Do You Drive At Night Or Daytime?

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Old Roadie's Comment
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Just curious as to preferences. I try to drive at night as much as possible except in winter conditions. Less traffic around big cities and much easier to find parking at truck stops and rest areas. Depending on schedule I try to work my driving shift so that it ends no earlier than 5AM. And since I am a lifelong insomniac with absolutely no natural sleep schedule this works for me. I close the curtains over the winsows and the ones behind the seats, crank up the fan or A/C and hibernate.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Im solar powered where my codriver does the night driving. While he can turn more miles than i do because of reduced traffic most of the loading or unloading is done on my shift.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I usually start between midnight and 0400. Love it was.a.night owl even in school

This week has me all screwed up though. I got stuck on days then couldn't sleep... now I'm nutty

And tractor man... don't u dare say something smart lol

Tractor Man's Comment
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I prefer an early start schedule. Mid ight to 0300. I like driving from darkness into light. Also, TS parking is usually abundant between Noon and 1700. Also, Rainy is not nutty. She is a Charming and Delightful Woman.

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Pianoman's Comment
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I like to start between 0300 and 0500 if I can. I get some night driving in but like having a more or less normal schedule.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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Usually try to start between 0100 and 0500. Great schedule. Little traffic and parking is easy to find.

My DM realized this early on and usually tries to give me appointments in that window.

It really helps hubby to stay on a regular schedule and we have done really well with that lately.

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.
Sambo's Comment
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I just drive whatever works out, both day and night. If i drive during the day and then have a 2am appt time, then I guess I'm driving at night now lol.

I find it ironic though, these companies are mandating sleep studies to help catch and prevent drowsy driving, but at the same time have no problem dispatching you on runs that have you driving days for a couple days, then nights for a couple, totally messing up circadian rhythm

But, I do whatever the company asks, I just adjust as best I can, if I get sleepy, I find a place to rest.

Sambo's Comment
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I say that, it's not as bad as all that usually though. My last run dropped at 9am but my next load didn't pick up until 10pm, so I was able to do a 10 hour reset and now I'm driving mid afternoons to late nights.

Pianoman's Comment
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I just drive whatever works out, both day and night. If i drive during the day and then have a 2am appt time, then I guess I'm driving at night now lol.

I find it ironic though, these companies are mandating sleep studies to help catch and prevent drowsy driving, but at the same time have no problem dispatching you on runs that have you driving days for a couple days, then nights for a couple, totally messing up circadian rhythm

But, I do whatever the company asks, I just adjust as best I can, if I get sleepy, I find a place to rest.

Sambo are you a reefer driver? I had the same issue when I pulled reefers with Swift. I kinda liked the variety but it was hard to switch my schedule all the time like that. Now that I'm dedicated all my appointments are during normal business hours.

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A refrigerated trailer.

Old School's Comment
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I am constantly flipping my schedule around - I just do whatever makes it most efficient for that week. I don't do dumb stuff like rolling through Atlanta, GA or Chicago in the middle of the day. I'll plan that ahead so that I'm going through those kinds of places at two or three in the morning. There are a lot of different factors that play a part in my decision making, but the one thing I don't do is just decide that I am going to drive at night or at daytime. I try to do what makes it all come out the best for efficient use of my allotted hours.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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