Time management

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by buckawsomeshot, Dec 5, 2019.

  1. buckawsomeshot

    buckawsomeshot Light Load Member

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    Ok let me approach this from another direction since maybe I don’t understand the intricacies of the truck. And I’m just a “Dreamer” because I want to make a informed decision before jumping careers.

    it is my understanding that a typical day is 14 hours only 11 of that the truck can be moving. So what is it you are or not allowed to do while on duty. From the sound of things you can’t eat, shower update logs or leave the cab while on duty. Now I get that sometimes on duty time will be spent doing something with the load but if your shut down in between stops what are you required to do if still on the clock. Or does on duty equate to answer your phone if we call?
     
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  2. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Medium Load Member

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    You can do anything and everything except drive if you’re “on duty/not driving”. The only issue is that you don’t want to waste too much of that time. You’ll need it for pretrip, post trip, fueling, dropping trailers, hooking trailers, backing up to loading docks, dealing with shipping and receiving folks, and pretty much everything else we do in addition to driving.
     
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  3. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Medium Load Member

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    And I always answer a call from my dispatcher, because she’s a really good one and wouldn’t call me if it wasn’t vital.
     
  4. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Medium Load Member

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    And most drivers don’t log off duty a whole lot once their 14 hour clock has started, because it doesn’t stop just because you’re off duty.

    Exceptions: 30 minute break, and any time you can benefit from a 2-8 or 8-2 split.
     
  5. sherlock510

    sherlock510 Road Train Member

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    You're overcomplicating this on duty thing a bit much.

    How does showering or eating while on duty make any sense? Logging on duty for a phone call?
     
  6. buckawsomeshot

    buckawsomeshot Light Load Member

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    No I’m just trying to understand, had a driver explain that I would only get about 6.5 hours of sleep because all this stuff was done off duty vs just stopped.
     
  7. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Medium Load Member

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    If you’re driving over 500 miles a day, you’ll be using up a fair amount of your time. The driving will use up your available driving hours, and that list of things I wrote up above will eat into your 14 hours. Your 10 hour break will include sleeping, of course, but also breakfast and dinner, and any relaxing, etc.

    And I don’t care how young, fit, and energetic you are, those miles will tire you.
     
  8. buckawsomeshot

    buckawsomeshot Light Load Member

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    Maybe my perspective is different from the norm. I’m 150 days from getting paid 3k a months for the rest of my life. So my point of view is as soon as that alarm goes off I’m on duty. I will eat my meals on company time. I dont need to run myself ragged for 1100 a week take home when I can enjoy the road for 700
     
  9. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

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    The only time you On Duty or working is for stuff like driving or loading or unloading or fueling the truck or pretrip or post trip inspection. The 14 hour clock is to stop drivers from working 18 or 20 hours days. So if you start driving at 8am you can drive up to 11 hours plus load or unload and fuel the truck all by 10 pm(14 hours later) you have to stop. You might only drive 200 miles and spend 10 hours loading and unloading. You might drive 600 miles. It does not matter what you do you just have to stop working.

    Now showers and eating that time is OFF DUTY time. It doesn't count against your working time for the week(70 hours), but it does not stop the 14 hour time limit. So if you drive 4 hour in the morning say 8am-12 noon. Then spend 8 hours in the shower and eating and washing clothes and play video games 12pm-8pm. You can only now drive 2 hours till 10pm. You waisted to much time in the shower and eating washing clothes and playing games.
     
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  10. tinytim

    tinytim Road Train Member

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    There's many different trucking jobs and many different companies.

    The one thing all companies have in common is that they are running a business to make a profit. You may be happy with $700.00 a week but in most cases that will mean the truck you're driving isn't generating enough revenue for the company to pay for it.

    What type of trucking job are you looking to do, regional, over the road etc. ?
     
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