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Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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8/2 split.... please help!

If you took an 8 hour break, drove .5 hours, then took a 2 hour break to complete the split your clocks would read 10:30 on your 11 & 11:30 on your 14.

The 2 hour break time comes off the 14 along with the drive time.

Both your clocks (11 & 14) RESET, to the end of the 8 hour split. So, if you only used 1/2 hour AFTER you took the split - your clocks now have:

10:30 on your 11 & 13:30 on your 14.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Trucking At Night Versus During The Day?

Well, i guess I'll bite. OS.

My student was offered 4 accounts, two of which have a significant amount of night driving. She opted not to take those and chose from the other two.

Is she going to make significantly less money because of it? No. In fact she's going to make more because the one account she took pays more than the ones that require night driving.

And by the way, just in case you forgot, driving safely is much more important than trying to one up your fellow drivers for more miles.

Having a elite -take no prisoners-every person for themselves attitude to Jack your fellow truckers is borderline low brow, and bush league. There's enough freight out there. Get it there safely and on time. Pretty simple.

And that's pretty much all I'll say on this topic.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Trucking At Night Versus During The Day?

I always have my students drive at least a couple days that go overnight. Like sambo said night driving is different than days. There's nothing to look at except for the striped lines, it's dark, and you get tired and bored faster.

My current student found out that she can't drive nights because she gets tired too quickly so now she can go tell placement that she can't do an account that has night driving. It's always better to figure there stuff out during training instead of your first week solo when you have all the other stresses to deal with.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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2 dogs, a motorcycle & new underwear

I had a similar experience last night with a couple amish buggies, and 2 lane roads at midnight.

After a near miss i had to pull over, collect myself, reflect on what just happened, and ask myself what could have happened.

Glad nobody was hurt. But if a motorcycle served in front of me like that i would have done what you did, and If the panic stop didn't look like it would work, I'd start planning on eating some ditch, lol.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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I need clarification.. i wanna know

Maybe he was mad because you stopped at a regular Gas Station instead of a truck stop. I did that in training and my trainer was not happy. We had to go through some side streets to get back on the highway.

Not sure about the not eating part. So he wants you to drive on an empty stomach, low on energy, and falling asleep? Sounds like a bad idea.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Logbook Rules: How Would You Make Them Better?

And that is exactly correct gtown. There are the otr drivers that just drive,drive, drive drop and hook, and there are otr drivers that deliver, deliver, drive a little and deliver. And everything in between.

How are you going to come up with one set of rules for everybody?

Are you going to tell every pitcher in baseball that they are required to pitch 5 innings? The starters would be like "yeah! Only 5 innings" and the closers are going to be like " 5 innings is too much! "

Wish i had an answer, lol.

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Totally OBLITERATE the 14 hour rule. Have 12 hours on duty each day and 12 hours combined off duty/sleeper berth. The only things you log on duty not driving would be pretrip, fueling, and post trip. As soon as you arrive at a shipper or receiver, switch to off duty and send in an arrival macro to your dispatcher to let them know you arent just loafing around. Anytime you stop for a break and you switch to off duty/sleeper berth, it STOPS your 12 hour clock and doesn't affect it until you have 12 hours off duty or sleeper berth. Then it will reset back to 12 or whatever you have left on your 60, whatever is less. When you hit 60 hours each week, do a 48 hour uninterrupted reset. In other words have the weekends off or something that resembles a weekend off, two days off in a row. Also any hours logged above 40 each week should be paid at time and a half. In other words whatever your cpm rate is, add half of that to your current cpm rate and any on duty time logged after that should be paid at the higher rate.

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That's okay for OTR work, but on many Dedicated assignments (specifically retail store delivery), reduces the amount of work that can be accomplished in a day. I cannot log off-duty when I deliver to Walmart's. The live-unload requires the driver to be attentive to the operation and at times for a perishable reefer load, supervise what comes off and what goes back on. Many times 12 hours isn't enough time to complete a 6-stop load, the type that earns the highest pay.

I still believe Daniel's suggestion can satisfy the needs of most Interstate drivers; OTR, Regional and/or Dedicated.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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How does a dog get into the cab of a truck anyway?

