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Keith A.'s Comment
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I picked up a loaded trailer at the Proctor & Gamble DC in Corinne, UT. It had two tires with patches worn off the tread almost down to the base of the tire (would attach a picture but not sure how).

Long story short I went to the Loves about five miles away and got here around... 6? 630pm (maybe 7). Took them three hours to get into a bay and I've been waiting on them just to start the work since (round 9 or 9:30 I think? Maybe 10?

Haven't been able to catch a nap at all since we can't be in the truck while it's in their bay and I have a hard time sleeping when I'm still at "work" regardless of whether or not I'm actually doing anything. At this rate it looks like I'm gonna be up till 1 or 1:30 (its 12:15 right now). Do y'all have any good tips for dealing with this... specifically that I should have been asleep three or four hours ago but I still have a full day to log tomorrow-- I won't be late but I'm going to be groggy all day. Half of this is... frustration and whinging but it's an issue I've had to deal with before but I don't know if there's any better way to do it because shorting myself on sleep is getting harder to do.

PackRat's Comment
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Not too sure on what to offer other than sleep and rest up when you can. This is an example of things that you cannot control—unplanned maintenance issues. If I roll into a truck stop needing maintenance, check in, then return to the truck and hit the sleeper until you are called in. It could be a short wait or could be several hours. A compete unknown variable. You can’t make those guys move any faster, so just keep cool as they plod along with the repairs. This looks like a great time to do a split sleeper berth option. Keep your dispatcher informed as time goes by. To close, be positive knowing that you did the right thing by having those questionable tires replaced.

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:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dave Reid's Comment
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If we end up missing our sleep time, we may well need to notify dispatch that we need a day added to the trip. Let dispatch know as soon as possible....they will work with the consignee to get the delivery appointment changed.

Pushing it and driving while sleepy is a recipe for disaster. Keeping an appointment is not worth causing an accident or your health.

Stay safe brother.

I picked up a loaded trailer at the Proctor & Gamble DC in Corinne, UT. It had two tires with patches worn off the tread almost down to the base of the tire (would attach a picture but not sure how).

Long story short I went to the Loves about five miles away and got here around... 6? 630pm (maybe 7). Took them three hours to get into a bay and I've been waiting on them just to start the work since (round 9 or 9:30 I think? Maybe 10?

Haven't been able to catch a nap at all since we can't be in the truck while it's in their bay and I have a hard time sleeping when I'm still at "work" regardless of whether or not I'm actually doing anything. At this rate it looks like I'm gonna be up till 1 or 1:30 (its 12:15 right now). Do y'all have any good tips for dealing with this... specifically that I should have been asleep three or four hours ago but I still have a full day to log tomorrow-- I won't be late but I'm going to be groggy all day. Half of this is... frustration and whinging but it's an issue I've had to deal with before but I don't know if there's any better way to do it because shorting myself on sleep is getting harder to do.

Consignee:

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.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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If I know I need maintenance. I work it out with the shop to make an appt 8 to 9hrs from then. Most times they accimadate me, and are appreciative that I "don't need it yesterday." if that isn't an option, I inform my planner that I will need extra time.

Driving drowsy is definitely a hazard.

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