Tips For Time Management

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Woody's Comment
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If using elogs you need to know EXACTLY how yours works. Meaning when does it move you to line 3. Some of these truck stops are BIG and like others have said you can spend several minutes driving around the lot looking for a space. My truck moves me to line three after I have moved 7/10ths of a mile from where I went to line 2. I can stop when I get to the lot and move to line 2 then drive around the lot looking for a space. I have had a couple times already that this move has kept me from being in violation of HOS because I was running so tight.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sony R.'s Comment
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Thanks for sharing all these useful tips. Time management is definitely the most important for anyone these days and I personally use and prefer Replicon project time management software which is completely a easy to use hassle free app that can be accessed from anywhere using a web browser.

As compared to similar apps, I find Replicon as the best bet as it is pretty easy and also can be quickly implemented and also has great features. There has been no issues with this application till date and undoubtedly a simple tool.

ButtonUp's Comment
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You can use their app to reserve parking and showers as well. I stop at the TA in Mt. Vernon, IL. almost every day, and usually fuel when I am there. I use my points for lunch, but otherwise could use them for parking. I always get there in the late morning/early afternoon, so it is RARE that I have to hunt for a spot.

Bart's Comment
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Swift reimburses for any paid parking. Never used the T/A reservex but thi k it's a great idea.

mountain girl's Comment
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Swift reimburses for any paid parking...

-Bart

No s***! That is awesome. I'd use paid parking every time, if that were the case. What a great idea - knowing you were going to settle into your spot, minutes after you arrived so you could shut down quickly.

This is a great thread, guys!

-mountain girl

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PJ's Comment
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I dont get reimbursed but I use it when needed. At least I get the tax deduction. Lol. I also have been looking into the idleair popping up more and more. I dont have an apu so its cheaper than idling. I'm gonna sign up next time I get to one.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Matt S.'s Comment
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Matty is doing the dance of joy! That's a huge relief that Swift will pay for parking!

Bart's Comment
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I don't think Swift or any other Co. Will allow abuse of the privilege. I've only used it in places where there is no other options. LA and So. Cal areas etc.

Matt S.'s Comment
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I certainly wouldn't abuse it. The privilege is nice in a pinch if you're running dangerously low on hours. I plan on doing the absolute best that I can.

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