Best Scheduling Strategy For Team Driving

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Beth W.'s Comment
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Just wondering. I was in a training situation with another trainee and a trainer and somehow my actual driving time landed a long time after I woke up in sleeper berth so that I was driving into my 20th hour of being awake and unable to drive more than 6 hours without being to fatigued to go on

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

Susan D. 's Comment
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The best strategy is that if you are not on duty and/or driving, you should be sleeping. You need your rest to be able to operate the truck safely. There's 3 of you in this truck, so guessing it only stops for fuel, driver changeover, and an occasional shower. Staying up to socialize won't help you at all. 2 hours or less max of the socializing. I realize you're very new, but teaming is definitely it's own animal. When I teamed, I had to teach myself that anytime you're horizontal in the bunk, you need to be sleeping. Keep it dark, pull those curtains and get the zzz's you need.

Best wishes to you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mikey B.'s Comment
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I absolutely agree with Susan, you need to time your particular sleep period to coincide with YOUR drive time. Other than perhaps showering there should never be a period of time when all three of you are awake at the same time.

PackRat's Comment
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Has this occurred regularly, or was it a one time thing?

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