I have tried several dog ramps. I would recommend the one from petsmart. It's a little on the expensive side ~$120 if i remember, but the quality is excellent.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Bummed out! Arghhh.

In training i missed an "inspection station" in Florida that was also a weigh station. My trainer made me pull over, find the number and call the station.

They told us to keep going, but i remember that to this day. Lol.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Logging ,Sleeper berth

**whoops, just realized that this thread is about logging sleeper. Sorry about that, lol.

Well then i agree with Rick that as far as the clock is concerned logging sleeper or off duty is basically the same except when it comes to the split break.

Why else can you log 5 hours in the sleeper and 5 off duty and satisfy the 10 hours needed to rest your 11 and 14. You can argue how you're supposed to show it on your logs but when it comes down to it, a 10 hour break is a 10 hour break.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Logging ,Sleeper berth

Just a fyi.

I don't log any on duty time for fueling. I don't log any on duty time at the shippers or receivers. Haven't done so for the past year.

I just had a level 3 inspection done at a weigh station done a few weeks ago. They had me email my hos from my QC to them and the officer inspected them right in front of me. Nothing was ever said. I passed with no violations.

At our company we do have a set of rules they want us to follow that isn't federal (correct me if I'm wrong). For instance you can't be in sleeper for more than 24 hours and with team driving when one person drives the other person can only be off duty for 2 hours before they have to be in sleeper called the passenger rule.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Overweight scale ticket

Yes, my fifth wheel is pretty far back. I just got a new truck with 33 miles on it and waiting to get a decent load of 40-44k to set my fifth wheel. Have happened yet. Lol.

My tare weight? Last truck i weighed with an empty trailer was like 34k.

2 Questions:

What's your tare weight?

Why is your fifth wheel that far back?

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Overweight scale ticket

We got it reworked before we left obviously.

Yes, the tandems were slid all the way up.

This is just to show that even a load of 33k can put you over if it's all loaded on the drivers.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Overweight scale ticket

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Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Overweight scale ticket

Here's our scale ticket. Bills said 33,000.

Steers:10620 Drives:36880 Trailer:22940 Gross: 70440

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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New truck or change company

Thanks for your responses matt. It's a great help knowing your truck is the same way as mine. I'm pretty much going to suck it up. I think i got spoiled with the pete, lol.

I run reefer too, and if the truck is costing you 50 miles a drive shift, or close to an hour, then I would agree that you have a problem.

I run team with the wife at Prime, and we have a freightliner with most of the same features (locked into economy mode yada yada). I dont like a lot of these features, and the truck is a dog taking off. But when I look at our miles they are the same as my manual before. If we are straight running for a day, we are gonna cover around 1300 miles in that 24 hour period. Give or take a little for traffic and such, but that's a pretty common number for us when we're doing cross country runs. That is governed at 62 mph. That has not changed at all with the economy mode automatic. Now you may have had a bad arse Pete (I've only driven freightliners), but if they are governed the same speed and you aren't driving the Rocky Mountains all day long it shouldn't make much of a difference.

If the truck is slowing you down here and there, doesn't pull hills quite as well as the old truck, I could see 10 or 15 minutes in a drive shift. I just cant understand those little things costing you 5mph over a 10 hour drive period. There has to be something more to it.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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8 hour split rule

Art, you do not get back your full clocks after an 8/2 split. You get back the clocks MINUS what you used on the first part of the split.

Also, with you on recaps you really have to watch out how much time you have left to drive because you could have to sit and wait until midnight if you're low on time. Say you have 7 hours to get where you're going and you have 6 hours after the split at 3pm. So now you're going to have to sit and wait until midnight to get that 1 hour you need to complete the trip.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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New truck or change company

Matt, i will conceded a couple points. First, i understand this is not truck exclusive. This is on everybody's truck not just mine.

Secondly, 2hours is probably an exaggeration, but running reefer means appointment times or coming back after reschedule and mess up all further trips.

However, i disagree with you on the amount of time you lose. Sure, I'm losing speed on a 20 mile stretch of road i wouldn't care, however losing 5mph in 10 hours is 50 miles. Multiply that twice because our trips sometimes need both of our clocks so that's 100 miles lost. Going 65 mph that's like 1.5 hours. I think that may is right although i may need errol to check my work.

