I wonder, do the planners understand HOS?

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  1. ethos

    ethos Road Train Member

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    Sometimes you have to wonder. I'm in Houston and have a load coming in that I'm going to drop in Bessemer Alabama, 651 miles total. Then they want me to hook a trailer there tomorrow after my break and deliver it Friday morning in Chicago. 669 miles total! The best I've ever done in a day was 678 and that was running I-10 out in West Texas. So I just laugh and tell them I'll do my best but go ahead and expect a call tomorrow morning cause I can't do that. Here is the thing, I get that they want the load delivered and I understand that some series of events have conspired to make this load tight but why put it on me? Surely they know I can't legally do that. Not that they would push me to drive illegal but all this is unnecessary. The load will not deliver Friday morning unless another driver relays me. Expecting me to deliver just south of Cicero and be able to get back out is crazy. Perhaps I could make the delivery, just barely, but there is no way I can get out of Chicago and to a safe haven.

    So the plan should either be a relay or a Saturday delivery and if the customer can't do Saturday then Monday because this driver cannot make it happen. It just cracks me up how casual they were when they called me. "Yeah, just run up there and deliver it, no problem." Every driver knows that Chicago has traffic. Couple that with the fact that any delay in unloading could start to push into my 14 and this load has trouble written all over it.

    Let this be a lesson to you rookies, sometimes they simply forget about this little thing called a logbook. So what I am going to do is take the load to Gary, park and then call and tell them I am out of hours and that I'm tired and don't feel safe. You know all the buzz words. Let them figure it out tomorrow, I tried to warn them. Then either they will relay it or pay me a bunch of layover. Either way I don't care, there is a yummy sub shop just behind the TA in Gary, lol.
     
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  3. Cat sdp

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    I'd just say out of hours... Leave out the tired and unsafe (they'll blame you) ....


    One time I was at a loading rack and

    they said be there for delivery at such and such a time..

    I said I can't do that.

    They said it's a legal hours dispatch ...

    I said yes it is if you show up here at the loading rack with a fresh 14. I've already worked 10 today to get here....

    They said do your best....
     
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  4. ethos

    ethos Road Train Member

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    Nah, they won't blame me after 600 miles I have every right to be tired.

    I love it when they tell me that, "do your best"....it's like, "sure thing, I'll give it 110%!", lol!
     
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  5. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    don't you ever get the feeling you sound like a broken record?lol.
     
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  6. Jokingypsy

    Jokingypsy Medium Load Member

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    Who are you running for now? I'm thinking about getting back into tankers again.

    Adam
     
  7. RustyBolt

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    651 miles? That's only 10 hours of driving in a 65 mph truck. You get 11 hours to drive. What? Are you going to take part in a parade? (that's how planners see it)
     
  8. TequilaSunrise

    TequilaSunrise Medium Load Member

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    Hahahahahahaha. Yes they do see it that way.
     
  9. slim shady

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    Can you just run it to Lancing and let a local driver deliver?
     
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  10. Thermos Bottle

    Thermos Bottle Light Load Member

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    Yeah, sometimes you'll either get too much time to make a delivery or just barely enough time. Are they giving you at least 24 hours to deliver in Chicago? You could do 550 miles, then break and do 119 miles to the delivery. Seems like you're getting some pretty sweet miles though.

    That's under perfect conditions, i.e. driving out west where it is flat and no one is around. You won't average 65 mph when hills and traffic slow you down. 650 miles in one day is really good for a company driver with a weak and governed truck. The most I ever did in one day was 671 miles and it was out west on I-40. I had like 15 minutes left, lol.
     
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  11. RustyBolt

    RustyBolt Road Train Member

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    EVERY run is under perfect conditions to a planner. There are no hills and not a single car to be seen on a map.
     
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