Governing Body(s)

The FMCSA is the governing body for all things trucking. The regulations frequently change but I’ve summarized some of the Hours of Service regulations below and linked the FMCSA site for easy, up to date access.

Hours of Service Regulations (as of 2021);

  • 11 hour driving limit. May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
    • 14 hour driving limit
      • May not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time does not extend the 14-hour period.
    • 30-minute driving break
      • Drivers must take a 30-minute break when they have driven for a period of 8 cumulative hours without at least a 30-minute interruption. The break may be satisfied by any non-driving period of 30 consecutive minutes (i.e., on-duty not driving, off-duty, sleeper berth, or any combination of these taken consecutively).
    • 60/70 hour driving limit
      • May not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.
    • Adverse driving conditions
      • Drivers are allowed to extend the 11-hour maximum driving limit and 14-hour driving window by up to 2 hours when adverse driving conditions are encountered.

DHF Opportunities

  • Opportunities for change throughout each day;
    • Pre/post trip inspections
    • 30-minute mandated break
    • Various fuel and bathroom breaks
    • Off duty days
  • Barriers to a driver focusing on their health
    • Not enough time
    • Always moving as a team driver
    • Too much work to cook and clean inside a truck
    • Limited space to store supplies inside a truck
    • Limited access to healthy foods
    • Lack the knowledge to know what to eat and what to cook
    • Very fad diet focused
    • Nutritional psychology aspect
    • Isolated occupation
    • Lack motivation and accountability
  • How to build our content to teach our drivers most effectively;
    • Follow along videos
    • 2-5 mins per video
    • Micro learning segments
  • What we learned from the beginning of my time in DHF to now
    • Accountability
    • Virtual program creation
    • Pounding the communication channels
    • Separation of in-house and drivers
    • Owner Robert Low will subsidize health project costs if it’s a good business decision or the right thing to do
    • Using driver input in everything we do