Past Your Drive Time

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Philly Boy's Comment
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If you drive past your 11 hours and your looking for some place to park up how would you log that in ? Can you put that in as a 395.1 or just say you were looking for parking ?

Old School's Comment
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It's a violation. You don't log it as anything. You just drive and find yourself a spot to park, and it will show up on your logs as a violation.

The best way to avoid that is to have a good solid plan that allows you to start shutting down about an hour before you discover you're in a bind.

You can always make changes to your trip plan during the day if something happens that messes things up.

Lynn B.'s Comment
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You should be parked by the 11th hour. If you were to drive over your 11 and get into an accident your probability of losing your license and/or going to jail are exponential.

Susan D. 's Comment
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If you did that (drove past your hours) at my company you would be in a WHOLE LOT OF TROUBLE.. nevermind the DOT lol.

DOT:

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.

Isaac H.'s Comment
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My company would rather pay for a $600 tow than take the chance of being caught because i believe the ticket is in the thousands of dollars as in multiple thousands.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Most companies feel that way, Isaac. Towing isnt going to cause a huge fine, CSA points, trouble with the DOT for the company, etc. There simply isnt a good excuse for breaking federal laws like that.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

DOT:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Susan D. 's Comment
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So, are you still driving for Swift and violating your HOS?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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If you drive past your 11 hours and your looking for some place to park up how would you log that in ? Can you put that in as a 395.1 or just say you were looking for parking ?

Why are you looking for parking? I mean isbit night time? If you know you won't shut down until dark. .call a Ta or flying j and reserve a spot. Paying $13 will relieve your stress and save you headaches.

If you use trucker oath you can see availability and the parking history. If the lot rarely fills red..its pretty much going to have a space for you. Worst case scenario...park at a weigh station . they'd rather have you safe tha. Illegal.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Sambo's Comment
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To add to that, if it does happen or if you see you are going to be in a situation where you may go over, call someone. Never try to hide it, they can see your logs.

Rather make a phone call and let your dm help you than to not say anything and someone catch it and it be worse off.

But as others have said, try at all cost not to do it. I like to start looking for parking about 2 hours out. I'll let my gps hunt for truck stops and rest areas and then find one the is about 45 to 60 minutes from the time I will have to shut down. This way, I'm not pushing 10 or 15 minutes to the end of my clock, then find out my first choice is full.

Also, keep in mind where you are. In some places, that truck stop you just passed may be the last stopping point for 60 miles. Also, when it starts getting dark, be aware that parking starts getting thinner. So, for example, if you are in southern california...and it's about 5pm....might start thinking about parking if you are getting close on hours.

Dm:

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.
Sambo's Comment
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Also, remember that if you are close, use your company's terminals. Great place to go and parking is pretty much guaranteed.

Worked for me yesterday. Drove through San Bernardino at about 9pm, and figured pretty much the only 2 truck stops around here, TA and petro in Ontario were full, or full enough that I didn't want to have to go through the nightmare of driving through them. Luckily, we have a terminal in fontana, so, I parked there..no problems..

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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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