Truckers are permitted to drive for 14 hours before being required to stop
driving for 10 hours. After a 60 hour cycle, they have to stop driving for 34
hours. The "restart" determines when that cycle can start over again.I drove a semi for about a year. It can be tiring. It ALWAYS requires
the driver to be alert. What I did during my "rest" time determined
whether I was alert when I started driving the next leg of the route. If I used
that time to "rest", I was refreshed. If I wasted that time and failed
to get enough "rest", I was less than prepared to drive the next leg of
the route.The government cannot guarantee that a driver is rested no
matter how much time it requires him to take off between driving. They could
require a few week off between 60 hour cycles of driving/resting; that still
would not guarantee that the driver was "rested".I disagree
with the writer. Thirty-four hours off duty is sufficient time to
"unwind" and to "rest" - if the driver uses that time wisely.
Dock time to be unloaded are set for a 70 mile trucks, and you have a 50 mile an
hour truck. Life is a dime but you only have a nickel. That's life.