How Many Miles Do Rookie Truck Drivers Average Per Week?

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Michael B.'s Comment
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What are the realistic miles that a new (solo) driver can expect after all training is done?

I keep hearing numbers from recruiters that do not seem to be too realistic. Some have indicated that their drivers average 3,000 mils per week some have said 3,500 and others even more.

From reading on this website I have inferred a great variance on a daily and weekly basis. That things are volatile hard to predict and certainly uncertain. These recruiters say with no shame that their driver get 3000-3500 hours a week. So my question is how many miles are your averaging a week?

I am about to start trucking school and before I pull the trigger I want to run the numbers and see if it makes sense.

Thank you in advance....

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Well you can expect anywhere from 2200-3200 miles per week and it will depend on a ton of different factors. But what I'm guessing is you're trying to figure out how much you'll make.

Some safe numbers you can expect:

$32k-$36k your first year $40k or so your second year $50k-$55k is where it usually tops out somewhere around years 3 to 5

Those are pretty good numbers you can go by. But trucking is very performance-based. The drivers who work hard, get to their appointments on time, and get along well with people are going to get the bulk of the miles. You have to earn it.

But I think rookie drivers should shoot for about 2400-2800 miles per week. Once you've been out there a few months to a year your mind and body adjust to the lifestyle and you learn to do things more efficiently. Then you can expect closer to 3000 miles per week.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
ThinksTooMuch's Comment
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I average 2500 miles a week. I think that's a nice number to use.

Frank W.'s Comment
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What are the realistic miles that a new (solo) driver can expect after all training is done?

I keep hearing numbers from recruiters that do not seem to be too realistic. Some have indicated that their drivers average 3,000 mils per week some have said 3,500 and others even more.

From reading on this website I have inferred a great variance on a daily and weekly basis. That things are volatile hard to predict and certainly uncertain. These recruiters say with no shame that their driver get 3000-3500 hours a week. So my question is how many miles are your averaging a week?

I am about to start trucking school and before I pull the trigger I want to run the numbers and see if it makes sense.

Thank you in advance....

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