New Driver 2weeks Out. Run My Clock Or Not

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Steven A.'s Comment
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I’m sorry I work for Knight Transportation and I live in Murfeesboro Tennessee. I’ve been driving solo since December 2021 and I had the pleasure of my wife’s company with me on the occasional week out but I’ve convinced her to go two weeks out and I’m looking to make the best use of my time to get the most miles. I guess I’m just concerned with doing a 34 reset on the road which to me means not rolling not making any money because I’m not driving. This first week that I’m doing the two weeks out I am pretty much in northeast mid east states from say Pennsylvania to South Carolina to Tennessee that triangle. I would love to go out west where there’s less people then I can run harder it just seems that I am burning most of my time dealing with traffic

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I am new to the industry since November 2021, I’ve been running solo since December 1 running five days out, 2 home. How I’m looking to run two weeks out in two days home so my question is what’s best? Should I run hard and run out my 11 hours and take my 30 forward falls or run 9 to 10 hours for the entire time I’m out and not do a 34?

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Howdy, Steven A., and welcome!

As we often say, it's all about LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!

When we (my hubby & I riding along) were in the New England states, it'd be RUN, RUN, RUN. Kinda have to.

Central states and the PNW, relax & enjoy the surroundings .. sometimes!

There are SO many mitigating circumstances/factors. If you'd at least add your STATE, we could be of better service; if you don't care to share the company.

Best forward, for sure!

~ Anne & Tom ~

Steven A.'s Comment
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That’s interesting I might have to try that thank you

You can run 9.5 hours TOTAL, a day, or less if that happens, and keep running on recapped hours. Which normally, come back after midnight. And also depends on your loads requirements for pick up's and deliveries too. Fuel and go, don't waste much time at fuel stops lol I could refuel, wash the windows, grab a coffee, hit the urinal, and be done in under 15 minutes and roll on out. Or I used to log off on my 30 DOT break, do all that, then pull forward, go inside for eats, watch my 30 tick off, and hit it as soon as 30th minute clicked, and my drive clock reset......

Or, with my last company, before retiring, I'd burn up my 11 hour clocks, for my usual 1,500 mile runs, to do 700+ miles (So Calif to Muldrow, OK, and back)

DOT:

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.

Steven A.'s Comment
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Anne the only factor I can see in your three days of driving at 1400 miles would be where I’m doing that three days of driving. For instance my first three days this week I went from Tennessee to North Carolina and North Carolina to Philadelphia. Now Tennessee to North Carolina was a nice drive but my drive from there to Philadelphia going around DC and Baltimore and Wilmington was an absolute nightmare traffic wise so all the gain I made I lost during that leg of my trip

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Here we go again...

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you don’t want to waste time doing one while you are on the road for those 2 weeks.

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There's that same misconception that taking a reset is a bad thing. Once again, taking a 34hr reset is not a waste of time if you are able to make good use of the week leading up to it.

If the driver has the load availability and ability to max his days (full 11 or close to it), he can turn more miles in those two weeks than if he ran recaps. And that includes taking the reset midway through his 2 weeks out.

As Anne said, there are so many mitigating factors involved that giving a blanket answer to his question is impossible. It will all depend on his unique circumstances. In some cases, recaps might be best, others will require long days with resets.

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We Turtle, I see your point about the second week reset. My question is this: Theoretically, a 34 hr reset is only a 24 hour reset if the driver does a normal 10 hr break and then stays off duty for an additional 24 hrs. So if the driver took 3 days of 8 hr driving (8X3=24), instead of the reset, he could drive about 1,400 miles during those 3 days of 8 hrs driving. Then when he got home for his 2 days of home time, he would get a “default” reset and start Monday with his full clock. Wouldn’t this give him the most productivity?

Please tell me if my thinking on this is faulty. I would appreciate knowing if there is a factor I’m not taking into consideration here.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Steven A.'s Comment
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That makes perfect sense. Up until this week I was driving Tuesday to Saturday Sunday Monday off and driving approximately 2700 to 3000 miles a week hard. I just thought that being out for two weeks I could drive more and make more

BK, I encourage you to go back and reread the thread OS provided a link for. It clearly lays out the differences between productivity and downtime.

However, I'll try to answer your question specifically to how Steven described his situation.

In a two-week (14 day) schedule, if a driver starts on Monday, he can drive 11 hours each day for 6 days, ending his first week sometime on Saturday. He then takes the remainder of Saturday and all of Sunday off for a 34hr reset.

He now starts on Monday again with full clocks, and drives 11 hours a day for 5 days (m-f), and takes his desired two days days off on Sat-Sun.

In this scenario, he has 11 days of driving in those two weeks. At 65mph for 11 hrs per day, he'll log 715 miles per day, or 7865 miles for the two weeks. He'll get his desired 2 days off, plus free time during the reset.

By contrast:

If he runs recaps, he can run 12 days in a row and take the final two days off. At a max average of 8:45 driving per day, he'll log 568.75 miles per day, or a total of 6825 miles for the two weeks. He'll work less hours each day, but only have two days of free time.

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I would appreciate knowing if there is a factor I’m not taking into consideration here.

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I think maybe you are overlooking the fact that a recap driver has less productivity each and every day vs the reset driver. This has a major cumulative effect over the course of two weeks, as shown above.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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