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Serah D.'s Comment
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I have a load to pick up at our Memphis, TN terminal going to Roanoke, TX. It has a strict appt time - 0015, 01/02. I can pick it up between 0800-0900, 01/01.

According to pre-plan am supposed to drive straight to shipper from 0930 arriving 1945. Seems l will have run out of time and won't be able to drive anywhere after. Its also a live unload. How do l work this out so that l have enough tk drive back to my terminal 48 miles away? Appreciate your help.

Shipper:

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.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Sarah, I'm thinking we don't have enough information. We don't know the status of your clock when you pick up the load, but here's my suggestion.

If possible take your ten hour break at the Memphis terminal before you pick up the load. I'm allowing you nine hours to Roanoke, TX - that should be doable. Drive straight there and then log yourself onto the sleeper berth , and get some rest while you're waiting for your unload. I would keep myself on "sleeper berth" until eight hours has passed, even if I had to be on sleeper while they were unloading me. Then when eight hours had passed I'd put myself "on duty" and log some time for the live unload. You can work all that out where you have enough time to drive the 48 miles to your terminal.

That eight hours on the sleeper berth will extend your 14 hour clock so that you can work that out. Once that eight hours has passed your clock will be back to the same place it was when you arrived at your delivery destination. You should have approximately 2 hours left to drive the 48 miles to the terminal.

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.

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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I realize I'm using a little liberty and creativity with my logging in that suggestion, but that's the way you get things done on occasion.

Serah D.'s Comment
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I realize I'm using a little liberty and creativity with my logging in that suggestion, but that's the way you get things done on occasion.

Thanks OS, it helps. Already done my 10 hrs and now on off duty. Been raking my brains almost to "boiling" point. What if l start driving at 1200? Will probably be there at around 2200 calculating at 50mph, though it could probably be earlier driving faster. I called facility and they have a staging area where l will probably do my 10 after unloading. Is this OK?

Old School's Comment
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Yes, that is another way to do that. Really you want to do what works best for your style or skill set. The way I showed you puts you ready for your next assignment quicker which allows you to turn more miles for the week, but either way is acceptable.

PJ's Comment
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There are always more than 1 acceptable way to get the task accomplished. I always base my judgements on tomorrow. If I know what's coming up tomorrow I plan today for it. If it doesn't really make any difference then I do what makes me feel the most comfortable. If you know you need more available hours tomorrow then get as much done today as possible. Just the way I look at it

Serah D.'s Comment
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Yes, that is another way to do that. Really you want to do what works best for your style or skill set. The way I showed you puts you ready for your next assignment quicker which allows you to turn more miles for the week, but either way is acceptable.

OS, I still have to learn to work this one out. I arrived at 10.15pm after getting lost in the confusion with all the new overpasses and construction. I put myself on SB for the ladt 2.5 hrs. Still waiting to be unloaded. Its now 1.10pm and l only have 35 mins on my clock. Am told they are behind so l might havecto wait awhile. If l don't make it to 8 hrs in SB, then what should happen? Still in the learning process so bear with me.

Old School's Comment
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I put myself on SB for the ladt 2.5 hrs. Still waiting to be unloaded. Its now 1.10pm and l only have 35 mins on my clock. Am told they are behind so l might havecto wait awhile. If l don't make it to 8 hrs in SB, then what should happen? Still in the learning process so bear with me.

Serah I just now saw this. You're probably going to need to stay on "sleeper berth" for eight hours, maybe ten. You said they had a staging area that you could stay at, and that's what I'd do.

It's gonna seem strange to you to do it this way but you don't have a lot of good options on this one. Since you lost some time while getting there, you may not have enough time left on your 14 to allow you to make it to your terminal.

Pat yourself on the back - you made it on time! That's the main thing here.

I would stay on sleeper berth until eight hours had passed, and then see if there was enough time to get to the terminal. If there is, you could go to the terminal and sleep for two hours on "sleeper berth," which would reset your clock with some available hours. Or, you could just stay at the staging area until your ten hours is up and reset your clock that way. You have those two options.

You had an unusual situation here, and I hope I helped you a little. I know it sounds crazy to be logged on sleeper while getting unloaded, but occasionally it just works best to conserve your drive time with a little creativity like that.

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.

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
MC1371's Comment
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Serah, Just saw this.

**When you get odd ones like this, double check with your DM. Most of Swift scheduling is computer modeled. It may very well be you have a large pick up and delivery window.

Unless it's called out as JIT or strict window (Target-Wal-Mart-Amazon) you might have a larger cushion to work with so you're not forced into an 8/10 or pushing excessively hard to make it.

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.
Serah D.'s Comment
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I decided to take my 10 at the staging area. All was ok. Thank you all for your advise.

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