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    5 years, 8 months ago

Bob H.'s Bio

Currently driving motor coach in the northeast.

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Posted:  10 months ago

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Game: Come up with a Weather Song

Garry Lee - The Rodeo Song comes to mind.............Well it's 40 below.................

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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A cop with 40+ years experience going into trucking

Another thing that must be realized is that this was only the first step in the training process. The goal was to give you the bare minimum skills to pass the test and obtain your CDL, not make you an expert in a few short weeks. The real training starts out on the road once you have your CDL, with a trainer. That is where the real training starts 1 on 1. To put this in perspective, you didn't teach PIT to somebody that didn't even have their driver's lic. yet, did you?

Posted:  1 year, 12 months ago

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Senior Discounts

Happens to me from time to time as well. First time I felt guilty about not being entitled to it and spoke up about correcting it. BIG MISTAKE. 15 minutes later, still waiting. Now I just smile and say thanks.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Recovering an abandoned tractor/trailer

If it was some sort of family emergency I can guarantee that he had at least 2-3 minuets at some point to make a phone call, email...make some sort of contact.

Agreed. Seems he had time to clean the truck out fairly well, but decided against trying to work out the problem.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Amazed he got as far as he did without being stopped!

Check this out.............don't know what to say except WOW.

http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2017/09/21/tractor-trailer-makes-wrong-turn-and-gets-stuck-on-new-jersey-beach-boardwalk.html

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Shifting gears in a Dump Truck

. What will dictate your gear selection will be things like what transmission you're using, rear end gear ratio, and possibly the grade of the road.

OP-Loaded or empty will impact this too.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Eclipse Coming! Be careful how you watch.

Here is a link to reputable vendors of solar viewing eyewear just in case you happen to be on hometime, reset, break, waiting at a shipper, etc. Notice that Walmart, Loves and Pilot/Flying J are listed as retail locations. Really cheap, only a buck or two, just be sure to double check the list to verify compliance to standard.

https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Logs Dept. - Using resources

I would also suggest that you figure out exactly what adjustments were made, as you are responsible to sign off on and approve the edits.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Logs Dept. - Using resources

I too am wondering where the 4.25 hours magically appeared from.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Anyone at the Pittston Prime Terminal?

If you are looking for something to do, there's a good AAA MiLB game a couple miles up the road off exit 182 at 6:35p. I'll be there around 8.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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To Wear,...and a Spare

Very good point G-Town. And you really don't even need to spend anything to accomplish this. Whenever I get new glasses, I simply carry my old pair along. Might not see quite as good as with the current ones, but good enough to get out of a bind. Better than nothing.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Gone a fowl...Turkey for Easter.

Glad you are ok. Know how startling that can be. Had a similar situation on Rt15 below Selinsgrove with a duck at dusk. Hit right in front of the drivers side . Maintained control and never even swerved, although it's a good thing I had a college football team onboard because the ensuing comments uttered in surprise were not suited for mixed company!! Never saw it coming and glass dust everywhere!!

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Noticed something

Same with running loads, when I am calm and don't worry I am always on time. When I try to rush it always leads to me getting myself into some trouble.

“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”

― Lewis Carroll

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Electronic logs

I've gone"on duty, not driving" in a stand still to take the time off duty clock vs drive clock occasionally. Might be bending the rules a little but I'm not moving so.....

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Passenger Carrying Drivers. Stopping the 15 Hour On Duty Clock.

So if you drop - go off duty for at least 8 hours - you in fact are NOT in violation

Agreed Rick. In fact, that would reset his entire 10/15 clock.

Off-duty time is not included in the 15-hour period

However, if he was only off for 7 hours before returning to duty, he would still have the balance of what he had left when he signed off duty

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Passenger Carrying Drivers. Stopping the 15 Hour On Duty Clock.

The HOS summary is correct and speaks for itself. Just make sure that you are totally relieved of duty and free to pursue other interests as per the definition of "Off Duty". I currently drive motorcoach as well and my company operates the same way, as does every other driver i've encountered. One word of caution: Make sure that you are especially well rested before your trip. Utilize your downtime wisely. If you return to a hotel, take a nap. If you are physically too tired to drive, notify dispatch you need relief. This flexibility can be a curse in that it can make for some long days and you can't just pull over half-way home and take a nap with a bus full of people. And before someone else says it, yes it is odd considering the amount and type of "cargo" you are carrying.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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When when not to log

The main question here, to me, is how to account for time spent at job #1. I totally agree with Rick that the best course of action would be to discuss this with the safety guy at job #2 to verify On Duty/Not Driving as the appropiate way to account for your time at job #1, as they would be the ones that would need to CYA. I was in a similar situation for a while. I worked a non-CDL job and drove motorcoach part-time. G-Town hit it with the "Time Worked Statement" being required with new and/or intermittent drivers, but I drove on a somewhat regular basis (worked non CDL job 4 days on - 4 days off and drove in between) and handled it a bit differently. We used paper logs when I first started driving, and logged every day whether it was the driving or non-driving job. Later when switching to e-logs, I had the ability to add "on duty" entries from my non-driving job by home computer ( which made life a whole lot easier). This accounted for ALL my time worked to satisfy logging requirements of the bus company. Another suggestion to the OP is that since you have to keep logs for job #2, (you said that they told you that you had to "log in") is to track your worked hours on a calendar to see what kind of hours you available to commit to driving bus. Since you currently don't keep logs and have to worry about your available hours, I believe that you may be surprised how quickly you run into the 70hr/8 days HOS wall and not be able to drive bus that much.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Don't do it!

I have noticed that a few guys I had always looked to for advice always said don't do it!

The only "don't do it" advice I can recall on this board are some that have suggested that it may not be the best way to go right out of school. The idea being get some experience under your belt before trying something more demanding. Nobody ever said there was anything wrong with flat.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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CDL Endorsements

I realize that this is a big step for you and that you are naturally nervous. But I agree that you need to relax and make this an enjoyable challenge rather than a chore. You would be amazed at how many people enroll in CDL schools and have never researched anything resembling a driver's manual or online study materials. A lot of them have just the first couple of days of classes to study for the written tests. You have the advantage of having found THE BEST FORUM that is full of people that sincerely want to help you and answer your concerns. On top of that, it also has the best online prep tool (High Road) that I have ever seen, BAR NONE.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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What Is Your Company's Policy On 34 Hour Resets?

I would read into that message that this particular dispatcher and/or company has experienced problems with drivers utilizing random 34's as a mini vacation (as Brett stated), or as an excuse to refuse loads. Also, the message didn't imply that the driver was expected to run illegally. I do, however, think that the message could have been worded a little more tactfully. Such as:

"If you have hours available and/or coming back on recap, you are expected to be available for loads. Otherwise, please call me to discuss the need for a reset."

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