How Many Miles Do Truck Drivers Get Per Week?

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John B.'s Comment
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Editor's Note: We have some fantastic information about truck driver miles:

This goes out to the experienced truckers out there. What has been your highest miles in a week or month, legally.

I hear a lot about averages but I'd like to hear about what your best week or month was.

Let's be honest now.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I do 3000 miles per week every week due to the dedicated account I am on.

The reason we talk about averages is there is no common amount of miles one driver does. Its really all over the place. One week you may do 3000 and the next do 1500 miles.

Same goes for months. Some months you will do 8000 miles a month and the next you do 12,000 a month. But one thing is for sure...unless you are on a dedicated account doing the same thing every week you will never do the same amount of miles from week to week.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yap, everything Guyjax said is true.

Around 3,200-3,400 is all you can log legally. You simply run out of hours at some point. I always wanted to get around 3,000-3,200 miles per week once I had some experience under my belt and I had adjusted to life on the road. Your first year you should shoot for about 2,300-2,600 miles per week. It may not sound like a big difference, but it is. It's a huge difference.

When you're considering a company to work for it's very important to ask them about their average weekly miles for solo trucks. You look at their pay per mile and their average weekly miles per truck to get an idea of what your paychecks will look like.

John B.'s Comment
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Thanks. That was my next question, how much you can log in the given hours.

May trucking advertises 13,000 miles a month average for solo OTR drivers, 10,000 for west coast regional.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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13,000/month average for solo drivers is too high when you're talking an entire fleet. Most drivers aren't willing to run those kind of miles. They're more comfortable in the 10,000 mile range.

I would say the potential would be 13,000/month but there's no chance on Earth their fleet is averaging near the maximum miles you can legally log.

I would say most over the road fleets probably average around 10,000 miles per month. That's a pretty safe figure.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mousemaker's Comment
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13,000/month average for solo drivers is too high when you're talking an entire fleet. Most drivers aren't willing to run those kind of miles. They're more comfortable in the 10,000 mile range.

I would say the potential would be 13,000/month but there's no chance on Earth their fleet is averaging near the maximum miles you can legally log.

I would say most over the road fleets probably average around 10,000 miles per month. That's a pretty safe figure.

I recently went though orientation with May, I remember them saying 10,000/month was the goal.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RedGator's Comment
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I legally ran 3600 miles a few times. If you get a few runs up and down 80 from WI to PA it can be done.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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10,500 is my average every month. I only got 11,000 one time. I'm comfortable with 10,500. I feel like its enough miles to make money but also enough miles to not overrun myself.

alongtimecomin(Steve Thom's Comment
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I shoot for 3000 a week and usually get between that and 3500. With that being said after about 3 weeks of that I need a break. We have several drivers at this company who are perfectly happy with 2500 a week. So mg DM and our planners try everything they can to keep myself and a good friend of mine moving. The amount you get per week or month is greatly affected by so many variables it is impossible to really predict.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
John B.'s Comment
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Thanks for all the replies. It gives me a good idea what to expect on the paycheck.

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