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Testimony Sabbath Day Warning.


The events that occurred before the Sabbath Day warning, involved me going to West Memphis, Ar. to pickup a clean tractor/trailer tank at the company’s wash station. Then I got loaded in Memphis, Tn. just behind another of our company’s tractor/trailers, which was going to the same location in Dallas, Tx.


I got to Dallas on time of the appointment which was 1 pm, the next day and the driver that loaded before me was waiting there to be unloaded, and he had a much earlier appointment than me.

My manager instructed me, that I should give my empty tank to another company driver who lives in Dallas, and needed to get home, and take his loaded tank to deliver in Rosenburg, Tx. by 8 am next day.


The customer that we were suppling these loads to, said that they did not have the room to take on these loads, so we should wait on the road in front of their building until they call us in to unload the shipments. 


We waited long hours, until about 8 pm I decided to go into the sleeper for a nap, and I was awaken by the driver which was in front of me, at about 9 pm, and he told me that the driver that lives in Dallas dropped his tank for me, and went to dinner with family members, and we would not be unloading until sometime next day.


I then dropped my tank, and picked up his loaded tank and went to sleep at the side of the road, just outside the entrance of the customer at about 10 pm. In the morning at about 1 am I left Dallas for Rosenburg, which is about 40 miles south of Houston. 


The load that I took to Rosenburg was on time, and it was unloaded by the customer in about 3 hours. Then I got a new work order to pickup a loaded tank at our company’s wash station in Laredo, Tx., going to Indiana by Monday 5/12/14, which was about 1600 miles all together, and I headed for Laredo immediately.


The lack of sleep was getting to me, so I stopped at a Truck Stop about 200 miles to Laredo,  

and went to sleep in the afternoon for about 3 hours, and got up and did my paperwork, ate some snacks and went back to sleep about 10 pm.


On the Sabbath Day at 4 am I woke up planning to do my usual routine of getting a shower and eating breakfast, but the Spirit of the Lord told me it was the Sabbath Day, and I should go back to sleep. This I did, and when I woke up it was about 7 am, so now thinking I would be late, to deliver in Indiana, I skipped the shower and breakfast, headed to Laredo at 60 MPH, to try and makeup time, since I normally drive at 55 MPH to reduce my Carbon Footprint and save about $100 a day on fuel. 


Reaching Laredo at about 10 am, I went to the gate of our wash station which was locked with a combination padlock, so I parked the tractor/trailer on the road, and walked up to the gate and tried to open the lock, but it would not open after many attempts with the correct combination.

The thought that was coming to me, was that the combination maybe changed, so I called dispatch at my company, and asked them, and they said no, but call the local manager’s cell phone. At this time I returned to the tractor, but the doors were locked although I did not lock them, and I had the key in my hand which also had a remote.



The remote did not work, I tried the key in the driver side door, but it did not work, so I tried the passenger door, but it could not be opened, then I realized that God was stopping me from working on the Sabbath Day, and this was only a warning, because the passenger door did open, after awhile. The manager came later and could not open the gate for awhile, then I was going to get my hacksaw, when he got it opened. 


The conclusion I got from these incidents, is that God want me to keep the Sabbath Day holy, and not to work, so I resigned my job on Monday two days after the incidents.


My Resignation letter


Hi Keith, I resign my job as OTR driver, effective 5/12/14, due to fact that I will not work on the Sabbath Day any more, which is Friday sundown until Saturday sundown.

Thank you for being an outstanding manager, with a good company to work for, but God comes first in my life, and I will keep the Sabbath Day as I did before. 


God bless you,


Michael




Driver Tips

Fuel

Save lots of energy by driving slower than 65 MPH, and reduce your carbon footprint!

Driving a tractor/trailer at 60 MPH on the highways will save you about 20% to 25% in fuel, about $25.00 a day, and driving at 55 MPH will save even more than 35%, about $100.00 a day.


I was driving at 60 MPH for the last years with another company, and my fuel mileage was about 6.8 MPG, and now I am driving at 55 MPH and my fuel mileage is about 8.2 MPG with this new company.


When I fuel up my tractor, I put only 50 gallons of fuel at a time, so that the tractor will be lighter with the load at half tank of fuel. I will get more free showers per day, because most Truck Stops give you a free shower credit with 50 gallons or more fuel purchased.

