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G-Town's Comment
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Sorry Anne... that was unintentional.

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OMG... auto fill really messed that up, “doing”,... NOT “f’ing” !!!! Potty mouth.

So sorry.

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Keep ME in the loop, re: your stand up comedy show. I'm THERE !!! (Email in bio, haha!)

~ Anne ~

ps: Good advice from G'Town, Victor. Just like I SAID. No rearview, no 'futures' unless you dabble @WallStreet.

HERE & NOW ! :)

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Sorry Anne... that was unintentional.

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OMG... auto fill really messed that up, “doing”,... NOT “f’ing” !!!! Potty mouth.

So sorry.

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Keep ME in the loop, re: your stand up comedy show. I'm THERE !!! (Email in bio, haha!)

~ Anne ~

ps: Good advice from G'Town, Victor. Just like I SAID. No rearview, no 'futures' unless you dabble @WallStreet.

HERE & NOW ! :)

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Dude, stop apologizing!! We get it !! :) I needed that laugh... honestly!

See, Victor? We aren't aliens like some think.. We are HUMAN! Hope your plane ride went well, and tomorrow is marvelous! I'll be awaiting updates, man.

~ Anne & the GANG!! ~

Let's CELEBRATE !!!!

Victor C. II's Comment
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Thank you GTown, I will keep my mind and attitude as in the here and now and not the then and there. Thank you for getting my mind straight. Does not matter what they did or what happened in the past. Im here man!

Good luck Victor.

Take your time...don’t rush. Stay laser focused on what you are F’ing in the here and now, avoid looking too far into the future. One day at a time!

God Speed.

OMG... auto fill really messed that up, “doing”,... NOT “f’ing” !!!! Potty mouth.

So sorry.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Anne thats pretty good advice! I like Gtowns approach because I was living in regrets and that hurts way to much, I am just happy and blessed that the Lord allowed me to get with Melton and have the opportunity for a while. Im back!

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OMG... auto fill really messed that up, “doing”,... NOT “f’ing” !!!! Potty mouth.

So sorry.

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rofl-3.gif ROFLMAO!!!!rofl-3.gif

Keep ME in the loop, re: your stand up comedy show. I'm THERE !!! (Email in bio, haha!)

~ Anne ~

ps: Good advice from G'Town, Victor. Just like I SAID. No rearview, no 'futures' unless you dabble @WallStreet.

HERE & NOW ! :)

Victor C. II's Comment
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So I have now taken 4 flights within less than a MONTH! I would have to say that the last two were a little turbulent and gave me a scare one or two times but it was awesome. Im amazed at what the Lord has done especially with giving us the technology and power we have! The truck I am on with my trainer is a Peterbilt 579 with a load of pipe it looks like.

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I went to Nashville, TN and take a look at this!

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My flight pictures came when I was on my seond flight which was in an Embraer A135 if I remember correctly and it was way smoother than the Ebraer 7. We were 37,000 feet up. Gotta fly more often so I get used to that daggum turnulence sheesh.

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It was so cool. I love flying. Just prayed a lot roflol. Turns out my trainer is exactly the type of personality I need and he really like driving during the day so then we can get sleep at night and be ready for the next day. That seems to be a good match.

I have to admit being able to go 68 or 69mph is really nice. Definitely will take time to get used to it. He is driving this whole day and I am off duty for the entire day, I am pretty sure. We definitely have talked a bunch today. Showed me some things with the truck and the logs. Get to learn a bunch of new stuff.

Stay TUNED!

Dm:

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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He is driving this whole day and I am off duty for the entire day, I am pretty sure.

If you're logged as off duty all day you're falsifying your logs. Falsifying logs regardless of your reasons is a serious infraction that will have long term effects. It happens alot I'm sure but still a violation. Will it get caught? Doubtful unless you're pulled into a scale and they check logs and camera shows you were in passenger seat. Straight from the fmcsa website :

Question 13: What is the duty status of a co-driver (truck)who is riding seated next to the driver?

