Average Miles Per Day?

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by RooLogi, Nov 15, 2022.

  1. RooLogi

    RooLogi Bobtail Member

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    I am curious how many miles per day most of you are averaging in a non-team setup. I had a dispatcher call to pitch me the other day and he was giving me an example of the loads he would have for us. He was telling me that a 1,400mi trip (from Minneapolis to PA) should be able to be delivered in 2 days. Pickup would have been on a Monday at 7am CST to be delivered by EOD Tue.

    How can that be possible? What am I missing?

    With fuel stops, mandatory breaks, and overall HOS rules I just can't see how someone is getting 700mi per day. Also, keep in mind the snow has started to fly, and this route goes through major cities with rush hour, etc.

    He tried telling me that my driver must not be very strong, but he's been driving CDL for 20+ years for some of the biggest companies out there.

    Open to thoughts/suggestions.
     
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  3. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

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    1400 miles can be easily done going west of Minneapolis, but not East. Chicago will throw you out of schedule
     
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  4. Bean Jr.

    Bean Jr. Road Train Member

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    You have 14 hours to drive 11 hours. Except for loading and unloading, there is little that will put a crimp in your being able to that with ease. 11 hours at 65 mph, which is what you should be able to do considering all states are 70 mph except Indiana. That's 715 miles per day. Ok, a challenge, but not impossible to do day in day out.

    Tbh, I plan my own freight, and I hardly ever do those kinds of miles. To me it's the dollars per day, not the miles per day.
     
  5. RooLogi

    RooLogi Bobtail Member

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    Good feedback. We plan our own freight as well and typically plan for 600/day. Just thought it seemed a bit excessive.
     
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  6. RooLogi

    RooLogi Bobtail Member

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    My thoughts exactly. Chicago has slowed us down bigtime, every time.
     
  7. TruckerPete1990

    TruckerPete1990 Road Train Member

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    Can easily be done on the over night shifts.
     
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  8. Tekna

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    A hotshot truck is going to have to stop 3 times for fuel at least. I'm not familiar with the route but biggest factor often over looked is finding parking and doing so strategically to make appointment.

    To me anything over 600 miles a day is usually pushing it. And it's not the drive but all the other factors that hurts you. Load times, fuel stops and parking availability that allows to maximize drive time.

    I always try to get to appointment 1hr before picking up and delivering to account for unforeseen traffic slowdowns.
     
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  9. RooLogi

    RooLogi Bobtail Member

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    We operate the same way. 600mi/day is how we calculate our days, and we work to make appts 1-2hrs in advance.
     
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  10. UItraman

    UItraman Bobtail Member

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    They want to run you into the ground is what you're missing. I would never agree to a load like that. You can do it, but I wouldn't. You'd be stressed out the entire time. I generally drive 600 - 650 miles a day and for me, that's my comfort zone for long hauls. Now if they want to pay $5/mi, I'd do it.
     
  11. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Maybe his super driver is driving 100 MPH or with no ELD. The industry is powered by lies as much as diesel fuel.
     
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