Favorite Schedule

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  1. Trucker71717

    Trucker71717 Bobtail Member

    Jan 3, 2024
    Greetings everyone,

    Newbie, am considering what would be the best daily schedule/routine.

    Thinking of waking at 2am, starting driving around 3, until 4 pm, trying to be asleep by 6pm. with breaks maybe 1/2 to 1 hour or so in between.

    What do y'all think? is this reasonable. Also, heard maybe reefer is more "night driving" would this be a reasonable schedule for reefer drivers?

    I understand that it wont be set in stone, but want to try and have somewhat of a consistent sleep cycle with best opportunities of working and actually finding parking. (hopefully wont become too popular that parking wont be available either).

    Thanks in advance
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  3. North Pole Nightmare

    North Pole Nightmare Medium Load Member

    Dec 15, 2021
    I teamed with a driver ,Houston to Alaska.He liked the 3 am to 3 pm shift.We only had to stop in Edmonton to pick up some paperwork.He liked to start early then its easier to find parking late in the afternoon.It works good on long runs,it depends when your stops are and the time of your appointments.
  4. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    South GA
    I drove dry van. Typically I was up and rolling by 5 or so. It depended largely on what city I was going to drive through, how far away it was, and when I needed to be to my destination.......and try to be parked by 5. I very rarely had to hunt a parking spot, and I almost always knew where I was going to park for the night.
    But, yeah, your schedule looks doable. It's just that there are so many other things that go into your plan.
  5. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2010
    Your schedule is largely going to be defined by the freight you're hauling. You want to meet the customer's needs/expectations AND maximize your earnings, so having a "set schedule " probably won't be a thing.

    Most of us have developed a "prefered running time", which is based upon our typical freight base. Starting at 0200 may work, or you may end up twiddling your thumbs waiting for customers to open. I wouldn't get to locked into anything until your feet are truly wet and you start getting a sense of what's what.

    Good luck.
  6. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    I usually start driving 7-8 am. If you have a delivery for 7 or 8 am then you two options. You can park at delivery 10 hours before or try park say 50 miles away at truck stop. Then get up in morning drive 50 miles to make delivery on time.

    I don’t like getting up before 6am myself. if I have 7 am delivery I look to see if customers has parking available and would plan on parking at customer by 9pm. I don’t like parking at customer since some don’t have any parking available.

    if I had 7am or 8 am 9 am delivery I look to see the nearest truck stop I could park at a see if I can get 20 or 30 miles from delivery. Then plan on leaving say 45 minutes or 1 hour before my delivery time.

    If getting to truck stop the night before at 9pm they would usually be full. My company will pay for reserved parking. I might get paid parking spot or see what parking is available at delivery if it would help me avoid rush hour traffic. I look to see what will make my job of driving the most convenient plus still trying to get most out of log book
    hope not dumb twucker Thanks this.
  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Harder to find parking at night. Better to do mostly night driving and sleep in the daytime when there's plenty of parking available. I did reefers for 18 years and it was perfect for me. If it wasn't I wouldn't have done it for 18 years.
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