Team Driving

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Alex H.'s Comment
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Hello,

I was curious as to a possible advantage of team driving. I'm mostly a day-time sleeper (naturally) and a worker at night. I have learned from this website that a trucker has no sleep schedule. Is this also the case with team drivers? It seems like since there are two drivers, each one would have his/her set time to drive as well as his or her set time to sleep. I was just wondering if this is the case for team drivers or if they also have erratic sleep schedules.

Thanks!

C. S.'s Comment
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Generally we try to stay on a set schedule (I drive nights, he drives days) but between time zone changes, hours availability, and appointments this is not always possible. I'd say we remain fully on schedule about 80% of the time. I don't think this is very big advantage of teaming, though.

Alex H.'s Comment
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Generally we try to stay on a set schedule (I drive nights, he drives days) but between time zone changes, hours availability, and appointments this is not always possible. I'd say we remain fully on schedule about 80% of the time. I don't think this is very big advantage of teaming, though.

Thank you.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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If you seach "team or solo" we had a l Thread about this a few weeks ago. I'm a night Worker too... and hated teaming with the trainer. I drove nights but couldn't sleep while she drove. Horn honking... phone talking... radio blasting.. the on guard beeping.. her yelling at people.

Solo I sleep better than I ever did in a normal job cause I can sleep whenever I want... as long as I deal with the appts on time.

N/A's Comment
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The sleep schedule really depends on your clock. If you're sitting at shipping/receiving for four hours waiting to be loaded/unloaded after you've only driven four hours of your clock, your sleeper birth time will arrive a little bit later than you're use to.

But it also depends on your co-driver's clock, too. If he's only got six and a half left on his seventy, and you've got ten. You'll be driving sooner, and getting off later.

The advantage of teaming is for miles and money. Not sleep schedules. Trust me

Old School's Comment
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Actually CJ, a team driver is limited by the same HOS rules as a solo driver, which does not give him any advantage to be able to run more miles.

The advantage of teams is really just realized in the fact that the freight can go further distances in less time. That is only accomplished because while one driver sleeps, the other drives. As far as more miles goes - yes, the truck may do more miles, but not necessarily the individual driver.

I turned in 3,400 miles yesterday for this week's pay period as a solo driver, and that is not a once in a lifetime achievement - it's quite the norm for me.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
C. S.'s Comment
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Actually CJ, a team driver is limited by the same HOS rules as a solo driver, which does not give him any advantage to be able to run more miles.

The advantage of teams is really just realized in the fact that the freight can go further distances in less time. That is only accomplished because while one driver sleeps, the other drives. As far as more miles goes - yes, the truck may do more miles, but not necessarily the individual driver.

I turned in 3,400 miles yesterday for this week's pay period as a solo driver, and that is not a once in a lifetime achievement - it's quite the norm for me.

ITA. Companies really push the notion that you can make a ton more money teaming than solo, but I would venture that the cpm difference is not really worth it if you're in it just for that. It's honestly why teams who are otherwise unrelated don't tend to last long; there are a lot of sacrifices in teaming and the money shouldn't really be a deciding factor if you would otherwise drive solo.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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