Teams And APU'S?

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Ynkedad's Comment
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I get the why you can't start/stop the 14 hr. clock, but is it the same with Teams? I know I read somewhere that they'd split their hours whenever needed. One would drive for 6 hours and the other would jump in and drive for however long he could, and then they'd switch again.

Is this allowed?

Rhonda's Comment
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The rules are the same for teams.

If a driver wants to stop driving after 6 hours and let co-driver take over, you must switch over to the other persons log.

Ynkedad's Comment
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I'm sorry but I'm still confused..

By switching over to the second drivers log, would that stop my 14 hr. clock or would it keep on ticking? Would his clock start up and then he'd not be able to stop it either. Then you'd have 2 clocks going at the same time.

HAMMERTIME's Comment
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I'm sorry but I'm still confused..

By switching over to the second drivers log, would that stop my 14 hr. clock or would it keep on ticking? Would his clock start up and then he'd not be able to stop it either. Then you'd have 2 clocks going at the same time.

Yes your 14hr clock would still be ticking but if you go in the Sleeper for 8hrs you can push it back or if you take a 10hr you have a fresh Clock. You won't be able to grasp this concept until you start driving so don't bang your head trying to figure it out yet.

Rhonda's Comment
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I'm sorry but I'm still confused..

By switching over to the second drivers log, would that stop my 14 hr. clock or would it keep on ticking? Would his clock start up and then he'd not be able to stop it either. Then you'd have 2 clocks going at the same time.

Your correct. That's why teams have to drive in long shifts now. Most teams break it down into driving 10 - 11 each, on twelve hour shifts.

Do teams ever drive on each others logs, doing 5-6 hour shifts? I know some that do. Hopefully they won't get caught.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I'm sorry but I'm still confused..

By switching over to the second drivers log, would that stop my 14 hr. clock or would it keep on ticking? Would his clock start up and then he'd not be able to stop it either. Then you'd have 2 clocks going at the same time.

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Your correct. That's why teams have to drive in long shifts now. Most teams break it down into driving 10 - 11 each, on twelve hour shifts.

Do teams ever drive on each others logs, doing 5-6 hour shifts? I know some that do. Hopefully they won't get caught.

Yes it does happen but that is not the right thing to do. Strictly speak and following the law I say do not do this. If caught it's a bad bad time with the dot and tickets....

Now with that being said there are certain times I am OK with doing this. For one it should never be done just to turn miles cause your team mate stayed up to late. The only reason I am OK with doing this sometimes is for safety.

I am the more experienced driver on my truck between my brother and myself. 9 extra years of experience. He has been driving for 5 years and I have been driving 16 years. There are certain situations that we both prefer to have the most experienced driver behind the wheel. I will give a few examples.

Super tight backing. Literally centimeters on either side of the trailer and the backing had to be done perfect. Getting caught up on top of Downers Pass and and unscheduled blizzard decided it was a good time to make an appearance. I believe I have that one on my YouTube channel. Any sever weather that decides to hit I rather be the one that's driving cause I can make it to a safe spot and park it which sound easy until you are running across Wyoming at night and suddenly you in white out conditions with a 50 mph cross wind... No kidding. That's the normal weather in Wyoming during the winter time. At night it's worse.

Legally no teams can not drive on each other's logs. In real world operations we do what we have to do to make it as safe as possible for us and the truck. That is trucking.

Just remember there is school teaching and learning and then there is real life learning each can often times be a whole world apart from what you learned in school.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ynkedad's Comment
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Thanks guys/gals

Lee M.'s Comment
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I am new to this web site. As a matter of fact this is my first post ever. I hope this is the correct forum for this question, so here goes. Since there are some postings about team work. I am wondering if there are any companies that hire people to help an experienced driver that would need help or even would want help. This is my situation. I am not a driver. I am a man that basically retired to young from a line of work that does not pertain to driving, but have the utmost respect for all you guys and gals that drive out there in all those over crowded roads. God Bless all of you. I am looking for some driver that may need some assistance if He or She has to load or unload freight or simply just needs some basic help in anything. I do have some experience working in the shipping department for GM. I started working for GM at the age of 18, Working in the shipping department, I met and conversed with a lot of drivers & have to admit, seeing different parts of the country would be nice. After 12 years of working with GM, the plant closed, moved to Mexico. Needless to say I lost my job there and took on a complete different line of work. This was a state job in NC & after many years, that went under as well, do to state funding, but I do get income from both places, and will explain details if I get the chance to meet up with someone. I am not a bumb, I own my home, vehicles and have some etc. I just like and prefer to work. I am a hard worker and very easy to converse with. I would be willing to work for low pay. I am just not sure what is required of drivers these days. So if anyone who reads this post, if they know of any company or companies, that would hire someone like myself, would you let me know by a reply to this posting? It would be much appreciated. Sincerely, Lee M.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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