How Hard Do You Run Everyday?

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Renegade's Comment
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How many hours do you typically run everyday? I've heard some drivers run until they can't run anymore and some who shut it down after about 8 hours.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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It really depends. If I know I will get a 34hr reset the upcoming weekend I will run 9 1/2 to 10 1/2 hours a day. Have between 10 and 12 hours on duty a day. If I am not going to get a reset and have to run recaps the following week I aim for between 8 and 9 hours of on duty time.

Granted I currently am home most weekends. So I typically run hard during the week.


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Renegade's Comment
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That makes sense. I've just heard drivers have different formulas as to how they drive. Some drive the wheels off the truck and some break it up a little more.

Farmerbob1's Comment
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That makes sense. I've just heard drivers have different formulas as to how they drive. Some drive the wheels off the truck and some break it up a little more.

My truck still has wheels, but not for lack of trying. If Stevens could find enough miles for me, I'd run 3500+ miles a week. But that's damn hard to do when you're running reefer , because a lot of the business is live loads and unloads. It's another reason why Crete has been looking very attractive to me, their dry van division. I understand it's heavily drop and hook , and there are almost always preloads.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.


A refrigerated trailer.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Diver Driver's Comment
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Depends on appointment time and schedule. It seems like I always end up with atleast 1 or 2 short days, while I adjust my clock. But then it's 10 hr days min.

Renegade's Comment
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10 hour days seem reasonable.

Gladhand's Comment
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On a driving day I try not to drive more than 9 hours unless I am pushing it. I like running recaps. It makes running a little more spread out so I can rest, but not sit for a long time. Some days I am using up the 14 hr clock because of waiting, etc and some are really short where I deliver somewhere close and then sit the rest of the day.

Kurt G.'s Comment
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I'm home for one day every week so I generally don't worry about my 70, and I drive as much as I can manage every day. Sometimes that means a 14 hour day, sometimes I have more hours but my appt isn't until the next day, sometimes I stop sooner than I have to because of parking, and occasionally I'm just tired so I stop early.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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My drive time.revolves around my parking and appointmwnt times. If I know I can park at 450 miles and can still make the appointment the next day I shut down rather than driving another 100 miles where I have to fight to park.

If I know I'll find parking at 550 miles I go for it. I don't pay attention to my 70 clock until I have to lol. My FM knows how.many hours I have. If he a run I can't make so be it. He'll have to repower it or change the appointment.

As far as whether or not I get tired...I stop and take a nap then drive again. But some days like yesterday it wasn't the drive time that got me but the customers. So I started at 0300 got to a customer at 0500 and for eight hours had to snake around a crowded lot until I said screw it and paid to drop the trailer. At 1400 I had drive time and had to get a trailer ane got to next customer at 2100, had to be on the dock for the count, didn't get loaded til 2300. That is a long long day with only five or six hours of driving. And no sleep. But according to the logs I uh no....sometimes you need a real break. Lol


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.
Steve L.'s Comment
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If you're not driving yet, you'll probably need to wait and see what your position requires. I am OTR , left home right after Thanksgiving weekend and won't go home until December 23. So, I ran "hard" and have already done a 34hr reset because of low hours. Ran long hours today and will go short tomorrow. That's because I don't wanna burn my clock too quick, plus I'm gonna take the opportunity to stop off and have breakfast with a relative I rarely see. Also, if I were to deliver early (it's a drop/hook), I'd be asking the planners to find me a load with a short day left. Unfortunately, that often means I get some shorthaul load. So, being available at 0500 Monday with a full day available and 30hrs on my 70, I'm hoping I'll get a better load.

So, see, just depends on a lot of things.

I hope this was helpful.


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.

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