Can't Sleep While Truck Is Moving

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Dan F.'s Comment
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If you were training you need to be in the driver seat while he’s in the passenger seat. Otherwise you are not training. You are making him money. This is one of the biggest problems I see for beginners, unfortunately I don’t see it changing anytime soon either

Big T's Comment
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Which company are you with?

Tyler W.'s Comment
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Generally "Team Driving" means the truck is always moving. Both drivers need to be licensed CDL drivers. Some company do train like this. If you are just a permit holder and your trainer goes into the sleeper that is unsafe as well as illegal. One call to training or safety would shut that down.

I did 15K miles with my Millis trainers and I was never required to sleep in a moving truck. I did almost all the driving and we basically took our breaks at the same time. Trainer trucks always have double bunks.

Maybe I don't understand the training then. I'm going to be with Swift hopefully soon and I believe I'll only have my permit when I go out with a mentor. So are you saying that both of us will be awake all day and sleep at the same time? If so, that relieves some of my worries. I thought it was team driving where he sleeps and I drive... whew..glad that may not be what happens.

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.
Big T's Comment
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You should have your license when you get to your mentor's truck. Until you have 50 hours behind the wheel you will run solo. The mentor is supposed to be on duty during that portion.

Once you reach 50 hours behind the wheel you will usually run team for the remaining 150 behind the wheel hours. There are some mentors that will run solo the whole time, but that isn't the norm.

If for some reason you only have your permit then you will have to run solo until you get your actual license.

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Generally "Team Driving" means the truck is always moving. Both drivers need to be licensed CDL drivers. Some company do train like this. If you are just a permit holder and your trainer goes into the sleeper that is unsafe as well as illegal. One call to training or safety would shut that down.

I did 15K miles with my Millis trainers and I was never required to sleep in a moving truck. I did almost all the driving and we basically took our breaks at the same time. Trainer trucks always have double bunks.

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Maybe I don't understand the training then. I'm going to be with Swift hopefully soon and I believe I'll only have my permit when I go out with a mentor. So are you saying that both of us will be awake all day and sleep at the same time? If so, that relieves some of my worries. I thought it was team driving where he sleeps and I drive... whew..glad that may not be what happens.

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.
David B.'s Comment
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Swift Transportation

Which company are you with?

Big T's Comment
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As I mentioned above if you're in your first 50 you should be running solo. If your past the 50 and can't acclimate then you can talk to your mentor and driver qualifications to see about a mentor willing to run solo or super solo. But it is rare to find a mentor willing to run that way.

Reality is the way our compensation works there is no real benefit to run that way.

Swift Transportation

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Which company are you with?

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