Speeding

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Pupil2Prodigy's Comment
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Will I have to break the law to make it in trucking? I only drive about an hour a day, (30 minutes back and forth from work), and ever since I've looked into trucks and trucking I've been paying closer attention to commercial drivers/vehicles. I've seen some people smashing the gas so to speak. I saw a guy the other day in a B class box truck doin 75 in a 55 and a few weeks before that I saw a dryvan doing the same. Where I am, the rule of thumb is 5 over; anywhere; is ok. But these guys were really movin, will I make it at posted limits? is there an accepted rule of thumb in commercial vehicles?

Thanks

Dryvan:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Old School's Comment
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Are you interested in a class B job? Those are local type deliveries where they are probably paid by how many stops they can manage.

I frequently get this monthly call from my manager congratulating me for being the top producer in my division of the company. I never speed. In fact you'd be hard pressed to speed on the interstate (which is where you'll be 95% of the time) because your truck will more than likely be governed at 65 mph or less.

My manager and I just had this discussion the other day about my mileage performance. He told me the closest person behind me was something like 2,500 miles short, and they had violated their hours multiple times just to get there. Mine were all legal, and yours can be to. The way you "make it" in trucking is by learning to be good at it, not by cheating the system. You can learn to consistently run over 3,000 miles a week legally, but it takes time and commitment to get there.

Interstate:

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pupil2Prodigy's Comment
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No interest in class B, good to know I can manage without speeding, not looking to cheat, looking to make it safely over the road and back again

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Steve L.'s Comment
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I’ll add; most of the big companies don’t want you speeding. When I was with Schneider, we were taught to trip plan based on 50mph. This gave wiggle room for traffic and weather delays.

I’d venture to say the most difficult places for speeding are on the NON-interstate roads. Those have more speed changes and not always obvious.

If you HAVE to speed, either you’re doing it wrong or you’re working for the wrong people.

Interstate:

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pupil2Prodigy's Comment
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I’ll add; most of the big companies don’t want you speeding. When I was with Schneider, we were taught to trip plan based on 50mph. This gave wiggle room for traffic and weather delays.

I’d venture to say the most difficult places for speeding are on the NON-interstate roads. Those have more speed changes and not always obvious.

If you HAVE to speed, either you’re doing it wrong or you’re working for the wrong people.

All of that is helpful, thanks

Interstate:

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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