Managing 70 Hr Clock

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Dave Reid's Comment
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It depends upon a driver's particular assignment and appointment schedule, but for me it is usually best to run on recap. I'm currently a national OTR refer guy that often stays out for many weeks/months at a time. My company's (Pride Transport) workload is such that it is usually best for me to be able to pick up or drop off a load any day and run any day rather than sitting for 34. So, I try to keep my 11 hour clock at or under 8/45 daily, or if I need to run longer one day, than I try and make up for it by running a shorter day the next day. Of course, a load's schedule doesn't always allow for that, and when I need to run more I don't get concerned about it because I know that chances are a shorter day with a lot of sitting waiting for loading/unloading will hit me soon enough.

Of course it is always nice to have a fresh 70, so if I get a load that has extra time on it, I'll look to see if there is any way to sneak a 34 into the run, especially if I can do it at a desirable spot. Maybe I'll get a pickup prior to a weekend that delivers on Monday....if so, I'll push it the full 11 for a day or two in order to get near the delivery early and get in a 34 there, even if the unloading ends up happening during the 34. I've made that work plenty of times.

What's best, managing the 70 hr clock where you can run off good recaps or go ahead and eat the 34 hours.. I sometimes argue the point with dispatchers. Hate sitting around for 34 hours,,, , Thoughts welcomed....

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Diver Driver's Comment
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Just my 2 cents, but the 70 hr. clock needs to go the way of the do -do, along with the non-stoppable 14hr. Clock. I'm out here to earn a living, and I know when I'm tired and when I'm not. Again, just my personal feelings.

millionmiler24's Comment
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I don't believe I'd be claiming I was out when I was home for purposes of taxes when your logs will clearly say where you are. That would get you in trouble if you're audited..

I hate sitting for resets too, but I find if I just burn through my 70 by running my full clock everyday then resetting that I tend to get more miles and I'm not having to worry about having enough hours to complete a run.

In theory if you run just under 9 hours a day you'll never run out of hours and can just run on recaps, but then some days, out of necessity I may run more or rarely less hours than that. I always just try to get a reset in, but sometimes due to load requirements a reset isn't happening.

This is exactly how I do it as well.

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Keith G.'s Comment
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Just my 2 cents, but the 70 hr. clock needs to go the way of the do -do, along with the non-stoppable 14hr. Clock. I'm out here to earn a living, and I know when I'm tired and when I'm not. Again, just my personal feelings.

I agree with the non-stoppable 14hr clock for sure. I've had times waiting for a trailer tire to get repaired, which I slept in my bunk for 5 nearly 6 hours. Tried to logout and when I got all settled up went to finish my day and seen I'd just nearly cracked 14 hours on the day..well I slept. Was rather frustrating knowing I could've easily finished some hours and be in a good starting point for the next day.

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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Just my 2 cents, but the 70 hr. clock needs to go the way of the do -do, along with the non-stoppable 14hr. Clock. I'm out here to earn a living, and I know when I'm tired and when I'm not. Again, just my personal feelings.

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I agree with the non-stoppable 14hr clock for sure. I've had times waiting for a trailer tire to get repaired, which I slept in my bunk for 5 nearly 6 hours. Tried to logout and when I got all settled up went to finish my day and seen I'd just nearly cracked 14 hours on the day..well I slept. Was rather frustrating knowing I could've easily finished some hours and be in a good starting point for the next day.

In that case you could have done 8 sleeper to freeze the clock. So after 6 hours of waiting at repairs, wait another 2 hours and then roll with the same clock you stoppes with.

8 in the sleeper pauses your 14. but it must be 8 consecutive, and all in sleeper.

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Gladhand's Comment
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I am a recap type. I still do decent miles and I can take my time more. After running my face off a lot with walmart last year, I got pretty beat up. I like to just take it easy, keeps me sane haha.

So I usually have a couple long days which would be 9.5 hrs and the rest are a mix of 7 and 8. I always have decent hrs coming back. Found my groove with it and feel less anxietal/stressed out.

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