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Jason R. (Ruck)'s Comment
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Hey everyone, I am getting ready to go to a private school to obtain my class A and endorsements. I have been doing the “High Road” classes on here and learning a lot (thank you for making that available). This post isn’t really about me and school. It is more about questions I have always had about the industry in general. 1. What happens if you get stuck in traffic and you hit the end of your hours? 2. Does the company dictate the route you take to your destination, and if so what happens if you are detoured due to an accident or something? Example...you get a run down I-79 through WV amd there is an accident at mm 16. The Law shuts down the interstate and reroutes vehicles down US Rt 119 off exit 19 and back on at exit 9. The milage is gonna be different than interstate travel. If the milage is shorter do they cut your pay...and if it is longer do they pay the extra? Sorry if these are silly or stupid questions but I am just a curious type person and like to know everything I can about what i am hoping to be my future career.

Thanks, Ruck

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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Welcome to the forum. First have you seen these.

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It is rare to run out of hours due to traffic. I was once stuck in traffic on a rural US highway that was shut down due to a wreck. There was no way out. I set the breaks and went off duty. Then messaged dispatch. This is why we learn how to manage our clock and trip plan. Some companies want you to use the route they give you. Most companies pay on the miles they dispatch you. Sometimes it takes a few more or a few less miles to get there. It all washes out. If you had a major detour most companies will compensate you for it. Let your dispatcher know. They will know how you go about submitting that. Best of luck to you.

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Dispatcher:

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.
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