Hours Per Day?

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Stacy R.'s Comment
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How many hours do you work total including driving a day?

RedGator's Comment
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You are allowed to work 14 hours (includes pre trip, fueling, ect) and in that day drive a max of 11 hours. Any given day varies for a driver.

Larry E.'s Comment
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RedGator is correct; you may only drive 11 hrs in a 14 hr duty day. However, there may be circumstances where you may work beyond the 14 hrs such as securing, loading/unloading. You just can't drive once that 14 hr duty day is over.

Stacy R.'s Comment
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How many hours a day do you work on average. Not max hours but in a normal 7 day week. Thanks for the input.

Old School's Comment
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Stacy, in this business you pretty much determine how you want to run, but if you don't hit it hard and show the load planners you mean to get the job done you just may be sitting at the truck stop with a handful of moaners and complainers watching old movies on the T.V. I was self employed for thirty years prior to this career choice, and because of that I was very accustomed to long hard hours, and I didn't even know what weekends were for. I try to run hard so that I can get ahead and try to get at least one of my loads delivered a day early which sets me up for an extra load. Working this way helps me make more money, but all things have their price. What I'm saying is that typically I have put in right at seventy hours in a five day period. So now I'm having to figure out what weekends are for, because with this new law keeping us from taking a 34 hour break when we're ready for it there's times when I have to take a day off just to stay legal.

All things considered it's not so bad though, I have taken a weekend (I call them weekends, but it might be a day and a half in the middle of the week, it just depends on when I've run up against the clock) break so far on the beach in Florida, one in New Orleans, and one in the hometown of my two oldest daughters. So if you like to be a go-getter and you can plan it right you can take some really cool breaks in different parts of the country that interest you.

Hope that helps answer your question even though I think I got a little off topic.

RedGator's Comment
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Your day typically consist of driving. I dont do any manual intensive labor. Walking to the shipper/receiver office is about as strenous as I get. Any given day I drive 7 to 11 hrs. Just depends on the load. If I have an LTL load (1 trailer with multiple stops) I might spend 2 hrs total driving between 5 stops and the rest of the time being unloaded.


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.


Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Daniel B.'s Comment
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It all depends on how much time your load has. This last load I had, I had to drive 600 miles each day just to make it on time. But the load before that I could have gotten away with 350 miles each day. Some days you'll only drive 3 and other days you'll have to drive your time out. Just learn how to balance your time because in a week you'll be getting those hours back, and if you're only getting back 2 hours it can really screw you over on your next weeks load. But also remember, if you can deliver early then try to do it, it's a win/win for everyone.

A little off topic. Redgator, where you on I80 westbound in Indiana or Ohio yesterday in the morning?


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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