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Rob T.'s Comment
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Rob T. - you coming past Milwaukee? Seems I will be here for a while and have some time on my hands...

unfortunately not. The farthest we go for a store in WI is Madison. We also pick up at Sargento in Plymouth WI but they moved the Wisconsin stores to 6pm departs so Its on the other set of drivers. Occasionally I'll run out to Kraft in Aurora Illinois but that's quite a ways from ya. My wife has family in Green Bay and occasionally we'll switch it up and swing by Milwaukee before coming back home. I'm not sure the next time we're headed out there though.

Mike B.'s Comment
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PackRat's Comment
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That IS a seldom seen sight these days.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Cool.

What is it?

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Andy Dufresne (a.k.a. Rob's Comment
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IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Newberry CA on I40. Wind was really blowing the dirt around. My dog Monty didn't like the dirt blowing.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Liahos I.'s Comment
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Minnesota's I-90 roads sucked yesterday

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Got 60 miles north and it was clear sailing again until the side streets. Roads were completely dry for my return trip. It helped making it a 16 hour day today

When you say "a 16 hour day" what does it mean? You still couldn't drive past the 14 hr limit. Right? I am asking just so I understand how it is done.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Minnesota's I-90 roads sucked yesterday

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Got 60 miles north and it was clear sailing again until the side streets. Roads were completely dry for my return trip. It helped making it a 16 hour day today

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When you say "a 16 hour day" what does it mean? You still couldn't drive past the 14 hr limit. Right? I am asking just so I understand how it is done.

Guessing it's the "Big Day" exemption for drivers of day cabs within 100 air miles (or something like that).

Fmcsa big day rule The 16-hour rule is a special exemption that allows certain drivers to remain on-duty for 16 hours instead of 14, but without extending the allowed 11 hours per day of driving. This exemption applies to drivers that have started and stopped their workdays at the same location for the previous five work days.

Interesting "quirk" in the rule was elogs let both my trainer and me each declare our own big day in the same week - even though we were both on-duty (though not logged in) when the other was driving!

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Elogs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.
Marc Lee's Comment
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SWEET!

Ain't Panorama great!

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Rob T.'s Comment
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When you say "a 16 hour day" what does it mean? You still couldn't drive past the 14 hr limit. Right? I am asking just so I understand how it is done.

as Marc Lee touched on there is a special rule that applies to home daily drivers but I still can't drive over 11 hours. I often times debate whether or not to mention using the 16 rule because I dont want to confuse new drivers and someone get a violation thinking they're able to use it. Usually I'll post it to help others see that local driving usually isnt the "banker hours" most people think it is. I wont get too in depth but there are requirements that must be met such as returning to home base for the previous 5 consecutive work days among others. An OTR driver isn't allowed to claim this so you won't need to worry about it when you get started in this career. Also, currently in my line or work (delivering groceries) ALL hours or service rules have been suspended by the FMCSA while hauling certain loads due the 'Rona. My employer is allowing us to take advantage of that but the company is still requiring us to take the 30 minute break and 10 hours off before starting another run to help avoid fatigue. Last week I went over my 14 hour clock 3 of the 4 days. 2 days ended up being just over 16. In those 4 days I put in just shy of 57 hours.

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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

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