How Is It Legal For Company Trucks To Be Governed At Different Speeds?

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LDRSHIP's Comment
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I am, for the most part, not governed. I set my cruise at 68. But if I am not in a hurry I will run 63. At 63 mph in the Coronado on flat ground I can get around 8mpg depending on how heavy the load. At 68mph I usually come in around 7.5 mpg. Funny thing is, if I run 70 the best I do is around 6.9 mpg. There is a BIG drop off in fuel economy once I pass 68 mph.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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The opening post of this thread made me laugh. So many times I have watched the same truck blow by me several times per day only to end up at the same truck stop as me at about the same time.

Our trucks are governed at 65. I try to stop every day with 1 to 2 hours left on my clock. In the last couple of days that cushion was ate up by weather and traffic.

I have a friend who bought a truck. His truck is ungoverned. The company does not want the ower/lease ops going over 75mph because the trailer tires are only rated for that. He drives 65 to 66 MPH because any faster he is always gaining on someone and it's too stressful. He gets plenty of miles because he drives every day and rarely goes home.

Just drive. If you are not happy with the money you're making, try asking your dispatcher how you can get a higher CPM. Good luck.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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People do the same thing ALL the time in 4 wheelers lol In a big hurry to blow by you doing 70-80+ even on city streets. Only to get stopped at the same stop light I roll up to rofl-1.gifrofl-1.gif Yeah big deal, they got there 30-45 seconds sooner, and burnt up how much gas??

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I can't recall the company but there was a company that allowed 63 on cruise and 65 on the pedal

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Swift is 65 on cruise and 63 on the pedal.

I didn’t notice he had that backward. Wolding is the same, at least in my truck. Patrick said there are some even slower.

I will add that I have many times had trucks fly past me, then an hour or two later, come flying past me again. The old tortoise and hare story.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Most OD trucks are 65 some are 68 and a few are 70. Mine is 68 because of the run I have, I have to pass a lot more people now than I did at 65, which definitely can be more stressful.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Another thing... you can take 2 identical trucks set the same way and one might actually go a teeny bit faster, because its running better.

This stuff really makes no difference whatsoever. I don't turn any more miles running 66/67 than I do at 62. It's a negligible difference and doesn't affect pay.

If you're unhappy with what you're earning, ask your dispatcher what you can do to improve.. it's really that simple.

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.
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