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Posted:  1 month ago

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Let me see if I understand...

Let’s make one thing clear. Only 10 consecutive hours off-duty will fully reset your 11 and 14-hour clocks. You cannot fully reset your 11-hour and 14-hour clocks when utilizing the split-sleeper-berth provision. It’s important that you realize that. You will restore specific amounts of time to them. At the same time you will be extending the limit on your 14-hour clock.

Yes, I understand the longer of the two breaks have to be in the sleeper.

But, regarding restoring specific hours of time, I'm not sure how that works exactly. Can you give an example?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Let me see if I understand...

I've been reading about "splitting" the 10-hour off duty time. Is this correct?

A driver must be off-duty for at least 10 hours during any 24-hour period, 8 hours of which must be spent in a sleeper.

But, you don't have to take the 10 hours in one fell stroke. You can take a 2-hour break, continue driving until your limit is reached, then take 8 hours, Or, you can take a 3-hour break and take 7 hours later.

As long as your off-duty time totals 10 hours you're OK.

Is this right?

Posted:  2 months ago

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I-80 WB between Hazel Crest, IL and Joliet

I understand traffic was at a complete standstill on I-80 WB today in Illinois. I was not caught in it, but some people I know told me they sat in their vehicle for 4 hours before finally getting to an exit and taking surface streets the rest of the way they had to go. Does anyone know anything about what may have happened?

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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CDL Medical Certificate - license cancellation?

Yes I changed my self-certification. I discovered my license was only good for intrastate driving so I had it changed to interstate. I did that in February of 2019.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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CDL Medical Certificate - license cancellation?

One of my questions is, I have never been asked to submit an MEC before, even though I have been a CDL driver for several years prior to this. Why this now?

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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CDL Medical Certificate - license cancellation?

I need some help. I am in Illinois (Chicagoland area). On Saturday I received a letter from the Secretary of State's office informing me that my an order had gone in for my license to be canceled on the 19th of this month because, quoting from the letter, I had "failed to submit an acceptable Medical Examiner's Certificate..." I renewed my MEC January 1st of this year and it is good until January 1, 2023. I have had a CDL for several years now and this is the first time I have ever encountered this. I don't know why I received a letter like this on this occasion. Can someone based in Illinois or familiar with Illinois law help me to know what to do? I have emailed and faxed my MEC along with a cover letter and a copy of the letter they sent me to the email addresses and fax numbers provided for the Illinois SOS office. What do I do from here?

Posted:  1 year ago

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About transmissions - multi-speed rear axles

I am curious about something. I know that in the past trucks used multi (2 or 4) speed rear axles to achieve multiple speeds forward. But I read now that multi-speed differentials have pretty much disappeared. So, how do modern-day trucks implement 9, 10, 13, 15 or 18-speed transmissions if not with a multi-speed differential, and what, exactly, does the Range Selector on such trucks (with manual transmissions) do?

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Manual transmissions in Illinois

In the state of Illinois, the new trucks are all being ordered with automatic transmissions. I wondered why until I was finally told the reason by a Peterbilt truck and leasing company. The law was changed in this state at some point such that, whatever vehicle you take you driving test in when applying for your license is the vehicle you can drive - if you take your test in a truck having an automatic transmission, that's all you can drive, which was not the case previously. Does anyone know if other states enacted similar statutes? (I took my test with a manual transmission.)

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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When to know how to start your backing

For what it may be worth, I used to have problems with backing in the past, and I figured out the primary thing I was doing wrong was, not pulling far enough forward. Believe it or not, I actually learned a lot by practicing backing with my Econoline van, as I drive only periodically. I have never counted the number of truck lengths, but as someone said earlier, go further rather than shorter and use your mirrors. Get out and look if you have to.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Could I still get hired if I have pending charges?

You know I've had plenty of arguments with the wife, just like everyone else, but the moment it escalates into having the potential for cops to be called is when you need to be a gentleman and find a way to diffuse the situation. Apologize, whatever. I have learned the hard way that women are usually right so I'm going to side with her and tell you to mess with someone your own size and don't hit women - especially your wife!

Actually, according to police statistics, in cases of domestic disputes woman-on-man assaults are just as common as the other way around - and in cases of the more violent altercations, two-thirds of the time it's the women involved who start it, by their own admission.

