How Was Your 2023?

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Deleted Account's Comment
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It's no secret many in our industry took a major hit due to the economy. How did your mileage differ from the previous year?

2022 I drove 78,657 miles with 1461 hours behind the wheel which comes out to an average of about 54 mph despite being governed at 70.

2023 was actually better with 87,460 miles with 1623 hours behind the wheel for an average of about 54 mph. I didn't keep track of my stop count but it's usually between 20 and 30 stops per week.

I'm quite happy with how my year turned out and hope 2024 is just as lucrative.

How did you guys do?

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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2023 was actually better

I'm glad to hear that!

How did you guys do?

I made about 8k less than last year in mileage pay, but had more hourly and took more vacation days.

Ended up making about 5k less than last year, which while disappointing isn't nearly as bad as I expected. Spring was rough ( I was over 10k less YTD at one point) but luckily it got better when they said it would.


Substance Abuse Professional

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Klutch's Comment
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2023 was my second year driving and it was with a new company. I drive doubles , singles, 36s and straight trucks for the shuttle team. I am happy to say I hit six figures this year but that does include bonus pay. Worked Sunday-Thursday, with every Friday and Saturday off… 45-50 hours a week. As a new employee I got 4 personal days, two weeks vacation and a bunch of sick time that I didn’t use. Pretty happy with my second year driving and with this company.


Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Banks's Comment
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2023 was the worst year of my life on a personal level and not the best year ever on a professional level. I was glad to see it go and I'm excited to start a new year.

BK's Comment
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My year was pretty good. Grossed almost exactly $80,000 and took about 4 weeks off. But other than those 4 weeks, I ran very hard. Totaled up about 140,000 miles. My only concern with my current job is that I have a lot of wasted time for various reasons that are not in my control. But I do Reefer , so it’s kind of the nature of the beast.

I’m very thankful to have a solid job with a solid company. Counting my blessings every day. I wish I had gotten into driving years ago before I got this old.


A refrigerated trailer.


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Old School's Comment
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My year was pretty good. Grossed almost exactly $80,000 and took about 4 weeks off. But other than those 4 weeks, I ran very hard. Totaled up about 140,000 miles. My only concern with my current job is that I have a lot of wasted time for various reasons that are not in my control.

Bruce, that's really an amazing run for the year! I'd say you ran with the big dogs. There's not a lot of drivers turning 140,000 miles per year.

You can be proud of yourself.

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Davy A.'s Comment
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I had 120k paid miles. 2 weeks in Europe. 1 in Mexico and a smattering of misc time off. Pay has been 83k plus some extras.

I had a recap conversation with my terminal manager, she said "you just absolutely crush it" it was very rewarding to hear. I have a perfect safety record, never late and several load planners that specifically ask for me on their high profile loads. I'm happy with the relationships I maintain here.

I did local dedicated and am doing local p&d for the next week. Neither of which I care for at all, but I keep a good attitude with it. I just prefer otr.

23 was by no means a bad year for me. I'm happy with my progress and results. I bought the mustang Mach 1, finalized the decision to not road race motorcycles. Race track outings in the future will be on 4 wheels. With age comes the cage.

24 will bring some significant changes in what I'm doing at Knight. Also with properties. The state of our constitutional republic is troubling at best and I have grave concerns. There's not much to do to combat it except for be prepared and have plans.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.


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.


Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.


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Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Dennis L's Comment
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2023 was my first full 12 months driving without a disruption. Grossed $74k with ~112k+ paid miles.

I’m happy with it.

Deleted Account's Comment
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Great numbers everyone! Hopefully this year is better for you in all aspects of your life, Banks.

Davy how does the pay work for doing local work? I'd hope they give you an hourly pay or generous stop pay.

I ended the year at $126k. That includes 6 weeks of paid vacation time, and probably 10 days of unpaid time off. On weeks i worked all 5 days I averaged 50 to 55 hours. Could've made far more money but I spent most of the year starting at 3am and putting in 10 to 11 hour days to ensure I was home in time for my boys to get done with school. Unfortunately since we re-bid in October I've been needing to take midnight or 1am routes to hit my daily goal ($400) otherwise I'd have to take routes that I'd be out until dinner time.

Turtle's Comment
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Rob T., our numbers are remarkably similar. The similarity isn't surprising, seeing we do pretty much the same thing. The biggest difference I see is that you drive fewer miles, but make more stops.

My total miles for the year were 107,260. And I probably average 15-20 stops per week. Most weeks are around 55 hours logged, with some of that being me just burning off hours.

I had 6 weeks of PTO, 3 paid bereavement days, and a few unpaid days off. My ADP (average days pay) floats between $460 and $480, depending on how hard I worked the previous 3 months.

I leave money on the table, most often on my go home day when I knock off several hours early. Also, during the busy months of the year we have the option of working extra routes, and they come with a $275 weekly bonus in addition to the extra miles and activity pay. I always turn that down though, preferring instead to enjoy my time at home.

Easy work, nothing extra, and I had about an 8k bump up from last year. Zero complaints.

Kudos to all for a solid year in these troubling times!

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