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How to maximize and properly use your sleeper berth status

01.21.2020 - 1:12 PM Comments: 0

With the ELD Mandate deadline now in the rearview, it’s important for truckers to have a better understanding of how to properly utilize the statuses available to them on an ELD. 

Last week, we wrote about personal conveyance and how truckers can use it to maximize their hours of service. This week, we’ll be breaking down sleeper berth, and how to properly use it.

The FMCSA describes sleeper berth as the following:

Drivers using the sleeper berth provision must take at least 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, plus a separate 2 consecutive hours either in the sleeper berth, off duty, or any combination of the two.

So, basically, if you choose to go on sleeper berth you must stay in your cab for a minimum of eight hours whether you’re sleeping or not.

While sleeper can also be split (more on that later), it generally should be used when you’re done and ready to get some rest at the end of your allotted driving time or, really, whenever you choose to stop driving. 

Nonetheless, it should not be confused for off-duty. When a driver has their status under sleeper berth, they must remain in the cab, whether they’re sleeping or just resting. 

If you plan to leave your cab for other activities, make sure that you change your status from sleeper berth to off-duty after resting for a minimum of 8-hours.

Additionally, it’s important to remember that sleeper berth can also be split, meaning that you can either do an 8/2 hour or 2/8 hour split. 

Let’s give you some context here. Let’s say you started driving at 8 a.m, you drove for six hours and now want to go on sleeper berth. Well, according to the FMCSA, you can split your 10-hour sleeper berth into two periods as long as neither is less than two hours. 

So, you rest for two hours, then get back on the road. Now, you’re back on the road at 4 p.m. and you still have 4 hours left on your drive time, where you’ll stop and use the rest of your 8-hour sleeper berth. 

Then, when those 8-hours are done, you’ve officially completed your 10-hour reset and can get back on the road with a renewed clock. 

Whilst simple to use, sleeper berth has caused a lot of confusion amongst truck drivers. If you happen to be a GPSTab customer and have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (888) 228-4460!

So, what do you think about the FMCSA’s sleeper berth rules? Let us know in the comments or on social media!

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