Silly Sleeper Berth Question From A Newbie Driver...

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Panda's Comment
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Hey guys! I'm a new driver with 3 months OTR experience, but I'm looking at a local job a little closer to home. I've been off the road for about 10 months due to personal reasons so I'm a little out of the game, but this question came up on an employment application that's left me scratching my head.

"If you operate a vehicle with a sleeper berth , which of the following sleeper berth breaks do NOT qualify for the mandatory 10-hour rest period: a) 10 hours b) 8 hours and 2 hours c) 9 hours and 1 hours d) 5 hours and 5 hours"

I wonder if it's either an obvious "duh!" answer or one of those trick-worded questions and hope y'all can help me out.. either way I appreciate it! :)

OTR:

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Splitter's Comment
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From the way I read it, its B. When running 8/2 splits you don't need a full 10 hour break. You do 8 in sleeper berth & 2 off duty while driving on the hours you get back from each break.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Actually the answer would be C and D. The split sleeper berth rule currently allows you to split your 10 hour break into an 8 hour break in the sleeper and a 2 hour break as off duty.

I'm thinking Splitter is so tired right now, he's not reading the question correctly. I know Rainy taught him how to understand this little mystery better than that. smile.gif

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.

Splitter's Comment
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Actually the answer would be C and D. The split sleeper berth rule currently allows you to split your 10 hour break into an 8 hour break in the sleeper and a 2 hour break as off duty.

I'm thinking Splitter is so tired right now, he's not reading the question correctly. I know Rainy taught him how to understand this little mystery better than that. smile.gif

Man Old School, you hit the nail on the head both times. Today was the day that I woke up on the wrong side of the bed & everything has just spiraled downward. Made it to the Joplin, Petro and my 14 was down to zero after finishing my pretrip but I still had 1+ hours on my 11. Almost made the mistake & kept driving. Luckily for me this place has 400 spots.

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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I was confused because there was more than one. Then I read it again and realized there was nothing in the wording looking for one choice.

Panda's Comment
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Splitter, Old School, and Grumpy Old Man - lol thanks so much fellas! I really appreciate the help and insight! undefined

Splitter's Comment
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Splitter, Old School, and Grumpy Old Man - lol thanks so much fellas! I really appreciate the help and insight! undefined

Thank you for bringing it up. Taught me a very valuable lesson. Never ever answer a question after driving from Ardmore, OK to Dallas, TX then to Joplin, MO. After rereading it now, it's one of DUH! moments for me. Lol

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.
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