How do team truckers get sleep?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Bigtonkahonk89, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. kaf

    kaf Light Load Member

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  2. kaf

    kaf Light Load Member

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    Better go to the jail than drive a team ,you will have chance to see the sky's at least .Waisting your life totally. If you have no other job option ,and no money for food ,sleeping during the drive depend on person .Some people sleeping like babes and some have big under eyes bags .Best option by me is starting at 3 am and drive for 9 hr this is giving another driver chance to see the daylight too.
     
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  3. x1Heavy

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    There are times I do not actually reach a deep enough sleep following a badly driven tractor trailer rocking in the storm winds or sliding on ice. My spouse woke me up one morning throwing stuff into the bunk as per our way of get up right now you slug. We have a problem. As if I already dont know what it is...

    It turned out to be a three foot drop along a edge of the pavement west of Armarillo for her on the interstate a few inches from the steer tire. We swapped her out of that seat on the move so she can take refuge in the bunk and get the tears stopped. It had been that situation for about 20 some miles of precision steering for her and she had quite enough of that. Considering that north wind leaning on the trailer constantly it was a battle. But we got it done.

    But for the rest of our time we trip planned to Armarillo to I will do the driving on that section. It's the least I can do for her.
     
  4. STexan

    STexan Road Train Member

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    These roads today? Screw that. I can see sleeping on a "generally good road", but if a road is not "generally good", it might be excessively rough to the point of throwing stuff out of the upper shelves above the driver. If paper towel rolls are being dislodged and thrown out on bad bridge approach slabs, I can't imagine what's happening to a 180 pound human body on a spring mattress in the back.
     
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  5. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    Well then solo's going to be your only option buddy, got to keep on the move when its team there's no point in having a team unless your pretty much running 24/7
     
  6. Pedigreed Bulldog

    Pedigreed Bulldog Road Train Member

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    That ain't exactly your "average" trucker...
     
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  7. freightwipper

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    I team as an owner operator and enjoy it.
    No having to worry about running out of hours to get a job done.
    Dont have to plan my day around rush hour, appointments and figuring out where to park.
    Back to back logs is a beautiful team.

    Biggest thing is to try to maintain a solid sleep schedule and stick to you. After a full day of working I have no problem sleeping in a moving truck, unless it's Indiana or Oklahoma.

    Everybody seemingly hates teaming on general. I am struggling to hire a team for my other truck, solo drivers easy
     
  8. Tmichael2332

    Tmichael2332 Light Load Member

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    My codriver has it bad he bought a massage pad to stick under his mattress at home. He claims he can’t go to sleep without it on.
     
  9. x1Heavy

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    I was 140 to around 165 or so after marriage. I did get close to 300 a few years ago but am back down to 175 or so. Im not the average compared to some of the hefties making tractors lean permanently. If you are active and don't overconsume foods and other things your weight will be right where it needs to be whatever it is. We have buried family members before they hit 40 in my life time for being morbidly obese. Our family line is generally hefty but not like what some of the relatives allowed themselves to go like that. It killed them.
     
  10. RedRover

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    I slept well, my team driver didn’t sleep at all. He was worried we were going to crash and for the most part his driving reflected that fear. He rarely did anything unsafe. He pulled over to make or answer a phone call and if he was tired, he would shut down and I’d wake up a few hours later like why the hell are we parked...

    I slept like a baby because I already know this career path is incredibly dangerous and that even doing everything right all the time, I can still get wiped out running across the fuel island to get to the toilet. I don’t worry about it at all. Thus, I sleep like a baby.

    I can’t sleep with just a bunk heater in a parked truck. I have to be idling or any noise will wake me up. Someone driving or a radio or tv in the background is as mandatory for me as absolute darkness.
     
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