a reply to: ketsuko
You want to know the problem with hours? This is the load I just ran. We were scheduled to pick up Saturday morning, at 8am in Tracy, California, and
deliver it in Orlando, Florida Monday night by 8pm. We were getting paid for 2742 miles, but realistic miles was at least 2786-2800 (we get paid by
the mile, from zip code to zip code, so run anywhere from 60-90 miles free every load).
Here's where the fun starts. We have four clocks to manage. Within 8 hours of starting to drive, we have to stop for a 30 minute break 2800 miles is
five driving shifts, so add 2 1/2 hours to our total driving time for 30 minute breaks. We have to stop and change drivers so that's another 10-15
minutes to add for pre and post trips, so without even turning the key on we've just added between 3 and 3 1/2 hours to our total trip time. We have
11 total hours we can drive, and 14 hours we can drive it in. Once our 14 hour clock starts, we can't stop it until we sit for 8-10 hours. So if we
sit for longer than 3 hours, we now have less than 11 hours to drive. Our forth clock is how many hours we can drive in a week. We are allowed to
drive 70 hours in 8 days. Fortunately only on duty and driving time count against this clock.
So we got to Tracy a little early to pick this load up. Only it wasn't ready. It wasn't ready until just before 9am. So that's 4+ hours we're losing
between the load not being ready, required breaks, and driver swaps. That time doesn't get added back on to our required delivery time. The only time
our delivery time gets changed, is for weather delays, breakdowns, or if the customer reschedules.
So now we have to drive 500 miles plus down back roads, some of which have slow speed limits, deal with traffic, horrific accidents, construction
zones, and everything else we have to deal with on a normal basis, and deliver on time.
If you don't deliver on time, barring an event outside of your control, it goes on your DAC as a delivery failure. If you get too many of those, you
don't have a job, and good luck getting a new one.
So yeah, we'd LOVE to be able to drive as long as we want, so maybe then those people in the office, 99ŕ of who have never been closer to a truck
than passing one on the road, or walking by them in the parking lot of the terminal, would get off our backs and stop trying to tell us how to do our
Oh, and most of the people setting the regulations to keep the motoring public safe, are those people that have never been near a truck. And those
wonderful regulations do wonders at making our job harder and a lot more stressful, and not much else.
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