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    Chicago, IL

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    7 years, 4 months ago

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Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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First week and HOS Headaches

Thanks!

Here's a couple of links that will hopefully help you out a bit:

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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First week and HOS Headaches

Ok, thanks for your help. I appreciate it.

Once you start your clock, and you drive, logging off duty will not stop the 14 from counting down, Off duty does preserve your 70 though.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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First week and HOS Headaches

Thanks G-Town! Is it legal to go off-duty when you are waiting to in-gate or waiting anytime you are not driving? Does that stop your 14 hour clock? If that's possible what would I use as the reason for being off duty?

Richard, your job and mine have many similarities. I have 1-2 dispatched loads per day that with very few exceptions I must complete,... and if at all possible make it back to the Walmart DC with time to spare on my 14 so I do not start the next day with a hot clock (negatively effects earning potential). In the beginning I found myself in a similar predicament, running out of time, narrowly avoiding a delivery failure more than once and wondering WTF happened to the 14 hours. At least for me, part of the problem was the pace required to perform my job and probably yours. It's remarkably different than OTR, meaning every minute can count and can come back to bite you in the end. Our job is all about the "14 hour day" and staying ahead of it.

Here is what I did as I learned the art of time management...

I did not start my clock until I had paperwork in-hand and knew the load was in a ready state. I allowed for a 20 minute pre-trip inspection and quickly realized finding the load was paramount considering the surrounding grounds of a million SF DC. Lesson here; don't start your clock unless you know you are going to move and know your surroundings so you are not wasting time finding a load or empty.

Scaling is also a trick,...something I must do before security releases the load at the gate. I learned how to scale a load quickly and efficiently and also developed a sense of the risk of being overweight on an axle by reviewing the invoices and load map.

Knowing exactly how to get to your pickups and deliveries is also important. Any wrong turn wastes time and elevates the stress level. Same holds true for knowing the process at the rail yards (in your case) and learning how to work their system. Be friendly and professional with everyone you come in contact with,...you never know if you are going to need their help.

Last, and definitely for me...efficiently setting up and backing to the dock, getting into and out of the stores safely and quickly because it's regularly executed 6 times per day. Waste 10 minutes trying to get the trailer on the door, multiplies quickly for 6 stop dispatch.

One last thought...you are one week in. If you haven't broken anything yet, you are doing fine. Try not to be hard on yourself while you learn, expect there to be problems. Try not to rush, never allowing the chaos of your moments compromise good, safe judgment. Please realize, nothing is more important than that. Your struggles are to be expected,...learn something new every day (write it down) and in a couple of months you'll look back on this and realize most of it can be chalked up to experience. Hustle and safety...a balancing act you will learn.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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First week and HOS Headaches

I hope you can get Brett to repost it. My manager tells me that these runs are for home daily drivers (I'm regional, 5 out, 2 home) but so far I can't do it.

I was just about to ask Brett to repost the time management link. A lot of my clients are truly struggling with the QUALCOMM thing and are still resisting and fighting with tooth and nails against it. But we all know it is a lost battle. I told them that I will get my fam at TT to help break down the science to them.

Posted:  7 years, 1 month ago

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First week and HOS Headaches

This is my first week driving for Schneider regional intermodal and it has been HELL trying to figure out why I am running out of hours on runs that only average about 350 miles round trip! A couple of times I had less than 20 minutes left on my 14 hour clock. What am I doing wrong? The first time I thought I was running out because I started my day at 0500 and didn't get on the highway until about 0900. So the next day I get on the highway at 0700 and I still had less than a half hour left. Needless to say that this has been the most nerve racking week of my life. Oh, I forgot to mention that the only stops I make are 30 minute breaks. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong?

Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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Schneider Intermodal Question

Thanks Errol V.!

I don't drive for Schneider (I'm a Swiftie). But I do a daily 256 mile run (512 miles round trip). Takes about 10 hours. So the 225 mile limit is doable on a daily basis.

Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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Schneider Intermodal Question

They have an intermodal position that is regional, hauling within 335 miles of Chicago, home weekly I was thinking about. Says you can make $80,000. I live about 20 minutes from the terminal. Do you think I could make it home more than once a week?

Schneider intermodal was my, "plan B" so I seriously looked into it recently. If you hustle, you can make three deliveries a day. You get cpm, $35 per delivery, a fee for hooking and unhooking and a couple of other fees. You can generally come in on your days off too for extra money. A good driver in a busy market can clear ~$300/a day.

Chicago is a busy yard. Schneider sends their new intermodal drivers there for training.

Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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Schneider Intermodal Question

Can anyone on the forum that works for Schneider Intermodal in Chicago answer this question? I was looking at this position on Schneiders website and in the job description it says that it is daily home time and drivers make up to $75,000 per year. It says that you will haul containers within 225 miles of Chicago. How is this possible?

Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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New truck driver home daily?

I didn't get an offer from FedEx. I think I'll try to go to Averitt.

Posted:  7 years, 3 months ago

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FedEx Freight

Didn't get an offer from FedEx. I think I'll try to go to Averitt.

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