Is 600 Miles A Day Good For A Rookie?

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Zach 's Comment
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So I've been in training for about almost 3 weeks here at Western express now and am averaging about 600 miles a day if I am able to run my full clock otherwise I get what I can squeeze in if I was held up waiting on a load or what not.

Navypoppop's Comment
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Zach,

600 miles a day is great even for a seasoned driver. There is always a "bump in the road" sometimes that will affect the mileage totals from one day to the next. Always be safe and legal regardless of the total miles.

Zach 's Comment
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Zach,

600 miles a day is great even for a seasoned driver. There is always a "bump in the road" sometimes that will affect the mileage totals from one day to the next. Always be safe and legal regardless of the total miles.

You got that right, especially those live loads they seem to really eat up my 14 hour clock

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Steve L.'s Comment
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Yes it’s good. But if you’re going to be out for more than six days, and don’t wanna do your 34 restart away from home, you may run out of hours and not recapture good hours soon enough to keep rolling.

For example; if you start Monday, burn 10hrs each day, your 70 is done on Sunday and you’ll have to sit wherever you are that Monday because you don’t recapture hours until Monday night. If that’s okay with you, enjoy the day off and roll on Tuesday.

But generally, yes 600 miles is a great average. Congratulations!

Jammer a's Comment
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600 miles a day for s real good and live loads are always a challenge wait till you go to kingsoopers lol or Kroger in general

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Zach,

600 miles a day is great even for a seasoned driver. There is always a "bump in the road" sometimes that will affect the mileage totals from one day to the next. Always be safe and legal regardless of the total miles.

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You got that right, especially those live loads they seem to really eat up my 14 hour clock

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RealDiehl's Comment
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600 miles on a shift is great. I hardly ever manage to get that many miles running solo. Nor is it common (at prime anyway) to get a solo load where it is going to require you to run that many miles on a shift. Running long, coast-to-coast loads while teaming with a student it is pretty routine to get over 600 miles. Even then, averaging that many miles for a trip across the country, we will end up arriving 12+ hours early for delivery.

Keep up the good work!!!

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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600 is good mileage. Since I live in Idaho and run east, I go thru UT and WY (75/80 mph) and NE (75) with a 75 mph truck (weather permitting).

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Just unloaded....so going back to sleep.

Laura

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Yep, anything over 500 is pretty good. I run like this and reset every weekend. This weekend I spent at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, had a ton of fun. Enjoy the long mile days since other days will run low, like the 215 I did yesterday. The business was closed so I had to sit overnight. But I'll get about 600 in today.

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Old School's Comment
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Zach, 600 mile days are great, especially for a new driver!

I always liked to break my production levels down into bigger bites. Like at first I would work really hard and break it down into three months, or a quarter of the year. I would go over my numbers for that quarter and see how productive I had been - how many miles had I managed. Then once I felt I was hitting some good averages for the quarter (like around 30,000+) I'd start breaking it down to the individual months. I'd keep up with each month's miles and try to produce a good average number that I was satisfied was keeping me in the money. Then you can always start breaking it down to the week. /that's when you know you are really getting the hang of things. Once you can average upwards of 3,000 miles each week you are doing something that very few truck drivers manage to do.

My dispatcher called me over the holidays and was trying to explain how much he misses having me on his "board of drivers." His main points were that none of his drivers manage the kind of miles I did consistently on a weekly basis, and that none of them keep him informed well enough so that it is easy for him to have them pre-planned all the time. You can break that down into what he really appreciated about me - he could count on me no matter what. That's what puts you up there as a really desirable driver to have on the team.

Keep up that great work Zach! It sounds like you are doing really well.

Dispatcher:

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.
Don's Comment
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600 miles is terrific! Driving "local", I have done it a couple of times during nice weather, but it is hard to do in a 14 hour shift with two live unloads. Everything from traffic to the unloads themselves had to be perfect, or to 16 hour exemption I go.

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