10, 14, 24 hours

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Jumpman, May 13, 2021.

  1. Jumpman

    Jumpman Bobtail Member

    May 13, 2021
    I am really confused with some of the posts on here regarding sleep. I have read a few threads where the driver is only getting 2 or 3 hours sleep a night? how is this possible? Correct me if I am mistaken but 14 hours is the max you can be required to work as an OTR driver? Do companies really push you to run beyond the legal hours? I am a total newbie to trucking so I could be full of it but the math does not add up unless you run illegally. I am a hard working vet and not against putting in a long day of work but I am not going to drive a semi truck weighing thousands of pounds on 2 hours of sleep. What is the reality in terms of actual hours spent doing work related activity and do you really have to run sleep deprived to get the job done.
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    You'll be using Elogs (Electronic Logs) so you'll always be able to get proper sleep.
    Before Elogs many of us cheated and could go for days with very little sleep by using pills.
    Those days are over now with Elogs and drug tests.
  4. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    In theory, you have 10 hrs off duty daily, but, there are times where you will sit allday waiting for a load, then get dispatched at 5 pm with a 7am delivery 500 mi away. So you had 10 hrs off, but did not sleep, right ? Now you have to adjust the ol' bod to stay up all night driving. Trucking....24/7 business.
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  5. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Medium Load Member

    Sep 16, 2016
    There are days i miss having 5 logbooks. Used to do 30 on 6 off in the oilfields for a day then do 20 on 8 off 20 on for the next.
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  6. RDBG

    RDBG Light Load Member

    Jun 23, 2016
  7. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    Don't want to confuse you any more than you already are, but a driver cannot DRIVE after working 14 hours without a 10 hour break. He can do non driving work 24/7 as long as he doesn't drive until he get enough rest to be legal again.
  8. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    If you start your day at 8am you can work 14 hours till 10pm. Then you are required to take 10 hours off till 8am. Electronic Log Devices/books today have GPS and they are hooked into the truck engine. You can't drive more then 5MPH or change parking stops without logging something. So they days of 2 hour sleeping is over.
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  9. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

    Nov 10, 2015
    Don't believe everything you read here. Most of us sleep at home every night, go to work at 10am and are back home by 3pm. It's an easy job and we make big bucks for doing it.
  10. firemedic2816

    firemedic2816 Heavy Load Member

    May 14, 2016
    Walton Kentucky
    Pills and bills
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  11. Jumpman

    Jumpman Bobtail Member

    May 13, 2021
    I have the bills part down and as far as the pills go I will pass on that part..lol
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