Rookie Team Drivers

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Joe K.'s Comment
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Any tips for managing time, miles and sleep for rookie driving teams? What are reasonable mileage goals for instance?

Attila's Comment
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First off im a rook, by no means a pro. I did teams on my training and for a month after. We were running container from California to Georgia. We averaged about 5600 in 7 days. We would run the truck except during 1-5 am PST. I usually did the mornings, he did the evenings. We would reset when we were both exhausted and back in the Pacific.

Michele D.'s Comment
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So did you both sleep from 1 to 5 ? I also want to know as much about how team driving works.

David's Comment
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As a team driver, you can expect to do about 5500 or more miles, the truck rarely stops.

Team pretty much split what the truck gets. (Truck makes .50 that's split in half so you both make .25)

One driver sleeps while other drives and vice versa..

There's not much difference in the amount made between solo and teams. Teams may do as much as 200$ more a week.

If your teaming with a spouse then you can pretty much make a good living. If your with a friend, you'll avg bout what a solo makes.

Attila's Comment
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After doing it for 2 months it just was not worth it to me. Check is steady vs solo but man you are tired when you get back. You spend a lot of time in the sleeper. Since i drove mornings i would hit the sleeper around 5 or 6 pm and wake up at 5am. The only real sleep I got was during our 4 hour shutdown. After about 5 days of that you start seeing shadow figures in your side vision and hallucinating, especially at night. We would usually stop for 2 30min breaks and about 4 **** breaks. Its not for me, i just can't sleep right in a moving truck. My partner handled it better, he is also a 10 year vet so who knows.

Charles M.'s Comment
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Thanks for this info-- I start school next week in Indianapolis and I'm facing 120000 of this as part of my indentured servitude to Celadon

Attila's Comment
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Good luck man, shut that truck down or work something out with your partner if you start getting to tired. Shutting down for 8 hours atleast once a week will kinda reset your sleep ;-) atleast for me it did.

nomad girl's Comment
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I'm currently running team. I'm solar powered so I drive during the day. My mentor/co-driver drives nights, but he does a split shift where he drives a few hours, go to sleeper berth , then drive a few more hours before my shift starts. We both average about 8 hours of drive time each per day so that we don't exhaust our 70 hours.

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

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