Type Of Freight For More AM Driving?

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Sami's Comment
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Hi all!

I'm aware that trucking is a 24 hour job, and I work shift work already so won't have a problem with days or nights. But, I think I would prefer, when possible, to get up early and drive during the day because I think it'd be much more interesting--there's so much if this country I've never seen!

I'm leaning towards reefers but I wouldn't rule out dry vans. Scheduling/trip planning wise, is one more apt than the other to accommodate more daytime driving? Do any of you experienced drivers manage to drive (mostly) during the day? If so, how much of the time would you estimate? Just curious. Any input and advice is appreciated, thanks!

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Old School's Comment
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A lot of flat-bed work is done on those kind of hours.

Reefers get these crazy delivery times like 1 or 2 a.m.

I drive flat-bed, but because of the nature of the dedicated account I'm on I end up doing a lot of night driving. Before I started this dedicated arrangement though I often would start my day around three thirty or four in the morning so I could deliver my load first thing in the morning and then have time to get to my next pick-up location and get loaded before noon. Usually by doing it that way I could run and get close to my next destination, shut down before the parking got really tough, and then do it all over again the next day.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Fatsquatch 's Comment
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It can also depend on the company itself. When I drove for Central, I'd have all sorts of wonky pickup and delivery appointments at all hours, but at Interstate it's a different story. The reefer division ops manager goes out of his way to keep overnight runs to a minmum. I still get loads with obscenely early delivery appointments at a few places, which usually means dragging my corpse out of bed at OHGODWHY in the morning (or occasionally before midnight even), but for the most part I'm usually getting up somewhere between 4 and 6 am, and shutting down between 4 and 6 pm.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Sami's Comment
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Thanks for the replies. I haven't completely ruled out flat bed work, but I worry I'm not strong enough to be throwing those heavy chains and tarps around. Something to think about though.

Ive applied to Prime and Roehl, so I'll have to ask the recruiters how that is in their particular companies. If I have to drive more at night at first that's fine, I'll happily pay my dues. Hopefully once I prove myself worthy and make friends with my dispatcher I can't work into more daytime work, whatever I end up pulling.

Thanks again!

Dispatcher:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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