Miles, Miles, And More Miles!

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Julian Ellison's Comment
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Hey all!

So I don't have any cool stories or anything to tell ya right now, but I thought this was pretty interesting. In my first week on my own, as in a full 7 day period, I ran a little over 3200 miles. In two weeks that went up to 5500 miles. I've been running hard, just because my dispatch gives me deadlines that I feel are impossible, but I've gotta make them as close as possible.

Heading out to Nazareth, PA on Monday morning for a 5am delivery on Wednesday. 1200 miles in two days shouldn't be any issue at all.

Stay safe out there everyone!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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That's awesome Julian! Especially this time of the year when things tend to slow down.

Just monitor yourself closely though to make sure that over a period of weeks and months you're not burning out. When I first got into trucking at 21 years old I went from $5.50/hour in a warehouse to basically $40k/year. About triple. I was sooooooo excited about being able to make all I wanted to make with mileage pay that I ran super hard all the time. Turns out you can do that for a while, but before long it catches up to you. I wound up taking a break from the road for a few months. Didn't even want to look at a truck for a while there. But after I recovered I went back out and kept my mileage sustainable.

I would say as a rookie you're going to be adjusting to life on the road, stress, sleeping in a truck, and the erratic sleep schedules for much of that first year. I think around 2400-2700 miles per week is comfortably sustainable as a rookie. Anything around the 3000+ mile per week area is really pushing it. You can do it sometimes, but trying to do that consistently might leave you haggard and zombie-eyed after a couple of months.

So play it cool out there. Keep making all of your appointment times safely and you'll always be given good miles. But know when to take a break if you need one. It's not about making all the money you can this week or this month. It's about staying safe and making a solid salary year after year.

Go get em!

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