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JuiceBox's Comment
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So I finished my time OTR with a trainer yesterday. I got the opportunity to meet two great trainers and both told me I was doing great! The only reason I drove the second trainers truck was because he had a load delivering in Clarksville, TN which is where I reside and I needed to be home for Christmas. So we met up with him and i swapped trucks and trainers. I got a call today saying my truck will be ready Wednesday next week. I can't wait, super excited!

Now to my question, what have you done to remind yourself to change your duty status on the QC? I struggled with this nearly the whole time I was with my trainer. I plan on using post its to help remind myself, but I am looking for any tips or tricks that you may have used. Thanks

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Use post-it notes and your cell phone calendar as reminders.

Jim F.'s Comment
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Think MONEY. Congrats on the upgrade. Cool Christmas present.

So I finished my time OTR with a trainer yesterday. I got the opportunity to meet two great trainers and both told me I was doing great! The only reason I drove the second trainers truck was because he had a load delivering in Clarksville, TN which is where I reside and I needed to be home for Christmas. So we met up with him and i swapped trucks and trainers. I got a call today saying my truck will be ready Wednesday next week. I can't wait, super excited!

Now to my question, what have you done to remind yourself to change your duty status on the QC? I struggled with this nearly the whole time I was with my trainer. I plan on using post its to help remind myself, but I am looking for any tips or tricks that you may have used. Thanks

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.

JuiceBox's Comment
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Calendar? I'm not sure I understand how that will work, if you don't mind clarifying I would appreciate it. Thanks!

Use post-it notes and your cell phone calendar as reminders.

MC1371's Comment
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If you are with Swift remember they all come in pairs, and in order.

1. Arrived Shipper 2. Loaded.

3-4 Additional Stops.

5. Arrived Final 6. Empty

For the "on duty" notes turn off the truck at every stop, this will automatically put you in on duty and stop your drive clock. *Just remember to add, pickup, fuel, delivery pre/Post trip

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

JuiceBox's Comment
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I am with Melton but thanks for your reply. The biggest issue I have is annotating fuel stops and going to sleeper/off duty. I have also been known to log 2-3 hour post trips hahaha.

If you are with Swift remember they all come in pairs, and in order.

1. Arrived Shipper 2. Loaded.

3-4 Additional Stops.

5. Arrived Final 6. Empty

For the "on duty" notes turn off the truck at every stop, this will automatically put you in on duty and stop your drive clock. *Just remember to add, pickup, fuel, delivery pre/Post trip

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

MC1371's Comment
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I am with Melton but thanks for your reply. The biggest issue I have is annotating fuel stops and going to sleeper/off duty. I have also been known to log 2-3 hour post trips hahaha.

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If you are with Swift remember they all come in pairs, and in order.

1. Arrived Shipper 2. Loaded.

3-4 Additional Stops.

5. Arrived Final 6. Empty

For the "on duty" notes turn off the truck at every stop, this will automatically put you in on duty and stop your drive clock. *Just remember to add, pickup, fuel, delivery pre/Post trip

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"Post Trips" set the timer on your phone for 30min. As long as you shut off the truck you'll be in on duty status. Maybe find different chime sounds for 30min break, post trip.

The fuel one.. You'll get used to after time. It was my number one miss when I started.. Got a "Safety Reminder" about them. *I thought I was covered by just having the On Duty status when I turned off the truck.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

G-Town's Comment
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MCs idea on the timer is actually a better idea than using the calendar. Over time you won't need any reminders, it will become routine.

Parrothead66's Comment
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Even tape a small note at the bottom of your door window “Qualcomm”... I try to stress to trainees if they’re driving....think every time we stop or start the truck, every time I get in or out of the truck....Is it something I need to log. Helps with some. 2nd is a small laminated paper 1 received load assignment 2 acknowledge assignment 3 Loaded call and HOS New load 4 arrived at consignee 5 empty at finale

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Since at my company we cannot do even minor edits on our logs, the "embarrassment" of having to call dispatch to have my logs corrected was enough of an incentive to remember lol. Yup I still forget to put myself off duty on rare occasion.. it happens, but a fix is a simple phone call away.

When I was brand new, a certain night dispatcher would tease me and tell me, "Nope.. you've already used up your available edits for the month" I just love that guy.. always so funny and great person to deal with.

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.
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