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Big Scott's Comment
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As stressful as learning to back is, I'm finally starting to get it. I still oversteer to much. I've been solo since June, and I still have much to learn. Yesterday I did my first 8/2 split, so I could make a delivery on time. Found out you don't get all your hours back after your 8. Then my company gave me an easy load that I could sleep on. I was tired. When they gave me this they also preplanned my next load. I love how often the weekday crew gives us a dispatch to take us through the weekend. I am still loving this. I'm going home in October, this will allow me to get more miles. I am enjoying seeing this beautiful country. That's about all for now. Stay safe.

millionmiler24's Comment
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As stressful as learning to back is, I'm finally starting to get it. I still oversteer to much. I've been solo since June, and I still have much to learn. Yesterday I did my first 8/2 split, so I could make a delivery on time. Found out you don't get all your hours back after your 8. Then my company gave me an easy load that I could sleep on. I was tired. When they gave me this they also preplanned my next load. I love how often the weekday crew gives us a dispatch to take us through the weekend. I am still loving this. I'm going home in October, this will allow me to get more miles. I am enjoying seeing this beautiful country. That's about all for now. Stay safe.

CRST does the same with us here. They will keep us loaded through the weekend. The miles are great here so far. To get this level of miles with any other team company it takes several good runs over several months. CRST puts a lot of faith in their drivers so that after your first two or three good loads then they will pile on more miles than you can handle and if you need a reset they will give you a load with extra time on it so you can get that reset in. If you want to run team and you want miles CRST Expedited is the way to go.

Old School's Comment
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Yesterday I did my first 8/2 split, so I could make a delivery on time. Found out you don't get all your hours back after your 8.

Hey Scott, glad to see you experimenting with some advanced techniques to improve your performance. I'm curious though about your statement concerning getting "all your hours" back.

If you do the eight hout break first you should still have "all" the hours you had at the time you started that break - that's how it works. Isn't that the way it worked for you?

Big Scott's Comment
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Yesterday I did my first 8/2 split, so I could make a delivery on time. Found out you don't get all your hours back after your 8.

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Hey Scott, glad to see you experimenting with some advanced techniques to improve your performance. I'm curious though about your statement concerning getting "all your hours" back.

If you do the eight hout break first you should still have "all" the hours you had at the time you started that break - that's how it works. Isn't that the way it worked for you?

Yes, that's how it worked. I thought I would get my recap back. I had just enough time to get to that stop. They took 3 hours to unload me, so I got the 2 there. I then had enough hours to drop the rest of the load at out Ohio drop yard. I got my next load out of there. Went .7 miles to the Pilot and shut down until this morning. I had my recap. I dropped that load and went to my next pickup. Got here at 11:00 and they just started loading me at 13:00. When they are done, it's off to my fuel stop about 30 minutes down the road. Then off to SC for delivery at 19:00 tomorrow. I'm loving running on recaps and learning this clock management thing. Good thing I have more experienced friends and all the help I need from dispatch.

Old School's Comment
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Okay, it sounds like it helped you out, even if you weren't real sure how it all works. It's a great tool to have available. You'll get better at understanding it as you experiment with it. For those of you who are wondering what he did, you can be just as efficient as Big Scott when you...

Learn The Logbook Rules (HOS)

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott's Comment
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Thanks Old School. I passed a SAPA plant the other night. I think it was in Idiana or Ohio. Still hoping to meet you one of these days.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Matthew K.'s Comment
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I actually had to call my dispatch about a Wal-Mart appointment I had. Even busting ass, there was no way I could make the delivery on my 14. They wound up giving it to someone else and giving me a run to Rome, NY. No complaints, Wal-Mart was a pair of live unloads and a grand total of 260 miles, this new load is 400 miles for a drop and hook.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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I actually had to call my dispatch about a Wal-Mart appointment I had. Even busting ass, there was no way I could make the delivery on my 14. They wound up giving it to someone else and giving me a run to Rome, NY. No complaints, Wal-Mart was a pair of live unloads and a grand total of 260 miles, this new load is 400 miles for a drop and hook.

Great job.

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.

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