How Do YOU Deal With Time Zone Changes?

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Right. See how fast you figured that out? I can use my fingers when nobodys watching. And theres a little battery operated clock on the dash that is set to home office time.

Farmerbob1's Comment
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My first ETA calculations are based on 50 miles per hour, and I also consider time zones at final. If it's not a really tight delivery, I ignore local time until I get close to final.

If it is a tight delivery, I track local time at final, but that's normally not the case, since most Stevens Transport deliveries are scheduled with the expectation that the driver will be running about 500 miles per day, and I average about 600.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I can use my fingers when nobodys watching.

I even use mine when people ARE watching! I guess I'm just getting too old to care.

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Phoenix's Comment
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Soon as I know where I'm to end up, my clock is based on that time zone, qcomm exempted, which is home terminal time, always.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I'm from east coast so I stay on eastern time. The appt times are in local...but this way I will never be late ;)

Farmerbob1's Comment
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I can use my fingers when nobodys watching.

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I even use mine when people ARE watching! I guess I'm just getting too old to care.

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I use my fingers to count too, but only if I have to count to nine.

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So your OCD list when leaving your truck should include keys, pen, whatever else and fingers.

OldRookie's Comment
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I'm from east coast so I stay on eastern time. The appt times are in local...but this way I will never be late ;)

Ditto...

Reaper's Comment
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Imy from east coast as well and that's incredibly smart to stay in eastern time. I love that I'm going to borrow that idea.

Errol V.'s Comment
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The only real hangup I've run across is working with your 10hr break.

Suppose you are based in Memphis (Central time) and you stop near Macon, GA (Eastern). The QC says 1720, so you decide 0330 to start up. Pick up your cell phone, set the alarm for 3:30am.

Your alarm goes off at the appointed time, you figure 10 hrs later. You look at the QC, it shows 9 hours break, 1 to go!! What the ....!

Answer: your phone is default set to show local time. The Qualcomm is always on your base time. Eastern time zone is 1 hour later than Central. Look at your QC clock (1720 CST), convert that to local time first (1820 EST), then add 10 hours for your alarm (4:20 am EST) The mistake is worse going west, you might oversleep an hour or two!

For local deliveries, and reporting times in macros, use your CDL phone clock, on local time.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
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