The Road Less Traveled; Governed Truck Speed

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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We run at 63 max but sometimes 62 fits the traffic flow better. Funny thing about how a 1 mph adjustment can make a big difference I think all Schneider company drivers wish there was a little more speed available for the occasional passing situations. I like what Swift has done as described by G-Town. It would be great if we had that set up

G-Town's Comment
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I like what Swift has done as described by G-Town. It would be great if we had that set up

30 minutes of ungoverned running is the maximum amount of time available per 14 hour shift.

Overspeed rules still apply.

Robsteeler's Comment
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I need to slow down. Have never hit a fuel bonus yet. 😂 With that said, sometimes it'd be really nice to be able to pass someone.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I need to slow down. Have never hit a fuel bonus yet. 😂 With that said, sometimes it'd be really nice to be able to pass someone.

Do you get a bonus from day one? Some of our bonuses do not pay out until 6 mos solo.

No offense, but I cant remember how long you have been driving. It seems recent.

andhe78's Comment
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I like what Swift has done as described by G-Town. It would be great if we had that set up

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30 minutes of ungoverned running is the maximum amount of time available per 14 hour shift.

Overspeed rules still apply.

Yeah, Maverick is in the process of turning on smart pass for our trucks, 70 mph for thirty minutes every eight hours. I don’t use it often, but it can be handy.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Rainy, yes a new driver for Schneider can get a fuel bonus right out of the gate, but it’s more complicated than that because the bonus is based on a combination of things. Any preventable accident will disqualify the driver from a bonus for that quarter. Please don’t ask me how I know that.

PJ's Comment
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Different companies look at the speed situation similiar, but yet different. The feds have been kicking around the idea for awhile now too govern all class 8’s at 65 mph as they do in Canada. It has been debated alot. Personally from my experience’s the different speed limits between trucks and others are far more dangerous. Most states that did have them have gotten away from it because the crash stat’s showed it was unsafe. Of course the biggest holdout on this is Ca. No suprise.

My company is set at 65 for company trucks, O/O’s is unrestricted. We use a computer speed tracking software called speedgauge. There are many that argue its accuracy. I can tell you from working with it, it is very accurate. The company has it broke down by amount over the posted limit and for how many miles before it becomes punitive.

Progressive discipline over a rolling 3 month period. Simple if you hit the thresholds 4 times in that period your fired. Hit 80 mph or above your fired.

It takes alot of intentional speeding to get the first letter, much less 3 more within 3 months. We have had drivers test the resolve of the company and they have been fired.

Phoenix's Comment
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I'd wanted to contribute in this thread a few days ago, but haven't had the time.. don't really even now, but... As a driver who has driven trucks governed at 62, 65,68, and now 75mph, i haven proven to myself that 66+ miles an hour keeps you in the flow of traffic, if not changing lanes constantly to pass slower moving vehicles. Both are hazardous for trucks, and unless I'm on wide open roads in daylight and calm weather, I'm usually tagging behind the flow of traffic so I can maintain my cushion. Sometimes i feel that because my truck is governed so high, my dispatchers want me to cover more miles each day; however, my response to that is very basic and very adamant: i will go as fast as i safely can.

Keep on keepin on y'all!!

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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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