours to get to a legal park location. Absolutely out of my control. I did the very best I could possibly do today, hauling ass when I safely could, but was all to no avail.

Vendingdude's Comment
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Can someone please post this thread next to the Werner "I got my eight hours but was still too tired" thread. Quite illuminating the difference in attitude. REQUIRED reading!

Steve L.'s Comment
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I'm usually not pre planned too far out in advance so I kind of had to do this all on the fly, but knowing I was going 600+m in the opposite direction of my home with limited recap hours made me really kick it into high gear. At the end of the day, I just try and make the most out of my time as I can. Starting early to guarantee myself a parking spot in the early afternoon helps too.

This is EXACTLY the way I ran for Schneider and it kind of sucks that you can't see what is pre-planned for you. But they gave you good loads (it sounds like) and you did everything you could.

Good job!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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