Finally Coded!

Discussion in 'Swift' started by Round2, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Aflak

    Aflak Light Load Member

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    Once you do start to drive after your 50 and the mentor is in the back asleep please watch out for cumulative fatigue and Micro sleeps. You can't stop yourself your just OUT nothing you can do like blinking just happens. I found out that my no drive time is between 12am and 3am. My mentor did ask when I wanted to drive more than once.

    I told him many times it was not safe me driving throughout the night but it always happen I would be the one on the drivers set at 2am haha got so bad even when I did pull over 1, 2 hours naps were no longer helping ... But I Stopped that first day solo and switch to running days more then not. Did not have much of an issue with driver fatigue once I went to driving days.
     
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  3. Round2

    Round2 Light Load Member

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    I like driving at night. It seems calm and the miles go quicker. My "tough time" is right when the sun comes up. I guess my brain can't figure out where the night went.
     
  4. Round2

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    Day 11- 83.75 hours logged. I didn't add up the miles but I would guess 4500ish. Well on the way. The QualComm is easy, however you have to use it a lot. Trip planning is much more complex than it was back in the days of multiple log books and no accountability. I do however like the thought of sleep once in a while. The old days required me to run hard to keep up with truck pmts. and road fees, of course that meant more fuel costs as well. Now I can simply drive and someone else has to balance the books!
    (edit) 4888 miles through day 12. Had to go swap trailers as the one we picked up from Mexico could not be cleaned well enough for "food grade" loads. It cost us some running around to find another trailer in Altoona Iowa, but mostly we lost a load opportunity. Now we are at a Flying-J. I got to clean the truck and sweep the trailer.
    (never give the OCD guy the cleaning supplies) lol - oh well it looks great!
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2012
  5. Round2

    Round2 Light Load Member

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    Half way!
    The miles fly by, the program makes more sense. I feel good about the whole thing.
    My journey has been very different than past driving. For one thing, dry freight is so much easier than was the refer work of the 80's. I have not loaded/unloaded anything. One load I pulled the cleats from the trailer floor. Most drop and hook, you don't even have to wait to get loaded/unloaded. Some of them you don't even see people. Just grab paperwork from a box, sign out and go do the drop and hook.
    Four hours is our longest wait, and many picks and drops have been 15min. or less.
     
  6. MicaBay

    MicaBay Medium Load Member

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    Life is a little slower once you go solo... Team trucks and mentor student trucks get the better loads as they should... Once solo you will have more live load/unloads...
     
  7. Round2

    Round2 Light Load Member

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    200 hours! I can smell the barn.
    Well most of the clues to come out of this in the best shape are tied to the mentor going along with the plans, well my mentor just wants to get his requirements done and collect his check. I was told to end in Phoenix, but that would require him to get another load to get home. Obviously that is more than a student is worth. Oh well, all in all it has been pain free. And!!! it's almost over.
     
  8. Luse

    Luse Medium Load Member

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    Like micabay said it will slow when you go solo. You will get between 2500/3200 a week. And a mix of live loads, and my favorite the pre loads that turn in live loads. I wish you the best when you go solo, and stay save out there
     
  9. qtyning

    qtyning Bobtail Member

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  10. MicaBay

    MicaBay Medium Load Member

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    There are trucks in PHX
     
  11. Round2

    Round2 Light Load Member

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    QT- Phoenix hands out more new trucks and runs all other equipment through more thorough checks / better trucks!
     
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