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    Pensacola, FL

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    1 year, 7 months ago

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second year driver Otr flatbed driver out of Pensacola,FL Currently employed with Summerford Truck Lines.

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Posted:  3 hours, 13 minutes ago

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My understanding of the split sleeper berth rule

I meant rubber duck, not Jamie what the heck

Posted:  3 hours, 17 minutes ago

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My understanding of the split sleeper berth rule

In his example, once you take the eight, you get the two you had remaining when you go into sleeper. Then, assuming you drive/on duty two hours after, you take the two hour sleepy. After that, you gain back the 8 you had at the start of the cycle. Drive that, then sleep 8, gain 2, then sleep 2 gain 8...etc until you can do a full 10.

Or if you did it like this:

Drive/on duty for 6 hours (5 drive hours remaining) Shut down in sleeper berth for 8 hours which gives you back the 5 you had left. Drive that. Shut down in sleeper berth for two hours. You gain the 6 you used at the start of the cycle. Drive that. Shut down for 8 hours get the five again.....get it Jamie?

Do this until your 70 runs out or you take a full 10

Posted:  3 hours, 34 minutes ago

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11000 lbs one piece

You know, you'd think if it was your job to schedule loads or find a truck to haul a load, you might actually be good at it. Its astonishing how many people go through life sucking.

Posted:  5 hours, 51 minutes ago

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My understanding of the split sleeper berth rule

About to find out if I understand it.

I woke up this morning to weather alerts and having been through weather that was almost a tornado ( warning said tornado imminent take shelter now) and being thrown to the ground by the wind, I looked st my clock and saw I had 8 hours available and beat feet.

Taking my 2 hour now, hoping I am correct that my 11 and my 14 clocks will restart at the end of my 9 hours in sleeper berth this morning.

Otherwise I will be driving all night, which I hate.

Oh yes, and to whoever it was that suggested the night glasses, they do help a bit.

When you take an 8 hour break, you get back exactly what you had prior to said break. You drive for a while and take the 2 hour, you get back the remainder, correct experienced drivers?

Posted:  1 day, 11 hours ago

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Smoking/vaping while traveling

I think this is just a plug for that website

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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CB saves the day

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I always keep my CB on and volume up. What happens when it's Atlanta and it is the loop that's backed up lol. Then you're ******. Like me, tomorrow.... probably hit Atlanta at 1000 tomorrow. We'll see how it goes.

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I do not envy you at all.

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What/where/when are you dropping?

I live in FTL.

Rick

Dropping at a roofing company....some stuff from Sika. Can't recall right this minute where exactly in ft Lauderdale. I have it all mapped out on my notepad I'll get back to ya.

And I won't melt. It's hot as crap In Pensacola on the regular too. That's where I spend my weekends.

Posted:  2 days, 2 hours ago

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CB saves the day

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I always keep my CB on and volume up. What happens when it's Atlanta and it is the loop that's backed up lol. Then you're ******. Like me, tomorrow.... probably hit Atlanta at 1000 tomorrow. We'll see how it goes.

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I do not envy you at all.

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Come on bro, you know you want to trade jobs for the day.

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That is a hard pass! Hahaha

I'm at mile 975 of a 1,784 "4" stop run, finalizing in CT. Then a quick reload, and back through NY for hometime.

Cool. I finally got a longer one. KCMO to ft Lauderdale FL. 1500 miles. Woot woot. Probably deliver almost 24 hrs early just to rub it in that I know what I'm doing out here.

Posted:  2 days, 3 hours ago

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CB saves the day

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I always keep my CB on and volume up. What happens when it's Atlanta and it is the loop that's backed up lol. Then you're ******. Like me, tomorrow.... probably hit Atlanta at 1000 tomorrow. We'll see how it goes.

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I do not envy you at all.

Come on bro, you know you want to trade jobs for the day.

Posted:  2 days, 3 hours ago

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CB saves the day

I always keep my CB on and volume up. What happens when it's Atlanta and it is the loop that's backed up lol. Then you're ******. Like me, tomorrow.... probably hit Atlanta at 1000 tomorrow. We'll see how it goes.

Posted:  3 days, 3 hours ago

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New Driver. Needs Help

Evening truckers. Im sure this has been asked a million times on here, but I'm going to ask again. I am brand new to trucking. This is my 2nd week with a trainer OTR and while I've always driven for a living, tow truck/school bus I am not used to driving such long hours everyday.

My concern is when I wake up I'm refreshed and ready to go, but within 30 mins of heading down the road I feel mentally exhausted as to where I can close my eyes for a split 2nd. I feel like I havent slept in days. im really worried about it that it will be an on going thing or is this something new drivers go through? And if so, how to beat it?! We been driving in the AM (which I hate getting up early.) But as soon as I'm not driving..such as taking my 10 hour (like now) I feel wide awake.

I have many more concerns such as backing and others but those can be discussed later...

HELP!!

That used to happen to me when I was driving 5 ton trucks as a crew leader for a construction company. I was sleeping around 6 hours a night. Felt fine I thought. Wrong. There's this thing called sleep debt. It means that every hour you miss hangs over your head day after day. They say one night of not sleeping 7.5-8 hours (really sleeping) reduces your cognitive ability by like %30 or something. Don't quote me but it's close. My guess is either sleep deprivation, poor sleep quality or diet.

