Watch Those Time Zones!!

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SouthernJourneyman's Comment
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Well I got a hard lesson today. I'm up here in Kentucky and ha a load to deliver at 8am. So last night I got up here and found a mom and pop 16 miles from the consignee. Doesn't get much better than that unless you can o/n park on site, which I couldn't. So I set my phone for 6:45am. More than enough time to get up, fix coffee and to a pre-trip. So I hit the road about 7:20. On the way my phone rang. I don't have a headset so didn't answer but I did glance down to see who was calling. Saw the phone number and wasn't worth stopping for. But somethings else caught my eye. My phone now said 8:30. Wait. What? Turns out I was parked on the central side and my delivery was on the eastern side of the line.

Normally I am real careful to plan for time zones but this was the first load I've had that was right on the line like that. Fortunately it wasn't a big deal since it was a first come first serve type of place, but still a lesson learned. I'll be checking that map a little closer next time.

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

James R.'s Comment
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Yea i'm not sure why they don't but more places need to include the timezone of the delivery in the dispatch. 0800c for example. At any rate i've avoided this a few times because if there's any doubt i'll usually google, "time in city" and see what time they have.

Rob S.'s Comment
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Helpful info to keep in mind. But as James R. said the time of delivery should include the time zone market as well.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Lol, I literally live a few minutes from a timezone line here in kentucky. They zigzag all over the place. I live right by one near Fort Knox and Meade County. We set our cell phones so they don't update with the zone.

Phox's Comment
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Something useul that can help

Wolfram Alpha

go there, type in city, state and it will give you lots of info about that location... including the local timezone.

columbus, oh for example http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=columbus%2C+oh

you can also just as easily add the word timezone to the end of the city and state and get just local time info

columbus, oh timezone: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=columbus%2C+oh+timezone

they have an android and ios app too.

very useful for knowing and planning for timezone changes. they have a lot of other useful features too these are just pertinent to this topic.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

murderspolywog's Comment
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Southern done that my self. Here are a few tricks to help you out. One set the truck clock to your home terminal. That way you can always just look at your phone and add or subtract to get were you are. The second thing is I wright the time zone down on my scratch pad. That way I don't loose track of it.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Phox's Comment
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Southern done that my self. Here are a few tricks to help you out. One set the truck clock to your home terminal. That way you can always just look at your phone and add or subtract to get were you are. The second thing is I wright the time zone down on my scratch pad. That way I don't loose track of it.

I think the issue was that his phone didn't change timezones because he was so close to the timezone border, he didn't know he was still in the other one.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

murderspolywog's Comment
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Yep that's what I think happens as well. That's why if set your clock to the home terminal time you can look at your phone and realize that eather you have a time zone to cross or the phone did not switch over, but having the clock in truck set to a time zone helps to realise when something is a miss.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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