Isaac, I can get that you aren't wild about these safety features but I can't imagine they are costing you that much time.

The fueling issue seems odd, and may be an issue. I would track your mpgs, newer freightliners should be getting at least 8 or 9 mpg. Your company will be highly motivated to fix that if not.

Can you override the following distance sensor by putting your foot on the pedal? That's how I deal with merging traffic and such where I don't want it to slow me down, but it's a different company.

Regardless, I think you may be overestimating how much time those safety features are costing you. It's like when somebody gets all hot and bothered running through a construction zone 10 mph below the speed limit because the truck in front of them is going slow. Even if that zone is 20 miles long, they lost 3.3 minutes off their day. I just don't see how those issues could add up to hours (although extra fuel stops would definitely add some serious time).

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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New truck or change company

Thank you brett and g town for the quick responses.

I max out all the miles per week. I get about 5500 between the student and i. Trips average 1k miles.

I brought it to freightliner of harrisburg in pa and had them look at it in which i was confident they did absolutely nothing and told me it was doing what it's supposed to be doing.

Here's the things it does. I'm not going to argue if these features are safer or should be required for trucking I'm just stating what it does that makes it go slower than my old truck. I am also not an expert on freightliners.

It gets worse miles per gallon. Before i could get 50gal and run a full clock without a fill up. Now i make 3 trips for gas instead of 2. Not really that big of a deal I'm not paying for it and I'm getting more points.

Apparently there's two modes the truck can be put in to drive. One is performance the other is economy. I called our tractor shop and verified that we only have economy mode on our trucks. Which i understand is for saving money but when you're climbing mountains everyday in economy mode it's terrible both on fuel economy and takes forever to do.

Following distance is set at 3.5. I don't know if that's truck lengths or seconds but i do know it's pretty far ahead. Old truck was set at 1.5. Safer yes and i would love it at a further distance and have it beep at me but instead it applies the Jake's by itself whenever it sees any vehicle at that distance. A car could enter in the lane at 2.5 and be accelerating away me but because that vehicle is in the 3.5 it starts braking.

Turns on Jake's while coasting.

I feel like I'm complaining to a service writer.

There are a couple other small things. But these probably take a good 5-8 mph off multiply that by 10+ hours is where I'm kind of getting the reduced time per trip.

The reason i care about these things isn't how much money i lose. Honestly, i could care less about the money i just really like training so far. It's because I'm feeling stressed making trips on time. We only have a couple hours of leeway on our trips as it is and that's getting eaten up by this trucks performance.

I'm going to call up the fm in Monday and hope to discuss some things with her anyways and I'll bring it up and see what she says. Thanks for listening and reading this long reply.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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New truck or change company

Greetings tt. Been a while. Quick intro. Been driving for 1.5 years now. On a dedicated account hauling a reefer with werner. Recently became a trainer about to graduate my third student. Love my fm, love the account, love training.

Werner has been good to me and i would recommend them to anyone that is starting out. However, lately i have become somewhat disenchanted mainly due to the fact of my truck. I came out of a 2016 pb into a 2017 fl cascadia. This truck is so restricted with safety and economy features that it is totally crippling. I lose 1.5 to 2 hours on every trip because of how it runs.

My plan was to save somewhere close to 100k and buy a truck outright and run the account I'm on because i really don't want to be caught up in any kind of financing. Right now i have 30k saved up which isn't that much.

I don't know if werner could give me a new truck since all i saw at the terminal were freightliners as far as the eye can see.

I'm kind of looking for advice because i really don't want to buy a truck or switch companies, but push is coming to shove. I'm just not real sure of anything right now.

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Pre-trip inspection questions

I do a pretrip everytime I'm about to leave shippers, stops, cons, basically everytime i start rolling onto a highway so that may mean 2, 3, 4 times a day.

I have a my own method. I don't look at anything under the hood because every 60 days the truck goes in for preventative maintenance.

It usually takes a good 10 minutes and i don't mind doing it at all.

Some hack pulled my blue air line just last week that i found on my pretrip.

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