Atlas Question

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Stephanie K.'s Comment
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Ok. I am analyzing my large laminated Atlas. Am I correct that I can drive this truck on the orange, blue and red roads? But not the other roads? I have not really analyzed my routes on it yet, but after getting lost a couple times following my Qualcomm , I now look at it on Google so I have a visual of what I am looking for, use my directions written down on a piece of paper, use my Garmin and Qualcomm, but I would like to map the Atlas as well. Just not sure if I am looking at it right. Thanks in advance for your patience with my ignorance.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Look at the legend in the Atlas. Also A16 and A17 for length laws, A26 to A46 for restricted routes and low clearances by state. If you have a Garmin dezl, look in apps for truck map it will show you STAA roads on and around your route. Yes, most blue red or orange roads. Hope that helps.

Stephanie K.'s Comment
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Yes that helps and yes I just got the Garmin dezl with the dashcam. Still poking around it. It kept trying to turn me around due to a 10 ton restriction, but there wasn't one. Thought looking over the Atlas would help with my confidence

Rainy 's Comment
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I drive the green (toll roads) and blue (interstates or comparable such as US 322 in PA) first. There are roads that have a thin orange with yellow on the inside that are basically like interstates but have uncontrolled intersections. The cross traffic yields to you and the speeds are usually 55 to 65mph. These can be awesome too.

When choosing a road, be sure to notice the turns and topography. For example, US 65 between Springfield MO and I 40 in Arkansas sucks!!! it is curvy and hilly and go through small towns. real small towns. Below I40 it runs more like an interstate and i do believe it is a yellow inner/orange outer. You can drive the pink/red roads, but they are usually one lane in each direction and go through towns are slow speeds. Stay off the gray roads completely.

find one on the map.then google earth it and it will help you inderstand the colors. Also an erasable marker is great for this!

Selecting the toad is extremely important when it comes to time management. I went US 278 through AL once cause the Mac 27 told me to....mistake. It took me 2 hours to drive 60 miles cause of speed limits, hills and turns.

Interstate:

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

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rainy 's Comment
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I have a RandMcNally but Big Scott has Garmin as well so he can help you.

Theres a setting on mine for routing that says "prefer interstates", "avoid small.roads", and others. Depending on this setting, i have had a 150 mile difference from the QC cause places like Kansas dont have a lot of interstates. Be sure to check that featire out cause it can be puzzling.

Interstate:

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

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.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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I have a Garmin dezl 580 and Rand McNally 540. We drove down a state highway in California that my 2019 Atlas and Rand McNally GPS had no problems with. However, my and my student's Gamins were telling us no trucks allowed and trying to route us a few hundred miles around. The signs said length over 37 feet from kingpin to rear axel use caution. I can set the the Rand McNally to not auto recalculate/reroute. That way I know I may have gone the wrong way.

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