Passing The Time

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Matt 's Comment
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I'm wondering what everyone does to pass the Time. Do you have a couple hours at the end of each driving time? What do you do with them? I like being productive constantly so I was thinking about trying to learn more in things I'm interested in on Down time if there is any.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Do you have a couple hours at the end of each driving time? What do you do with them?

When busy and turning good miles, Eat, Shower, Sleep. Any spare time, read a book. Sitting for an extended period of time. Find out what is close and Uber on over.

Steak Eater's Comment
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Thanks for asking this question Matt, I had the same one on my list of things to ask about.

As a full-time OTR driver are there opportunities for personal time other than the 10 hour scheduled sleep times? I have a very profitable side business that takes me about 6 hours per week of computer time. Is this feasible? Could I expect to find 6 hours per week outside of the 10 breaks that I'll be using to shower, eat, and sleep? I'm ignorant of the weekly schedule of most drivers to know what personal time is avaialable.

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.

Steak Eater's Comment
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.... 10 breaks ....

10 HOUR daily breaks I meant to type.

Deb R.'s Comment
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You could likely find a spare 6 hours a week, especially if you run recaps, but it likely will be in bits and pieces. I find it rare to get a big enough chunk of extra time to do anything that requires preparation/concentration (like getting tax papers organized, for example). But that's how I do things, you may be able to do a bit of that computer work, stop, then pick up again later.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Thanks for asking this question Matt, I had the same one on my list of things to ask about.

As a full-time OTR driver are there opportunities for personal time other than the 10 hour scheduled sleep times? I have a very profitable side business that takes me about 6 hours per week of computer time. Is this feasible? Could I expect to find 6 hours per week outside of the 10 breaks that I'll be using to shower, eat, and sleep? I'm ignorant of the weekly schedule of most drivers to know what personal time is avaialable.

Personally, I like to read. As for six hours a week; heck yeah you should be able to. But if that side business requires internet or making phone calls, you may wanna invest in whatever you need to for reliable high speed internet. My experience has been truck stop wifi isn't very good/reliable. And though you can find six hours a week, they may not be exactly when you want them.

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.

Aaron M.'s Comment
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When I can find the time, I usually play a game on my laptop, watch a movie, surf the internet or make music on fl studio. I have books to read and I usually talk to my family almost daily. If I'm not doing that, catching up on some sleep isn't half bad either.

Tastebuds's Comment
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I have roughly 11k miles left to go in training. When I have some free time, which there's been a lot of here recently, I think of how much different and better it will be when I get my own truck. Having only put 1k miles on the truck since Thursday, I'm running low on hope that it will be anytime soon!

BQ 's Comment
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When I was with my trainer and for several months after getting my own truck I spent a majority of my down time reading or watching tv at truck stops, many have a drivers lounge. I now have directv in my truck so I watch that. You will have instances in which you will be sitting for a bit between loads, sometimes a cpl hours, sometimes a day. If you have access to internet or can use your phone you will likely find 6 hours a week between those situations and sitting at shippers/receivers being loaded/unloaded.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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