Night Vs Day Driving

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Mikado's Comment
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Hi, I'm new to the trucking industry but have always wanted to drive a truck. I currently have offers from PAM and Swift. I'm leaning more toward PAM at the moment.

Anyway my question is this. Which is better night or day driving? Also, why is one better than the other? I'm a night owl always have been. I know a lot of the time I won't have a choice of the time I will be driving but just looking for advice if I do get to choose.

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When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Catherine G.'s Comment
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I never liked night driving but had no choice when I got my trucking job 3 months ago. First it took about a month just to get used to the hours, I was always a morning person.

Now I actually don't mind driving at night, maybe even like it. Obviously there is less traffic. Also you don't have the drivers that drive you crazy. The ones who cut across 3 lanes of traffic at top speed to make their exit and other stupid manuvers.

And I'm getting into AM radio and at night you can pick up plenty of stations.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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I hate driving at night. If I could get used to driving at night, I would prefer driving at night, as there is less traffic. You don't have to deal with morning or evening "drive times."

Dave

HAMMERTIME's Comment
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I don't drive overnight unless the load requires it. I usually drive between 2-3 am just about every day and I typically shut down around 2-3pm. So I guess you can say its like a mix of night/early morning and some day time. I especially like it because I'm the 1st one out and the 1st one in. No waiting for showers and fueling when I wake up in the AM.

Chris L.'s Comment
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I prefer night driving when possible and I like starting early like Driver too. Seem to get more miles in.

James R.'s Comment
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My current day schedule and preferred day hours are noonish to 4ish am. I like being awake at night but i like going to sleep while it's still dark. I wonder if this kind of schedule would work out well driving.

HAMMERTIME's Comment
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I prefer night driving when possible and I like starting early like Driver too. Seem to get more miles in.

I completely understand, I feel like I accomplish so much and get in way more miles faster if I start at 2-3 AM. If you think about it if I start my day at 3AM by the time most Drivers or the people wake up my day is almost done. I've already driven close to 300 - 400 miles.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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My current day schedule and preferred day hours are noonish to 4ish am. I like being awake at night but i like going to sleep while it's still dark. I wonder if this kind of schedule would work out well driving.

Sure it can work out until your pickup or delivery is at 9am. Pickup and delivery times can very but most are either in the morning or afternoon. Customer chooses the times.

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When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Mikado's Comment
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Thanks for the info/tips. I guess when I get the chance I will try out different times to see what suits me. I like the 2-3am ideal though. I guess it would all depend on my pickup/delivery times as guyjax stated.

AJ D.'s Comment
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I like to stick to the daylight as much as possible. One of the great perks of this profession is seeing the country. No can do at night. I am a visual person, so I start shutting down when there is nothing to look at... very dangerous for me.

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