I understand your position about not wanting to sleep for the fear of possibly missing the QC and/or the phone call with an assignment. I was that way, too; for about six months.
I continue to get a bit anxious when I don't have a pre-plan. However, I no longer lose valuable sleep over it, because I know my Fleet Manager can see my logs and, if I'm in the bunk, I don't get those message. If I do happen to miss the message, I can read it when I awaken.
Do you happen to know if your Fleet Manager has the ability to see your logs? If so, you might be able to stop fretting :-)
I don't remember if I can sleep without a load. Haven't had to since I was pulling reefers. Guess my dm is just better than yours hahaha
A refrigerated trailer.
I handle it a couple different ways. I send a QC message letting them know I need sleep and what time I have the alarm going off... Or turn the QC volume as loud as it will go. That "negative nancy" voice would pull me out of a medically induced coma. There have been a couple of occasions where I had to send a message saying "hey, I was sound asleep when that load info came in." I can't imagine any FM not understanding that we actually sleep on our breaks.
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I delivered this morning and planned to do either 8/or 10/break at customer.
My FM isn't on today.. I know that cause I didn't get a preplan. So I haven't gotten an assignment... And I can't sleep cause of it. I'm always too afraid I won't hear the QC or the phone.
Is anyone else like this? When FM is gone a couple fleets get covered by one person. I'm not complaining cause I got a ton of miles this week.
I think I'm such a control freak that I don't like not knowing what I'm doing. Haha
Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver ManagerThe primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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