Schedule Of A Trucker

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David's Comment
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Often times we are asked "what is a truckers schedule like" or things like are you forced to run day or nights or something in this area. Well I'd like to explain this a little if I can. Mind you I haven't had much sleep as my schedule is ruined..

You will find days/nights where you'll have to pick up a load at 3am and get it delivered by 9am. This just happened to me. I had a deliver after getting off home time the was due at 23:59 last night (1/29) and a load that delivered at our yard in IL by 9am on the 30th.. Not a ton of time.

Always make sure you get some rest if you have a day like this. It really will help. I was so busy running around on my days off that I didnt get time to "rest" so I started my clock at 2200 after being up for 15hrs already. I had to stop several times during the night while heading to our IL yard for 30 min naps.

My first load in KC wasn't unloaded tell 0130, I then had to hop over to another customer to get my next load that was going to our IL yard. I was fully loaded and ready to go by 0230 and had to go weigh out. Luckily I know my truck and trailers and was able to get a weigh out first try. (Love it) When I was finally able to fully run to our yard it was 0345, giving me 6hrs to run 4hrs of driving. I snuck in 30 min cat naps here n there when I felt tired. I think i got 90min total and made it to our yard by 845. This point I was up for 25-26hrs with 90 mins of sleep. Not good for a driver and 80k lbs.

I still haven't went to sleep and its 1640.. almost 36hrs with 90mins of sleep. I have my next load that Im picking up at our yard and taking to Cali. It has a delivery of Tuesday which gives me time to get some decent rest while also resetting my sleep clock. Im getting my dinner, gonna watch a movie, pull my curtains and let the sleep come.

This is what a schedule of a trucker is like. You never know when you'll be up. I really didnt want to do a night stretch of driving after being up since 7am the morning before, but I did it as safe as I could, I stopped when I felt tired and because I did it safe and legal, I get an awesome reward of 2000+ miles. Not often I get one of these. My DM must have been watching my logs when he got in this morning, you do the crap they give you and you get a good gig in the end.

Just wanted to share with you all. For those of you who think you can run just during the day, I hope this is proof that you can't and will be needed at any hr of the day if you have the hours to run.

Stay safe all, some nasty storms coming through the US.

-David

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Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Matt D.'s Comment
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Keep safe out there man.

David's Comment
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Keep safe out there man.

Always try my best.

The Dude's Comment
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So we had that recent thread where people listed a bunch of reasons why they wouldn't want to flatbed. Here's a reason why you might want to. 23:59 appointment time? No thank you, sir.

David's Comment
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So we had that recent thread where people listed a bunch of reasons why they wouldn't want to flatbed. Here's a reason why you might want to. 23:59 appointment time? No thank you, sir.

Even as a dry box or reefer , you'll be in the same thing.

I've had a few dry runs that delivered at 2am. Took an 8hr sleeper 5 min away which reset my 14, drove over got my door took another twos off which gave me a split sleeper.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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