First Solo Week In The Books.

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Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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7 loads ran all over the place, my first solo week with Knight and I ran just a hare over 3,500 miles in 6 days. Needless to say, now I'm taking a reset in sunny Jacksonville Florida.

I've earned it and so has the truck lol. I had a nice dinner and now giving her a thorough polishing and cleaning.

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Nice work!!! I still remember my first week, seems so long ago now... It was in May lol. Ran hard just like you and took my reset time to clean and organize. Sounds like Knight is keeping you moving! Stay safe out there and have fun!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wow! Congrats on a killer week!

But be aware of something.That's a ridiculous number of miles right out of the gate. That paycheck is gonna look good, but I wouldn't shoot for that many miles ordinarily. You're going to burn out after a month or two. Trust me, I've done that.

Shoot for an average of about 2,600 - 3,000 a week. Maybe 3,200 max. I know you're all revved up and ready to show the world what you're made of but you'll make more money overall if you can keep running good miles consistently. When I first started driving I ran my brains out right away. Did great for a few months and then I was just shot. You're kinda running on adrenaline for a while - that 'rookie rush' kinda thing. But before too long it catches up to you.

Not to mention we all get a lot more dangerous when we're tired. It may not even feel like there's a problem, but your reactions slow and your thinking gets cloudy after a while.

Keep working hard and stay safe out there! You had an awesome start, that's for sure. Try to maintain a sustainable number of miles each week.

Daniel's Comment
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we all get a lot more dangerous when we're tired. It may not even feel like there's a problem, but your reactions slow and your thinking gets cloudy after a while.

I was awake a little over 14hrs when I started my shift last night. I didn't go to sleep until after I'd been up for 27hrs. I had to force myself to sleep.

Everyone is different. Know your body. Know you. Know your limits. I have insomnia ('sleeping') issues.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Definitely taking everyone's advice. I plan to keep it in the 2800-3000 range. It's a doable mileage without killing myself. Honestly, I didn't realize I had run that much until my DM sent a text this morning congratulating me on such a strong start.

I'm fortunate that with my previous work experience and multiple jobs, I'm used to running on 6 hours of sleep, sometimes less, but still know my personal limits and am definitely not afraid to make a phone call to say I need to shut down for a bit.

The hardest part was today, I was way low on time and parking around Jacksonville is prime real estate and hard to find. Luckily, I found a spot at the TA in Baldwin before it got too crowded. It was absolute mayhem in here for a bit but I said screw it, found my spot, got her parked and a pat on the dash for being a good gal and getting us around on time and safe.

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.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Skydrick (Brian L.) 's Comment
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I just reached the beginning of my third week, but that sounds just like my first. My first load was 1600 miles from Cleveland to Laredo in two and a half days. Didn't get loaded until 3:45pm. I was panicked on where I would park. But I made it by Thursday morning. Turned around and took a load to Roanoke. 3100 paid miles for week one. Luckily I got a reset in at home after that. Week two was only. 1500 since I went home. Good luck in your second week and keep rested!

JJ's Comment
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Congrats on your first great week! Im considering going with Knight as my first trucking gig. sounds like miles are not a problem..

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