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PR aka Road Hog's Comment
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Wow, another point of view. It never occurred to me to check with my DM about early delivery. Just the opposite. As soon as I am assigned a load (and accepted it) I am being taught to contact the shipper/receiver about arriving early. Responses vary widely, but for the most part, they all love early drivers, at least, from my experience.

As far as hours, I saw a great post on here a few months ago, about driving 8-9 hours a day and no more, so you are always getting hours back from the 8th day before. My trainer typically runs 11 hours a day, and we rock right along, hopscotching the short days where one of us only drives a few hours. That way one of us can always keep the truck moving.

It did come back to bite him however. He miscalculated on a run from Washington state to Florida, and we were both just about out of hours on arrival to the receiver. It may not seem like a big deal, as our load was delivered, early, and all was good.

Except for one thing. We almost had to sit in Florida for a day in order to recoup some drive time when we were scheduled to be taking home time. Ouch. We ended up making it work, but always keep in mind the BIG picture when it comes to hours.



The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The 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.
DISCO's Comment
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What does the minus time on my 14 hr clock mean??? What's it telling me???

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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What does the minus time on my 14 hr clock mean??? What's it telling me???

It means you have exceeded your available time on your 14. So you need to get to a place to shutdown and then you have to wait your 10 hour break plus the time you exceeded your 14 before you can drive again (at least that was what I was required to do @ JB Hunt). Not sure if that is DOT requirement or not (have not exceeded that rule enough to be concerned about it).

So you need to watch your clock very closely when you are getting ready to bump against the 14 hour limit.



Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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