E Log Terminology

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Joseph I.'s Comment
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What are some of the terms I should be using in the notations section on my E Logs when out on the road? I have been at this for 3 weeks now and seem to be doing OK on them, but as far as how I should be labeling things in my notes I might as well get things right from the beginning instead of falling into bad habits.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Ours are all on pull down scrolling pretyped lists, unless we want to customize, which I only do very rarely.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Joseph, you really can get by with a very simple list of terms.

Here's some examples:

"Pre-trip inspection" - that one is your first entry when starting your day as you go on duty for fifteen minutes.

"Break" - this covers anytime you take a break, whether it's a quick five minute bathroom stop, a thirty minute break, a ten hour rest period, or a 34 hour reset. This note can be used for both the sleeper berth line or the off duty line in your logs

"Fuel stop" - that one is obvious. Put yourself "on duty" and label it as your fuel stop.

"Arrive at stop" - that is for multi-stop loads. When you arrive put yourself on duty for about ten or fifteen minutes and make that notation.

"Depart Stop" - again this one is fairly obvious. You should be sending similar macros (like depart stop or empty call) to your dispatcher with these log changes, but these are simply to make your logs nice and clean. You are logging what you're doing.

"Arrive at Consignee" - once again, fairly obvious. It's your final stop on a multi-stop load or it may just be a straight shot to this customer.

"Arrive at Shipper" - are you getting the idea? A lot of these notations should correspond with your macros.

"Home Time" - when I log myself off duty to be at home, I'll use this notation.

There are others I'm sure. This is a brief list to help you see how to do it with brief clearly understandable notations. Hopefully that gives you an idea how to do this. If it's confusing let us know and we'll give it another shot.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.


The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.


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's biggest 's Comment
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We use PeopleNet and all the remarks are programed, unless we PC or change something in the logs. If I hit "Duty Status" the next screen has options Off Duty, Break, Sleeper, Driving, then a row of on duty, not driving options, like loading, unloading, inspection, and fueling. All of these options put the appropriate remark in my logs.

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