Advice For On The Road

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Zachary B.'s Comment
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Do you guys get tired ...how long do u go before breaks...what happens if you have to go to the bathroom...etc

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Everybody gets tired. The regs say you must take a 30 minute break in your first 8 hours of driving and after some experience, you'll learn how to time that break to your advantage. Timing between restroom breaks and such really isn't up to you but what your body tells you is going on. If you drink a bunch of coffee or hydrate too often, you're gonna be taking a lot of pee breaks so again, it's figuring out what works best for you. Some days it doesn't matter, you just gotta go.

Kieran L.'s Comment
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As Brett put it elsewhere on the site, "Some days you will be so tired you don't remember your own name." And yet, truckers are expected to pull freight for 11 hours a day every day any time of the day or night for weeks on end, and still remain 100% safe while doing it. That is the reality of trucking life. It can definitely be done, but it does require careful planning, time management, and stamina to do it and stay safe.

And ALWAYS, if you feel you are too tired to safely keep driving, STOP and SLEEP. Regardless of what your company may tell you, driving too sleepy is not worth the risk to your life, other motorists lives, or the truck, trailer, and cargo. Studies prove driving tired is at least as dangerous as driving drunk, if not even worse.

As for the bathroom thing, when mother nature calls, you gotta answer lol.

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