This allows me the option of buying much more fuel, when I see the price much lower than the very high prices that are in CA and FL. This I did in Ruther Glen VA, when the price at the pump was only $3.599, I was able to take on 135.32 gallons of diesel.


Note: In the winter when the temperature is below 20 degrees F, keep your fuel at full as much as possible, so that the fuel will not freeze in your tanks.

If your bunker heater is not working, or you do not have one, you can save on fuel by buying a campers table top two burner gas range, and use one burner at the lowest setting, placed on your table. The temperate inside the sleeper with the curtains closed will be about 65 degrees F, on the top bunker, with outside temperate being 0 degree F. Please remember to open your vent slightly on one side of the sleeper, so that fresh air will come in. 
The 1.02 lbs. propane cylinder which the range uses, last about 8 to 9 hours and cost about $3 each.
Idling your tractor for heat is very costly, about $4.00 worth of fuel every couple of hours.


The air pressure in the tires will affect your MPG.

Check your tires daily with a Tire Thumper and a pressure gauge.

You should check the tires with a thumper before you start driving, to make sure all tires have 100 p.s.i. pressure, or not less than 90 p.s.i., because if the pressure is lower than 90 p.s.i. your MPG will be less than optimum, and you could ruin both tires and the rims, with a blowout, if the load is heavy.


Conclusion 


When you drive at 55 MPH you have very little stress about getting a speeding ticket, or having to tailgate anyone. The view

a head is always clear, and you have the option of speeding up to get out of traffic clusters.


When you purchase fuel, get 2 copies of the receipt, so that you will keep one and add up the gallons of fuel purchased for the month, in order to calculate the MPG of the tractor every month.


You can check your MPG daily, if your tractor does not have fuel data display, or if you want to check the accuracy of it.

The most accurate way to check your MPG, is topping off with fuel, and writing down the milage and the gallons, and drive about 500 miles, and topping off again. Then divide the number of miles you drove from the first top off, by the number of gallons of fuel you add to top off the second time.


After driving from Miami, Florida to Las Vegas Christmas week at 55 MPH, I am pleased with the great result in fuel saving. The average MPG was 9.1, and driving about 580 miles in 11 hours each day, which is about 45 to 55 minutes later at the end of the day, than driving at 65 MPH. This is changing from 6.1 MPG driving at 65 MPH, to 9.1 MPG, which is equivalent to saving about $100 a day on fuel. 


The gallons of diesel purchased in the month of December 2013 was 1,355.08, and the miles traveled was 10,045, which equals 7.41 MPG for that month.

The carrier paid me an energy saving bonus of about 25% of the savings, which was $450 for one month.


Logs


Paper logs must be accurate, do not lie on your logs, or it could cost you $2,750.00 per violation and the carrier $11,000.00,  effective July 1, 2013.


Limitations on minimum “34 hour restarts”


Updated Rule: (1) Must include two periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., home terminal time.


(2) May only be used once per week, 168 hours, measured from the beginning of the previous restart.


Electronic Logs are good for Over-The-Road trucking, and I rather using them than paper logs.


In an emergency, to drive more than 11 hours, and beyond 14 hours, in one day, you must NOT be under a load. Pull off the road and stop driving before the clock runs out, say 2 to 5 minutes before going into violation, and then select Offduty Driving.

This will give you about 55 to 58 minutes more to drive.


"I am a trucker that trust in God, please do not ask me to lie on my logs, God is my manager!!!" 



GPS and Mapping


Route planning

 

The GPS is the greatest tool to use in todays OTR trucking, that said, there are some drawbacks when using GPS alone, and not other mapping devices along with it.

Plan your route using freeways as much as possible, because your fuel savings will be much greater, if you do not have to stop at traffic lights.

Cross check your truck GPS with another, which do not need to be for trucks, to make sure the mileage is about the the same, and location is spot on.


The truck GPS that you use, should give you the option to drop a pin, at any area that you wish to travel through, and make it possible for you to travel a longer route, to utilize the freeways as much as possible. Most GPS are geared to give you the shortes distance, but it may be longer in time and cost more in fuel.

Your GPS should allow you to choose no-toll roads and also for Hazmat loads.


When driving to Canada, I do not use my GPS there, because it cost too much money using the roaming data on my cell phones.

I write down my route and turns before crossing the border.