Whats A Reasonable Expectation For Weekly Miles And What Am I Capable Of?

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Davy A.'s Comment
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Ill use the split berth frequently, but I found (the hard way) that I need to be cognoscente of when I shut down for the day, because that will effect when I can drive again the next day as I will still have to take a 10 hour break to reset my 14. I can only pause it with the split berth. Yesterday, I had a live load, I got to the dock at 5pm, I had about 6 hours left my 14. I knew it would take a few hours so I hit sleeper berth and then the split button. my eld showed the 14 hour going down, but as soon as it hit 2 hours of SB, it stopped it and gave me those two hours back to it. I got out of there at about 8 pm. In this case, my receiver was about 100 miles away, so I was able to make it there and find a place to shut down afterwards. That would have been really tight if I hadnt been able to pause my 14 hour clock while I was getting loaded.

Ive had times where I paused it using the split berth, and then ended up shutting down at 2 or 3 am. That meant I couldnt drive until noon the next day which ended up putting me late for an appointment. Ive found I really need to think several moves ahead if Im going to use it.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Ive found I really need to think several moves ahead if Im going to use it.

You are exactly right about thinking ahead. I am sometimes thinking four or five days ahead with my clock management. It is something that is important. I don't ever want to tell my manager I don't have enough hours to do something. I have even had my dispatcher call me saying, " I have this load going to xxxxx, but it looks like you may not have enough hours to make it." Because I have already been considering all my options, I will come up with a plan off the top of my head, and be able to explain to him why I can do the load. I sometimes think he is impressed easily, because he will be so amazed I can do that. After years of dealing with the limits on the clock, it has become quite natural for me to think in terms of the clock and the rules. Understanding how it all works and how it affects you several days in advance becomes an asset that helps you greatly.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Andrey's Comment
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Yes, Old School, that may be the reason, I was off duty for 1:50, I'll watch my 14 clock next time when it will be over 2 hours. The whole idea of splitting time doesn't look attractive to me though. I like a simple schedule, and I am ready to pay with a smaller check for being comfortable. I wake up at 5:15 am, begin driving at 6, have my main meal around 2 pm, and after 6 pm I start looking for a spot at a rest area or a truck stop, depending on my need in a shower. Yes, and my week is Monday through Friday, I very rarely have a morning delivery on Saturday, and when I have it is under 50 miles from home. So I don't care about my 70 clock that much :-)

Old School's Comment
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I agree Andrey. If you don't need the split sleeper, then don't bother with it. When you do have the need, it is a powerful tool to understand.

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