how did you adjust?

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by Riffraff37, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. Riffraff37

    Riffraff37 Bobtail Member

    May 5, 2019
    So I posted recently about how I just picked up a line hauling job.
    My next question is this. For those of you who have done it, how did you adjust to the random scheduling, and working nights/early mornings?
    How did you balance out work and family/personal life?

    I'm coming from essentially a 9-5 job.
    So going straight to a line haul schedule. What are some things that I can do to help the adjustment go as smoothly and stress free as possible?
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  3. McUzi

    McUzi Road Train Member

    Jan 14, 2018
    For me, the hardest part to adjust to was on nights mid week where my run is cancelled.

    Saturday morning when I finish my run, I usually stay awake until 6 or 7 in the evening, have a normal Sunday, sleep to about 5am on Monday morning, stay awake until 1330-1400 and go back to sleep until 7 to get ready for my shift.

    It's been far easier for me to balance personal and family life than it was on the city board. I see more of my family through the week, get to have breakfast and dinner with them and help my wife see the kids off to school and such.

    Your biggest hurdle will be managing fatigue at the beginning of doing linehaul. Eat light lunches with nuts and fruits, and hydrate with water or drinks lacking sugar.
  4. motocross25

    motocross25 Road Train Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    Overland Park, KS
    What @McUzi said. Also black out curtains and Melatonin
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  5. CrappieJunkie

    CrappieJunkie Wishin' I was fishin'

    Mar 9, 2014
    In a van down by the River.
    If you are working all night keep the same sleep schedule. Even on yoir nights off, go to bed the same time you would if you were getting home. Helps your body adjust better.
  6. roadranger550

    roadranger550 Light Load Member

    Jun 20, 2016
    On a night run get behind someone like me. I am wide awake a 1 AM. Just me some distance.
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  7. LPjunior1970

    LPjunior1970 Light Load Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    Took me about 3 months to adjust when I went from delivery to linehaul. Melatonin is my friend
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  8. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    And some people may never get used to that. I couldn’t. It isn’t for everybody.
  9. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Actually, a line haul job is about as close as you are going to get to a 9 to 5. Instead of 9am to 5pm, it will be more like 7pm to 5am. It is pretty cut and dry, with very few variances, maybe a breakdown, but you essentially drive the same route every night. It gets incredibly boring. "Going anywhere" trucking is a lot more interesting, but you pay the cost in lack of sleep, or irregular schedule causing lack of sleep. Good luck.
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  10. freebeertomorrow

    freebeertomorrow Heavy Load Member

    Mar 19, 2016
    i was lucky enough to start at a company with a fairly set schedule. mon-fri, no weekends and no on-call, etc. i went from a day shift job straight to linehaul, as well. i made a bedtime and awake time for myself. i stuck to it in strict fashion. it took me an honest 1.5 years to get comfortable with it. i never took anything to make me tired or keep me awake. i’ve been on linehaul 4 years now and my diligence worked, as i have 0 issue sleeping during the day or staying up overnight. the downside is - going on vacation is a real bear the first few days. i basically can’t sleep at night no matter how tired i am. i take 2-3 hour naps when i can until i’m tired enough to sleep 6+.

    i love the job, integrating it into life isn’t bad at all. esp given the money, benefits and general work culture.

    on weekends - i get home sat morning 630-730, take a nap and wake up around 11 then i’ll be awake until 5-6a sunday morning, take a nap and repeat. then i’ll stay up until 11a (bedtime) monday and sleep until 7p (wake up) and it’s business as usual.
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  11. Bob Dobalina

    Bob Dobalina Road Train Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    The "Buckeye"
    I'd like to contribute, but it's my bedtime! Maybe later...
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