How Many Hours Can I Run And Keep On Trucking

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Jonathan K.'s Comment
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What is the maximum amount of hours you can run so you can be able to always run that same amount of hours and don’t have to do a reset or recaps

Travis's Comment
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I'm still new but you'd have to run recaps if you didn't plan on doing a 34. I think I heard it was around 8.75 hours a day you can work if you want to run continuously.

Anyone can correct me if I'm wrong on what my understanding of recaps are and if what I heard is wrong on it being 8 3/4 hours a day. I didn't check the math but it sounds about right

What is the maximum amount of hours you can run so you can be able to always run that same amount of hours and don’t have to do a reset or recaps

George B.'s Comment
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I am not well versed in posting links but there are multiple threads on here concerning the pros and cons of each. The last one I recall was started by Old School. In all honesty once I read the thread, I was 50/50. I am sure someone will come along w a link. embarrassed.gif

Ryan B.'s Comment
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You will never be able to run this way, but 70 hours/8 days = 8.75 hours. You will never be able to actually work in the industry driving an average of 8-9 hours each day. The reason is that there are so many variables that it's impossible for hours driven to work out so neatly each and every day.

You will want your focus to be on driving safely and getting that load where it is supposed to go and on time. Keep those three things at the forefront and you will be well on your way to being a successful and prosperous driver.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Ryan provides this

You will never be able to run this way, but 70 hours/8 days = 8.75 hours. You will never be able to actually work in the industry driving an average of 8-9 hours each day.

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This is my week. Every week. Obviously it is possible for an actual OTR driver.

You never fail to provide us with nonsensical "facts" Ryan. Standing by for your latest spin and backpedaling on this.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Turtle's Comment
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Once again Ryan you issue an incorrect blanket statement based on your very limited experience. When you realize that you are not the "know all-end all" to all things trucking, you and our readers will be a lot better off.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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You will never be able to run this way, but 70 hours/8 days = 8.75 hours. You will never be able to actually work in the industry driving an average of 8-9 hours each day. The reason is that there are so many variables that it's impossible for hours driven to work out so neatly each and every day.

You will want your focus to be on driving safely and getting that load where it is supposed to go and on time. Keep those three things at the forefront and you will be well on your way to being a successful and prosperous driver.

Completely incorrect Ryan. I stay out 2 weeks at a time and then take 3-4 days off or maybe more depending. I always run recaps unless the situation forced me into a reset and trust me, I am very successful.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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I run recaps a lot. You don't have to keep them at a nice mean number like 8.75. You can run five hours one day and you'll be sort of banking the other 3.75 until you need them.

Part of the challenge of running recaps is knowing how they work, and what you need to make your appointments on time. I'm only getting about five hours added back to my 70 today, but I'm going to need close to 11 to cover my needs. I have saved or banked up enough so that when I draw on those reserves I'll have what I need.

It's a challenge I enjoy. You have to sort of play it like a chess game. You need to be able to think ahead and understand what you might need. Fortunately for me, I usually have 3 or 4 days worth of work pre-planned on me. That makes it easier for me to lay out an effective strategy to manage my hours.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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Absolutely correct Old School. Here's another example as I sit in a dock right now in Garland, Texas. Last week was slow.

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Old School's Comment
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Thanks for the photos PackRat!

I know they help people understand better how this stuff works.

BTW, I'm in Texas for the next few days. I'm on a run with 7 stops in the Lone Star state. I'll finish up Wednesday morning in Rockwall, TX. First stop is down South in Corpus Christi.

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