Guidance: On-duty (not driving).

A few years ago i recall reading a co-driver being allowed to be up front for 2 hours off duty, the rest must be spent and logged sleeper. I'm not sure if that law has changed after reading the quote above. You are responsible for your logs and I just want you to be informed so you can make the most informed decision. I'd hate for you to get in trouble for something you had no idea about.

I look forward to following along in your journey. Good luck 🙂

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Victor C. II's Comment
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Thank you Mr. Rob T, I am having a grand time! I actually found out that I was driving just later in the day. I drove 4.75 hours and I was on duty observing Trainer for 2.25 hours if I remember correctly. Thats is real good to know now. But wait, what if my Dad and Mom or Grandmother are riding with me, would I have to log them in as a driver on sleeper berth? Thats probably not the sharpest question I have asked lol.

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He is driving this whole day and I am off duty for the entire day, I am pretty sure.

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If you're logged as off duty all day you're falsifying your logs. Falsifying logs regardless of your reasons is a serious infraction that will have long term effects. It happens alot I'm sure but still a violation. Will it get caught? Doubtful unless you're pulled into a scale and they check logs and camera shows you were in passenger seat. Straight from the fmcsa website :

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Question 13: What is the duty status of a co-driver (truck)who is riding seated next to the driver?

Guidance: On-duty (not driving).

double-quotes-end.png

A few years ago i recall reading a co-driver being allowed to be up front for 2 hours off duty, the rest must be spent and logged sleeper. I'm not sure if that law has changed after reading the quote above. You are responsible for your logs and I just want you to be informed so you can make the most informed decision. I'd hate for you to get in trouble for something you had no idea about.

I look forward to following along in your journey. Good luck 🙂

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Dm:

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.

Fm:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rob T.'s Comment
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But wait, what if my Dad and Mom or Grandmother are riding with me, would I have to log them in as a driver on sleeper berth?

If they have a CDL , they're susceptible to following H.O.S. However almost every major carrier would not allow a rider that has a CDL unless they're an employee. If you ever take someone out as a rider make sure you go through the proper channels at your company and it's approved. Having an unauthorized rider in your vehicle is not good. Took my mom out on a short day run back in October. She enjoyed it, all I had to do was get it approved by my employer and keep the authorization form in the truck in case DOT asks for it. Mom doesn't have a CDL so logs looked the same as they would if I were by myself. Your rider (NO CDL) also does not need to keep logs.

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.

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.

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.

Dm:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Victor C. II's Comment
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So, today I got up and got plenty of coffee and potassium, then my very good trainer and I got going down the road. We are now in Monroe, Michigan. I drove 4.75 hours was on duty for 2.75 hours, sleeper berth for 13.25 hours and off duty for 3.25 hours. I know when I did my hours it came out to 24 hours😉.

I really like driving the Peterbilts. We have roofing on in rolls and did anyone ever say how rough Michigan roads are on your poor trucks? Sheesh. We will be remaining for the most part down south mmm. I get to get a week off with my trainer in 8 days but the way its going he might let me get my upgrade sooner than that not sure. He did not say anything about it but he is very pleased with my driving skills which makes me happy.

Have a great night yall!

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.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Okay I will have to remember that, I know that I want to take Dad and some other family members with me but Dad has a cdl

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But wait, what if my Dad and Mom or Grandmother are riding with me, would I have to log them in as a driver on sleeper berth?

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If they have a CDL, they're susceptible to following H.O.S. However almost every major carrier would not allow a rider that has a CDL unless they're an employee. If you ever take someone out as a rider make sure you go through the proper channels at your company and it's approved. Having an unauthorized rider in your vehicle is not good. Took my mom out on a short day run back in October. She enjoyed it, all I had to do was get it approved by my employer and keep the authorization form in the truck in case DOT asks for it. Mom doesn't have a CDL so logs looked the same as they would if I were by myself. Your rider (NO CDL) also does not need to keep logs.

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.

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.

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.

Dm:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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