Trip.Planning Practice #05

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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In keeping with Brett's vision of educating and encouraging, I decided to post one real trip per week as a trip planning exercise.

This is for newbies who need extra practice, or someone just starting CDL school. Trip planning and time management can be difficult but practice makes perfect, so get a jump on it to make rookie life easier and start earning that money faster.

The "empty miles" is what you will drive right now to your pick up. The "loaded miles" are the miles between your pick up and delivery.

Use your atlas to find your best route, and be sure to add extra time for any cities, mountains, fuel stops, 30 min breaks, and your 10 hour breaks. The weight of the load and terrain can burn more fuel, so be sure to stop and fuel! Use Trucker Path or a truck stop guide book to help you select parking and fuel stops. Be sure to plan to park after the customer. Use a weather app to check the radar ahead.

Remember: You can only drive 11 hours per day must include a vehicle inspection, must abide by the 14 hour clock. (see the High Road for HOS)

***** This is a deadhead from Paulsboro NJ to Romeoville IL for the pickup. Then deliver to Washington Court House OH. This is a drop and hook at both ends, so arrive ASAP at both locations, starting from the time you read this

Remember time zone changes. Use google maps & trucker path

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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.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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I'm thinking about the fuel bonus Prime offers and I'm just a bit envious of all those DH miles.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob D.'s Comment
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Overall plan:

1st overnight: Flying J Perrysburg, OH (536 miles). There are many other options for overnight along I-80/I-90 after Cleveland.

2nd day: 262 miles to shipper at Romeoville, IL. Take my 30 at the shipper. I'm assuming two hours in and out.

2nd overnight: Flying J Spiceland, IN (497 miles on the day) again many stops before Indianapolis in case my 14 hour clock starts running short.

3rd day: should be able to deliver 8:30 local time. (126 miles after my 10). So I have quite a bit of miles and clock left after dropping off.

Details in the link below:

Paulsboro, NJ to Washington Court House Ohio trip plan

Shipper:

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.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Overall plan:

1st overnight: Flying J Perrysburg, OH (536 miles). There are many other options for overnight along I-80/I-90 after Cleveland.

2nd day: 262 miles to shipper at Romeoville, IL. Take my 30 at the shipper. I'm assuming two hours in and out.

2nd overnight: Flying J Spiceland, IN (497 miles on the day) again many stops before Indianapolis in case my 14 hour clock starts running short.

3rd day: should be able to deliver 8:30 local time. (126 miles after my 10). So I have quite a bit of miles and clock left after dropping off.

Details in the link below:

Paulsboro, NJ to Washington Court House Ohio trip plan

I like your plan. I love the ohio and indiana toll roads for parking. Spiceland is one of my favorite flying js. One point though. Theres isnt a TON of parking before indy coming south on 65. Theres a flying j in lebanon a small loves that fills up by 5pm in whiteland and a smaller ta. However after indy there's quite a bit.

Shipper:

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.

andhe78's Comment
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Whiteland? It’s been a few months but isn’t there a pilot right next to the loves and a good sized J on the other side of the interstate? Always had good luck at that flying j, even late.

Interstate:

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

Turtle's Comment
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2nd overnight: Flying J Spiceland, IN

Get there early enough and you can walk across the road to the go-kart track to either watch the races or rent a kart for an hour. Awesome time.

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