Arrrgggg..the Logbook Section Of High Road Is Kivking My Butt.

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Charles C.'s Comment
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Why can't I understand this stuff?....I can calculate fuel weights.....load weight....we're to move the tandems...but can't figure out this log stuff!!

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Old School's Comment
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Hey Charles, this is the most difficult section of the High Road Training Program. Just keep going through it and looking up the answer each time you are trying to work a question. It will come to you if you don't rush yourself Take it in small sections at a time and try to make gradual progress.

I will say this stuff starts to come clear as you use your electronic logs and get more accustomed to how they work. Just do your best with it and realize that as you become more familiar with how all these different clocks work together and affect each other it will help all this come together and make sense. I recently had my dispatcher comment that he wishes I could teach a class to some of the other drivers on how to manage their time and their clocks. I give all the credit of that compliment to the foundation I started with from this very section of the High Road Training Program.

Hang in there, your time invested in this preparation will definitely pay off.

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.

Electronic Logs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Many here feel your pain, Charles. But if you can be more specific about which part kicks your butt the hardest you'll get great answers.

Learning out of the book can be painful, but really, once you have to live it, it seems to get easier. (Just do NOT worry too much about the split sleeper thing just now.)

Charles C.'s Comment
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Thanks old school and Errol..I think I need to start it from the beginning again I guess..the log book section that is....I can't really figure out what I'm not getting....the split sleeper berth does seem to add to it but It just isn't clicking...and I've learned so much from the rest of the program it's very frustrating.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Thanks old school and Errol..I think I need to start it from the beginning again I guess..the log book section that is....I can't really figure out what I'm not getting....the split sleeper berth does seem to add to it but It just isn't clicking...and I've learned so much from the rest of the program it's very frustrating.

14 hours DUTY time. Once you start anything about your trucking job, this clock starts. It stops 14 hours later. No stopping it, no breaks in it. (The are no "holes" in this time block.)

11 hours DRIVING time. The time you drive your truck. There's talk about 10 hours, yes, but the maximum per day is 11 hours. You can stop & start & take breaks, but you use the 11 hours inside the daily 14. You get 11 after you take a minimum 30 mount l minute OFF DUTY or SLEEPER BERTH break.

That's the daily routine. The split sleeper allows you to manage your time in a different way. Kind of complicated for right here.

You can do any DUTY for a maximum of 80 hours in the last 8 days. (Think the week plus today = 8) Play with the numbers & a calculator: 80รท7, 80-(14+14+14), etc. Any of your time you don't use "today" stays in the unused part of the 80. Yes, your brain is melting, but this is the short version.

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.

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