That said, every effort should be made to avoid a dispute escalating into a physical confrontation - although if she starts to try to hit you or throw things at you, you need to deal with it. Some women are crazy.

For myself, I'm willing to apologize - but only if I believe I'm in the wrong. I will never say anything I don't believe to be true. And I will never say I'm sorry if I'm not.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Automatic vs. manual tansmissions?

I am a Class B driver who drives a few times per year. I have a full-time profession in another business. But, I am curious - nearly all of the CDL trucks available for rent now are equipped with automatic transmissions. I recently had a conversation with a driver who was delivering a load to a company I consult for, and he mentioned as how the truck fleets for shipping companies are switching over to automatics - that virtually the only way to get a tractor with a manual is by special order. He told me his own truck (a Volvo, if I remember correctly) had a 10-speed Allison automatic. Does anyone here have a preference one way or the other - manual over automatic or vice versa?

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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Freightliner M2 106 Air

I'm currently driving a Ryder Freightliner M2 106. When I drain the air tank at the end of a shift, only one air gauge is going to "0" - the other one shows a tank fully charged. I cannot find but one tank, but I'm told this particular truck has an "air dryer" which filters out water, etc., from the air so that only air is pumped into the air tank. If so, where is it, what does it look like, and is it supposed to be drained the same as the tank?

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Setting up Geotab for a Ryder Rental Truck

Let me look.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Setting up Geotab for a Ryder Rental Truck

I am growing very frustrated. We have rented a Ryder truck for a trip out to California for a trade show. I am having a VERY difficult time trying to set up the Geotab ELD they use. No one - NO ONE- at Ryder can explain how it works. I have downloaded and installed the Geotab Drive app which is supposed to keep track of your HOS, but it won't recognize the truck - I keep getting an error message on my phone saying "No connection to the vehicle. Ensure that the telematics device is communicating." I was told that this was because the truck was not in the Ryder database but I checked with Ryder and it is in the database - they can track its location. If I cannot get this set up before I have to leave can I use paper logs?

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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On-Duty?

I ask this because my primary job with the company is not as a driver. I am Technical Support for our instruments, meaning helping people with operational questions about musical instruments. This is a very small company which has no Transportation Department and no fleet or regular drivers - they only time they need something like this is once a year for the annual trade convention.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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On-Duty?

I am starting a trip next week. I will be picking the truck up from Ryder early in the morning and will take it to my company where it will be loaded. While the truck is being loaded I will not be doing anything related to the trip but will be handling customer service, answering the phone, quality-checking instruments (the company is a musical instrument manufacturer). Am I still considered "On Duty" even if I am not involved in the loading or any other activity involving the truck?

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Let me see if I understand Recaps...

I start out on, say, a Wednesday and drive 8 hours. I continue though the week until I come to Tuesday. Let's say I've logged 68 hours in 7 days. That means I have 2 hours left. The following Wednesday I gain back the 8 hours I drove on the Wednesday I started out plus the 2 hours I had left over = 10 hours available. Correct?

And, this is driving time, not total On Duty time?

Also, if I've logged 70 hours by the time 7 days are up, I'm not allowed to recap - I have to take a 34-hour rest?

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Another HOS question

So at the end of 8 days if you still have not worked a full 80 hours but you have done everything else - the 10, the 8, the 30 minute break - the clock resets whether you have taken 34 hours or not? From your reply. it seems if you do it that way the 34-hour limit would never kick in. But, you're right - I'll get one anyway, because I will be there for the entire convention (the NAMM convention which lasts four days).

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Another HOS question

That's what I thought. So, the thing to to do is, try to start with a full clock when starting the trip. One other thing: If you reach a 7-days but you have been on duty only, say, 40 hours or 50 you can keep going until the 70- (or 80-) hour limit is reached?

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Another HOS question

I am driving to California from Chicago next week for a trade convention. I'm picking up a Ryder Class B truck the first part of next week and I have to arrive in Anaheim by 7:00am Monday Morning. I'm trying to clarify my understanding of HOS. Which applies to me - the 70-hour time or the 80-hour time? Also I understand that taking a 34-hour break at any time automatically resets the clock and starts a new shift. Correct?

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