Starting Schneider National Dedicated Flex Fleet

Discussion in 'Schneider' started by vipie1992, Dec 21, 2020.

  1. keebler13579

    keebler13579 Medium Load Member

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    Ours asks you if you want to switch to on duty or stay in drive. If yours doesnt do that you can always manually switch it right away. If it didnt ask if you wanted to switch or stay in drive call your driver support department who deals with logs and ask them what to do when that happens. Dont tell them what you did just tell them its something you thought about and wanted to know what to do to stay legal.
     
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  3. vipie1992

    vipie1992 Bobtail Member

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    It did ask me but I wasn't thinking about it and just let it do it's thing and change over automatically. I just looked into it and you're definitely right I should've still been on the drive line the whole time. I may be able to get them to edit my log I'll have to ask about it on Monday.
     
  4. keebler13579

    keebler13579 Medium Load Member

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    I wouldnt call them and let them know about it they will probably hold it against you just do it right next time
     
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  5. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

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    DON'T CALL

    It will just open a can of worms.

    The scenario you were in is rather rare - being motionless for enough time for it to kick on duty AND staying under 3 mph for 30 minutes.

    While all that time should be logged on line 3, no one will catch it in an audit provided you stay on line 4.

    If you really want you can edit it to driving yourself, but I would just let the sleeping dog lie.
     
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  6. vipie1992

    vipie1992 Bobtail Member

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    Another week in the books. Ended up making my home depot delivery Monday morning and headed back to Georgia for my next load. Was able to make it back to the OC and wash my clothes which was fantastic.

    This week my loads were in the Columbus, Ohio area. First time being to Central Ohio. I set up a Zac Brown Band concert in Cincinatti a couple summers ago and that was as far into Ohio as I got. This time I got about as much of Ohio as I could handle lmao. There was snow and ice everywhere. The drive from Georgia to Ohio was a long one, but I managed to make it all the way up there in one day and managed to find parking within 15 minutes from my first delivery... I only had like 30 minutes left on my 14 when I finally finished my post-trip. Idk if I'm being efficient or getting dangerously close to hitting my limit. I seem to keep getting close to running out of hours.

    I had a blast delivering and securing my loads in the snow. Some of these Lowe's and Home Depots are crazy when the entire loading area is covered in snow. Sometimes you don't know if there is a pallet or something else under all that snow and you gotta do some step checks. Saw a couple forklifts get stuck in the snow, one guy accidentally slid his forklift into a gate at Lowe's and it took them a good hour to figure out how to get unstuck. I ended up saving the day at some point using my cheater bar as leverage to pry a part of the fence off of the mast of the forklift. 2 hours later I had finally finished that delivery. LOL! I had one incidence where I almost slipped in the parking lot of a truck stop the first night in Ohio, after that I put the ice cleats on my boots and haven't looked back. Ice Cleats are A+ for stuff like this.

    Also learned that when load straps stay in the snow too long, they absorb some very interesting mystery juice that likes to squirt out of the strap rolls when they're being tightened down. This mystery juice will get all over your clothes, your gloves, on your face, and in your eyes if you're not too careful. I've gone through 5 pairs of gloves this week. Looking like I'm going to need a pair of gloves to get dirty for every day of the week haha. I put them on the dashboard for the defroster to dry out, but when they dry out they become as hard as rocks.

    Something about snow has also made my truck incredibly dirty. I've got white and brown residue all over the place and it seems like I have to squirt my washers all the time too keep my windshield clean. Pretty sure it's crushed salt or something but I'm not sure. I'm from Louisiana where we might have 1 salt truck so I don't see this stuff all the time. Although apparently my comrades back at home in Louisiana seem to be buried under snow as well.

    Anyway, finished all of my deliveries in Ohio and I'm now on my way back to Georgia. Stopped near the KY/TN state line to do a reset so I'll have a fresh set of hours to work with for my load next week. Looks like I'm headed back to North Carolina.

    My DTL also called me and told me that we have to schedule a sleep study ASAP to see if I have sleep apnea.. I'm hoping I don't because I don't know if having to wear a headset will make me sleep any better, but I do snore sometimes so I wouldn't be surprised if I do have it. But hey, if a CPAP machine does in fact make me sleep better and gives me some life-changing results I'm not opposed to it. Should be doing it some time next week, looking like it'll be after I finish next week's load.

    Anyway, that's all I can think of for now. Going to try to enjoy this 34 here in Kentucky and maybe wash all these nasty gloves and clothes I have now. Drive safe!
     
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  7. Goldenfan

    Goldenfan Medium Load Member

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    Vipie I have to ask are you right in the head saying you're having a blast delivering and strapping loads in the snow. Trust me I've lived my entire life in Wisconsin and the having a blast in the snow and cold ended long agoo_O Otherwise great thread you have along with being upbeat. I'm kidding about being not right in the head so don't take offense, I'm sure you didn't.

    Good luck from a fence sitter on getting into driving.
     
  8. vipie1992

    vipie1992 Bobtail Member

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    I would much rather be doing all of this stuff in cold and snow, than be doing it in the hot and humid 100 degree days I'm used to working in.
     
  9. keebler13579

    keebler13579 Medium Load Member

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    Quit saying snow and cold those are bad words
     
  10. jackoboyo

    jackoboyo Light Load Member

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    Why the sleep study?
    Is this something they pop on all their drivers two months in?
    Even if they are paying they have to have a reason.
     
  11. vipie1992

    vipie1992 Bobtail Member

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    I did some thing over the phone called a safetrack a couple weeks ago where they get you to do some kind of questionnaire on the tablet and if they don't like some of your answers I guess you get flagged for a sleep study. Dude on the phone made me measure my neck size lmao.

    It's a regulatory thing tho I guess, they don't want you dozing off at the wheel because you didn't sleep good.
     
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