Do you prefer night or day driving and why?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by morjon96, Oct 1, 2023.

  1. morjon96

    morjon96 Bobtail Member

    Aug 24, 2022
    Just out of curiosity, what is the best time to drive and why? I hear night driving is great for the no traffic but limited in resources throughout the night. While in the day you can schedule yourself out in a 9-5 schedule and your resource increases exponentially (If my assumptions are correct)
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  3. H3R3T1C

    H3R3T1C Light Load Member

    Oct 4, 2013
    Grey Matter's
    a lot of variables go into that answer. Dry Van, Reefer, Open Air trailer? Local, OTR, regional.

    I like to drive starting at around 4am, and drive puts me out of hours around 5ish roughly usually at the start of the evening commute
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  4. Dave1837

    Dave1837 Road Train Member

    Nov 16, 2019
    I ran nights all the time and loved it. I could get through Philly, NYC, Nashville, pretty much any major city and have zero headaches. Every now and then I'd hit the night time construction but it was never anything terrible. Scale houses were closed, no wait at the fuel pumps, I'd park around 9-10am so parking was never an issue. Life is better at night if you can get used to sleeping when the sun's up. I absolutely hated driving during the day.
  5. MiFamilyGuy

    MiFamilyGuy Light Load Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    If I was single, I would drive nights and avoid the traffic. That would also make parking much easier. Since I'm a family guy, I mostly stick to the same sleep schedule as my wife and suffer through rush hour traffic. I have a bit of an advantage with parking being on a dedicated account. The customer has stores throughout the area that I can take a 10 at. A few of them are right next to Planet Fitness locations for added convenience.
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  6. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

    Jun 29, 2016
    West Melbourne Florida
    Dry van night driver, mostly coast to coast. A short haul for me is a two day 1,200 mile trip.

    I used to start earlier but kind of settled in to starting around midnightish.

    My biggest problem (I’m serious) is trying to choose which parking spot is the best for me.. far away from where all the fatties park and one where I’ll get out easily.

    Fuel island is another, lol which one do I want. In 7 years I’ve probably waited for a pump less times than I have fingers. Cracks me up watching the heard all head to the fuel island at the same times in the morning and suppa time.

    I don’t know what you mean by limited resources.. everything I need is always available at night.

    I always try to be shut down by 1pm 2 or 3 but not common.

    One big problem with night driving is animals..One plus is that I find that the other night drivers are…professional so to speak.

    Not many of the mega carrier slow trucks clogging up all lanes..

    Sitting in rush hour traffic in major cities never happens because I plan my clock accordingly.
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  7. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

    Jun 29, 2016
    West Melbourne Florida
    You’ll never wait for a shower either.. I can go on and on about how much better it is driving at night.

    Unfortunately sometimes trying to sleep during the day in a busy truck stop can cause severe crankiness, lol.

    Park way in the back row all by yourself and the second you put your head on the pillow…A Prime Inc reefer with APU will park right beside you. You’ll literally need to try convincing yourself not to outright beat them to death with a baseball bat..

    You definitely need to have some experience with when your eyelids get heavy in the early morning hours. I got a special CD that I put in and crank it every time. This is the worst part when It hits you all of a sudden and there’s nowhere to park for a Power Nap.
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  8. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    I drove nights
    for 18 years. I loved it. The downside is your sleep & socializing with people. Make your sleep your priority it's the only thing keeping you awake at 3 am. The people around you will want you to slip back into a day schedule. That will mean fatigue or falling asleep behind the wheel. Most trucking decides your schedule, not you. You will follow the schedule dictated by customer appointment times. You WILL NOT dictate appointment times.
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  9. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

    May 3, 2016
    If you drive at night, that’s fine I guess, but just know you can’t chase Kentuckians and drive at the same time.
  10. dave01282000

    dave01282000 Light Load Member

    Jun 16, 2021
    I think running at night is so much better and it's not really close. Traffic, parking, easy 30 min breaks.

    In reefer there are a lot of appointments in the wee hours so you can often work that into driving at night. Not always, but a lot of times.
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  11. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    night time for me, for many decades..
    and what is this......"but limited in resources throughout the night"..????

    that's what a lunch box, or lunch bag is for, a thermos is for, and bushes alongside the road are for...

    you wanna be a trucker...??

    or a skeerdy cat..???
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