I Want To Become A Team Driver With My Husband

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Michele D.'s Comment
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Can anyone tell me how team drivers handle their time ? If I understand the dot rule ,a driver has to sleep at least 2 nights a week between the hours of 1 and 5 am how would a team do this ? wouldn't it be hard to have a sleeping routine ? also any info you would think will be helpful to me id love to hear it, we are just thinking about this we haven't even got a permit yet. Thanks

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.

C. S.'s Comment
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Can anyone tell me how team drivers handle their time ? If I understand the dot rule ,a driver has to sleep at least 2 nights a week between the hours of 1 and 5 am how would a team do this ? wouldn't it be hard to have a sleeping routine ? also any info you would think will be helpful to me id love to hear it, we are just thinking about this we haven't even got a permit yet. Thanks

The provision you're referring to only applies to taking a 34-hour reset. The reset is optional, and does not have to be taken every week (or ever). Most interstate freight companies operate 7 days a week, and therefore their drivers may only be on duty for 70 hours in the previous 8 days. After you've reached this limit, you may not drive a CMV until your hours from 8 days before "drop off" when a new day begins (although you may still perform other on-duty tasks, like a pre-trip inspection).

However, if you take a 34-hour reset, your 70-hour clock is reset completely, meaning you do not have to wait for hours to drop off. You can only take one reset per week. The reset does include the 2 periods between 1-5 am provision, which many drivers (teams and solos alike) are not fond of. Some drivers operate on a rolling schedule. They never take a 34-hour reset. Instead they try to only remain on duty for a shorter period of time each day (generally 8 hours or a little more), relying on the hours that drop off every day.

Gee, that was confusing! This link explains everything better than I ever could: Hours of Service Limitations

Anyways, good luck on teaming! I'm doing the same thing after I graduate.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Starcar's Comment
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I teamed with my hubby for alot of years. Its a great way ot do the tourist thing, enjoy things together (including the shower!!) and get paid for it. But I will say this.....if a marriage can withstand team driving with a closet for a home...it can withstand anything !!!!

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