Are you eating/drinking a lot of carbs/sugar? Have you ever had a sleep study done? Do you sleep like a rock or toss and turn? Do you snore?

If you get a few days of 8 hour sleep nights, real restful sleep, you should be fine. I swear I had the same exact problem. It was the weirdest thing. I would feel sleepy and have someone else drive, then I would sit in the passenger seat wide awake.

Posted:  3 days, 4 hours ago

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What happens to your license if you get an ELD violation?

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So if I understand correctly they are not running ELDs until Saturday?

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Nope, not in the 3 newly leased tractors. Was told that Saturday was the earliest they could get the company out to install them. So now those drovers are running back roads avoiding scales. Just a matter of time before they get busted again.

How many trucks does this outfit have?

Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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Latest Load

And this lab 3.5 years old, is scared of the 2 rat dogs! they dominate lol when actually if she wasn't so mellow, 1 snap be all it took for rat dogs demise...She is a lizard and rabbit hunter! lol

Sad thing is she only catches the baby bunnies, that may have slipped out from under a shed. She's got 4 already brings em and drops em on the porch.....Guess she proving she's doing her duty lol

Mine keeps the moles away. Poor things. I try to tell em they won't make it but they keep coming back.

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Posted:  3 days, 12 hours ago

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Future era of cab-less trucks will be the end of HOS rules

No matter how far off this stuff is, how are we going to cope when automation takes everyone's jobs. Honest question. We need to make sure we are not set in stone on one career path. Always have a backup plan.

Second question do y'all consider our job "unskilled labor"? They call it that because you don't even need a H.S. diploma.

Posted:  3 days, 13 hours ago

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Ozarks

All that being said, I know what I should have done differently. I probably shouldn't have run out my clock knowing I would have to start early before the sun comes up in the thick of all that mess. But I was just trying to get as close to Springfield as possible. Made really good time too, even with the conditions.

Posted:  3 days, 13 hours ago

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Ozarks

Yep, mountains, dense fog, and dark are a scary combination. Even our eastern "tiny" mountains.

Indeed!

Neek, too bad you couldn't go through there in the daylight, it's a very beautiful scenic drive.

yeah I actually did drive through there for part of the afternoon yesterday. It is extremely beautiful.

You’re not far from me. But I’m ready to get the heck out of here. There is a forecast for some nasty weather today.

It's all blue skies towards Joplin!

NeeklODN, I run 65 often when I'm heading to one of our customers in Springfield, MO. One of my daughters lives in Branson, MO so I'll usually plan my trip so I spend the night at "Wild Bill's" truck stop on the southern side of Branson.

There's some good practice on that route for going up and down steep grades, plus they throw in some curves, and plenty of inner-city stop and go stuff too. Good for you - you survived!

If you come back through that same route there's a good BBQ restaurant in McGehee, AR on 65. It's called "Hoots BBQ" the food is good, and they have truck parking. The prices aren't cheap, but fair. You can spend the night in their lot if you need to.

Yeah, I passed that restaurant. I had a drop off in Springfield MO. It was quite an experience to say the least.

At what point do you decide to pull it in until weather conditions improve.

Not being hyper-critical here - but I've been reading posts recently where relatively new drivers, have been "toughing it out" (continuing to drive in wind warnings, etc.). There's no shame or cowardice in stopping in a safe place in adverse road conditions.

And the concern in some cases, is less for US in large rigs - but the non-pro drivers flying down the road and taking US OUT (or trying to).

If you look at many of the circumstances in "chain reaction incidents", the first vehicle to get struck was usually driving at a safe speed for conditions and got nailed by someone who wasn't (or was overdriving for the hazard).

Again - not a criticism or attack - just an observation. If I've gotta go 25mph in a 60 because of conditions - it's just as productive to pull off for a couple of hours until they improve.

Just sayin...

Rick

Just like tractor man said, when I left, there was actually no fog. And like old-school said, it creeps up on you out of nowhere. Might be a one mile stretch here or two Mile stretch there. Pretty much nowhere to pull over.

Posted:  3 days, 16 hours ago

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Ozarks

If you've never driven an 18-wheeler through the Ozark mountains, at 4 a.m., in the dense fog, then you are probably still alive....lol I LOVE the challenge

Posted:  4 days, 2 hours ago

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Latest Load

JYK9, Don't worry about crying. That note brought tears to my eyes. I'm dreading the day Moocho Poocho is no longer my co-pilot in life.

Moochoo poochoo 😂

Is he Peruvian?

Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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Terminated by Schneider

I'm leaning towards believing you bro. Reason being, my truck registers a sudden Accel or decel sometimes just putting it into gear at a stop. Difference is, my company knows about this and I still made sure to mention it to the safety manager.

That being said, I agree with everything else that says you probably didn't handle the situation proactively. You should learn a lesson from this. Charge it to the game bro and file a grievance. It's over now. No going back.

Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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Would this be a non preventable?

Btw rainy, I wasn't trying to come off as rude...

Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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Would this be a non preventable?

Neek, you used your moneymaker there. Better to be safe than sorry is one of the more profound clichés in the trucking world.

Last winter, many were the times I was going down a dangerous, icy, snowy hill or mountain when some other driver came barreling past me and I thought "OMG, that is just insane!"

I may not get the miles some other drivers get, but I drive to live and drive another day.

Live to drive and drive to live

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