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PJ's Comment
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Ouch! At least you are used to the concept🤭. I’m currently running in the southeast and counting my blessings for it. Last winter I spent the entire time running from st louis to canada. I filled my quota for sure. Be safe

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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The good thing about Wisconsin roundabouts is once you are in them, you own them. Everyone else must yield to you.

G-Town's Comment
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The good thing about Wisconsin roundabouts is once you are in them, you own them. Everyone else must yield to you.

Directly the opposite of Joysey...except for specific counties...or if noted with signage. Two lanes through the circle? Doubles the fun.

206 and Bus. Rt 1 in Lawrence TWP is my favorite example of conflict. I’ve been through that in cases where Rt 1 (the highway) is congested or blocked due to construction or accident.

Confused yet?

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Marc Lee's Comment
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The good thing about Wisconsin roundabouts is once you are in them, you own them. Everyone else must yield to you.

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Directly the opposite of Joysey...except for specific counties...or if noted with signage. Two lanes through the circle? Doubles the fun.

206 and Bus. Rt 1 in Lawrence TWP is my favorite example of conflict. I’ve been through that in cases where Rt 1 (the highway) is congested or blocked due to construction or accident.

Confused yet?

Yes, BUT... Not really sure who here know that!

I didn't learn trucks here have the right of way once in a roundabout until I was in CDL school! Still need to block blind side, use flashers if you need both lanes or part of another, etc.. Using the "V" (V-shaped white line area at the entrance), using the "overrun" (as I call it, anyway) if necessary are key - I hate using it but need to get over that! Figuring out if it is "truck friendly" or not also key, I think. Still trying to master all that, as well as when I stay in my lane vs. when I need to signal a lane change in there. I seem to recall some good stuff on the WISDOT web site on that. Need to revisit it, tonight even!

Can't imagine NOT having the ROW there, even if only at law!

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Ouch! At least you are used to the concept🤭. I’m currently running in the southeast and counting my blessings for it. Last winter I spent the entire time running from st louis to canada. I filled my quota for sure. Be safe

Wow. Today (Week 2, Day 3 with trainer... training week 3) was special.

Started with rain here (Green Bay). Drove to Eau Claire and back. Hit snow on 2-lane highway - unplowed, semi-plowed and plowed. Cars and big rigs in ditches. Interstate was pretty clear but drifting snow caught up a few more of both!

Been wondering if I can really drive 500 miles in a day, or more.

With 2 fuel stops (to fill our CNG truck with 90% cow farts), dropping and hooking several trailers...

(Drum roll please...)

My total for the day (with almost an hour to go) was...

496.2 miles today!

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Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Marc Lee's Comment
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Oh... and then there was the wind!

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Wind between here and Indy was pretty intense at times. Your sleeper truck wont be CNG will it? They seem like a pain

Marc Lee's Comment
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Wind between here and Indy was pretty intense at times. Your sleeper truck wont be CNG will it? They seem like a pain

Nope! That's a home daily day cab thing I think.

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.

Marc Lee's Comment
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No driving today! shocked.png

Got up for 04:45 start. Met Trainer. Rode in his PC to Kwik Trip. Got some cash from the ATM, no fee. Paid for a homemaid loaf of banana bread his wife baked. Best I've ever had. Part of their "how we met" story so pretty cool.

He wanted to get off around 13:00. Only two loads were available to us. One was a HazMat (I could have done once solo) but he doesn't have his HazMat. Other was going to S. IL and the Fleet Leader covering on the holiday (not his usual) would not allow us to drop it for relay.

We will probably deliver it tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Marc Lee's Comment
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Drove M, T, W, and 1/2 of F. Thursday was a bust.

Trainer had to drive back from IL Friday as we were tight on time. Warehouse for our return load was closed. Seems the only ones working were robots which were heard moving about inside. No paperwork (even after dropping and pulling loaded out to check in back - a tip from one of 2 Schneider drivers who had been waiting for over an hour)... We had to leave it and return MT. Guess verifying holiday hours is not part of the process!

So in an interesting discovery... Trainer was able to declare a Big Day to get us home as the Big Day declared Monday was mine! Seems like a possible "glitch" or loophole... not sure which but we got back home without an HOS violation being logged.

I meet up with my OTR trainer Sunday @12:00. Looks like he will be driving initially as we are on the edge of the rain/snow/mix, heading into possibly a foot or more of snow in No. WI and MI. Plan is to stay out for "a week" (whatever that is). Not sure where my off time will be spent (hotel, truck, etc.). Supposed to be a total of 2 weeks OTR.

And the journey continues!smile.gif

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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