Maintaining an accurate driver logbook is essential to success as a trucker, whether you’re a company driver or owner-operator. You’ll have no worries about getting in trouble for errors if you keep your log self-edited. So here are some tips to give you an idea of what to look for:
- First of all, make sure that you know where your driver logbook is at all times and that it stays in easy reach.
- Make sure that it’s legible.
- Check for entries that mention all of your pre- and post-trip inspections.
- Make sure you have documented all load/unload times.
- Be sure you have recorded all fuel stops.
- Ensure that hours are totaled correctly.
- Check for bills of lading and other required documents. Make sure that your bills of lading have the correct dates on them, so you don’t appear to be delivering while off-duty.
- Make sure that Driver’s Vehicle inspection Reports (DVIRs) are filled out completely and correctly.
- Make sure that the fuel receipts line up with log entries.
- Check your toll tickets. These should match your log entries precisely. Occasionally a tollbooth will list the wrong time or date on the ticket. If this happens, note this on the ticket itself.
- Make sure the correct date and time are listed on scale tickets.
- Include official documentation for roadside inspections, speeding tickets, and other significant events that occur while driving.
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