How do you guys drive long distance 1500 mile loads

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Trukie, Apr 13, 2021.

  1. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    I stop at least every 3-4 hrs. Sometimes more often. In a days work, it doesn’t add much time. Makes the day go much better. Less anxiety. I understand a lot of Drivers want to make time. I do my share of grueling long days. All you’re doing is Driving! Lol. Yes but it can be grueling. You have to think about the potential damage done doing so, day after day, for years. Better for the back, circulation, and mental stamina, to take a 15-30 minute break minimum, a few times each day. You have a choice, might as well treat yourself good. Stop when needed, even when running a tight schedule. Eat, shower, whatever else is needed. Instead of racing to a delivery or pick up, only to wait for hours, and then not having time to do what’s needed. Makes for a much happier life in general.
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  3. wore out

    wore out Numbered Classic

    Jun 5, 2013
    Get a good breakfast and fuel before heading to the chute. Put em on, check em in 50 miles then 200 miles. If everyone is standing and doing good we stick it in the wind for 350 to 400 then take a short break get a bite to eat and walk around the truck a couple a times. Then hook up and knock that last 500 out stopping once to check em. Put em in a pen and go to bed, no big thing
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  4. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2018
    For me it is too. I have a 2 year old daughter and even if I see her a few minutes before she goes to bed I still like it. I hate it when I get home and she’s already asleep. I can’t see myself being gone for days at a time for sure.
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  5. asphaltreptile311

    asphaltreptile311 Heavy Load Member

    Jun 16, 2016
    Im doing open deck and really miles isn't the big concern at this job . We mostly worry about time but boy I sure love and miss those long 2200 mile coast to coast runs . Good answers already here but , like others said have some food and drink go as far as you can then shut down soon as the 10 is up hammer down . Keep a piss bottle don't stop to use the bathroom have some good music or audio books and turn and burn stay out of the truck stops and run like a race horse that needs to piss.
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  6. JoeTruck

    JoeTruck Medium Load Member

    Mar 13, 2015
    LOWER 48
    I used to go for seven hours before I stopped but now it's about four then stop bathroom break and walk around the truck, make a sandwich. One thirty minute break and two fifteen works for me ten or ten and a half hour drive time when just driving. About a twelve hour day if I have stops then twelve off.
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