Trip Plan Question

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NeeklODN's Comment
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Load is due Monday 3/25 @0800 at Lowes flatbed DC in Ennis tx. Approx 650 miles

Picked up load in Dothan AL Thursday afternoon. Currently on reset at home in Pensacola FL. What is the best route? I've looked at GPS and atlas and I'm torn between two routes. Tempted to take the one that's 40 miles longer because it keeps me on the interstate more. My plan: leave here at 0600 Sunday 3/24 and plan to sleep somewhere around the 500-525 mile marker. Leaves me enough time to do a 10 he break and wake up early Monday morning to make the delivery on time. Is this a solid plan?

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Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Tractor Man's Comment
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Sounds like a good plan. If I can't make it in one shift, I like to be as close as possible to my final, if not on their doorstep. Leaves plenty of time to get unloaded/drop, pick up the next load,and GO!

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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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This is the route I would take.

0584636001553377159.jpg This is 646 miles, City to City. Using your 650 miles trip planned at 50 MPH, makes it a 13 hour trip. Start driving 06:00 Sunday. Drive 10 hours and stop about 16:00. Now you have 3 hours to go. Do your 10 hour break and roll at 02:00 arrive 3/25 05:00. That works.

NeeklODN's Comment
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This is the route I would take.

0584636001553377159.jpg This is 646 miles, City to City. Using your 650 miles trip planned at 50 MPH, makes it a 13 hour trip. Start driving 06:00 Sunday. Drive 10 hours and stop about 16:00. Now you have 3 hours to go. Do your 10 hour break and roll at 02:00 arrive 3/25 05:00. That works.

Great. Don't know why I'm particularly nervous about this one but that works. I guess it's because it's the first trip I've gotten that I can't complete in one drive shift. Anyhow thanks for the help Big Scott and tractor man.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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You're welcome. Our trucks are governed at 65. Trip planning at 50 MPH gives you padding. You probably have at least one fuel stop on your route. When possible I fuel and take my 30 minute break at the same spot, only one stop. Remember, it takes about 11 hours to drive 10 hours. Good luck.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Sometimes it works out well this way. Good miles the first day. Get to your stop, unload/drop. If you get another load that is close, pick it up and you have 5-6 hours of drive time left to get another 300 miles in. Good luck

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