My 10 Hour Rookie Mistake

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Last night I suddenly felt very tired. So I pulled off I65 in Tennessee. I found what I thought was a nifty place to park in a strip mall parking lot. What I didn't think about was that the morning would come and I might get blocked in by people coming to work or shop. Sure enough, that's what almost happened. So I decided to move the truck to a better place to finish my 10 hour break. There was a good spot about a block away. I knew that if I didn't exceed 5 mph, it wouldn't put me on the drive line. In moving to that spot, I forgot to remember this important detail. I hit 6 mph and my ELD informed me that I had just committed a driving violation. I called in to the HOS department to see how much trouble I was in. Since Schneider doesn't allow split breaks, I was told I'd have to start my 10 hr DOT break all over again. When this happened I was only 40 minutes from completing the 10 hours.

And that is why I have a lot of time today to post comments on TT and pick out all the lint from my belly button.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Split sleeper not an option?

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Split sleeper not an option?

No, Schneider has a strict policy against split sleeper use. Oh, well, I get told I need more beauty sleep.

Jamie's Comment
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Split sleeper not an option?

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No, Schneider has a strict policy against split sleeper use. Oh, well, I get told I need more beauty sleep.

That's pretty dumb if you say me. Although it's been two years since I left Schneider, I do remember doing the sleeper split while being there. Of course, they said the same thing during the time I was there, that it's against company policy to use the sleeper split.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Unfortunate that you get denied use of a valuable time management tool. I use the split berth function regularly.

I've encountered circumstances similar where I had to move, But didn't have a split available. I used PC and notated that the premises wouldn't let me stay.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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Last night I suddenly felt very tired. So I pulled off I65 in Tennessee. I found what I thought was a nifty place to park in a strip mall parking lot. What I didn't think about was that the morning would come and I might get blocked in by people coming to work or shop. Sure enough, that's what almost happened. So I decided to move the truck to a better place to finish my 10 hour break. There was a good spot about a block away. I knew that if I didn't exceed 5 mph, it wouldn't put me on the drive line. In moving to that spot, I forgot to remember this important detail. I hit 6 mph and my ELD informed me that I had just committed a driving violation. I called in to the HOS department to see how much trouble I was in. Since Schneider doesn't allow split breaks, I was told I'd have to start my 10 hr DOT break all over again. When this happened I was only 40 minutes from completing the 10 hours.

Well that just royally sucks.

And that is why I have a lot of time today to post comments on TT and pick out all the lint from my belly button.

Look forward to reading your posts over the next few hours.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Jamie, I don't think Schneider's policy is "dumb". I've come to realize that Schneider has their rules and regulations for a good reason, and that reason is what works out the best over time for both driver and company. The only time I get into trouble is when I forget some aspect of my training and do something stupid like I did yesterday.

I do wish Schneider would allow Personal Conveyance use for extenuating circumstances, but they don't do that either. No big deal to me.

Mountain Matt's Comment
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I appreciate those (many) of you who are willing to share your mistakes on here. They're great learning tools for noobs and sub-noobs like myself! Real-world illustrations of things to keep an eye on...

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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So no split sleeper option and no personal conveyance for company drivers...?

That IS dumb.

One of their recruiters called me this past Monday at 0730 MST, right after I'd been asleep for three hours. Yeah, sign me up!

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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So no split sleeper option and no personal conveyance for company drivers...?

That IS dumb.

One of their recruiters called me this past Monday at 0730 MST, right after I'd been asleep for three hours. Yeah, sign me up!

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But Schneider did give me a nice hat and free pens

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